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Although Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is thought to be the world's busiest airport, other southeastern airports also have interesting stories. See how high-flying your knowledge of southeastern air travel is!

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Source: Question 1; Question 2; Question 3; Question 4; Question 5; Question 6; Question 7; Question 8 (Evers and Shuttlesworth); Question 9; Question 10; Question 11; Question 12

1. The airport that eventually became Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport began in 1925 with a five-year, rent-free lease at the Atlanta Speedway, an abandoned auto racetrack. Who owned that racetrack?
Asa Candler
Robert Woodruff
The city of Atlanta
2. Atlanta aviation history was made on September 15, 1926, when what type of service was first offered?
Nonstop travel to New York City
Airmail
Helicopter flights over downtown
3. When did Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport become the busiest airport in the country?
1957
1969
1972
4. In what year did the first jet airliner fly into Atlanta?
1945
1951
1957
5. When was the first scheduled international flight out of Atlanta?
1956
1964
1972
6. Which southeastern city's airport handles more international freight than any other airport in the United States?
Miami
Atlanta
Orlando
7. New Orleans has the lowest-elevation airport in the country and the second-lowest-elevation international airport in the world. How many feet above sea level is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport?
2 feet
4.5 feet
10 feet
8. Civil rights leaders Medgar Evers and the Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth have airports named in their honor in which southeastern cities, respectively?
Biloxi, Mississippi, and Montgomery, Alabama
Jackson, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee
9. Which city's airport has the region's longest public-use airport runway?
Atlanta
Miami
New Orleans
10. Before the airport's construction in 1930, planes flying into which city landed on the beach?
Miami
West Palm Beach
Daytona Beach
11. The world's first commercial flight using winged aircraft took place on January 1, 1914, on a flight from St. Petersburg, Florida, to which city?
Jacksonville
Miami
Tampa
12. True or false, Panama City's airport code—ECP—stands for "Everyone Can Party."
True
False
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