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NAS Jax Air Show, the Birth of the Blue Angels in Jacksonville, FL

Air Shows have been a large part of aviation history for the Navy as well as the community in Jacksonville, FL and the surrounding areas. It’s likely that the very first unofficial show happened in 1918, when a group out of the Earl Dodge Aviation Training Camp flew over Jacksonville to celebrate the end of […]

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Remembering the Day that Forever Changed Aviation: Current & Former Employees Share Memories of 9/11

Nearly every generation has “one event” which not only left unforgettable memories of where people were and what they were doing when it happened, but was a pivotal time in our collective history. September 11, 2001, is that event for our generation. In 2016, we sat down with several current and former Jacksonville Aviation Authority […]

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New Premium Lounge Coming to Jacksonville International Airport

Travelers can soon have a major new amenity at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX): a premium lounge. Plano, Texas-based Airport Lounge Development Corporation (ALD) will invest a minimum of $1 million to develop, manage and operate the 2,726-square-foot facility, which will have seating for 49 guests. The Club JAX will offer hot and cold buffet featuring […]

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Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) Buries Time Capsule to be Opened in 2068

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 will be remembered as a historic day at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Airport tenants joined Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) employees to bury a time capsule. It contained contributions from many of the airlines serving JAX, each JAA department as well as other items from tenant and community partners. The time capsule was buried […]

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JAX Kicks Off Its 50th Anniversary Celebration

On October 23, 2017, Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) hosted a 50th Anniversary kick-off celebration at the Aviation Gallery. JAX opened its doors in 1968, and we will celebrate with the community, our staff and tenants over the coming year, culminating with a grand celebration gala on October 11, 2018. During the event, the first Aviation Gallery […]

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New In-Terminal Museum Celebrates Jacksonville’s Rich Aviation History

by Emily Lisska, Jacksonville Historic Society First Phase Now Open to the Public at the Jacksonville International Airport The Jacksonville International Airport has officially opened the first phase of its new exhibit, “Jacksonville Takes Flight: North Florida Aviation History from 1878 to 1941.” Featuring the area’s aviation milestones and memorabilia from an era when Florida […]

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K-9 Veteran’s Day

On this K-9 Veteran’s Day, we’d like to take a few moments to highlight the Explosive Detection Canine program at JAX. A team of five dogs, Witz, Leo, Benny, Gucci and Csubara, work with their human partners to patrol the airport terminal and clear abandoned property. They are available on a 24 hour basis to respond […]

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2016: Jacksonville International Airport’s Year in Review

  2016 was an exciting year at JAX. Enplanements were up, new nonstop flights took off while others were announced to start in 2017.  New in-terminal amenities opened to improve the passenger experience and travelers were treated to new shopping and dining vendors. In anticipation of 2017, here’s a quick look back at some of […]

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Remembering the Day that Forever Changed Aviation – Part 5

Danny Connell, an Electrical Foreman for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority remembers 9/11, but he also had a memorable encounter the day before. “President Bush was arriving in Jacksonville on September 10,” Connell said. And since Danny had a photo of himself with the president, he was hoping to have it autographed. That morning, Governor Jeb […]

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Remembering the day that forever changed aviation – Part 3

Nearly every generation has “one event” which not only left unforgettable memories of where people were and what they were doing when it happened, but was a pivotal time in our collective history. September 11, 2001, is that event for our generation. Fifteen years ago, our nation suffered an inconceivable horror on our own front doorstep. The […]

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