Thursday, January 22, 2015
A Random Post
For about a year I've been wondering why MSY is the airport code for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, since it has nothing to do with Louie Armstrong or New Orleans. MSY stands for Moisant Stock Yards. Before the airport was built, an early aviation pioneer, John Moisant, crashed a small plane on the property. John was known as the "King of Aviators" and crashed on December 31, 1910 while preparing to try for a new world's record for sustained flight. At that time the location was the Harahan Plantation. After the crash, the property was turned into cattle stock yards and named Moisant Stock Yards. Then the airport was built on the same site. Since most residents knew where Moisant Stock Yards were located, the name was used as the first identifier for the airport. The original name of the airport was Moisant Field. The name was changed to New Orleans International Airport, but the identifier stayed the same since it's somewhat difficult to change airports identifiers. The End!