Larry Thompson, Cobb County International Airport, March 2020
The Special Projects unit in the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books digitized
materials in pilot and developer Larry Brantley Thompson's personal collection and
conducted his oral history interview in March 2020 as part of an ongoing partnership
with Town Center Community Alliance. The Larry Brantley Thompson Collection in the KSU Archives includes documents and photographs related to the development
of McCollum Airport (Cobb County International Airport) in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Listen to Thompson discuss his lifelong interest in aviation and experiences working
at the airport below.
Learning to Fly
Paying for Flying Lessons
"Jenny, you raised a fool."
Shuttling Passengers to Atlanta
Flying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Repairing the Hangar
"Tiger's Tuition and Book Fund"
Pilot and Developer
Leaving the Military
Real Estate Career
Flying Margaret Thatcher
Northeasterly aerial view of McCollum Airport including the first hangar, administration
building, and runway, ca. 1960s. Source: Larry Brantley Thompson Collection
Cobb County Commissioner Herbert Clay McCollum speaks at the opening of McCollum Airport,
September 4, 1960. Source: Larry Brantley Thompson Collection
Larry Thompson paragliding, McCollum Airport, August 8, 1964. Courtesy Marietta Daily Journal
Larry Thompson (right) and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 1999.
Source: Larry Brantley Thompson Collection