Larry Brantley Thompson and McCollum Airport

Larry ThompsonLarry 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."

$500 Airplane

McCollum Airport

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


McCollumNortheasterly aerial view of McCollum Airport including the first hangar, administration building, and runway, ca. 1960s.
Source: Larry Brantley Thompson Collection

Herbert McCollumCobb County Commissioner Herbert Clay McCollum speaks at the opening of McCollum Airport, September 4, 1960.
Source: Larry Brantley Thompson Collection
LBT paraglidingLarry Thompson paragliding, McCollum Airport, August 8, 1964. Courtesy Marietta Daily Journal
ThatcherLarry Thompson (right) and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 1999. Source: Larry Brantley Thompson Collection