Las Vegas Airports

McCarran International Airport Museum and History


Aviation first came to Las Vegas in 1920.  Randall Henderson, well-known as a newspaper publisher in Blythe, California, and later as the founder and editor of Desert magazine, is less known for his aviation barnstorming career.  However, flying a borrowed Curtis JN-4 "Jenny" on May 7, Henderson became the first pilot to land in Las Vegas.  The museum tells this and other aviation-related stories in exhibits located throughout McCarran.  If you have a few minutes between flights or have some extra time before picking up friends and family, check it out.  You won't be disappointed.

The museum's exhibits are spread throughout several airports in the Clark County Airport System, with the main exhibit on Level 2 above baggage claim at Terminal 1 at McCarran International Airport.  Covering approximately 3,000 square feet, exhibits detail the rich aviation history of southern Nevada.  Other exhibits are located in the gate areas, ticketing and along the moving walkway in the C gates.


One aircraft is shown in the museum, a 1958 Cessna 172 which set the World Endurance Aloft flying record in 1959.  Flying for 64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes and 5 seconds without touching ground, fliers Robert Timm and John Cook set a record which stands to this day.  The flight was sponsored by the Hacienda Hotel and Casino as a fundraiser for the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund.  Breaking the previous 50-day record, Timm and Cook's flight still stands in the record books.  The actual aircraft hangs over the north end of baggage claim at Terminal 1.

Scattered throughout the terminals are more than 30 fabulous murals, photographs, and sculptures by some of the most prominent artists in the world.  Be sure to look at the walls and above you to see some of these wonderful creations.  Enjoy Las Vegas, the shows, the food, the hotels and the wonderful sights around the city.  It's our amazing oasis in the desert.  Welcome.

Henderson Executive Airport


To help meet the growing demand for aviation facilities and services in Southern Nevada, the Clark County Department of Aviation invested more than $30 million in Henderson Executive Airport to create a premier corporate aviation facility and an attractive, convenient and economical alternative to McCarran International Airport. 

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and the world famous Strip, North Las Vegas Airport is a convenient and economical alternative to busy McCarran International Airport.

North Las Vegas Airport is designed to meet the needs of general aviation pilots and their passengers. There are no landing fees and none of the ground congestion or delays you will find elsewhere. Our friendly and experienced staff will treat you as our guest and take good care of you and your aircraft from the moment you taxi onto our ramp.

We specialize in quick turn fueling. Our jet fuel trucks are equipped with two over-the-wing hoses, single-point fueling and pre-mixed anti-icing additive. Piston-engine aircraft can also take advantage of our 24-hour self-service fuel island. 

Once you’re inside the terminal, our Customer Service Representatives will be happy to help you arrange ground transportation, overnight accommodations, or aircraft services.

North Las Vegas Airport 

The facilities at HND are tailored to the discriminating general aviation pilot and corporate client.  As a primary reliever airport to busy McCarran, HND provides all the necessary services and amenities to make your trip pleasant and convenient.

The airfield has the capacity and runway length to meet the needs of virtually all general aviation aircraft, saving precious time and money for those choosing HND.  A beautifully appointed terminal building opened on June 13, 2006, providing a seamless transition between aircraft and ground transportation. A new stand-alone air traffic control tower and 95 new private aircraft storage hangars have also been placed into service.  


Beyond 2007, there will be significant development of additional commercial facilities and the phased construction of up to 100 large corporate hangars with attached offices. 

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