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Arizona's first international airport was in Douglas. Now, preservationists are working to keep it

Several of Arizona’s airports are going to be busy for the next month or so with holiday travel. But the state’s first international airport was not in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, or anywhere else in the Valley. 

It was, in fact, in Douglas — right along the Arizona-Mexico border in Cochise County.

And Cindy Hayostek says in its heyday, it was a big deal — hosting air races and famous aviators like Amelia Earhart. But now, preservationists are working to make sure it sticks around.

Hayostek is a writer and works with the Douglas Historical Society. 

The Show spoke with her and started the conversation by talking about how the city built its airport not long after aviation became a thing in this country.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.