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MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AIRLINES. A regional air carrier serving the Upper Midwestern region of the United States, Mississippi Valley Airlines was founded by Herb Lee, Norm Elsy and Charles A. ("Chuck") Draine as Gateway Aviation, and had its headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Chuck Draine served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

It began scheduled flight operations on July 22, 1968 between La Crosse Municipal Airport and both Chicago (O'Hare International Airport) and Milwaukee (General Mitchell International Airport). The carrier changed its name to Mississippi Valley Airways in October 1969. It became Mississippi Valley Airlines (MVA) and moved its headquarters to Quad City Airport in Moline, Illinois in January 1982.

The airline merged into Air Wisconsin on May 17, 1985 in a $10 million share exchange transaction. At the time of the merger, Mississippi Valley Airlines was the United States' eighth-largest regional airline in terms of ridership. (1)

The 1985 Dubuque City Directory listed the Dubuque Municipal Airport.



"Mississippi Valley Airlines," Wikipedia, Online: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Valley_Airlines