Ten most important state aviation pioneers: Angelo "Shorty" De Ponti


The Honeywell Hangars. De Ponti leased these from the MAC in the 1970s and sub-leased them to Northwest Airlines for maintenance. They were nicknamed the "Shakopee" hangars because they were so far south on the airport.

This is the second in a series of thumbnails of the ten most important Minnesota aviation pioneers, from the files of the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame.

In the first part of this series, we profiled Clarence Hinck. Like Hinck, Shorty De Ponti gets his claim to fame by virtue of being one of the most aggressive aviation business figures to color our State's past. De Ponti was born in St. Paul in 1909. He was born an entrepreneur! He began his business career at age nine as a paperboy and as a teen-ager, he was trusted with a lamplighter's job in St. Paul. It is said he lit as many as 240 l...

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