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Airports named after people who died in airplane crashes

Will Rogers World Airport (Oklahoma City) Ted Stevens International Airport (Anchorage) any others?

by Anonymousreply 26June 27, 2011 6:09 PM

O%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99Hare International Airport in Chicago is named after a WW II Naval pilot who won the Medal of Honor after shooting down three Japanese bombers to prevent an attack on an aircraft carrier. He died in a crash during a night mission.

by Anonymousreply 1August 27, 2010 2:41 PM

The airport in Anchorage was named for Stevens before the crash.

by Anonymousreply 2August 27, 2010 2:56 PM

Well then R2, it was a good thing Ted Stevens had the guts to kill himself, otherwise the airport would have had to have done it.

by Anonymousreply 3August 27, 2010 3:00 PM

In true Chicago fashion, O'Hare's father was a business partner and lawyer for Al Capone, and he was murdered on orders from Capone in 1939. Rumor was he turned government informant and was ratting Capone out to the Feds. Another rumor was that his son (of the airport) got into the Naval Academy as part of the deal Pop cut with the Feds.

by Anonymousreply 4August 27, 2010 3:14 PM

(John) Denver Internation Airport

by Anonymousreply 5August 27, 2010 6:42 PM

John Bevans Moisant, New Orleans

by Anonymousreply 6August 27, 2010 6:46 PM

The first George Bush survived a WWII plane crash and Houston's airport is named for him. Does that count?

by Anonymousreply 7August 27, 2010 6:46 PM

That's interesting, R6. I had never heard of him. I like this bit of trivia gleaned from Wikipedia:

[quote]The airport retains its "MSY" identifier, derived from the airport's origins as "Moisant Stock Yards" the name given to the land where Moisant's fatal airplane crash occurred, and upon which the airport was later built.

by Anonymousreply 8August 27, 2010 7:17 PM

Moss Lee Love Field, Dallas

by Anonymousreply 9August 27, 2010 8:10 PM

It's surprising there aren't more. Almost all air force bases are named after dead pilots and many civilian airfields occupy defunct airbases.%0D

by Anonymousreply 10August 27, 2010 8:19 PM

That MSY is interesting. Many many years ago, I worked for an airline not to be named, but they taught us airport codes and most of them had a pretty self explanatory reason for their codes (LAX = los angeles international, DFW = dallas fort worth, RSW = ft meyers, but regional southwest field etc.) but their explanation for MSY - New Orleans was - New Orleans is just a crazy city and nothing makes sense!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 11August 27, 2010 9:11 PM

Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City is named after the fellow who died in the same plane crash as Will Rogers. (Oklahomans must not be very superstitious.) %0D %0D There's a terminal named after Mickey Leland at Houston Intercontinental.

by Anonymousreply 12August 27, 2010 9:19 PM

Angelina Jolie Int'l (LA, CA)

by Anonymousreply 13August 27, 2010 9:45 PM

Dallas Love Field.

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by Anonymousreply 14August 27, 2010 9:47 PM

R5 wins the most insightful/creative prize.%0D %0D Considering that most airfields originally started as air force bases named after dead aviators, it's not much of a surprise. However, I never made the connection. Thanks OP.%0D %0D Why a major airport in the nation's capitol is named after reagan beats the shit out of me. Who and where we commemorate things and people mean things, most subconscious.

by Anonymousreply 15August 28, 2010 1:11 AM

Weigh-In Womens Toilet Airport was a child found abandoned on the coin-operated scale in the women's bathroom of Detroit City Airport. He was given a name representing where he was found by social workers, but he was taunted all his youthful life for it and at age 18 he changed his name to Wayne Ladies Lounge Airport, which he thought sounded more high class. He got the nickname "County" because he was an inveterate gambler and card counter, banned from Miami, Pottowatomi, Chippewa, and Shawnee casinos all over the midwest. He won the land where the Detroit's new airport stands in a particularly brutal game of "Old Maid" and in recognition of his colorful triumph over adversity, the new airfield took his name Detroit Metropolitan Wayne "County" Airport.%0D

by Anonymousreply 16August 28, 2010 1:18 AM

Berry Berenson International Airport

by Anonymousreply 17August 28, 2010 1:23 AM


by Anonymousreply 18August 28, 2010 2:40 AM

In the Philippines, Manila's airport is named after Ninoy Aquino.

Strictly speaking, he didn't die in a plane crash, but he was assassinated the minute he got off the plane at the airport that's now named after him so I think he qualifies.

by Anonymousreply 19August 28, 2010 2:52 AM

Yeah, fuck all y'all. I died in a [italic]space shuttle[/italic] disaster.

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by Anonymousreply 20August 28, 2010 3:21 AM

More please.

by Anonymousreply 21September 5, 2010 3:13 AM

The airport in Amman, Jordan is anmed after a late Queen who died in a helicopter crash.

by Anonymousreply 22September 5, 2010 4:04 AM

Mohammed Atta International, Tehran, Iran

by Anonymousreply 23September 5, 2010 4:25 AM

Netaji Shubhas Chandra Bose Airport, Kolkatta (previously Calcutta) India.

by Anonymousreply 24June 27, 2011 5:27 PM

When cities change there name, like mumbai and kolkatta, do the people on vacation who live there ever find their way home again?

by Anonymousreply 25June 27, 2011 6:06 PM

Reggae Jackson Int'l always confused me. Is it named after Reggie Jackson, Reggae music, Michael Jackson or was their a Reggae Jackson I never heard about?

by Anonymousreply 26June 27, 2011 6:09 PM
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