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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 2606/27/2011

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 108/27/2010

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

by Anonymousreply 208/27/2010

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 308/27/2010

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 408/27/2010

(John) Denver Internation Airport

by Anonymousreply 508/27/2010

John Bevans Moisant, New Orleans

by Anonymousreply 608/27/2010

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

by Anonymousreply 708/27/2010

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 808/27/2010

Moss Lee Love Field, Dallas

by Anonymousreply 908/27/2010

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 1008/27/2010

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 1108/27/2010

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 1208/27/2010

Angelina Jolie Int'l (LA, CA)

by Anonymousreply 1308/27/2010

Dallas Love Field.

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by Anonymousreply 1408/27/2010

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 1508/27/2010

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 1608/27/2010

Berry Berenson International Airport

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by Anonymousreply 1808/27/2010

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 1908/27/2010

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

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by Anonymousreply 2008/27/2010

More please.

by Anonymousreply 2109/04/2010

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

by Anonymousreply 2209/04/2010

Mohammed Atta International, Tehran, Iran

by Anonymousreply 2309/04/2010

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

by Anonymousreply 2406/27/2011

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 2506/27/2011

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 2606/27/2011
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