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Airports Named After Living People.  
User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4865 posts, RR: 15
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6101 times:

I was just wondering how many airports are named after living people? It's not very conventional to name major things after those that are still alive.

ANC and IAH are the only two that come to mind. And Baghdad till recently.

YOWza


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User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5401 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6090 times:

Reagan was wasn't it .... for a while???

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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6082 times:

Well, DCA was re-named "Reagan National Airport" while Mr. Reagan was still alive, but it is doubtful that he could understand what had been done.

I think Lindbergh Field has always been called that - and Charles Lindbergh passed away in the early 1970's. I don't know how long MSP's main terminal has been called "Lindbergh", and in all probability was named after his father, Charles August Lindbergh, who died in 1924, but IIRC the Hubert Humphrey terminal was given that name before Mr. Humphrey's passing in 1978.

Tom Bradley International Terminal (while not the name of the airport) was given that designation after he succeeded in bringing the Olympic games to Los Angeles in 1984.

Dulles airport in Virginia has been planned since the mid-1950's, but I don't know if the name "Dulles" was applied to it before or after John Foster Dulles died in 1959.

Those are the only ones that come to mind for me...



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Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6082 times:
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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11454 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6090 times:

SJC - San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5010 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6078 times:

AUA is named after Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, tho they named it after her when she was "just" a Princess.

[Edited 2007-01-31 23:01:05]


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User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1652 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6061 times:

Gerald R. Ford International while he was alive.


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User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6048 times:

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Princess Juliana International Airport

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User currently offlineBoeingFever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6041 times:

Quoting YOWza (Thread starter):
I was just wondering how many airports are named after living people?

That sounds pretty clear to me.

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 1):
Reagan was wasn't it .... for a while???

not alive.

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 6):
Gerald R. Ford International while he was alive.

again not alive.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAHBig grin



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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6016 times:

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport

[Edited 2007-01-31 23:24:19]

User currently offlineAirplaneFan From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6014 times:

John F. Kennedy International Airport - John Fitzgerald Kennedy


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User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6007 times:

Quoting AirplaneFan (Reply 10):
John F. Kennedy International Airport - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

He's been gone since the 1960s sadly.


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7511 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5986 times:

Quoting YOWza (Thread starter):
was just wondering how many airports are named after living people?



Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 8):
Quoting Bond007 (Reply 1):
Reagan was wasn't it .... for a while???

not alive.

DCA had Reagan's name added to it in 1998; President Reagan died in 2004.

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 8):
Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 6):
Gerald R. Ford International while he was alive.

again not alive.

GRR was named after President Ford in 1999; as we all know, he only died about a month ago.

Does anyone know when IDI was named after Jimmy Stewart? Was it before or after he died?

The 3rd Harbor Tunnel (which serves BOS) part of the Big Dig project was named after former Red Sox player Ted Williams while he was still alive. Before the tunnel opened to commercial vehicle traffic in 1995; then-Gov. Weld and he rode through the tunnel in a small baseball cart (a common site at Fenway, when the relief pitcher's brought out).



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User currently offlineElmoTheHobo From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5986 times:

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 8):
not alive.



Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 8):
again not alive.

Both were alive when they had the airports named after them.


User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5960 times:

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (Latrobe)
Kansas City Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport



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User currently offlineBoeingFever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 12):
DCA had Reagan's name added to it in 1998; President Reagan died in 2004.



Quoting ElmoTheHobo (Reply 13):
Both were alive when they had the airports named after them.

That is great... Today's date is 31st Jan. 2007. Both are dead. It's not 1998 nor 1999.

Read the original post before you quote me.

Quoting YOWza (Thread starter):
It's not very conventional to name major things after those that are still alive.



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User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5401 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5909 times:

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 15):
Read the original post before you quote me.

I read it thanks  Yeah sure

...and to quote what you quoted from the thread starter:

Quoting YOWza (Thread starter):
It's not very conventional to name major things after those that are still alive.

Those others mentioned WERE named after those that were still alive at the time - the jist of the thread.

Which is why I said ....

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 1):
.... for a while???

We know they are dead now - that wasn't our point!

Jimbo



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5871 times:

Quoting AirplaneFan (Reply 10):
John F. Kennedy International Airport - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

JFK was renamed after "Dallas", so he was already dead when the name was changed.


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7511 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5716 times:

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 15):
Read the original post before you quote me.



Quoting Bond007 (Reply 16):
I read it thanks

Same here.

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 16):
Those others mentioned WERE named after those that were still alive at the time - the jist of the thread.

No offense BoeingFever777 but do I hear the pot calling the kettle black? 

[Edited 2007-02-01 16:53:28]


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User currently offlineAIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days ago) and read 5693 times:

DTW's McNamara Terminal, named after Wayne Co. County Executive Edward McNamara, while he was alive-- he passed away last year.

User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days ago) and read 5671 times:

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
Well, DCA was re-named "Reagan National Airport" while Mr. Reagan was still alive, but it is doubtful that he could understand what had been done.

Since, AFAIK, it was federal policy (law?) not to name things after people until 20 years after their death (see the WMATA map/station naming conflict about this), it seemed to be quite a commentary on Reagan's mental state during his presidency when Congress named DCA after him.

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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7511 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days ago) and read 5638 times:

I wonder whether or not Lucas County (Ohio) officials will eventually rename TOL after Toledo's favorite son, Jamie Farr (Klinger on M*A*S*H)? When I was last there, 2 to 3 years ago; his voice was on nearly every standard airport/safety/security announcements.


"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5618 times:

Quoting AirbusA346 (Reply 7):

Opps I was wrong, she died on March 20, 2004.

Tom.



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User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3109 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5597 times:

Quoting AirplaneFan (Reply 10):
John F. Kennedy International Airport - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Was Idlewild/New York International Airport until a groundswell of support wished to memorialize his death by naming an airport after him. Should have been Boston, but IDL/NYC did't have a namesake yet.

I don't think airports, or anything, should be named for living people. It's vain, short-sighted, alienating for up to half of the population, and potentially embarassing (e.g. Ted Stevens).

-Rampart


User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1607 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5578 times:
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Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 12):
Does anyone know when IDI was named after Jimmy Stewart? Was it before or after he died?

I checked with my wife, who grew up there, and she confirmed that it was named long before he died. I know he was there when they dedicated a statue of him. I think he might have been there for the airport naming too.

I used to fly into IDI and it was always confusing when I called Flight Service to get my weather briefing. I'd say that I was flying to Indiana Pennsylvania and they would start to give me a weather briefing for Indiana. I'd cut them off and say "No, Pennsylvania" and there would be a pause while the briefer tried to figure it all out.


25 PROSA : I think STS was named after Charles Schulz when he was alive. The airport's site does not say.
26 Cactus742 : PHX's Barry Goldwater Terminal 4 opened in 1990. The Senator didn't die until 1998.
27 CM767 : Bush Intercontinental
28 Areopagus : What happens when you ask for the weather in Wyoming, Pennsylvania? Edit: or Mars, Pennsylvania?[Edited 2007-02-01 18:52:54]
29 Post contains images Analog : Agreed. There should be a minimum "waiting period" between a person's death and the naming of the thing. How about turning it around: naming things t
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