B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2807 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2395 times:
Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 1): According to the references I checked, the official names were "Idlewild Golf Course" which became "New York International Airport" which became "John F. Kennedy International Airport".
Absolutely. You can go to the history portion of their website for info like that. www.panynj.gov and then go to JFK Airport then History.
"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
Bobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
I just did a search of the New York Times archive for "Anderson Field" and I got three hits to 1963 news stories about the airport name change to Kennedy.
I wasn't able to read the articles. All I know is that they were about JFK airport and they included the phrase "Anderson Field".
There was also a 1946 article about disaster planning that may or not be relevant. There were many other articles with the phrase, but in many cases it's impossible to tell from the headlines if they are relevant.
Bobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2252 times:
I believe this is part of the answer. From the NY Times, June 25, 1943:
"The City Council, by a vote of 19 to 6, overrode yesterday Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia's veto of a local law designating the huge airport under construction in the Idlewild section of Queens as Maj. Gen. Alexander E. Anderson Airport."
And then this, from the NY Times, September 24, 1947:
"Idlewild Airport, renamed 'New York International Airport' by the New York Port Authority, will be ready for international operation next spring, Austin J. Tobin, executive director of the Authority, said yesterday."
Obviously, there are some gaps here. What were the exact dates that each name was in effect? Was it called Anderson Airport up until 1947? Or did it change to Idlewild Airport before then? Or did it have no name at all?