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Why No Winston Churchill Airport?  
User currently offlineAlasdair1982 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2008, 468 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9998 times:

Ok, general curiosity here.

Paris has its main airport named after Charles de Gaulle and F.D. Roosevelt has an airport named after him (though not on the U.S mainland).

Is there a known reason why there isn't an airport named after Winston Churchill in Britain?

Thanks

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User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 10001 times:

Maybe because he was born in Woodstock in Oxfordshire! And London Oxford airport, adopted "London" for comercial reasons!
OXF is only a regional business airport!


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2038 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9965 times:

I guess it's not a British thing to name airports after famous ex leaders (Liverpool John Lennon and Doncaster Robin Hood are recent names, and marketing led as much as anything). And with party politics, would there have to be balance - Heathrow named after Churchill, Gatwick named after Atlee, Stansted named after Lloyd George?

After Princess Diana's death, there were a few people named wanting Heathrow named after her, but thankfully it never happened.



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User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9960 times:

Im glad there is none .. I hate airports named after people they sound so cheesy.

User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9938 times:

Shame that there isn't a airport in Hull- imagine landing at John Prescot International Airport!

User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9884 times:

Quoting Giancavia (Reply 3):
I hate airports named after people they sound so cheesy

I like the JFK name!


User currently offlinepoz2brs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9877 times:

It doesn't appear to be the British thing to do. In Poland and Canada there are many buildings named after people, but it seems a lot less common in the UK. I have no idea why.

Quoting santos (Reply 4):
Shame that there isn't a airport in Hull- imagine landing at John Prescot International Airport!

BRS was subject to a campaign to rename the airport Bill Bailey International. There is a story that Newquay has a departure lounge named after Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley. Not too sure whether it's a joke or not.


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3985 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9852 times:

Quoting poz2brs (Reply 6):
named after Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley. Not too sure whether it's a joke or not.

True!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/4909658.stm

... and there is ( / was) even a Jet2 757!



User currently offlinewilld From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9648 times:

Quoting santos (Reply 1):
OXF is only a regional business airport!

Incorrect.

Cityjet offer service to Jersey and Babbo did offer a winter ski services.


User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9610 times:

Quoting willd (Reply 8):
Incorrect.

Cityjet offer service to Jersey and Babbo did offer a winter ski services

Incorrect, this is taken from their webiste!
"Oxford Airport (OXF/EGTK - Kidlington) is the Thames Valley area’s primary regional and business aviation airport!"

They only serve JER and GCI now!


User currently offlineSEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 7197 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9612 times:

I think it sad that Great Britain seems to be turning their backs on the world's greatest political leader of the 20th century, and the one that saved not only Great Britain but Western civilization as we know it. And our current president's attitude towards him is nothing less than despicable. While it does not seem a British thing to do to name an airport after famous people, from what I gather of current British sentiment it is doubtful that much enthusiasm could be roused for naming anything after Churchill today. It's a pity; I consider him to be one of the greatest leaders of all time.


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User currently onlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4359 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9575 times:

It might be a factor that Churchill continued into politics after WWII. Labour and LiBDems might oppose as they don't want to have their airport named after a Conservative. If Churchill would have died or retired right after WWII he might already have an airport named after him.
Also, FDR, JFK and CDG were heads of state, while in the UK Churchill was 'only' 2nd or 3rd in line after the King and later the Queen, and there are tons of things named after the royals.

What did Obama do against Churchill?

[Edited 2011-01-23 22:02:52 by SA7700]


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User currently offlinetharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1867 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9441 times:

Why should anybody have the expectation that there must be an airport named after every notable historical figure? I find that expectation to be strange.

Don't worry, Churchill's name will be remembered.

However, people with airports named after them can still be easily forgotten. Without looking it up, who can say who was Logan of BOS fame? Very few people, I suspect.


User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9371 times:

It's not really a British thing to do really. It would be controversial as great man though he was, he did some things that remain pretty awful.

User currently offlinestyles9002 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9313 times:

Quoting tharanga (Reply 12):
owever, people with airports named after them can still be easily forgotten. Without looking it up, who can say who was Logan of BOS fame? Very few people, I suspect.

General Edward Lawrence Logan was a Spanish-American war veteran and also a commanded troops in WWI, mostly in France. KBOS was named in his honor in 1956. As far as I know, he didn't really have any specific connection to aviation, but he was certainly an accomplished person.



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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9291 times:

Quoting santos (Reply 1):
Maybe because he was born in Woodstock in Oxfordshire!

So what ?

J.F Kennedy was born in Massachusetts ... not New York
Charles de Caulle was born in Lille, not in Paris ...
Ronald Reagan was born in Illinois, not Washington D.C ...

etc ...

HEATHROW could have been renamed after the most famous British politician and heroe !


User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25698 posts, RR: 85
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9278 times:
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Quoting SEPilot (Reply 10):
It's a pity; I consider him to be one of the greatest leaders of all time.

You might find a somewhat different attitude to him among many Australians. From Gallipoli to Singapore - as one writer put it - "Australia seemed to bring out the worst in Churchill."

mariner



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User currently offlinetharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1867 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9270 times:

Quoting Reply 15):
General Edward Lawrence Logan was a Spanish-American war veteran and also a commanded troops in WWI, mostly in France. KBOS was named in his honor in 1956. As far as I know, he didn't really have any specific connection to aviation, but he was certainly an accomplished person.

And how many passengers flying through BOS have any idea of this history?

JFK would be remembered, even if there was no airport named after him. Logan is largely forgotten, with an airport named after him. Before this topic, I had no idea whatsoever that FDR had an airport named after him. And you will likely find other famous figures with no airport named after them.

So who really cares?


User currently offlineGBLKD From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9260 times:

I'm all for starting a campaign for my hometown airport to be named atfer a famous local boy.

Birmingham Ozzy Osbourne International has a nice ring to it  


User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9216 times:

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 16):
HEATHROW could have been renamed after the most famous British politician and heroe !

Insted its named after the area demolished to make way for the airport .. I find that more fitting then some random persons name.


User currently offlinefaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9189 times:

Off-topic but I have always been mildly shocked by Ted Stevens Int'l Airport. Surely Alaskans can do better...

Faro



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User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 6957 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9189 times:

That story doesn't really make sense, the white house must have thousands of unused gifts like that in a cave, no reason to give it back, it would be a diplomatic blunder.

When you posted your previous attack on Obama I did a Google search on Obama + Churchill and found a UK paper (the telegraph) saying it was on loan to Bush who put it in the oval office. Obama wanted Lincoln so he gave back the bust, as it was not a gift. If anything, I would think conservatives would not hold this against Obama, he put an American instead of a foreign hero (of the past oppressor none the less), how patriotic !

[Edited 2011-01-23 22:01:29 by SA7700]


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User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9124 times:

Quoting faro (Reply 21):
Surely Alaskans can do better...

Sarah Palin?  


User currently offlinemd3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9063 times:

Quoting faro (Reply 21):
Off-topic but I have always been mildly shocked by Ted Stevens Int'l Airport. Surely Alaskans can do better...

Faro

In the big picture, his corruption charges have been very recent, and they were eventually dismissed. He always fought hard for and brought so much to the state of Alaska that you'll find a widely pro-Ted stance throughout the state. Recent media headlines aren't enough to bring down the legacy he produced over four decades of putting his state first. If you see the wealth he brought to the state, you should probably be prepared for that title to remain on the airport for some time.

[Edited 2011-01-23 10:41:20]

User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9140 times:

Personally I think its more likely that Heathrow could be renamed after the Queen rather than Churchill. Then again, Heathrow is so well known I can't really imagine it being renamed.

25 tharanga : And why should there be a great need to name it anything else, anyway? In this era, if it were to be renamed, it would probably be a paid corporate a
26 FlyCaledonian : If I recall, after Liverpool became Liverpool John Lennon and Belfast City became George Best Belfast City the CAA put a ban on existing airports rena
27 SEPilot : That's exactly the point; it was a tremendous (and unnecessary) blunder. You are right in that the bust was originally a loan, but when Obama sent it
28 GDB : Trust me, few if any here were at all bothered that the current US President chose to swap a bust of a rightly revered half American by birth, but a
29 UAEflyer : There is a long list of heroes that should airports be named after them before Churchill. You may start from Oliver Cromwell and keep coming until Kin
30 speedbird9 : because apart from Liverpool John Lennon the British dont tend to name its airports after anyone its the same reason we dont elect celebs into politic
31 santos : Who do you think it deserves to take LCY? John Major?
32 speedbird9 : And what about Tony Blair taking Stansted and any suggestions for Gordon Brown?
33 Alasdair1982 : Glasgow John Smeaton International, no?
34 santos : Southend Airport? SEN Or Kent Manston Airport? MSE[Edited 2011-01-23 13:17:18]
35 Giancavia : If we are naming places after gordon brown and tony blair maybe Garbage dumps or mental homes would be more fitting then airports.
36 RobertNL070 : Barra
37 NBGSkyGod : Winston Churchill also has a US Destroyer named after him, the Arleigh Burke class Destroyer USS Winston Churchill DDG-81. While naming US airports af
38 rwy04lga : EDI - Sir Sean Connery International Airport Absolutely the worst![Edited 2011-01-23 14:05:26]
39 Post contains images NCLflysBA : NCL - Newcastle "Alan Shearer" International True Legend #9
40 Goblin211 : It's all in the name or abbreviation if you ask me. JFK flows right off the tongue as does Charles de Gaulle, Dulles, etc. I absolutely can't stand Ge
41 kdhurst380 : In the UK, we're far too busy branding all our airports "London". I s**t you not, Birmingham is next on the list...
42 Post contains images lhrnue : I assume Heathrow is reserved for Sir Richard Branson.
43 1stfl94 : Does anyone actually use the full names of these airports? Off the top of my head the only ones that come to mind are JFK and CDG, which is probably m
44 Glom : It is inevitable once HS2 is built. Why name a British airport after Oliver Cromwell? Why not go the whole hog and name Dublin after him? Besides, I
45 Post contains images exFATboy : Not really off-topic, as it's a perfect example of why many people (including me, for the most part) would prefer to not see airports named after pol
46 Aesma : CDG is commonly called "Roissy", shorter than Charles de Gaulle (and abbreviations are not commonly used in French, so nobody would understand "CDG"
47 Post contains images etherealsky : Read the post that FlySSC was replying to; you are both saying the same thing
48 VV701 : Service? Well, I sppose so. But be warned that the next commercial scheduled flight at OXF is not due for another 4 months. It will be on 21 May!
49 Post contains images theducks : An interesting note is that by standards of current US Nationality Law, Winston Churchill would have been elligible for American Citizenship - his mo
50 nycdave : Usually, I think the name barely registers or sticks with anyone, unless it "fits" well -- as someone said, "it rolls off the tongue" when talking of
51 theducks : Naming it after Ted Stevens was only marginally better based on everything I've read - but it saved time working out how to memorialize him when he d
52 Post contains images junction : You might be happy to know Winston Churchill has a senior high school named after him in Eugene, Oregon I always thought that was weird.
53 Eltomzo : How about "Ant 'n' Dec International Airport" at NCL, "Susan Boyle Int'l" at EDI and "Wayne Rooney Int'l" at LPL? Anyone can be a 15 minute sort of gu
54 ikramerica : London HSBC International Airport
55 prebennorholm : There are different habits in different countries. All over north-western Europe I think it is a habit not to name places or infrastructure facilities
56 SA7700 : This thread has veered off-topic and will be locked for further contributions. Any posts added after the thread lock will be removed for housekeeping
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