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Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:48 am

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.

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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:53 am

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

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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:58 am

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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Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:59 am

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Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:59 am

SJC - San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport
 
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:00 am

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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Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:04 am

Gerald R. Ford International while he was alive.
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:09 am

SXM.

Princess Juliana International Airport

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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:14 am

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.

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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:23 am

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport

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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:24 am

John F. Kennedy International Airport - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:26 am

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

He's been gone since the 1960s sadly.
 
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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:32 am

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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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:32 am

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 8):
not alive.



Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 8):
again not alive.

Both were alive when they had the airports named after them.
 
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:49 am

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (Latrobe)
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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:23 am

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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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:28 am

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!

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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:51 am

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.
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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:52 am

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? 

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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:03 am

DTW's McNamara Terminal, named after Wayne Co. County Executive Edward McNamara, while he was alive-- he passed away last year.
 
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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:14 am

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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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:50 am

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.
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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:09 am

Quoting AirbusA346 (Reply 7):

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

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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:20 am

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).

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Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:30 am

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.
 
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Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:41 am

I think STS was named after Charles Schulz when he was alive. The airport's site does not say.
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Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:44 am

PHX's Barry Goldwater Terminal 4 opened in 1990. The Senator didn't die until 1998.
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Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:51 am

Bush Intercontinental
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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:51 am

Quoting AeroWeanie (Reply 24):
I'd say that I was flying to Indiana Pennsylvania and they would start to give me a weather briefing for Indiana.

What happens when you ask for the weather in Wyoming, Pennsylvania?
Edit: or Mars, Pennsylvania?

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RE: Airports Named After Living People.

Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:38 am

Quoting Rampart (Reply 23):

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).

 thumbsup  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 to insult people. "the USS Walter Mondale; it's a laundry ship." (Simpsons)

I hate calling IAH "Bush", not because of any dislike of the 41st prez, but because he's still alive. but I hate using 6 syllables to call it by its other name, esp. in a place like TX. I'm flying Continental out of Intercontinental sounds odd.

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