Monday, June 23, 2008

What's in a name?

Indianapolis changed the name of its airport from Weir Cook to Indy International back in the '70s in an attempt to sound more cosmopolitan. Now there's pressure to change the name of the recently revamped facility back, in order to honor the local aviation hero.

Some boosters are worried that it will somehow make Indy look provincial and Hicksville-ish for the forthcoming Superbowl if the city's airport is named after an obscure local WWII hero. Lord knows that only little cow pasture grass strips are ever named after fighter pilots or local politicos...

9 comments:

Steve Skubinna said...

Yeah, San Diego's airport is named Lindberg Field. Apparently it's named for some kind of stinky cheese or something. How embarrassing.

JPG said...

Uhmmm - -
then there's LaGuardia . . . .

Anonymous said...

And......Hartsfield JACKSON international....

Here's a question....where does the International Flight go to from Indy, that makes it an International Airport, anyway?? Windsor Ontario??

JohnMXL said...

Here in the heart of flyover country we consider any flight stopping or terminating in the People's Republic of California to be an international flight.

Brigid said...

In 2003 Japan got it's first airport named after a local hero. Kochi Ryoma airpor named after a
19th century samuri who sported traditional robes and swords but also proudly packed a six shooter and wore Western style elastic sided boot.

Anonymous said...

Nevermind, that 99.9996% of travellers really do not give a hoot WHAT the airport is called.

Like what your're going to chnage your destination because the airfield is name something odd, historic, or stupid ( Indy International)

CGHill said...

Oklahoma City's two airports were named after guys - Will Rogers and Wiley Post - who died in a plane crash.

What's more, it was the same plane crash.

Rob K said...

Indianapolis was the only place in the mid-west with a long enough runway for the Concord to use, which it did once. I think I was in junior-high at the time.

I believe there are direct flights to London and Paris, among other places.

reflectoscope said...

They named the airport after the dog?