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Who was your city's airport(s) named for?

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Who was your city's airport(s) named for? Any that you know of is fine.

Just curious.

Was it a politician, local hero, businessman, celebrity, etc.?

ATL's Hartsfield-Jackson is named for ATL's best mayor, William Hartsfield, and arguably its secind best, Maynard Jackson. Hartsfield helped establish the airport.

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Pittsburgh International Airport doesn't have any "special" name however the terminal building (voted the best in the world one year and always among the top three nationally) completed in 1991 was named after County Commissioner Tom Foerster who served from 1968 to 1995 and was the leading force on replacing Pittsburgh's Taj Mahal Terminal of the 1950s with an expanded and state-of-the-art terminal on the opposite side of the runways. The expanded terminal solidified the USAirways hub in the city for another decade and for awhile catapulted Pittsburgh into a top 5 hub airport.

Arnold Palmer the golfer was honored in the last decade with the renaming of Pittsburgh's smaller commuter eastern airport (Arnold Palmer is a native of the suburb of Latrobe). Palmer airport serves USAirways commuter flights and Northwest Airlines commuter flights.

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No that would have been very cool though . . . when most hear "Carnegie" they think of NYC and Carnegie Hall, they forget he grew up and made his fortune as a Pittsburgher ;). His endowed University and Worldwide Library system still live on and are HQed here. (The University is now known as Carnegie-Mellon ;) )

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I am very avid about history.

AP (Advanced Placement) US History class in 10th grade. Just finished it this year even!

Ha! And they said public schools were bad.

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Charlotte-Douglas International Airport was named after a former Charlotte mayor named Ben E. Douglas Sr (mayor from 1935-1941). Mayor Douglas led the efforts to convince the public of the need for an airport which would provide passenger and air-mail service to meet the needs of a growing city. Construction began in 1936 and the airport was opened in 1941. The Charlotte airport was renamed for Douglas in 1954.

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Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is not named after anybody.

It's name comes from the ownership (Wayne County) as the primary airport authority.

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Is there any part of your airpoet named for Andrew Carniegie of US Steel?

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Oh just one quick thing, I do like it when people refer to Carnegie WITH U.S. Steel but to be technical about it, it was "Carnegie Steel" till he decided to "retire" and sell it to the highest bidder--JP Morgan who when he bought it instantly created the world's first "Billion dollar corporation" and renamed it U.S. Steel with Gary and all the others that followed. Basically it is the same company just different name. But U.S. Steel was not what Carnegie knew it as. ;)

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Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport.....not sure though if it was named that while he was still a local congressman, or after he became transportation secretary... (?)

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Louisville International = SDF (Standiford Field)

Named for Dr. Elisha David Standiford who played an important role in Louisville transportation history and owned part of the land on which the new airport was built. Airport moved to present location from Bowman Field after the 1937 Ohio River Flood because land on which SDF was built wasn't affected by floodwaters.

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Grand Rapids' Gerald R Ford Airport is named after the 38th President of the United States (Formerly Kent County International Airport, which wasnt really named after anything.)

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Binghamton NY (former hometown) has Edwin Link Regional airport, named for the inventor of the flight simulator (among other things).

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Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport... how original.

We have two terminals... the Lindbergh Terminal, named after Charles Lindbergh (we all know who that is, right?) He was born in Little Falls, Minnesota.

And the Hubert H. Humphrey Terminal.. one of the most (perhaps the most) influential politician from Minnesota, at least since WW2.

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Bradley International Airport was named for Lt. Eugene M. Bradley, 24, from Antler, Okla., died in a training exercise and becomes the first fatality at the new airbase.

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Louis Armstrong International Airport was named in honor of New Orleans native, and famous Jazz musician Louis Armstrong.

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Ronald Reagan National Airport- Ronald Reagan- 40th President of the United States

Dulles International Airtport- John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State in the Eisenhower era

Thurgood Marshall-Baltimore Washington International AIrport- Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice

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Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, in Quito. It was named after one of the leaders of my nation's independence from Spain. Until the year 2000, when we changed to dollars, our currency was also named Sucre. Our Aeroport is worldwide known because it is one of the most dangerous ones. It was constructed outside the city, but Quito hs grown so much, that now it in the middle of it. Also, many pilots try to avoid Quito because of its location between mountain.

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Providence's T.F. Green State Airport (commonly called T.F. Green or just Green) opened in 1931 as Hillsgrove State Airport. It was renamed for Theodore Francis Green (governor of Rhode Island from 1933-1937) who was said to be an avid supporter of aviation.

The terminal is named for Bruce Sundlun, governor of Rhode Island from 1991-1995.

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Well....Montreal's airport: Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport...was obviously named after former Prime Minister of Canada....Pierre Trudeau.

Neither Greensboro nor Asheville have much of a name to them other than the area they're in.

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