10 Airports Named After Heroes
Hey, let’s get right to the point this weekend:
10. O’Hare International Airport (Chicago). Named after Edward “Butch” O’Hare, the pilot who single-handedly turned back nine heavy bombers trying to attack his aircraft carrier, Chicago’s O’Hare is one of the most recognizable in the world. O’Hare was America’s first WW II ace.
9. Bradley International Airport (Hartford). Hartford, Conn. is actually one of America’s busiest, most prosperous cities. It used to be home to the Hartford Whalers, a professional hockey team that plied its trade in the NHL. Bradley is named after a 24-year-old pilot (“Eugene M. Bradley of Antlers, Oklahoma”) who died in a dogfight exercise in August of 1941. Bradley’s P-40C fighter plane crashed at Windsor Locks Army Air Field during a training flight, and the field was subsequently named after him.
8. Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee). Named after Billy Mitchell, the “father of the U.S. Air Force,” Milwaukee claims Mitchell as its own since he grew up in the city. It probably helps that Mitchell’s grandfather was a prominent economic and political figure in Milwaukee, too.
7. Logan International Airport (Boston). Officially “General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport,” Boston’s decision to name its airport after a local war hero is a touching one, given all the talent that comes out of that town. Logan was also a Democratic state senator. Logan reached the rank of major general and was tasked with the reorganization of the 26th infantry after World War I.
6. Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris). The second largest airport in Europe is appropriately named after the most prominent French military name of the 20th century. It is also known as Roissy Airport, which is the name of one of the local communes in the area. Voila!
5. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Austin). Ever traveled to the capital city of the Republic of Texas? Too bad. It’s one of America’s hidden treasures. It’s named after Captain John August Earl Bergstrom, a pilot who was part of the famous 19th Bombardment Group that saw a lot of action in the Pacific during World War II.
4. Genghis Khan International Airport (Ulan Bator). Officially spelled “Chinggis Khaan,” it’s only fitting that the capital city of Mongolia’s only international airport be named after Mongolia’s most famous export.
3. Lambert International Airport (Saint Louis). Albert Bond Lambert wasn’t much of a war hero, but he did serve honorably in World War I, mostly as an instructor in how to parachute from planes and navigate the air via balloons. Lambert was much more well-known for his post-war, civilian aviation work.
2. Lindbergh Field (San Diego). The common term for beautiful San Diego’s international airport is Lindbergh Field, named after the famous pilot Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh is well-known. He fought bravely in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Here is a short essay explaining why San Diego’s international Airport still goes by “Lindbergh Field.”
1. TBA Russian Airports. Late last year, Vladimir Putin and his henchmen decided to hold a voting contest throughout the Russian Empire called “the Great Names of Russia.” Instead of getting to vote for their own politicians, the Russians were able to choose new names for their airports. Reports have been spotty on the results, but I’m sure Dmitry Karbyshev will get his name on an airport somewhere.
Have a good weekend.