Airport once carried name of military hero

Renaming Indianapolis Airport Back to Weir Cook?

By Peter Neumann

Renaming Indianapolis Airport Back to Weir Cook?

June 18, 2010 Updated Nov 6, 2007 at 1:42 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A group of retired soldiers wants the
Indianapolis airport renamed again for World War I hero H. Weir
Cook.

The airport was once named for Cook but was changed to the
Indianapolis International Airport in the 1970s. Retired officers
have gathered nearly 1,000 signatures supporting the change back to
Cook's name. They plan to take their case to city leaders later
this year.

Cook shot down seven German planes as a pilot during World War
I. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with an oak leaf
cluster and the French Croix de Guerre.

He was killed in a 1943 plane crash after volunteering for World
War II. Indianapolis named its airport after him in 1944.

In the 1970s, the name was changed when leaders were trying to
build a big-city reputation for Indianapolis.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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