Let me take you down (from 15,000 feet), 'cause we're going to...
June 29, 2001 1:32 PM   Subscribe

Let me take you down (from 15,000 feet), 'cause we're going to... be landing at John Lennon Airport. The renaming ceremony for Liverpool's airport takes place on Monday. So, who else deserves an airport named after them? [more]
posted by holgate (26 comments total)
 
One of my pet wishes is for Heathrow to be renamed in honour of Frank Whittle: the man whose invention keeps the place in business. Better than naming it after a retired politician, anyway. Anyone else want to rename their local airport?
posted by holgate at 1:36 PM on June 29, 2001


I'm waiting for the Stevie Ray Vaugn Memorial Heliport
posted by bondcliff at 1:38 PM on June 29, 2001


Does anyone know if there are any airports named after a woman? I'd like to see an Amelia Earhart airport somewhere...or would that scare people?
posted by witchstone at 1:41 PM on June 29, 2001


Maybe there is a Amelia Earhart airport somewhere. Perhaps that's where she landed.

Does anyone know if there are any airports named after a woman?

Here's one.
posted by Shadowkeeper at 1:45 PM on June 29, 2001


Thanks shadowkeeper, somehow I had the feeling that if there was one, it was in India. Maybe because I was recently reading about Indira Gandhi.

Have you heard about that American guy who claims he saw Amelia Earhart's plane on a Japanese island in the Pacific during WWII? He's claiming that there's a big government conspiracy, of course. Yeah, he's probably a crackpot, but it's kind of fun reading.
posted by witchstone at 1:52 PM on June 29, 2001


There is an Amelia Earhart Airport but nobody seems to know where it is.
posted by bondcliff at 1:55 PM on June 29, 2001


I've always thought that Wright Field was a reasonable name.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 1:59 PM on June 29, 2001


Wright Field: ideal for those 120-foot commutes.

(Great choice, Steven, since the Wrights' first flight was about as far as a pop-up into right field.)
posted by holgate at 2:27 PM on June 29, 2001


db cooper, john denver, payne stewart, buddy holly...
phew, I think I got most of them out of the way.
posted by machaus at 2:35 PM on June 29, 2001


I think all airports should be named after Ronald Reagan. Even the ones in the heathen, foreign places. Like Tulsa.
posted by crunchland at 2:51 PM on June 29, 2001


Wouldn't that make reading airport departure boards a little, um, tricky?
posted by holgate at 2:58 PM on June 29, 2001


Stephin Merritt Airport?
posted by Karl at 3:12 PM on June 29, 2001


Paul McCartney International Airport :)
posted by riffola at 3:26 PM on June 29, 2001


holgate:

Funny you should mention Sir Frank Whittle. He retired to my neighborhood in Maryland until his death. A nice old man, with wispy white hair and an accent that was difficult for us kids to decipher. Always willing to bend our ears with stories of flight, though.

A friend of mine did a series of interviews with Sir Frank for a high school project. I wonder what's become of them. They're probably pretty interesting.

Thanks for the post -- nice memories.
posted by dfowler at 3:27 PM on June 29, 2001


The Matthew Haughey Regional Airport. Nothing less will do.
posted by o2b at 3:30 PM on June 29, 2001


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posted by allaboutgeorge at 5:42 PM on June 29, 2001


How can Frank Whittle be "the father of the jet engine"? Wasn't the jet engine invented by ze Germans at BMW?

And how about an airport named after our favorite twins!
posted by ktheory at 6:49 PM on June 29, 2001


Wasn't the jet engine invented by ze Germans at BMW?

Um, no.

Newton & Leibniz come to mind.
posted by holgate at 7:01 PM on June 29, 2001


Why the Baron Manfred von Richthofen memorial airport would sit well with me. They could serve Red Baron pizzas and sell little WWI biplanes planes to kids. I'm also wlling to settle for the le petite rouge memorial airport.
posted by skallas at 11:50 PM on June 29, 2001


Ronald Reagan Starport.
posted by davehat at 1:09 AM on June 30, 2001


Dublin Airport doesn't seem to have a name but I don't think we're ready for Jack Charlton Airport.
posted by prolific at 1:37 AM on June 30, 2001


allaboutgeorge: Hey, perhaps Matt could start up a Frequent Fi-ers club.
posted by davehat at 1:42 AM on June 30, 2001


Eventually they will all be owned by corporations like Citicorp and will not even have the word "airport" in their names. "We are now approaching LifeHaven Chicago."

Marketing boys will insist that these places are "personal escape zones" or the like, with even more emphasis on the "experience" -- shopping, pools, daycare, massage, psychotherapy, the supposed purging and cleansing treatments of alternative health, but then on to eating, drinking, gabbing, gambling, banking, bonking, and bunking. A little beeper badge handed to you upon arrival will warn you when it is time to start making your way to the gate, though if you're the sort who likes Disney World but with whisky and whores, you won't want to leave.
posted by pracowity at 2:43 AM on June 30, 2001


They should rename the Dallas Fort Worth Airport, "MEATLOAF." What a showman!
posted by ZachsMind at 3:24 AM on June 30, 2001


A little beeper badge handed to you upon arrival will warn you when it is time to start making your way to the gate, though if you're the sort who likes Disney World but with whisky and whores, you won't want to leave.

Isn't Schiphol getting its own brothel soon?
posted by holgate at 6:29 AM on June 30, 2001


> Isn't Schiphol getting its own brothel soon?

If these guys are right, the government rejected a brothel chain's proposal to open a branch there.
posted by pracowity at 3:29 AM on July 1, 2001


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