History buffs and frequent travelers know there are U.S. airports named for Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Soon, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the nation's 34th president, will have an airport named in his honor, too.
In response to a local petition campaign that gained support from city commissioners in Abilene, Kan., home of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood home, the Wichita City Council voted last week to change the name of the city's Mid-Continent Airport to the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.
The resolution moves now to the Wichita Airport Authority, which will vote on the name change in early April.
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"The authority board members are the same as the city council members," said Victor White, executive director of airports at the Wichita Airport Authority, "so we expect it to go through and a formal document sent to the Federal Aviation Administration."
Once FAA approval is secured, the name change could become effective around March 2015, when a new $200 million terminal and parking project to serve the airport's 1.5 million annual passengers is complete.