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Wichita Airport To Be Named After Ike

Associated Press - March 4, 2014 2:11 pm

A military refueling tanker is forced to make an emergency landing after pilots had to shut one of the plane's four engines down while practicing maneuvers in Kansas.

Wichita’s airport will now be known as the “Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.”

The Wichita City Council vote Tuesday to change the name to honor the former president, who grew up in Abilene.

It will cost the city about $140,000 to change signs at the airport. It wasn’t immediately clear when the new name would be posted.

Two city radio personalities started a petition drive to rename the airport in October. Supporters said it would bring recognition to the city and honor a Kansas native who led during wars and difficult times.

Critics said Eisenhower had no direct connection to Wichita and money spent on the change could be put to better use.

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