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Wichita Reaffirms Airport Name Change

Associated Press - April 9, 2014 6:13 am

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.

The Wichita City Council has reaffirmed its decision to rename Mid-Continent Airport to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport a day after the city’s airport advisory board voted 10-1 against the change.

Tuesday’s 5-2 council vote was the same as in March, when members first approved the change. It was largely a symbolic vote and cleared the way for the new name to go to the Federal Aviation Administration for paperwork changes.

The new name becomes effective next year when a new terminal opens.

The two council members opposed to the change criticized the $270,000 cost to the airport and city to change the name and highway signage. A former county commissioner also argued that young people don’t even know who Eisenhower was.

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Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle

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