Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
KC: On Flight
From TWA to Executive Beechcraft, Kansas City has some big names to drop when it comes to our aviation history. The original TWA headquarters still stands at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, though space-constriction caused operations to be moved to our international airport in 1972.
Downtown Airport, which serves general aviation aircraft from throughout the U.S., has its own special claim to fame – it was opened and dedicated by Charles Lindbergh himself back in 1927. Today, Downtown Airport is home to Executive Beechcraft, a 80+-year-old aviation business, as well as a host of other companies.
Prior to its opening in 1972, visionary Councilman Jeffrey Hillelson moved to change the name of the newly constructed international airport from Mid-Continent International Airport (MCI) to Kansas City International Airport (KCI), although the original airport code of MCI is still used to this day. When Kansas City International Airport officially opened in 1972, another famous name was on hand, Vice President Spiro Agnew was the keynote speaker at KCIís dedication. First built on 4,700 acres of land in northwest Kansas City, KCI has expanded to 10,000 acres, and continues to make improvements to enhance its status as a world-class aviation facility. The airport, with its unique C-shaped terminals, is still
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number B12.)
Location. 39° 18.822′ N, 94° 42.157′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Touch for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk B12, in Economy Parking Lot B, at Kansas City International Airport, 601 Brasilia Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64153, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Art and Soul (within shouting distance of this marker); Atkins Gift (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of BBQ (about 400 feet away); Rail Center (about 500 feet away); Airport History (about 500 feet away); KC's Baseball Story (about 500 feet away); Hale: The Firepole (about 500 feet away); Football Fever (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
More about this marker. The Economy Parking Lots' passenger kiosks each have unique historical markers and flashy artwork to help passengers remember where they parked.
Also see . . .
1. History of Kansas City International Airport. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Kansas City International Airport. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.