Indy Council votes to rename airport for war hero

The Indianapolis City-County Council has voted to recommend that the name of an aviation hero be returned to Indianapolis International Airport.

The council voted 25-3 Monday to approve the nonbinding resolution asking the city's airport board to add Col. Harvey Weir Cook to the airport's official name.

Cook was an aviator in both world wars. He was killed in a plane crash at an air base in New Caledonia in 1943.

The airport was known by the Weir Cook name from 1944 to 1976, when it was renamed Indianapolis International Airport. If the name change is approved, it would coincide with the opening of a new terminal building this fall.

A military veterans group has been pushing for the return of Weir Cook's name to the airport.

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