City of Toledo | Dedication and Renaming Ceremony of Eugene F. Kranz…

The Port Authority of Toledo-Lucas County and the City of Toledo are hosting a virtual inauguration and renaming ceremony of the Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport on Saturday, May 22nd at 10am. Personal participation is only possible by invitation due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The video link to view the live stream of the inauguration and renaming ceremony will be available on the morning of the event at

“Gene Kranz is a living legend and one of the icons of the American space program. Put simply, without Gene Kranz there would be no moon landing on July 20, 1969, ”said Wade Kapszukiewicz, Mayor of Toledo. “When Mr. Kranz returns to his hometown, I encourage all Toledoans to attend the renaming ceremony and cheer our local son. This will be our chance to welcome a hero home and thank them for the inspiring example he has given for generations to come. “

“The Port Authority is honored that Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport is now named after a world-famous local icon known throughout the aerospace and aerospace industries,” said Thomas Winston, President and CEO of Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “We look forward to officially honoring Mr. Kranz on May 22nd.”

It is expected that Mr. Kranz and members of his family will attend the event.

Mr. Kranz was born in Toledo on August 17, 1933, and is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. His interest in space travel developed at a young age and was first recognized when he was writing his thesis on the potential of flying a single-stage rocket to the moon. He joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1960 as one of the original assistant flight directors for Project Mercury. During his career at NASA, Mr. Kranz was instrumental in developing flight controls for US-operated spaceflights and contributed to many groundbreaking achievements that have contributed to the development of the space program and our growing knowledge of space and aviation. Most notably, he played a pivotal role in the Apollo program, serving as the flight director for the first moon landing, Apollo 11, in 1969. He also served as the flight director for Apollo 13 and played a pivotal role in the return of the rocket and three astronauts safely amidst Earth an explosion that put the spaceship out of action on its way to the moon in 1970. After a long, successful career at NASA, Mr. Kranz retired in 1994.

Mr. Kranz rightly earned his place in history as one of the few individuals responsible for leading some of the nation’s greatest achievements in space. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, and has received four Presidential Ranking Awards, the highest recognition any U.S. civil service employee can receive.

Media representatives wishing to attend are asked to register by emailing [email protected] Media parking is available on West Airport Road east of the main entrance to the terminal.


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