Statue at IND honors Hoosier aviation hero

A new statue at IND honors Col. Harvey Weir Cook. (Provided Photo/Military/Veterans Coalition of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis International Airport honored a local aviation pioneer on Thursday.

A new statue of Colonel Harvey Weir Cook, a pioneer in commercial and military aviation was unveiled at IND. Cook founded Indiana’s first principal airport in 1931, which would later become the IND.

The seven-foot tall bronze statue stands on a pedestal made of Indiana limestone. It is now on now display at the entrance of Weir Cook Memorial Terminal. The sculpture was created by a local artist, Bill Wolfe.

“Col. H. Weir Cook’s statue serves as a historical reminder of the achievements of this remarkable Indiana aviation pioneer and his connections to both commercial and military flight in Indiana. The Indianapolis Airport Authority is proud to honor this Hoosier hero.” according to a release from the Military/Veterans Coalition of Indiana. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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