Indianapolis airport unveils statue honoring 1st manager

(Provided Photo, file/Indianapolis International Airport)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A central Indiana man who was the first manager of the Indianapolis airport that once bore his name is commemorated in a sculpture for travelers to see.

The 7-foot bronze likeness of H. Weir Cook is displayed in the center entrance of the ticketing hall at Indianapolis International Airport.

The Daily Reporter in Greenfield reports the $80,000 sculpture was created by Terre Haute artist Bill Wolfe and funded with private contributions.

Cook was born in Wilkinson in 1892 and became one of the first transcontinental airmail pilots after World War II.

He was a member of the group that selected the location for the Indianapolis airport in 1929 and served as its manager from 1931 to 1941.

The airport bore Cook’s name from 1944 until 1976. 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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