The airport that carries the name of the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, has issued a statement marking his death on December 8.
Born in Cambridge, Ohio, in 1921, John Glenn became a national hero after orbiting the Earth three times in the Friendship 7 space capsule in February 1962. He had previously served with the US military in World War Two and the Korean War and, during a break in his political career, returned to space at the age of 77 as a crew member on the Space Shuttle Discovery.
The former Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH) was renamed John Glenn Columbus International Airport in his honour earlier this year.
Elaine Roberts, President and CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which manages CMH commented: “John Glenn understood that aviation isn’t about flying, it’s about freedom. From humble beginnings in a small Ohio town, Senator Glenn proved that with unwavering determination and relentless hard work, every person can create his or her own opportunity to fulfill a potential beyond the limits of this earth. While his spirit is certainly flying as high and as fast as only John Glenn could go, his legacy of service and integrity inspires us in serving the people of our community in his honour.”