January 26, 2017

Boston Logan International Airport

Logan Airport

Boston Logan International Airport (IATA Code BOS) is the largest airport in New England. Most New Englanders call the airport, simply "Logan."

Since we are going to be flying out of the airport soon, I thought it would be interesting to learn a bit about the airport. Here are some things that I have learned about the airport.

Airport History

  • The original airfield was created by the United States Army
  • First airplane to land on the field was on June 13, 1923.
  • That's 19 years, 5 months, 27 days after the Wright Brothers first flight.
  • Commercial Aircraft started flying out in 1927.
  • In 1927, Charles Lindbergh and the "Spirit of St. Louis" landed in Boston after a solo flight across the Atlantic
  • Official Name is the General Edward Lawrence Logan Airport. (June 12, 1943)
  • Previous Name was the Commonwealth Airport, some people may refer to it as the "East Boston Airport"
  • In 1947, the airport became International with passenger flights to Canada, Bermuda, Lisbon and London.
  • In 1959, Massport took over the airport
  • In 1973, Massport built a 22-story airport control tower. (The largest in the world.)
  • Today the Airport covers 2,384 acres and six runways.
  • Currently rank 17th busiest airport in the United States.
  • The Airbus A380 is the largest passenger aircraft to ever have landed at the airport.
  • Private Planes can land at Logan Airport. Departure Fees start at $10 daytime. Nighttime field use starts at $59. - Massport Aircraft Operating & Parking Fees

General Edward Lawrence Logan

  • Born in South Boston and Graduated from Boston Latin
  • Served in the 9th Massachusetts Regiment in 1897
  • Commanded the 101st Regiment in World War I
  • Justice of the South Boston Court in 1914
  • Died July 6, 1939 and buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery
  • A statue of General Logan by Joseph Coletti was unveiled at the entrance to the former Boston Airport when it was officially renamed the General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport in a public ceremony in 1956.
  • The statue has been moved with each major airport expansion.
  • The statue is currently located on Porter Street. You will see it on your left as you get on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The joke around the city is that the airport is named after an infrequent flier. The question is: Why did Boston name an airport after General Edward Lawrence Logan? For all of his many accomplishments, Lieutenant General Logan never flew in an airplane.

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