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Toledo Categorical Aiport renamed after legendary NASA flight director

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SWANTON, Ohio (WTVG) – He was NASA’s flight director for the first Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 and helped guide the Apollo 13 astronauts safely back to Earth in 1970.

He’s from Toledo too.

Eugene Kranz speaks to two men after the renaming and inauguration ceremony.(Chris Mercadante)

Now the Toledo Express Airport will forever pay tribute to the legendary Eugene F. Kranz as the newly renamed Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport.

The Toledo Express Airport is now the Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport.The Toledo Express Airport is now the Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport.(Chris Mercadante)

Kranz attended Central Catholic High School before joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1960. Today, May 22, 2021, he attended the inauguration ceremony for the airport to honor his name and preserve his legacy.

A small crowd posed for pictures with wreaths.A small crowd posed for pictures with wreaths.(Chris Mercadante)

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