Washington city officials have in the past moved on recognizing a person who made a significant contribution to the community in various endeavors. The city officials have not moved on naming something at the airport after the late Carl Cochran, airport operator for many years.
The former Navy pilot and commercial airline captain gave a new life to the airport. It’s been said and written before that Carl put the Washington airport on the aviation map. Widely known in aviation circles, Carl promoted activities and growth at the airport. With his leadership, traffic increased at the airport and he did what he could to promote public awareness of it.
One idea is to name the administration building after Carl. Another idea is to name the runway after him. At the very least, a plaque in his honor could be placed on a wall in the administration building. Of note is that the Franklin County Honor Flight, Inc., has a “memorial service for Carl” on its agenda for its next meeting.
Carl set an outstanding example of a small airport operator who lived and breathed aviation and did everything he could do to make the Washington airport an important asset of the community. His engaging personality created many friendships that drew pilots and others to the airport. He was “Mr. Aviation” in this area.
Someone in the city needs to take hold of this project and give honor to a very deserving person.