Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport, your local choice for air travel, provides an easy, fast alternative to larger, less convenient airports. Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport offers nonstop service to Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona, Orlando Sanford, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda and St. Pete-Clearwater, Florida via Allegiant.
About Eugene F. Kranz
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On March 26, 2020, Toledo Express Airport was officially renamed Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport to honor the accomplishments and achievements of Mr. Kranz.
Eugene F. Kranz was born in Toledo, Ohio, on August 17, 1933, and is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. His interest in space flight developed at a young age and was first recognized when he wrote his high school thesis about the potential of flying a single-stage rocket to the moon.
Mr. Kranz joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1960 as one of the original Project Mercury assistant flight directors. Throughout his career at NASA, he was deeply involved in developing the flight control operations for U.S. operated space flights and contributed many groundbreaking accomplishments that have assisted the development of the space program and our growing knowledge in the field of space and aeronautics. Most notably, he played a crucial role in the Apollo program and acted as the flight director for the first lunar landing, Apollo 11, in 1969. He also served as the flight director for Apollo 13 and played a pivotal role in efforts to return the rocket and three astronauts safely to Earth amid an explosion disabling the spacecraft when it was in route to the Moon in 1970. After a long, successful career with NASA, Mr. Kranz retired in 1994.
Mr. Kranz rightfully earned his place in history as one of the handful of individuals responsible for leading some of the nation’s greatest accomplishments in space. He has been recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award, and has been honored with four Presidential Ranking awards, the highest recognition a U.S. Civil Service employee can receive.