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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 en 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.

In 2020, Toledo Express Airport underwent a name change to Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport. Join us on our Facebook page or at toledoexpress.com/eugenefkranz for a Renaming and Dedication Ceremony honoring Eugene F. Kranz on Saturday, May 22 at 10 a.m. EST!

Photos courtesy of NASA

May 5, 2021

Are you looking to plan an outdoor adventure this summer? We can get you there!

Discover the natural wonders and remarkable landscape of one of the most beautiful locations in the nation. Check out these six U.S. National Parks you can visit with a one-stop connection on American Airlines out of Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport (TOL).

Enter to win a roundtrip airline ticket out of TOL to any of the six destinations listed below. Twelve winners will be randomly chosen and will also receive an annual park pass! Click here to enter. Sweepstake ends May 19, 2021. Restrictions apply. Visit toledoexpress.com/contests to review sweepstake rules and regulations and for more information!

  1. Glacier National Park, MT

Nestled in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, Glacier National Park is known for its gorgeous meadows, glacial lakes, and of course, its rugged mountains. Explore over 700 miles of trails and when you cannot hike any longer, sit back and enjoy the scenic views on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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  1. Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

This Colorado national park has a little something for all interests and skill levels. Enjoy over 300 miles of hiking trails, take a drive on the famous Trail Ridge Road and the Old Fall River Road to popular overlooks to experience incredible views, or pack a lunch to enjoy a quiet picnic in the park.

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  1. Sequoia National Park, CA

Imagine waking up to the sound of the birds and the wind, while surrounded by the world’s largest trees. You do not have to imagine it when you camp or lodge at Sequoia National Park! Whether you are interested in hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, or relaxing and watching the wildlife, there is an adventure for everyone!

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  1. Yellowstone National Park, MT

Explore the magic of Yellowstone’s thermal basins. It is estimated that over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including hot springs, geysers and mudpots, are active in this park. Yellowstone also has nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails, exciting wildlife to see, and bike paths to explore!

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  1. Yosemite National Park, CA

Yosemite may be best known for its magnificent waterfalls; however, there are also many other treasures to explore such as valleys, giant sequoias, meadows, vast wildlife, and more! Yosemite is also home to famous rock formations including El Capitan, Half Dome, and Glacier Point.

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  1. Zion National Park, UT

Enjoy the different hues of pink, cream, and red of the massive sandstone cliffs at Zion National Park! There are multiple trails that range from scenic walks of less than a mile to multi-day hikes. Interested in the rich history of the first native people and pioneers to inhabit the park? Check out the Human History Museum!

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Your unforgettable vacation is only a connecting flight away out of Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport on American Airlines! Click here to enter now to win!

April 23, 2021

Looking for a weekend vacation spot this summer? Look no further! The Windy City is full of fun activities for all ages! Check out these 6 activities that will be sure to have you packing your bags!

1. Kayak Chicago

Put on your sunscreen and hit the water on a guided kayak tour of Chicago! Experience the skyline, architecture, and Chicago sunset like you never have before. If you’re looking for a challenge, you can choose to complete the tour on a stand-up paddleboard!

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2. Discover Lincoln Park

­­Spend an afternoon at Chicago’s largest park and enjoy the gardens, gorgeous views, and free zoo! Lincoln Park Zoo offers daily activities including seal training, penguin encounters, a train adventure, and more! Reservations are required. Click here to learn more.

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3. Chicago Sunset Cruise

Whether you are planning a romantic evening or looking for an adventure for the entire family, the breathtaking city views you will experience on the Chicago Sunset Cruise will be enjoyed by all!

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4. Shedd Aquarium

Discover the wonders of the sea at the Shedd Aquarium by getting eye-to-eye with animals including beluga whales, sea lions, sea otters, green sea turtles, and more! Whatever your age or interests, this will surely be one of your favorite stops!

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5. Bobby’s Bike Hike

Are you looking to see the city in a way that also gets you up and moving? Explore the Windy City on a guided bike tour! Bobby’s Bike Hike offers a variety of tours for all skill levels and ages including local attraction tours, neighborhood tours, and food tours. Not feeling it? Skip the bikes and schedule a walking tour!

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6. Field Museum

Whether you are interested in dinosaurs, birds, plants, Ancient Egypt, biology, Africa, meteorites, and more, the museum has something for everyone to discover! The Field Museum is also home to SUE, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex remains discovered to date.

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Your unforgettable Chicago family vacation is just one flight away and Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport can get you there on American Airlines. Book your flight today at AA.com!

April 14, 2021
After months of staying home, many of us are looking forward to safely traveling again. Are you seeking sunny skies and sandy beaches? Or maybe you’re looking forward to visiting your favorite theme park? If you are looking to kick back, unwind, and leave your worries in Ohio this summer, Florida is a great destination spot for you!
Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport can get you nonstop to Orlando Sanford, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, and St. Pete-Clearwater on Allegiant,
Check out these 6 fun things to do that will be sure to have you booking your next vacation today!

Orlando, Florida

Enjoy an exciting day experiencing the sights, sounds, and adventures of Orlando and surrounding cities on a guided tour! Popular tours to choose from include swimming with manatees, taking an air boat ride through the Everglades, visiting the Kennedy Space Center, and more!
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Experience the magic and adventure of one (or more!) of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks! Maybe you want to visit iconic Disney characters at Magic Kingdom Park, or test your skills flying the Millennium Falcon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney has an adventure for everyone!
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Punta Gorda, Florida

Fisherman’s Village is filled with live music, entertainment, shopping, eateries, and water adventures and tours to enjoy. Basically, a full day of fun!
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Fort Myers, Florida

Pack your beach bag with your towel, sun block, sunglasses, and your favorite book and head out for a relaxing day on the beach. Looking for a new adventure? Book a dolphin tour or hop on a fishing charter!
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Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater is known for its gorgeous beaches and clear water. After enjoying the day on the beach, head over to Pier 60 to enjoy sunset views, entertainment, and grab souvenirs for the whole family!
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St. Petersburg, Florida

Explore the beauty of St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum! Sunken Gardens is 100 years old and is home to many animals as well as exotic plants and flowers from around the world! Take a leisurely stroll through the garden’s paved walkways or book an educational tour!
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Your unforgettable vacation to Florida is only a flight away out of Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport on Allegiant! Book your flight today at allegiant.com.

March 29, 2021

The pandemic has left many of us longing to visit a warm, sandy beach, lace up our hiking boots to explore new terrain, or indulge in the food and culture of an unfamiliar place. If this sounds like you, look no further than Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport (TOL) to begin planning your next trip. Your local airport can easily get you from your doorstep to your destination when you’re ready to travel again.

Did you know you can fly to nearly200 worldwide destinations on a one-stop connecting flight on American Airlines? Plan your next vacation to domestic destinations such as Las Vegas, New York City, Charleston, or Phoenix. Discover the history, traditions, and local cuisine of somewhere new on your next vacation!

TOL also offers nonstop flights on Allegiant to popular vacation destinations in Florida, including Orlando Sanford, St. Pete-Clearwater, and Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda. Whether you are in the mood to enjoy an afternoon relaxing on the beach, swim with dolphins, or visit one of the many theme parks, TOL can get you there.

Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport is dedicated to making your travel experience through the airport as fast, easy and convenient as possible. Parking is available within 50 feet of the terminal and daily parking rates are just $8 per day when compared to more than $20 a day at other airports.

Remember to check TOL, because we can get you there! For more information on your local airport, visit toledoexpress.com, and book your next unforgettable vacation today on American Airlines or Allegiant through Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport by visiting aa.com or allegiant.com.

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