Flying ace to be honored at Indianapolis airport

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): A statue of a World War I flying ace credited with shooting down seven enemy aircraft is going to be placed at the Indianapolis International Airport.

The Indianapolis Star reports ( ) a 7-foot bronze statue Col. Harvey Weir Cook will be placed in April at the main entrance of the Weir Cook Memorial Terminal. Indiana artist Bill Wolfe will produce the statue atop an engraved pedestal made from Indiana limestone.

Cook was from tiny Wilkinson in Hancock County. According to citations accompanying his two Distinguished Service Cross awards, at least twice he attacked whole squadrons of German planes while flying alone. Cook was a graduate of Anderson High School and DePauw University.

Indianapolis International Airport was known as Weir Cook Airport before 1976.