Street at New Century AirCenter Named After John Glenn

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Before John Glenn became the first astronaut to orbit Earth in 1962, with the world at war in July 1942, it was at this airport that Glenn earned his military wings by training in a two-seater Stearman plane. He trained in the first class at the Olathe Naval Air Station, what is now New Century AirCenter. The sign is located at the intersection just east of Prairie Village Drive and Moonlight Road.