It is with great sadness that the Midway Historians report the passing
one of our fellow historians,
Joe" Lipien, who flew his final flight westbound on
June 3, 2017.
He had a long career in aviation, including stints at American Airlines Maintenance Academy, Lewis University,
ATE/American Flyers/MDW, J&D Aircraft Maintenance and Southwest Airlines,
Godspeed, Uncle Joe.
You will be missed but not forgotten.
Uncle Joe's visitation will be held
Friday, June 9th
at Sheehy & Sons Funeral
9000 151st Street, Orland Park, IL
Visitation is from 3:00 pm to 9:00
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"To climb or descend through and around towers of fluffy
whiteness, sun shining through, over and around them. Talk about your silver linings! To
take off from Honolulu with a rainbow that follows you to Diamond Head, and hear, 'Aloha, come back soon.' To
fly off to Europe with darkness only on the right side of your airplane, or to come back with two sunrises in
one day: these are but a few of the fantastic experiences of the gift of flight. And you too, can have this
gift. Why don’t you join me?" -Flight Engineer Robert F. Zilinsky, American Airlines
Step back in time and experience
aviation, a magical place ...and an era when aviation was an exciting event,
not just a quicker way of getting from Point A to Point B. Air travel was a romantic, exciting thing and people got
dressed up to fly, or just to go to the airport to watch the show!
From the late-1920s to the early 1960s you were up close and personal with giant, gleaming airplanes ... beautiful
machines to behold. Chicago has always loved Midway Airport and today, it's known as the World's Busiest Square
Mile... but here, we take you back to the days when this incredible, teeming place was the World's
Many thanks to Midway Historian Boyd Kelly for this excellent video.
of the Midway Historians is to preserve and share the history of Chicago Aviation and in particular, its legacy
airport, Midway. The airport has birthed a multitude of stories, photos, sights and sounds.
We might take our mission seriously, but we have a lot of fun doing it and we hope this visit will stir
up excitement in you about our favorite airport. No other airport on earth has been packed with so
much intensity, bravado, adventure, allure, romance, sounds or celebrity than has this
square mile of real estate nine miles southwest of the Chicago Loop.
Write and tell us what you think of
your visit here, and what else you would like to see on the website. If you are an enthusiast of Midway
Airport, Midway Historians is your club! All youneed to become a Midway Historian is that
— and there's no cost to join.
Perhaps you have a thing or two
to share about your experiences with Midway. Or, you may have a friend or relative who had some regular
dealings with MDW, or know someone who's flown from MDW during those golden years of
aviation. Either way, give us a shout. We look forward to
hearing from you.