Welcome to the Midway Historians Website 



  by Captain Bob Russo, UAL (Ret.)

September 10, 2016


Register to attend the Midway Fly Away 5k

Sunday, September 18, 2016


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Midway 5k Fly Away


Midway Fly Away 5k 2016


Midway Fly Away 5k benefiting Special Olympics Chicago!   

Join in the fun and run right on the airfield at Chicago Midway International Airport.

New this year: They've added "The Midway Miler", a one mile race for kids 10 and under. 

The event benefits the year round programs enjoyed by 6,000 Special Olympics Chicago athletes. For more information on getting involved and making a difference, visit   www.sochicago.org. 

Our thanks to the City of Chicago, Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines for their ongoing support!

See you at the start line!!

Packet Pickup Information: 

Saturday, September 17, from 10AM-2PM
Hale Park
6258 W 62nd Street

Packet pick up will be held on race day from 7:00AM until the race starts at 8:45 am at the Southwest Airlines Hangar, located at 6201 S. Laramie at Midway Airport in Chicago, IL. Please indicate any changes on your race bib to a member of the race staff.

Doors to the Southwest Airlines hangar will open at 7AM. Participants are required to bring a photo id for check-in at the Southwest Airlines Hangar and be subject to search. No backpacks/bags will be allowed on the course, however, there will be gear check available the day of the race but please limit your gear to small items for ease of entry.

Race-Day Information: 

No “wheels”, including strollers, bicycles, tricycles, roller blades, inline skates, will be allowed on the airfield.  

Free parking will be available for all participants in the Midway Airport Economy Parking lot, located at 5050 W. 55th Street. You must be parked no later than 8:30 am as the last shuttle to the race starting line will depart by 8:45am. Race volunteers will guide you to the shuttle area.

We will have fun for the whole family so bring your children to enjoy face painters and balloon artists! Souvenir merchandise and refreshments will also be available for purchase.

Prize Details: 

Just like last year, the runner who crosses the finish line "midway" will be awarded (2) round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets to fly anywhere in the continental United States. Winner must be at least 18 years of age.

Other great raffle prizes will also be awarded and prizes will be presented to the first place male and female winners and to the top three male and female finishers in each age group category. We will also be conducting a $10 raffle with awesome prizes.

Please remember to remove the “Raffle” ticket from your bib, before you run, and place it in the box on the raffle table. Winners will be posted.

The runner who raises the most funds by October 1 will receive a Chicago White Sox Skybox for 20 to be used in April or May of 2017.





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Submit your stories, photographs, new member requests and questions to us at  info@www.midwayhistorians.com  and you will get a response asap. 

"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 (ret.)

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 Busiest Airport.

  Many thanks to Midway Historian Boyd Kelly for this excellent video.

The mission 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.

MDW_AA_Gate_1950sWrite 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 you need 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.

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