It is with great sadness that we report the passing of one of our finest,
Rich Fennessy. Rich and Nora, his wife of 44 years, resided in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
Rich was a real historian: his loves were Great Lakes lighthouses and ore carriers. He amassed a large collection
of photographs of both, while visiting around the Great Lakes. He also loved steam engines and followed
Commercial air travel was another activity. Rich collected
timetables and menus from airliners, especially those of United Airlines. Originally from Chicago, Rich made annual pilgrimages with Nora back here, and they
were regulars at the Airline Collectibles Show in Elk Grove Village.
The Fennessys shared the unique distinction of having flown with
Bob Russo on the retiring flight of his captaincy as well as United's first 737 fleet. Having become fast
friends of Bob, Rich also came to know about and appreciate the Midway Historians. The story could have ended
there, but the Fennessys became active Midway Historians docents, making substantial financial contributions to our
We will miss you, Rich!
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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.