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Fly High and Fast – Vol. II Chapter 5: Trips to Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL

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JJ Meehan
The Meehan Family

In addition to using N3028W in connection with my business, I was also able to use it for personal use as long as I paid the expenses.  Between Mooney N1964U and Bonanza N4038W, I was in the air a lot.

The picture at the left was taken at the Kansas City Downtown Airport in 1978.  Left to right are Grandpa Emil Drexler, me, my daughter Jenny Meehan and Grandma Marie Drexler.  We loved to fly down to Kansas City (KC) for shopping, sporting events and Worlds of Fun Amusement Park.   Over 20 years we probably fly down to KC over 10 times.  Later, I would be fly down on business and charters over 50 times.  On this particular flight we left just before one of KC’s worst storms.  Several of the areas were flooded including Country Club Plaza which was the first shopping mall in the USA.  The Italian Restaurant where we had dinner had over nine feet of water in the main area.  Parking garages were totally flooded with hundreds of cars lost.

One of our favorite trips was from Cedar Rapids, IA USA to Branson, MO USA and then KC.  We also enjoyed flying into St. Louis, MO USA and Chicago, IL USA.  We always flow into Lambert Field in St. Louis.  St. Louis had several very nice attractions, Six Flags Amusement Park, the Arch and shopping.

Chicago in 1984 had several good airports including Midway and Meigs.   Meigs was really nice.  We could fly in and check a cab down town for a couple of bucks.   There were always cabs waiting when we got to the airport.   One of very memorable trips was to a Michael Jackson concert at the old Comiskey Park (White Sox’s Baseball Team).  We had seats in the 10th row.  Chicago always had several good restaurants.  One of our favorite is the “Hard Rock Cafe”.   Others include but are not limited to Pizzeria Uno, Geno’s Pizzeria, Ed Debevic’s, Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant,  and our number one restaurant – Giordano’s Pizzeria on Rush St.  Chicago has so much to offer from the Museums, Planetarium, Aquarium, and shopping.  Shopping is fantastic on north Michigan Avenue, Watertower Place, and State Street.  If you get bored with these stores you can always go out to Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL.  On St Patrick Day, they even die the Chicago River Green.  On St. Patrick’s Day the city becomes little Ireland.  No other place has anything like Rush and Division on the near north side of Chicago for bars, restaurants and entertainment.   On St. Patrick’s Day, the streets are filled with people and the bars are hopping with customers and entertainment.  The cab drivers are as bad as New York.  I can remember one cab driver who backed up on a one way street to get a fare.  He also drove out to Midway on I-55 safety strip next to the curb at 60 mph.

The architecture of Chicago is maybe the best in the USA or even the world.    The view of the Chicago Skyline as you flow into Meigs was unbelievable.   Meigs has now been closed so that they could enlarge the Conference Facilities at McCormick Place.  Chicago is the jewel in the heart of the USA.

Meigs Airport, Chicago, IL USA
Chicago Skyline from Lake Michigan.  This is what you would have seen flying into Meigs.

Chicago Planetarium

Chicago Skyline from the Planetarium

Chicago Skyline from the Planetarium

Chicago Hilton Towers.  This is where I would stay in Chicago
Chicago Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL USA

Over the years, I would make hundreds of flights into Chicago, Meigs, Midway, Chicago  Pewaukee and O’Hara Airports.  I’m sure I will talk about flying into Chicago again as my stories continue.

Before I close out this Chapter, I want to mention that we also took several trips to Omaha, Nebraska USA in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s to either see my sister or to visit my aunt in Denison.  Omaha is a great city with a lot of fine restaurants and a fantastic zoo – Henry Doorly Zoo.  The Italian immigrates brought their talents to create great Italian Dishes to Omaha and there are several very fine Italian Restaurants plus some of the best steak restaurants in the USA.

The picture at the right was taken at Millard Airport in Omaha, NE USA.  I’m pre-flighting the plan and friends of the family by the plane getting their picture taken.

Please enjoy more stories on flying at “FLY HIGH AND FAST”.


Written by jjmeehan13

January 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Posted in Flying

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  1. Great pictures good memories for you !


    May 9, 2010 at 6:56 am

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