Commemorative Flyover Planned for Meigs on Easter Sunday
March 27, 2013 - The dates March 30-31, 2003, are infamous to pilots, especially those who loved the former Chicago lakefront airport known as Merrill C. Meigs Field (CGX). During those overnight hours 10 years ago this weekend, Chicago's mayor, Richard M. Daley, achieved his long-held goal of closing the airport when he illegally ordered bulldozers to carve large X's into Meigs' Runway 36.
Chicago's beloved downtown airport was suddenly no more.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of that debacle (for which the city eventually paid more than $1 million in federal fines), the Friends of Meigs Field is planning events on Easter Sunday to remember "The Coolest Little Airport on the Planet."
The public is invited to gather at 1:30 p.m. on the east side of the Meigs Field terminal building, where a memorial visible from the air will be created for aerial photographs to create a lasting image for the airport. A ground ceremony is planned for 1:40 p.m. followed by volunteer pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen Chicago "DODO" Chapter and EAA Young Eagles program conducting the classic missing man maneuver at approximately 2 p.m.
Following will be a reception at Maggiano's, 516 N. Clark St. For more details, visit the Friends of Meigs Field website.