TWAer's at Midway, O'Hare and CHI were and will always be a special breed! This is their story - YOUR story.  It's YOUR place, and it's called Windy City Ambassadors.  The story of TWA and Chicago will never be in the past, it will always be present - close to our hearts, just as all those friends we've made over the years.  Thanks to TWAers Phil and Joan Carlson, we are able to present a number of great photos from the Chicago Tribune of historic Midway Airport. CLICK HERE to bring back memories from the early days of Midway!

Our former Webmaster, George Swanson, made a valuable comment about TWA and our careeers before he left us: "The funny thing is that when you share a memory or talk about something that is or was important to you it hits a responsive chord and others chime in. 

Think about writing something about an aspect of your Chicago career, write it and let it fly.  

You never know,  you may hear from old friends you've just about forgotten.

What united us was not necessarily the friendships but the MISSION.  What we DID.  We lived a great era in aviation and probably didn't really realize it back then.  These were the golden years as the jet conquered travel and our passengers were carriage trade.  Much of what we knew is gone, sadly, forever.



It's hard to believe but we're looking forward to our FINAL TWA Family Christmas Party on SATURDAY December 7th at Noon at Maggiano's in Oakbrook. This will be a special experience not to be missed! As Queenie and Judy announced in the newsletter:

"This Holiday Christmas party will be our final event as Windy City Ambassadors, Seniors Club. After much deliberation and with heavy hearts, we have chosen our Holiday gathering spot. Our TWA Family Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 7th at Noon  at Maggiano's in Oakbrook. The restaurant has a designated canopied entrance for Private Dining Rooms and offers Valet Parking. No Dues..for 2020.  We never thought we would be saying this and it breaks our hearts to do so. Please do NOT send any checks for Membership Dues for 2020. So keep your money!" 

Below is a handy reservation form. Simply clip and mail to Queenie!

Our "downtown" SUMMER luncheon was held on SEPTEMBER 8th at the Erie Cafe, 536 West Erie Street in Chicago. This great historic location did not disappoint as over 30 of your fellow TWAers enjoyed a full luncheon topped with home-made tiramisu! Watch for details in your next and final newsletter. Thanks to Joe Alacapa, a short video was made at the luncheon. You can CLICK HERE to enjoy it.

Here's the latest news!!! The AGM for 2019 will be held at the beautifully renovated TWA Flight Center at JFK on October 15, 16 & 17, 2019. Marc Brecy, the webmaster for the TWA SENIORS CLUB has updated their site and included this great video that will give you chills!!  CLICK HERE!

And RESERVATIONS ARE OPEN!!! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE DETAILS. When you make your reservation, you'll receive this welcome: 

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the TWA Hotel on your upcoming trip to New York City. As a guest of the only hotel located within John F. Kennedy International Airport, you’ll be just steps away from Terminal 5 and a short AirTrain ride to any other terminal. Public transportation is also available to Penn Station in Manhattan.

The TWA Hotel restores the magic of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 terminal — while offering brand new amenities such as a rooftop pool and observation deck, a 10,000-square-foot fitness center and the Paris Café by Jean-Georges.

Check-in Time 4 PM EST

Checkout Time 11 AM EST

Email reservations@twahotel.com

Hotel Website twahotel.com

Prior to your arrival, you’ll receive a more detailed email about your stay. In the meantime, visit twahotel.com for all of our latest news. Should you have any questions or need to modify your reservation, please contact reservations@twahotel.com. 




YES! The new renovation of the famed JFK Flight Center is a reality. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST INFO!

And there is MORE! One of our 1649A's will become a cocktail lounge at JFK. Ifor the interesting stoy CLICK HERE!

Did you realize that the TWA JFK Terminal has been closed since 2001? It's really hard to believe it's been so long. NOW you can take a trip back into the past to view that architectural wonder that was the flagship location for our great airline. The Daily Mail from London has produced a wonderful photo feature that you are sure to enjoy. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY.

Now, a fine hotel has been built will feature, among other things, employees in TWA uniforms. The annual TWA Seniors' AGM (Annual General Meeting) will be held October 15, 16 and 17, 2019. CLICK HERE for the details of this masterpiece.   

Take a minute to see those ORD/CHI/MDW folks who you (probably) worked with or heard about over the years. The images of LOTS of your fellow TWAers from the Ramp, Maintenance, ATO and Reservations have been captured in a great video. CLICK HERE TO SEE IT! 

And NOW, in 2018, there is another great video featuring many of the former great CHI TWA employees from all departments. CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT!

The 747 has been around for 50 years!! Thanks to Phil Carlson, you can take a look at where this fine aircraft has been and where it is today. Thanks Phil! CLICK HERE!!


TWA livery in PHX 5-8-2016

Have you seen this aircraft yet?? Pretty special!! It was seen in PHX May 6, 2016.

When you were in LAS, did you see the great display in the terminal that featured LOTS of fine aircraft including many from TWA and this 331B?


Former DCS Jon Proctor has done it again! Jon and Jeff Kriendler proudly announce the release of a NEW BOOK: Trans World Airlines A Book of Memories. This is a collection of stories from TWA's employees and friends who share the memories of our iconic airline. $29.95 provides 280 pages, 62 stories and 270 color illustartions. Free Priority Mail shipping (USA only) to TWAers. Order from airlinebooks2@gmail.com.


We continually receive news of our friends and coworkers who have passed away. Details are posted on the "Remembering" page. Please click on "Remembering" for the details.

Here;s a good deal for hotel discounts. All TWA chapters have received a complementary special discount membership to Hotel Engine. There are al LOT of benefits so check it all out at: http://www.hotelengine.com/join/twa-alumni

Money...money...money. We never seem to have enough! Thanks to Phil Carlson, there MAY be TWAers who are owed money from the PBGC. Here is Phil's notice:

Are you getting a pension from the PBGC? I do and received a newsletter today online that has an article on (Missing people) that the PBGC is holding pensions for but they haven't been claimed. I found two people that worked at ORD, Gail Manz and Bernard (Bernie) Piagari out of the many that are on the list. They were the only two I recognized.

Now, if someone would like to be a real humanitarian and try to contact our fellow employees to let them know they may have monies coming to them, who would have the best database to do this? Should one start with sending the info to all the clubs to post on their sites and in newsletters (like I am doing to you)??? Here is the web site to go to to check if you have money due to you.


Click workers & Retirees

In the middle bottom section click Search for unclaimed pensions

On the next page enter under companies TWA (nothing else)

About 8 pages of names will come up we are under Pichin Corp (TWA)

Hope we find a few worthy people.


You can enjoy the history of aviation and Chicago courtesy of Jon Proctor through his internet site "Chicago Through the Years". CLICK HERE to take a great trip back in time! 

You can relive the great TWA terminal at JFK! What great memories of a very special place...CLICK HERE.


ALSO, thanks to Queenie, your Webmaster has a CD that is absolutely LOADED with TWA images...badges, pins, ads, travel posters...you name it! If you would want a copy, let him know. Simply click on this to request one:

Non Rev Travel Update


If you do not already have an account on Jetnet, you are really missing out when it comes to non-rev travel. The Jetnet site has been recently improved lots of valuable information. Under "Traveler Info" they have now posted the necessary info to list for our vacation passes D-1's and D3's. There is a lot there to help you when making your travel plans so please check it out at: https://retirees.aa.com/AARetirees/travel
What's new between August 1, 2012 and December 31, 2016?  CLICK HERE to see the changes.
Here's a listing of the changes made in 2019 thru 2017:


1/6 Updated the next luncheon information.
1/8 Added the notice of Ron Knecht's wife passing and the arrangements.
1/15 Added notice of Phil Rinaldi's passing.
1/18 Added notice of Gene White's passing. Rearranged the "remembering" section.
1/27 Added notice of Paula Carney's passing. Also a notice about our April luncheon.
2/5 Added info about the Maintenance/Ramp upcoming lunch.
2/11 Updated details of our February luncheon and added an info item about the 747 today.
2/18 Removed outdated Ramp luncheon info. Added Cafe Salsa for our April luncheon.  
3/15 Added luncheon reservation forms for April and June luncheons.
4/8 Added Maintenance/Ramp luncheon details. Updated the April luncheon info.
5/3 Added information of the passing of Barbara Swafford Lukka and Barbara Spry. Deleted outdated Maintenance/Ramp luncheon info.
5/29 Added updated Maintenance/Ramp luncheon info.
6/17 Removed outdated luncheon information.
6/26 Added September luncheon info as well as a "save the date" for the December luncheon.
7/30 Added Ramp/Maintenance lunch and picnic information.
8/14 Added a reservation form for our September luncheon and the announcement of our FINAL luncheon in December.
9/9 Added details from our September luncheon and changed our membership page as the group will not be meeting in 2020.
9/20 Removed outdated Ramp picnic info and added a link to Joe Alacapa's video from our summer luncheon.
10/9 Added luncheon reservation coupon for December, our final luncheon.


1/4/18 Added information about the Maintenance awards luncheon and presentation.

1/9 Added details of the loss of Joann Parrilli and Bill Culbertson.
1/21 Added Hotel Engine discount details. Added photo of 331B in LAS display case.
2/12 Removed outdated announcements.
2/12 Added info about the upcoming April luncheon.
2/22 FOUND a "Lost TWAer" Jim Sylvester.
3/16 Added Cafe Salsa and White Fence Farm reservation forms and details. 
4/9 Removed outdated Ramp luncheon info.
4/16 Added details of our April luncheon.
5/8 Added yupdated info about the TWA hotel at JFK.
6/11 Added info from our June luncheon and details and registration form for our August luncheon.
7/30 Added details of the Ramp/Maintenance annual picnic.
8/21 Added info about our October and December luncheons.
8/23 Added Ray Eckegren, retired Plant Maintenance Mechanic to the list of "Lost TWAers".
8/28 Added the December 2 date for the December luncheon and the cost of $35 for our October luncheon.
9/3 Added a registration for for our OCtober luncheon and a map link.
9/9 Removed the Ramp/Maintenance picnic item.
9/17 Added a new video of our ORD/MDW/CHI friends. Added dates for the 2019 AGM.
10/10 Added info about a TWA1649A becoming a cocktail lounge at JFK.
10/15 Removed the October luncheon notice and added the Ramp luncheon notice.
10/30 Updated the info for our December luncheon, the $25 dues annual dues and reviewed the past events.
11/1 Announced the passing of Bill Penne ORD ATO Supervisor and Tom Jamieson, PRR at ORD.
11/8 Added reservation forms for December 2018 and February 2019 luncheons. Also added form for the 2019 dues.



1/3/17 Added Marc Brecy's 2017 New Year wish to all.
1/15 Added Diane Rodney to the "lost TWAers" page.
1/24 Updated the date for the March Maintenance/Ramp lunch.
1/29 Added the passing of BettyLyons-Geary's husband, John Malmrose.
1/29 Added info about our April luncheon.
1/29 added an update of the fine hotel coming to the TWA JFK Flight Center.
2/16 Added the notice for the annual TWA Hangar Dance. Updated the luncheon info.
3/1 Added info of the passing of Gary Mazzone and Larry Budrow.
3/5 Added a luncheon reservation form and a report of our February luncheon.
3/9 Added a link to Gary Mazzone's obituary and Gary's photo.
4/16 Added the Ramp/Maintenance lunch on May 8th.
4/26 Added the reservation form for our June luncheon. Added details of our April feast. Rearranged the "remembring" page.
5/1 Removed the hangar dance notice.
5/9 Removed the  Maintenance/Ramp lunch notice.
5/20 Added a reservation form for our August luncheon.
6/2 Added info for the Maintanance/Ramp annual picnic.
6/7 Added Anita Patel to the list of "Lost TWAers"
6/17 Added info about the Manitenance/Ramp summer lunch. Removed the White Fence Farm luncheon info.
6/29 Updated the Maintenance summer lunch date that is now August 7.
8/30 Added info about our October luncheon.
8/30 Added info of Dody Mooney's passing.
9/11 Removed outdated Ramp/Maintenance picnic info.
9/13 added details of Marie Maras' passing.
9/26 Added the October luncheon reservation form.
10/2 Added a link to the latest info on the renovation of the JFK Flight Center.
10/24 Added a link to the Ramp/Maintenance 2017 picnic.
10/25 Added a photo of a model 707-331B on display in LAS.
11/2 Added info about our annual Christmas Party and updated the summer luncheons.
11/4 Added information about a video featuring ORD/MDW/CHI TWAers and a link to it.
11/17 Added reservation forms for December and February luncheons. Added 2018 dues addouncement and membership payment coupon. Updated dues in the Membership area.
11/20 Added the Maintenance/Ramp luncheon on Dec.11 details.
12/5 Updated the details of our Holiday Luncheon at Eddie Merlot's


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