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.

So, with that in mind, if you have stories that you'd like to share with others, take a moment and send your webmaster an email and let him know YOUR story. Send your story to ham604@gmail.com. If possible, your story will be included in the Windy City Ambassador web pages.  

Our October luncheon at Chuck's Chateau Orleans and Southern Comforts Cafe in Darien was a real hit with everyone. Details will be added soon for those who missed this event. Joe Alacapa did a great job of making a video of the festivities. Thanks, Joe!!  CLICK HERE to see it!

We have lost four more of our friends.

Gretchen Lewis left us on Sept. 24, Bob Instone on Sept. 29, Glenn Wiese on Sept. 30 and Phil Rivituso on October 7.

Gretchen was the supervisor of admin in the RES office. Remembrances will on October 26 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 241 West 2nd Street, New Lenox beginning at 10:00 with prayers at 11:00. CLICK HERE for the details.

Bob was an RSM, CSA and PRR. Services are pending.

Glenn was an aircraft mechanic and foreman in both ORD and STL. Glenn's service were on October 7 in Chandler, AZ.

Phil was a legend at ORD. Visitation Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 3:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Morizzo Funeral Home, 2550 West Hassell Road, (Northeast corner at Barrington Road), Hoffman Estates, Illinois phone (847) 752-6444 and Friday, October 14 from 8:45 A.M. until time of prayers 9:15 A.M. proceeding to Church of the Holy Spirit, 1451 West Bode Road, Schaumburg for a 10:00 A.M. Mass of Christian burial.


Our Christmas Celebration luncheon will be held on December 4th at 12 Noon at Eddie Merlot's, 201 Bridewell Drive in Burr Ridge. The cost will be $50.00 due to Queenie by Nov. 20. This will be a great time for everyone with the holiday season in full swing! CLICK HERE for a handy map!

Here's a handy reservation form for you to use for our December luncheon. Simply clip the form, fill it in and mail to Queenie! It's easy!


TWA livery in PHX 5-8-2016

Here's the latest photo of our TWA livery taken on the taxiway in PHX May 6, 2016.

Have you paid your $20 annual dues that covers your entire household for your Windy City Ambassador membership? Your dues help support our club and enable us to send your Newsletter to you with all those great pictures! NOW IS THE TIME! Please check your latest newsletter label for "2017" (meaning you have paid through 2017) or send Queenie an email and ask her your membership status! It's easy and VERY important, so don't wait...do it TODAY. Queenie's email address is twasqueenie@att.net. Thanks from all of the TWA Windy City Ambassadors!



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.

A new book with previously unpublished information about Flight 800 will be available in July 2016. For information about this publication CLICK HERE.


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.

 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 there is a plan for JetBlue to create a fine hotel on the historic site. CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS.

And here's the latest info from February 2016. CLICK HERE! Our thanks to Phil Carson and Steve Kolish for bringing this to our attention.

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, 2015?  CLICK HERE to see the changes.
Here's a listing of the changes made in 2016:
1/4/16 Added info about lost TWAer Bob Slater.
1/4 Changed the name of the "Contrails" page to "Propwash"
1/4 Relocated an article about Jon Proctor's Rount the World trip to our Propwash page. 
1/11 Added a link for the Ramp & Maintenance 2010 Picnic to the "Friends" page.
1/11 Added a photo of the "Golden Years" on the photos page.
1/12 Added the TWA Museum Hangar Dance announcement to the "Friends" secion.
1/15 Moved several items from the main page to the "Propwash" page. Added a photo of the AA 737 in TWA livery on the main page.
2/8 Added info about our first Connie flight into ORY.
2/18 Added details of our Valentines Day luncheon and notice for our April and June luncheons.
2/19 Added the latest update to the renovation of the JFK terminal.
3/5 Added another reminder about the 2016 dues.
3/8 Added reservation forms for our April and June luncheons. Updated the "Past Events" and rearranged the pages. Added Tom Burgess' wife's mother passing in the "remembering" section.
3/31 Added a notice of the Maintenance/Ramp spring breakfast on April 9.
4/11 Updated the luncheon schedule and added details of our April luncheon.
4/25 Removed the expired Hangar dance notice.
5/3 Added details of Bill Blaney's passing.
5/3 Added info about a new book concerning Flight 800 to be published in July.
5/9 Added the latest photo of the TWA livery in PHX on 5-6-16.
5/17 Added info about the Maintananace/Ramp lunch on May 23.
5/22 Added info about our Summer luncheon and rearranged the main page.
5/24 Removed outdated Ramp/Maintenance breakfast announcement.
6/6 Updated our August luncheon information.
6/10 Updated the info of Ginny Ratchford's passing on June 6th.
7/3 Added Ginny Ratchford's passing to our "Remembering" page.
7/3 Added details for our August luncheon and our October luncheon.
7/14 Added info about the Ramp/Maintenance picnic.
8/4 Updated the info for our October luncheon.
8/11 Added details for our October luncheon.
8/23 Added details of our August luncheon along with Joe Alacapa's video.
8/24 Added more info about the Ramp & Maintenance picnic.
8/29 Added information to the "Friends" page announcing the TWA Museum BLOG. Check it out!
9/4 Added reservation coupon for the October luncheon. Added info about Jon Proctor's new book. Added info about the Seniors Skyliner and the national TWA organization on the "Friends" page.
9/5 Added additional details of the Maintenance/Ramp picnic.
9/6 Updated the membership dues info for 2017.
9/27 Added information of Gretchen Lewis' passing.
9/27 Updated the information about the TWA Museum's Guide Blog and its most recent addition.
10/3 Added information of Glenn  Wiese's passing.
10/10 Updated the info for our December Christmas Celebration.
Updated information on members who have passed on: Phil Rivituso and Bob Instone.
10/11 Added a link to Joe Alacapa's video from our October luncheon. Added info of Joe Sinnott's passing.
10/13 Added further details of Gretchen Lewis' services.
10/24 Added a video of the L-1049 Connie startup and takeoff in the "Propwash" section.

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