An Intergovernmental
Cooperative of the
City of Prospect Heights &
the Village of Wheeling

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July 27, 2017, 3:28 am
real feel: 83°F
current pressure: 30 in
humidity: 96%
wind speed: 2 mph SSW
wind gusts: 2 mph
UV-Index: 0
sunrise: 5:40 am
sunset: 8:17 pm

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60 Years at PWK and Still Going Strong

There aren't too many things around PWK that date back to 1957. The old timers still call it Pal-Waukee Airport and will probably never stop.

The airport's original control tower built above hangar 4 in the 60s was torn down years ago and replaced by a more modern structure where controllers keep an eye on things from high above, just east of Signature Flight Support's ramp. In the 50s, the only way for an airplane on the ground to reach Runway 16 for a south takeoff was to wait for a gap in traffic and scoot the opposite way up the runway for a quick turnaround. Back in the late 50s and early 1960s, student pilots were often seen practicing their landings and takeoffs on Runways 24 Left and 30 Left, surfaces turned into taxiways decades ago. Read more ...

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