Chapter 15

Lewis University Romeoville, IL

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  1. Current status: This award has honored many people who were highly deserving and who have served general aviation with great distinction. Most of the people who knew Marty and understood what he meant to aviation are no longer available to evaluate potential recipients. So the chapter agrees that it would be unfair to Marty, to prior recipients, and to the the legacy they left, for us to continue making this award. We will expand our reviews and attention to those whom today's aviators recognize and strive to emulate. This page will remain on our site, and our eternal gratitude will endure, respecting Marty, the award recipients, and all those who have paved the way for the rest of us who Hope we can do as much as they have. (Posted October 4, 2017. The information below has been on the site for several years, and may not be completely current. But we have so much respect for those involved that we'll leave it, word-for word.)

Martin C. "Marty" Haedtler Biography


Marty Haedtler 
had a way of setting men in motion and giving understanding to what loyalty meant. Many Chicago area activities continue because of his inspiration.

Marty flew P-39's over Guadalcanal in the early days of the war. After an encounter with the Japanese while on a patrol over the islands, Marty made a forced crash landing that had him hospitalized for several months.

Marty was never to regain his medical because of permanent heart and lung damage, though outwardly he appeared to be mended. Marty put all his energy in airplanes and airplane activity. He bacame an early EAA director, was co-founder of the Midwest Regional Air Show, (incorporated as "Chicago Sport Aviation, Inc." with Chapter 15, 86,95 & 101), built two airplanes, (a Wittman Tailwind and the Morraine Saulnier), and was the force behind buying the 1946 Taylorcraft.

Many Chapter 15 members learned to fly in it. Marty would usually go along as a check out pilot, which gave him the excuse to fly.

Marty was a calm pilot and a good confidence builder. On one day, a fresh pilot named Andy Marinellie and Marty as co-pilot were taking off when the engine quit. Andy tried to defer to Marty's experience but Marty popped back -- "it's your airplane Andy, you bring it in." Andy set it into a bean field and after they paid ransom for a few bushell of lost beans, the farmer released the undamaged airplance.

Marty married Ruth and they raised three children, John, Lynn and Laurie.

All too soon, his war injuries overtook him and Marty passed away on March 10, 1971.

Since then, the CAP renamed “Wings” Field, “Haedtler Field”. The field is located on the Chicago sectional.

The Taylorcraft got overturned in a windstorm but was to be replaced later by a 150 Cessna financed interest free, by a Haedtler supporter, Ed O'Connor. The Air Show, the Annual Dinner, and Fly-in Breakfasts continue. The Chapter went on to lease a building for meetings and aircraft building. Four airplanes were built in the building and at least two were rebuilt/restored.

The Tailwind is now in Marty's garage waiting for a new cover and Morraine is waiting for work in the Chapter building.

In recognition of Marty's inspiration, his teaching ability in teamwork, the fostering of unselfish attitudes, the MARTY HAEDTLER MEMORIAL AWARD was created.

Marty Haedtler Award Recipients

NEAL HOUBOLT2010
GERALD MASSEY, LOU SENO2007
LARRY FLOYD2006
LYNDA PERKOWSKI2005
CARL UNGER2004
WILLIAM YARBROUGH2003
JOHN BRUESCH2002
BARNEY SIMUNICH2001
ART JOHNSON2000
CHRIS LAWSON1999
MARTY THOMAS1998
DON BLASING1997
FRANK GOEBEL1996
DAVE TICZKUS1995
PETER J. SOTICH1994
TED & ELLYN CRAWFORD1993
HELEN FRY1992
RICHARD FRY1991
LARRY NONNIE1990
GENE, CHERYL WITH MAGIC 11989
GENE LITILEFIELD1984
ROBERT KOHNKE1983
RALPH BALL1982
H, H. “PETE” MEYERS1981
RICHARD FRY1980
GEORGE S, THOR1979
DALE CRITES1978
NICK REZICH1977
GEORGE J. LINKIS1976
CORNELIUS COFFEY1975
F. TRUFUMCHUCK1974
R. W. BUSHBY1973
DAVE MAUR1972
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