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B-17 At Rockford Airport
6:21 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Warbirds Coming Soon To An Airport Near You

B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" at RFD
Doug Connell Engine Studio

Rockford Airfest is canceled this year, but there are still plenty of opportunities for area fans to experience vintage aircraft up close over the next few weeks. 


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Illinois
9:08 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Impact Of FAA Cuts In Illinois Will Vary

Federal budget cuts are expected to affect airports in Illinois. However, the scope of these reductions may vary. 

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Rockford Airport
5:08 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Bad News, Sun-Seekers: No RFD To RSW This Season

flyrfd.com

Plans to offer flights from Rockford to southwest Florida have fallen through. Chicago-Rockford International Airport director Mike Dunn announced Wednesday that after long and intense negotiations, the airport will NOT be able to provide service to Fort Myers this travel season. 

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Road Construction
5:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Rockford Airport Area Road Plan: More Business, More Jobs

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey shows Senator Dick Durbin some of the growing businesses near Rockford's airport during a bumpy bus ride.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A major road reconstruction project bordering the Chicago-Rockford International Airport is expected to boost business in the region. 

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Breaking
10:04 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Pilot killed in plane crash near Monroe Center identified

A Lancair 235M lies in a cornfield near Monroe Center. The pilot was killed when the plane caught fire and crashed Tuesday.
Jacqui Stephens photo

A Will County man  who took off from the DeKalb airport en route to Rockford was killed shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed in a farm field at 19164 Crill Road near Monroe Center.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday night, the Ogle County Coroner had not released the man's name, but both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times cite people close to the pilot who identify him as Tom Plodzien, resident of Meadow Creek Airpark, outside of Monee. Records list Plodzien, 77, as the owner of the plane. 

Earlier in the day, WNIJ's Mike Moen reported from the scene that authorities were preventing onlookers and reporters from getting close to the crash itself, which was obscured by the corn crop. He said a helicopter hovered above the site and an ambulance was near the actual crash, but he was unable to see specifically what was happening.

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