Memorial Wall Tributes



Karen F Ulane (12/10/1941 - 05/22/1989)

• Born in Chicago, IL
• Attended St. Ignatius H.S., Chicago, IL
• Active in Civil Air Patrol as a teenager
• Built and flew remote control airplanes
• Studied aeronautics at Lewis College, Lockport, IL
• Started taking flying lessons in 1959
• Received pilot’s license in 1964
• Joined the Army and trained in aviation at Ft. Rucker, AL
• Graduated first in class as a Chief Warrant Officer
• Flew more than 100 missions at Vietnam
• Flew Caribous
• Flew Birddogs
• Flew Beavers
• Flew T-41 and T-42 Barrons
• Flew over 2500 hours
• Decorated 12 times, including the air medal of honor
• Pilot for Eastern airlines 15 years
• Flew DC-9s and 727’s
• Owned and flew Cessna Skylane RG
• Founded Dimension Aviation Center, Inc., Aurora, IL
• Member of Aurora Airport Advisory Board
• Was building a GP-4 Kit Plane
• Belonged to many airplane Clubs (EAA, AOPA, ALPA)
• Flew more than 9000 hours
• Was killed test flying a DC-3
• Karen was an active and respected member of EAA Chapter 579, Aurora, IL. She was an exceptional craftsman and pilot, who was always willing to share her experience and expertise with her fellow aviators.
• She is dearly missed by all who knew her.