John Dillinger

John Dillinger’s Getaway Car parked at IND Airport

Dillinger Getaway car at IND s

Thinking of getting away?

This 1933 Essex Terraplane (T8) was owned for short time in 1934 by the notorious criminal John Dillinger (Public Enemy Number One) and used as a getaway car until Dillinger and his brother, Hubert, crashed the car in a farm field.

Between September 1933 and July 1934, Dillinger and his gang went on a Midwest crime spree that included bank robberies, murders and jail breaks that turned the charismatic Dillinger into a folk hero.

Much of the ‘action’ took place in and around Indiana, so it’s somewhat appropriate that for the next few years the flashy car will be on display at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Look for it in the ticketing hall of the airport.

Tidbits for travelers: Junk to Funk at PDX; Dillinger at BWI

Here’s some fun stuff to look at airports on either side of the country:

At Oregon’s Portland International Airport the Junk to Funk exhibit features couture fashion made from recycled and reused materials – and trash.

“Kitty litter bags become a suit; vinyl records are reborn as sequins; coffee filters have an afterlife as the layered ruffles of an evening gown; miniblinds bend magically into a spunky dress.”

You can see these fashions through September 2010 on Concourse E.

And the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, D.C. has made it possible for Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) to display the getaway car once owned by notorious bank-robber John Dillinger.

This 1933 Essex Terraplane is on display in Southwest Airlines’ Terminal A/B at BWI Marshall Airport