Patrick Halligan was born and raised in north Minneapolis. He was introduced to aviation by his uncle, Jerry Farrell, an airline pilot at the time. He started flying lessons at Anoka Airport. He soloed as a high school senior and then received his private pilot license a short time later.
Pat attended the University of North Dakota (UND) and graduated in 1976 with a B.S. B.A. and a major in aviation. He graduated with both commercial and instrument ratings. I took my CFI training at IFT, located at the St. Paul Downtown Airport and worked as a flight instructor for Waldo Anderson at the University of Minnesota Flight School at the Anoka Airport.
While teaching flying lessons at Anoka, MA, Patrick was picked by the MN Air National Guard to attend pilot training. He spent a year at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas and flew the T-37 and T-38. After graduation he returned to MN and flew the C-130 for the MN Air Guard as a co-pilot and eventually as an aircraft commander.
While flying for the Air Guard, Patrick was hired by Republic Airlines in 1980. He flew as a flight engineer, Convair 580 co-pilot and Captain, DC-9 co-pilot and Captain and retired as an Airbus Captain with Delta Airlines after going through the mergers with NWA and Delta.
For the past twenty five years, he has been involved with EAA Chapter 25 at the Airlake Airport. I was chapter president for 3 years back in the early 2000’s. I’m still on the chapters BOD. He’s banquet chairman for life and the scholarship committee leader having started 3 scholarships. He is also one of three owners of a Pietenpol (wood and fabric, open cockpit airplane) that we built as a chapter 25 project. The airplane took ten years to build and is now completed, except for painting.
Patrick just retired from the MN Aviation Hall of Fame BOD following his second 3-year term. As the scholarship committee chairman, he started three $1500 scholarships for the Hall.
He built and owned a hangar at the Airlake Airport. He has owned a Cessna 172, 182 and a Beech Baron. He was also part owner of a Hawk XP on floats. He flies fly as a safety pilot and ferry pilot with a friend in his Cessna Caravan on amphibious floats. His favorite flying now is flying a floatplane.
The best testimonial he can provide comes from his wife. She says I love airplanes more than her. It’s not true, but it might be close.
Get to Know Patrick Halligan!
F4U Corsair – because it looks so cool! I attend Oshkosh AirVenture, every year, and I look at the Corsair like dog looks at a steak.
Favorite thing about the MNPA?
I joined the MN Pilots Assoc., because I saw the need for an organization that would protect the MN pilots rights and those of our state airports. (Like AOPA, only on a state level.) I was asked to join the board and help get a scholarship started. I helped get 3 scholarships up and running. Clearly, I has a passion for aviation scholarships.
Thing that can only happen in Minnesota
Only in Minnesota can you experience, 75 degree weather, ice and snow, a thunderstorm and tornado and a torrential rain while flying in the same day.
Back when I owned my Cessna 172 and 182 I gave over 100 kids a free Young Eagle ride. The rides were for kids between the ages of 8 - 17. I flew supersonic in a T-38 while attending pilot training in Lubbock, TX.