A History of Chicago's O'Hare Airport

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The History Press, 2011 - History - 157 pages
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In 1942, a stretch of Illinois prairie that had served as a battleground and a railroad depot became the site of a major manufacturing plant producing Douglas C-54 Skymasters for World War II. Less than twenty years later, that plot of land boasted the biggest and busiest airport in the world. Many of the millions who have since passed through it have likely only regarded it as a place between cities. But for people like Michael Branigan, who has spent years on its tarmac, they know that O'Hare is a city unto itself, with a fascinating history of gangsters and heroes, mayors, presidents and pilots.
  

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Great book, great stories and some deep history. Loved reading this book.

Contents

Foreword by Christopher Lynch
7
The United States Enters World War II
21
The Ralph H Burke Era
45
The First Flights
63
The Aviation Crossroads of the World
79
OHares Stake Planted Deep
92
OHare Mods Out
104
Trials and Tribulations of a WorldClass Airport
123
Epilogue
137
Index
151
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About the author (2011)

Michael Branigan was born and raised one block away from Chicago's Midway Airport and has been involved with both Midway and O'Hare International Airports in some way since a very young age. In grade school, he started off at the Midway terminals as a self-employed shoeshine boy, later transitioning into an aircraft fueler, customer service agent and ramp service agent before completing technical training in aircraft maintenance, where he graduated from the American Airlines Maintenance Academy in 1992. Branigan has worked in the maintenance field since then at both airports. He also holds a private pilot license and has earned multiple FAA safety awards. Still residing in the Chicagoland area, Michael may be contacted through his website at www.oharehistory.com.

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