A History of Chicago's O'Hare Airport [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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A History of Chicago's O'Hare Airport

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
"His [Branigan] book relates his experiences as only someone who accumulated airplane engine grease under his fingernails could. But the book mostly delves into O'Hare's past and present, based on Branigan's extensive research and his interviews with aviation professionals and enthusiasts."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014474122
  • Publisher: The History Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/13/2012
  • Series: Landmarks , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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 at a very young age. In grade school, he started off at the Midway terminals as a self-employed shoe-shine 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.
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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Recommended

    If you are an afficianado of airports and airport information, this is your book. It is full of early information on the building of a great airport. There are many photos included.

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