Overview

To book a ride on the "World's Shortest Airline" or learn aerial stunts from the redheaded widow of Lawrence Avenue, you've got to go through the airports buried beneath the housing developments and shopping malls of Chicagoland. Many of these airports sprang up after World War I, when training killed more pilots than combat, and the aviation pioneers who developed Chicago's flying fields played a critical role in getting the nation ready to dare the skies in World War II. Author Nick Selig has rolled wheels on ...
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Lost Airports of Chicago

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Overview

To book a ride on the "World's Shortest Airline" or learn aerial stunts from the redheaded widow of Lawrence Avenue, you've got to go through the airports buried beneath the housing developments and shopping malls of Chicagoland. Many of these airports sprang up after World War I, when training killed more pilots than combat, and the aviation pioneers who developed Chicago's flying fields played a critical role in getting the nation ready to dare the skies in World War II. Author Nick Selig has rolled wheels on his fair share of Chicago's landing strips but faces an entirely new challenge in touching down in places being swallowed by a city and forgotten by history.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015962475
  • Publisher: The History Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Lost , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,224,710
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Nick Selig has been a teenage Civil Air Patrol cadet; army aviation mechanic; civilian general aviation mechanic; Piper Cub flight instructor; instrument flight instructor and maintenance manager for a well-known nationwide flight school; charter, freight and corporate pilot; and airline maintenance technician for twenty-one years. The best job he has ever held has been as the husband of a female pilot he met at Pal-Waukee Airport in the 1960s. As weekend flyers in their 1948 Stinson Flying Station Wagon, they came to realize that most of the small airports in the Chicago area had faded away without any fanfare but had played an important role in our nation's history. Selig decided to give them some recognition before they were completely forgotten. As you stroll through your local shopping mall, housing development or industrial park, you may be walking on a former airfield. Heads-up!
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