A History of Chicago's O'Hare Airport (Landmarks)
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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 oharehistory. . 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 an
"This book reads like no other in the aviation industry from the historical context. Mike is a prolific writer with a knack for telling a story in a way that people can easily relate and understand." --Tinley Park TribLocal. 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." --Chicago Tribune"This book reads like no other in the aviation industry from the historical context. Mike is a prolific writer with a knack for telling a story in a way that people can easily relate and understand." --Tinley Park News"His Branigan book relates his experiences as only someone who accumulated airplane engine grease under his fingerna
"Pleasantly Surprised" according to John G.. Ever pick up a book expecting something totally different, only to be pleasantly surprised by what layeth between the covers? This is that kind of book.If you are expecting some dry, boring manuscript full of facts and figures, this is not that book. Although this book does present that information, the author skillfully entwines those stats with interesting stories. Having grown up next to O'Hare in the late 50's, and lived there through the mid 80's, I can say that I thought I knew all that there was to know about ORD. I was happy to find a book that filled in a lot of the back ground information that I did not. "The Book I've Been Waiting For!" according to OMCFIL. Finally! A history of this important air hub has long been awaited. Branigan's love for O'Hare is evident. This is not a book of bland statistics; he tells the human story of this airport. I'm looking forward to an expanded volume two, with more stories, and more great photographs! Many images in this book were previously unpublished, and now that this book is out there, others, long stored in people's closets, will surface, and will be made available for all to see. Enjoy!. Jim said Better than nothing, but leaves one wanting more.. The book covers the span of history that surround the creation of O'Hare International Airport. There are many photographs of the various aircraft that called on O'Hare. I was looking for photos of the exterior of the terminals, front and back, interior photos, aerial shots of the runways, maps or diagrams of the runway configurations at the time of major changes. Text-wise, the book jumps around alot, restating material already discussed; it's not a rigorous chronological history.Clearly this book is better than nothing and it is the only book that comes close, however, I was left wanting more.
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.. 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