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Chicago's Midway Airport (Illinois)

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ISBN-13: 978-1893121188
ISBN-10: 1893121186
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"A book that will fascinate every Chicagoan, as well as anyone who has slogged his was through a contemporary airport." -- David Garrard Lowe, author of Lost Chicago

"An important contribution to commercial, transportation, and urban history . . . Lynch profiles colorful, courageous pioneers who launched and developed the airport." -- Lawrence J. McCaffery, author and Professor of History (Emeritus), Loyola University of Chicago

"Chris Lynch has brought alive the adventure and romance that are so much a part of Midway's history." -- H. W. Crocker III, author and historian

About the Author

Christopher Lynch has spent most of his life around Midway Airport, where his family ran Monarch Air Service, a fixed based operator (FBO) that serviced aircraft for over six decades until it was sold in 1997. Lynch has always had a fascination with the airport’s history, and his research and collection of Midway photos and memorabilia were the basis of the documentary "Midway Airport: Crossroads of the World," part of WTTW-Channel 11’s highly-acclaimed Chicago Stories series.

Lynch is a graduate of Lawrence University with a B.A. in History and Religious Studies, and also has a private pilot’s license. He works in the Public Affairs Bureau for the City of Chicago, Department of Buildings.

Since the recent birth of their triplets, parenting with his wife Cindy has become his most rewarding challenge.

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Product Details

  • Series: Illinois
  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Claremont Press (December 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893121186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893121188
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,370,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on February 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
An airport owned by a school system? Planes that have to wait for trains to pass? A Hindenburg-like crash that occured in the center of the city? Hundreds of fascinating photos draw the reader in and the unbelievable history unfolds in the text using sidebars, oral histories, and painstakingly researched facts. A one-of-a-kind read that was well worth the wait.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "miferra" on February 13, 2003
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Thanks for writing such a wonderful tribute to an era of plane travel that is now long gone. I think it is important for people to know what it was like in the early days of air travel, very unlike what it is like today.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2003
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This book is fantastic!!! Christopher Lynch has really captured the history of commercial and general aviation and the early pioneers who overcame challenges in reaching success. The numerous photos in the book are phenomenonal as well. It is obvious that the author must have spent endless hours researching facts and gathering photos. The oral history really brings the story to life. This book should be recommended reading for all students of Chicago history and aviation pioneers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy G. Lynch on January 3, 2003
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This book is fantastic!!! Christopher Lynch really captures the story of early aviation pioneers and the challenges they faced reaching success as they soared the skies. The hundreds of photos in the book show a great story alone. The Wright Brothers, other early aviators, the movie stars! Lynch must have spent countless hours gathering all of the photos displayed in the book. This book should be recommended reading for all students of Chicago history and aviation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Soucek on February 15, 2010
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This is a wonderful book that appeals to a wide audience. If you're an aviation buff, history enthusiast, or just a curious Chicago resident, this is a must-read. Superb writing and an amazing collection of pictures. Christopher Lynch has produced a gem.
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