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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (October 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609494342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609494346
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 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." --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 TribLocal.com

From the Author

Please enjoy a flight into the history of one of the greatest airports in the world. You will learn of gangsters, heroes, mayors, presidents, pilots and UFO's among some great personal reflections from the men who witnessed first hand the never ending growth of this great airport, and the great city of Chicago!

Best regards to all!!!
Michael Branigan

More About the Author

My name is Michael Branigan and I have worked as a veteran of both Chicago Midway & O'Hare International Airports. I have worked at both of these great Chicago airports as a Ramp Agent, Customer Service Agent and an Aircraft Mechanic for several different air carriers over the last 20 years. As a young kid, I grew up one block away from Midway Airport and have loved the art of aviation all my life. I knew that whatever I did in my adult life, I wanted to be a part of the aviation industry. And that's what I did!

When I took interest in learning about the history of Chicago's O'Hare Airport, I couldn't seem to find what I was looking for in the libraries and book stores. I continued to search and there was just nothing out there that could capture my attention on one of the greatest airports in the world.

There came a point where I decided to stop searching and start researching. After digging deeper than just the libraries and book stores, I began to find snippets of information that I found interesting and relevant to what I was searching for. I knew that this information would be of interest to aviation enthusiasts & historians alike. That is when I decided to write the book that I have been wanting to read.

During the last three years I have done extensive research into historical facts, articles and stories. I have interviewed some very important and special people in aviation about their experiences at O'Hare Airport.

I was fortunate to talk to people who actually worked in the Douglas Plant in 1944, to retired Airline Captains; One who has shared his personal experience with me of living through and surviving a hijacking. I have spoken to Gertrude Lempp Kerbis, the architect of the Circular Rotunda building who has shared some very interesting stories with me along with some rare photos of the Seven Continents Restaurant. Eyewitnesses to UFO sightings, blizzards, fires and plane crashes have all shared their thoughts and experiences with me during their time at O'Hare.

So many wonderful people have shared their stories with me that this book will capture and keep the interests of any aviation enthusiast or anybody having fond memories of O'Hare Airport.

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Like me, you will find it hard to put this book down.
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Complete, easy to read, nice selection of photo's.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John G. on November 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
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 know.

This book is written by an aviation enthusiast who is spot on with his facts which is quite refreshing. Nothing drives me crazier than someone who can't get their facts straight! Anyway, what makes this book really interesting is how the author incorporates a good deal of history not just of ORD, but of the city of Chicago, and the surrounding communities. So, if you have an interest in the history of Chicago, with ORD being such a huge part of transforming Chicago in to the economic and social powerhouse it is today, then this book is essential reading. But don't worry, you won't be bored. Like me, you will find it hard to put this book down. I finished this book off in three easy nights of reading. That's the other thing, this book is an "easy" read. It's entertaining, and interesting.

I highly recommend this book. I look forward to any further revisions. I hope that at some point in the future the author can expand the book, and add some more photos. I would like to see a history of the airlines, and aircraft types that are have known to have operated in to ORD over the last six decades.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By OMCFIL on November 21, 2011
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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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ACatalano on December 6, 2011
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This is a book full of facts, written by someone that is incredibly passionate about the Aviation industry. There had to have been countless hours of research to compile all of this information into short stories that provides recognition that is long overdue. This is a book the should definitely be read with a highlighter in hand. Congratulations to the Author for a job well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on September 23, 2012
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This is a brief historical account of just about everything except O'Hare airport. It's a history of the author, the land, Douglas, Chicago politicians and airplanes with a little bit of airport history thrown in. Thoroughly lacking in details. It's also written on a 7th grade reading level. It's not bad, just very superficial. Didn't put much research effort into it.
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