Now in its 2nd
The Arcadia Publishing book Images of Aviation:
Midway Airport is a time machine that takes you back to the infancy of American aviation, and to the days
when Chicago longed to be first in air travel and transportation, just as it was with rail and water
Midway Airport is full of nostalgia, pictures with captions that bring the Midway of long ago back to
life with stories and personal accounts that you've never heard or read before:
Stories about a square mile of land nine miles southwest of the Chicago Loop that became Chicago's municipal
airfield, and changed the destiny of a city and an entire fledgling industry. Until Chicago O'Hare International
Airport took over in 1961 as World's Busiest Airport, Midway held that title.
of Midway Airport is about the city that vaults itself onto the front page of history as the king of
—during a time when the fledgling aviation industry was full of excitement, romance,
allure and risk — and flying was almost the exclusive domain of the daring, the wealthy,
the business and the military.
Until the postwar 1940s, when the competitive, young airline industry
began offering coast-to-coast air travel at affordable rates, that is.
In the 1950s, with the Depression and war long over, the salad days of America were here. And with them came a
household name, Chicago Midway Airport, the World's Busiest Airport, also known as the Crossroads of the
aviation's early days, enterprising people such as Charles "Pop"
Dickinson opened airfields. Prolific fliers like Emil "Matty"
Laird and Benny Howard designed, built and raced amazingly quick aircraft, and aviators won big
money at air meets. The airlines, organized originally to fly
airmail, had begun taking on passengers. The rest is history, and it's recorded in Arcadia Publishing's
Images of Aviation: Midway Airport.
Midway Airport also contains images and facts from the Midway
Historians, of which author David E. Kent is a founding member. It
captures the ethos and thrill of the Midway experience during a time
when people dressed up for air travel or to just visit the airport,
dine at the Cloud Room, and gaze from Midway’s observation platforms at
the incredible aerial ballet before them.
It was a magical
time, when flying off into the clouds in beautiful silver airliners
meant traveling in style and following aviation’s romantic call. Today, Midway Airport remains a roaring, rumbling, bustling center of air transportation and is known as the busiest square mile
in the world.
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