• Aviation History - Flying To the Busiest Airport in the 1920s

    Flying To The Busiest Airport In The 1920's and 1930's - Aviation History

    Aviation History - Flying To the Busiest Airport in the 1920s and 1930s.

    By thecorporatepilotdad

    Chicago Municipal Airport Terminal

    A look back at aeronautical charts from the late 1920s and early 1930s. What would it be like flying to the busiest airport in the world in 1930? Charts and bulletins a pilot would have used to lookup information on an airport as part of their preflight planning is shown.

    Chicago Municipal Field Chart

    In this video, the area where Merrill C. Meigs airport would be located is shown before it was built or even before it had the proper name the former airport is known as today. In the video, proposed lake front airport (Meigs) is referred to as a landfill in 1927. This is not "landfill" in terms of what is known by the term landfill in terms of a storage area for garbage, but simply creating the peninsula of land in the water where the airport would be created.

    The airway bulletin is from 1927 and the aeronautical chart is from 1930.

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    About The Author

    This video is produced by thecorporatepilotdad. He has been a FlightSim.Com member for close to twenty years and using Flight Simulator since back in the day of FS98 and FS2000. He is also a professional pilot with over 7000 hours of real world flight experience ranging from Cessna 152s to super-mid size business jets.

    Tags: chicago, midway

    7 Comments
    1. lnuss's Avatar
      lnuss -
      Neat stuff- thanks. You must have done a lot of research, both to find the charts and diagrams and to find airport history. Fascinating.
    1. thecorporatepilotdad's Avatar
      thecorporatepilotdad -
      Research probably took about 2-3 hours. Old charts are pretty fascinating. They are so simple and like the example of the sectional chart from 1930, they only had 4 course radio range and NDBs back then. To those early pilots that was about as gee-whiz as GPS is to us today. All of the old aeronautical maps from the 20-30s through the 1970s are organized on dreamsmithphotos.com The charts are on the Library of Congress' website. Nearly every map ever printed is stored at the LOC and available online.
    1. lnuss's Avatar
      lnuss -
      Ahh, never thought of the LoC for charts. I knew about the 4 course range, NDB, etc. but I've been looking for info on some things around Joliet, IL circa 1970, so I'll dig in there. Thanks.

      Later: I can't figure proper search criteria on the LoC to get the Chicago sectional circa 1970. I can come up with a few sectionals, but not many. Perhaps I'm dense, or maybe they actually don't have most older sectionals. Anyway, thanks for the info- neat videos you make.
    1. thecorporatepilotdad's Avatar
      thecorporatepilotdad -
      Quote Originally Posted by lnuss View Post
      Ahh, never thought of the LoC for charts. I knew about the 4 course range, NDB, etc. but I've been looking for info on some things around Joliet, IL circa 1970, so I'll dig in there. Thanks.

      Later: I can't figure proper search criteria on the LoC to get the Chicago sectional circa 1970. I can come up with a few sectionals, but not many. Perhaps I'm dense, or maybe they actually don't have most older sectionals. Anyway, thanks for the info- neat videos you make.

      http://www.dreamsmithphotos.com/arro...maps_link.html - This is the site I use which links to the LoC. For Chicago, charts go from 1930-1951. The LoC site doesn't have the best search capabilities.
    1. lnuss's Avatar
      lnuss -
      That's a beautiful site - thanks. Apparently I'll have to find another source for the time I want, but this site is very, very interesting, rich material. It seems to be giving server errors at the moment from the dreamsmith links, though the home page of LoC seems to work.

      BTW, a site I occasionally refer to (you may already know) is: http://www.airfields-freeman.com/ which has a lot of information on Abandoned & Little Known Airfields.

      Thanks again.
    1. FrankPilot's Avatar
      FrankPilot -
      Very interesting and enjoyable, thanks. Cheers.
    1. Cloudy_'s Avatar
      Cloudy_ -
      What a great presentation! May I add that, being a history nut and living in Cook County for 75 years, I've witnessed the evolution of aviation in the area. I don't know how to post a jpeg here, or even if it is allowed, but if anyone is interested, you can google search: historical aerial maps illinois and view jpgs of 1939 aerial survey photos of Cook County. Especially note 0bwq09013 (Municipal Airport), 0bwq09043 (water tower at 74th and Millard which has a big arrow pointing to the airport and its distance), and 0bwq10008 (water tower in Blue Island similarly marked).
      Once you find the website, click on VIEWER, then navigate the map.
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