Chicagoan Pioneers Aerial Forest Service
The first use of an airplane by the Forest Service was on June 29, 1915 when Chicago aviator Logan "Jack" Vilas began using his plane to spot forest fires.
Mob-Related Hangar Fires
Were a series of hangar fires in 1930 related to Capone's smuggling?
Chicago Municipal Airport was rocked the night of June 25, 1930 with an explosion in the Gray Goose hangar used by its subsidiary Stout Air Services. The resulting fire quickly spread to the adjacent hangar occupied by UATC, United Air Transport Corp. By the morning both hangars and 27 planes were destroyed in the conflagration. Most of the planes were tri-motors used by the airlines, along with some smaller ones housed in the hangars.
Chicago's First Airline
Over a century ago this month, 105 years to be exact, Chicago got its first airline service.
Buy Your Airplane at Marshall Fields
For your shopping convenience, starting in fall of 1946, you can buy an airplane at Marshall Field's Department Store.
Wings Over Water Tribute
As a tribute to all who have served in times of both war and peace, I'd like to share this video Wings Over Water: How Chicago Shaped the Outcome of WWII. It was created by Wesley, a student in the Chicago Public School system.