Timeline by Michael
Timeline traces the pivotal
role that Chicago played in the development of aviation in the United States.
Long before the Wright Brothers took to the air, Chicago had an active balloon
community and Octave Chanute was providing the latest aviation research to
scores of experimenters. In the 1910s, the city was bustling with flight
schools, airplane manufacturers, air shows, and aviation developers. By the
1920s, Chicago was the core of the U.S. air mail system and easily transitioned
into a major air passenger hub. Throughout its history, Chicago has produced
leaders who shaped U.S. aviation policy including Benjamin Lipsner (the first
Superintendent of Aerial Mail of the Post Office Dept.), Daniel McCracken (major
designer of the Air Commerce Act of 1926 and the first Assistant Secretary of
Commerce for Aviation), and Samuel Skinner (Secretary of Transportation under
Pres. George H.W. Bush).
Timeline offers a
fascinating account of over 1,000 events documenting the development of
aviation. The author, Michael Haupt, provides a series of well-written stories
that portray Chicago's gripping aviation history in an inviting and interesting
fashion. Haupt's meticulous research, attention to detail, and exhaustive notes
make this book an essential tool for everyone interested in the history of
aviation in this country.