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Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in our weekly series called simply the “Friday photo.” Each week we’ll share a great photo taken from the cockpit – one that shares the joy, beauty or fun of flying. If you’d like to join in, send your photo and description (using the format below) to: [email protected]

Chicago skyline med res

The view: Chicago skyline from 500 ft.

The pilot: John Zimmerman – Cincinnati, Ohio

The airplane: Citabria

The mission: Flying to Oshkosh 2015

The memory: Every year I like to fly to Oshkosh low and slow, enjoying the view at 90 knots – after all, getting to the big show really is half the fun. One of the highlights of the trip every year from my home base in Cincinnati, Ohio to Wisconsin is the Chicago area. If the weather is good, there’s no better flight than the one that follows the lakefront. The route takes you past famous landmarks like Navy Pier, Wrigley Field and Willis Tower (you can look up at some office workers and wave). The only downer is the flight over abandoned Meigs airport, which sits barren and undeveloped, a lasting reminder of political misconduct. As is true so many places in the US, no special clearances or equipment is required – just keep your head on a swivel and enjoy the view.

See our other Friday Photo entries here.

John Zimmerman
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    • John Zimmerman
      John Zimmerman says:

      Nope – you can do it all VFR without ever talking to ATC if you don’t want to. The glories of GA in the US.

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