Friday Photo: Chicago on a clear day

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The view: Downtown Chicago, from over Lake Michigan

The pilot: Bob Hamilton

The airplane: Mooney M20S Eagle, N2208W

The mission: This was my 150th Angel Flight mission.

The memory: I was on a return flight, mid morning, deadheading back after an early Angel Flight. Downtown Chicago was basking in the morning sun and it was an excellent photo op. Soldier Field, the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Grant Park in the foreground and Willis (Sears) Tower to the John Hancock in the background.

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  • One of the things on my bucket list was to land at Meigs Field. I was still a student at the time said airport met it’s demise, and i didn’t think my instructor would authorize me going into class B airspace. Especially in a 152. Now i do everything i can to avoid that city.

  • Did a few touch and goes at Meigs in the 90’s when I was a student at PWK. My office in the Loop had a great view of the field too and I liked to follow the action on my radio. I remember one summer morning during a plastics convention at McCormick Place when the sole controller there had an on frequency meltdown as a whole bunch of aircraft all were heading his way at once. He had aircraft doing 180’s all over the place and finally told them to stay out his airspace and go to Gary until he could get things under control. I really felt sorry for the guy as he was losing it.

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