Northbrook might be the place to head to go shopping or to play golf but usually I don't think to go there to go fly in an airplane. If it was 1929 though I really could.
Funny story - during training for WWII, many a Glenview Naval Air Station trainee pilot would mistake Sky Harbor's runways for the naval base's, just south east of here. When this happened, most often the plane was too large to safely take off from Sky Harbor's runways. So mechanics from GNAS would have to drive over to Sky Harbor and strip the plane of nearly all fuel and all its armament to lighten it for a safe takeoff.
For more great information on Chicago's old airfields, go to www.airfields-freeman.com. It's an amazing site!
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Sarah Rothschild, Realtor & Architectural History Nerd.