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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Pilot makes emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive at Grant Park in Chicago. "Two vehicles struck the aircraft's left wing after he landed but drove off"   (suntimes.com) divider line 99
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2013-09-22 01:16:38 PM
I had this happen once in Chicago, only it was with a taxi.  I'd probably stick around if I collided with an airplane.
 
2013-09-22 01:47:39 PM
The elevator was flying around, so naturally the photographer took a dozen closeups of the elevator.
 
2013-09-22 03:06:11 PM
I just learned to do this in GTAV last night.

/too bad that mission ended up being a giant cocktease...
 
2013-09-22 03:06:14 PM
"There's no way I could have made it back to Schaumburg, O'Hare or Midway"

Good thing Meigs Field is right th... oh.
 
2013-09-22 03:08:22 PM
www.blogcdn.com
 
2013-09-22 03:12:14 PM

LordOfThePings: "There's no way I could have made it back to Schaumburg, O'Hare or Midway"

Good thing Meigs Field is right th... oh.


Good to see that's been covered. Daley should have gone to jail for that.
 
2013-09-22 03:14:34 PM
Two vehicles struck the aircraft's left wing after he landed but drove off

Research shows 2 out of 2 drivers in Chicago drive without insurance.
 
2013-09-22 03:15:36 PM
The plane was lucky it wasn't shot at.
 
2013-09-22 03:24:31 PM

mooseyfate: I just learned to do this in GTAV last night.

/too bad that mission ended up being a giant cocktease...


Haven't seen that one, but landing on that bridge in flight school was more of a biatch than I expected.
 
2013-09-22 03:24:39 PM
Pretty good job, pilot. The landing spot would be at the bottom of this photo.

cdn.c.photoshelter.com

/ +1 if he rolled it off the Drive onto the grass himself and traffic went on un-impeded
 
2013-09-22 03:24:59 PM

skinink: The plane was lucky it wasn't shot at.


From my trips, Lakeshore Dr. is a pretty decent area.  Mostly hotels, museums, and Soldier Field in that area, so unless he had a Green Bay Packers bumper sticker on the plane he'd probably be OK.

Now, a mile west of there, that's a different story altogether.
 
2013-09-22 03:27:43 PM
When flight sim came out it was funny to fly the plane into the Sears tower. It stopped being funny after 9/11.

Of course, had Mayor Daley not ripped up Meigs Field under cover of darkness, he would have had a legitimate place to land.
 
2013-09-22 03:32:24 PM

ocd002: When flight sim came out it was funny to fly the plane into the Sears tower. It stopped being funny after 9/11.

Of course, had Mayor Daley not ripped up Meigs Field under cover of darkness, he would have had a legitimate place to land.


I'm neither a pilot, nor from Chicago, so what's that all about?
 
2013-09-22 03:34:07 PM

Sum Dum Gai: From my trips, Lakeshore Dr. is a pretty decent area...Now, a mile west of there, that's a different story altogether.


A mile west of Lake Shore Dr looks like this.

upload.wikimedia.org


Two miles west looks like this:

lh3.googleusercontent.com

/ Next time you're in town you should venture out into our neighborhoods, I bet you will like it!
 
2013-09-22 03:35:56 PM
Drive by shootings yet?
 
2013-09-22 03:36:50 PM

jaytkay: Sum Dum Gai: From my trips, Lakeshore Dr. is a pretty decent area...Now, a mile west of there, that's a different story altogether.

A mile west of Lake Shore Dr looks like this.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 500x643]


Two miles west looks like this:

[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 640x459]

/ Next time you're in town you should venture out into our neighborhoods, I bet you will like it!


I think a condo on racine and randolph goes for like 300-400k. People who don't live in Chicago have no clue about what it is like living here.
 
2013-09-22 03:38:28 PM

tetsoushima: ocd002: When flight sim came out it was funny to fly the plane into the Sears tower. It stopped being funny after 9/11.

Of course, had Mayor Daley not ripped up Meigs Field under cover of darkness, he would have had a legitimate place to land.

I'm neither a pilot, nor from Chicago, so what's that all about?


So Meigs was a little regional/commuter airport right on Chicago's lakefront, and right downtown.  King Daley wanted that land for a park.  So one night, under cover of darkness, and while planes were still parked there, he had the runway bulldozed.

Meigs Field Demo
 
2013-09-22 03:42:08 PM

Mentalpatient87: mooseyfate: I just learned to do this in GTAV last night.

/too bad that mission ended up being a giant cocktease...

Haven't seen that one, but landing on that bridge in flight school was more of a biatch than I expected.


I considered the flight training to be a part of that mission.=P

Hey, BTW.  Does that mission turn out any different if you actually DO contact Lester?  Because I totally forgot to and I get the feeling that would have changed the outcome a bit.
 
2013-09-22 03:43:49 PM

tetsoushima: ocd002: When flight sim came out it was funny to fly the plane into the Sears tower. It stopped being funny after 9/11.

Of course, had Mayor Daley not ripped up Meigs Field under cover of darkness, he would have had a legitimate place to land.

I'm neither a pilot, nor from Chicago, so what's that all about?


We had a little lakefront general aviation (private plane) airport. Which was awesome for the handful of people who used it.

Mayor Daley wanted it closed, and sent out the bulldozers one night to carve Xs across the runway. One of the few old-school strong-arm acts of any big city mayor in recent decades. It's now a lakefront park with a great music venue.

Before (with Xs):
www.airfields-freeman.com

After:
www.trbimg.com
 
2013-09-22 03:43:59 PM

jaytkay: / Next time you're in town you should venture out into our neighborhoods, I bet you will like it!


Ah nevermind, I had my locations mixed up.  I was thinking of further south on Lakeshore (like being due west of the Hyde Park area).  The areas I meant were the Fuller Park / Washington Park areas.  Guess that's more south than west.
 
2013-09-22 03:45:19 PM
 
2013-09-22 03:46:41 PM
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2013-09-22 03:48:07 PM
Came here for Meigs field reference, leaving satisfied.
Seriously, they only goet 33k$ in fines for the bulldozing... wtf
Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown. 
(e.g. Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto)
 
2013-09-22 03:48:20 PM
FIB's
 
2013-09-22 03:48:26 PM

Sum Dum Gai: I was thinking of further south on Lakeshore (like being due west of the Hyde Park area). The areas I meant were the Fuller Park / Washington Park areas. Guess that's more south than west.


Correct, that's west of Lake Shore Dr but a few miles south of the Loop.
 
2013-09-22 03:49:39 PM

lifeboat: So Meigs was a little regional/commuter airport right on Chicago's lakefront, and right downtown.  King Daley wanted that land for a park.  So one night, under cover of darkness, and while planes were still parked there, he had the runway bulldozed.


Yeah, he was a giant ass, but so were the people keeping Meigs open.  The land was owned by the city of Chicago free and clear, and Daley announced the airport would be closed in 1994.  People wanted to keep it open and promised huge federal funds, which Daley would have been OK with.  It didn't happen.  His patience ran out and he went full dickbag.   If he had given notice the Meigs lovers would have dragged out the closing for another decade in the courts.  The people most angry about the closing are the lawyers who were hoping to get rich battling it out.
 
2013-09-22 03:52:20 PM

mooseyfate: I just learned to do this in GTAV last night.

/too bad that mission ended up being a giant cocktease...


Was going to make a GTA V joke as well.

/just got to Lester's assassination missions where you mess with the stock market
//start the mission, see who he says will go up, then cancel the mission and put everyone's money in that stock before you restart, it'll go up 80% in a day or so after the mission
 
2013-09-22 03:53:40 PM

Mokmo: Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown.


I am still surprised they closed Meigs. The only people who used it were political bigwigs and the wealthy.
 
2013-09-22 03:54:27 PM

Twitch Boy: mooseyfate: I just learned to do this in GTAV last night.

/too bad that mission ended up being a giant cocktease...

Was going to make a GTA V joke as well.

/just got to Lester's assassination missions where you mess with the stock market
//start the mission, see who he says will go up, then cancel the mission and put everyone's money in that stock before you restart, it'll go up 80% in a day or so after the mission


Yeah, I messed that up on the first Assassination mission.  I won't be making that mistake again, lost like $90,000 with Franklin.  Oops!
 
2013-09-22 03:54:58 PM

Sum Dum Gai: jaytkay: / Next time you're in town you should venture out into our neighborhoods, I bet you will like it!

Ah nevermind, I had my locations mixed up.  I was thinking of further south on Lakeshore (like being due west of the Hyde Park area).  The areas I meant were the Fuller Park / Washington Park areas.  Guess that's more south than west.


You were thinking further south? That's a whole 15 miles south--not even close to where that pilot landed. Quit talking out of your ass, it's embarrassing. And if you were looking for a mile west of the Lakeshore at 55th, you'd be damn close to Obama's house. Not a bad neighborhood at all.
 
2013-09-22 03:55:14 PM

LordOfThePings: "There's no way I could have made it back to Schaumburg, O'Hare or Midway"

Good thing Meigs Field is right th... oh.


This.

I've not had any reason to travel to Chicago since the domestic terrorist destroyed that piece of Federal grant property. Not that it matters, but I won't spend my (or my company's) money there anytime soon.
 
2013-09-22 03:56:02 PM

jaytkay: Mokmo: Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown.

I am still surprised they closed Meigs. The only people who used it were political bigwigs and the wealthy.


Graft.

It was prime lakeside property for his development cronies.
 
2013-09-22 03:56:12 PM

Feel_the_velvet: Two vehicles struck the aircraft's left wing after he landed but drove off

Research shows 2 out of 2 drivers in Chicago drive without insurance.


Or drive stolen cars.
 
2013-09-22 03:59:40 PM

Bacontastesgood: lifeboat: So Meigs was a little regional/commuter airport right on Chicago's lakefront, and right downtown.  King Daley wanted that land for a park.  So one night, under cover of darkness, and while planes were still parked there, he had the runway bulldozed.

Yeah, he was a giant ass, but so were the people keeping Meigs open.  The land was owned by the city of Chicago free and clear, and Daley announced the airport would be closed in 1994.  People wanted to keep it open and promised huge federal funds, which Daley would have been OK with.  It didn't happen.  His patience ran out and he went full dickbag.   If he had given notice the Meigs lovers would have dragged out the closing for another decade in the courts.  The people most angry about the closing are the lawyers who were hoping to get rich battling it out.



Daley's Gone
 
2013-09-22 04:01:50 PM

mooseyfate: Twitch Boy: mooseyfate: I just learned to do this in GTAV last night.

/too bad that mission ended up being a giant cocktease...

Was going to make a GTA V joke as well.

/just got to Lester's assassination missions where you mess with the stock market
//start the mission, see who he says will go up, then cancel the mission and put everyone's money in that stock before you restart, it'll go up 80% in a day or so after the mission

Yeah, I messed that up on the first Assassination mission.  I won't be making that mistake again, lost like $90,000 with Franklin.  Oops!


I just went and got everyone a million dollars at the respawning briefcase in the ocean.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NoAbCcxtO0">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=0NoAbCcxtO0
 
2013-09-22 04:06:53 PM
somebody was late for work.
 
2013-09-22 04:08:34 PM

lohphat: jaytkay: Mokmo: Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown.

I am still surprised they closed Meigs. The only people who used it were political bigwigs and the wealthy.

Graft.

It was prime lakeside property for his development cronies.


LOL, you're an ignorant dumbass. It's a park. A public park.

If the developers got it there would be high rises with lake and skyline views.
 
2013-09-22 04:15:59 PM

Mentalpatient87: mooseyfate: I just learned to do this in GTAV last night.

/too bad that mission ended up being a giant cocktease...

Haven't seen that one, but landing on that bridge in flight school was more of a biatch than I expected.


I breezed through that one in the first attempt. It took me about 10 tries to do the helicopter one where you have to fly through those bridge segments, much cursing was done.
 
2013-09-22 04:18:39 PM

jaytkay: Pretty good job, pilot. The landing spot would be at the bottom of this photo.

[cdn.c.photoshelter.com image 850x566]

/ +1 if he rolled it off the Drive onto the grass himself and traffic went on un-impeded


Holy crap!  That's where the Chicago Marathon starts and ends.

Good thing the landing wasn't a couple weeks from now.
 
2013-09-22 04:22:06 PM
 
2013-09-22 04:26:12 PM

jaytkay: Mokmo: Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown.

I am still surprised they closed Meigs. The only people who used it were political bigwigs and the wealthy.


Apparently of the incorrect partisanship.
 
2013-09-22 04:28:23 PM

lohphat: But today's Northerly Island looks nothing like the recreational and ecological haven that Daley had proposed. The 91-acre man-made peninsula, which was the site of the 1933 Century of Progress world's fair, is still being slowly redeveloped, in stages that will take years and tens of millions of dollars to complete.


Holy crap you are the most dishonest troll in recent memory.

The story you linked explicitly says development INTO A PUBLIC PARK is kinda slow.

Just stop. Being an asshole is not something to be proud of.
 
2013-09-22 04:30:07 PM

jaytkay: lohphat: But today's Northerly Island looks nothing like the recreational and ecological haven that Daley had proposed. The 91-acre man-made peninsula, which was the site of the 1933 Century of Progress world's fair, is still being slowly redeveloped, in stages that will take years and tens of millions of dollars to complete.

Holy crap you are the most dishonest troll in recent memory.

The story you linked explicitly says development INTO A PUBLIC PARK is kinda slow.

Just stop. Being an asshole is not something to be proud of.


Have you looked around lately?
 
2013-09-22 04:30:13 PM

lohphat: jaytkay: lohphat: jaytkay: Mokmo: Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown.

I am still surprised they closed Meigs. The only people who used it were political bigwigs and the wealthy.

Graft.

It was prime lakeside property for his development cronies.

LOL, you're an ignorant dumbass. It's a park. A public park.

If the developers got it there would be high rises with lake and skyline views.

O RLY?

Though Daley had long wanted to close Meigs and turn Northerly Island into a park, he gave a different reason for the runway destruction at the time, saying he was trying to reduce any airborne threat against downtown buildings "in these very uncertain times" - only a year and a half after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

After Meigs was closed, park enthusiasts set out to realize Daley's vision, and the Chicago Park District took initial steps to transform the empty peninsula. The area was landscaped with about 400 trees and more than 30 acres of prairie grass. The old airport terminal building was converted into a visitor center, which houses the park's nature center and bird hospital.

...

But today's Northerly Island looks nothing like the recreational and ecological haven that Daley had proposed. The 91-acre man-made peninsula, which was the site of the 1933 Century of Progress world's fair, is still being slowly redeveloped, in stages that will take years and tens of millions of dollars to complete.


The people who currently own the Tribune are the same sort of assholes who wanted to keep landing their private planes downtown on the city's dime.
 
2013-09-22 04:36:40 PM

Internet Meme Rogers: lohphat: jaytkay: lohphat: jaytkay: Mokmo: Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown.

I am still surprised they closed Meigs. The only people who used it were political bigwigs and the wealthy.

Graft.

It was prime lakeside property for his development cronies.

LOL, you're an ignorant dumbass. It's a park. A public park.

If the developers got it there would be high rises with lake and skyline views.

O RLY?

Though Daley had long wanted to close Meigs and turn Northerly Island into a park, he gave a different reason for the runway destruction at the time, saying he was trying to reduce any airborne threat against downtown buildings "in these very uncertain times" - only a year and a half after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

After Meigs was closed, park enthusiasts set out to realize Daley's vision, and the Chicago Park District took initial steps to transform the empty peninsula. The area was landscaped with about 400 trees and more than 30 acres of prairie grass. The old airport terminal building was converted into a visitor center, which houses the park's nature center and bird hospital.

...

But today's Northerly Island looks nothing like the recreational and ecological haven that Daley had proposed. The 91-acre man-made peninsula, which was the site of the 1933 Century of Progress world's fair, is still being slowly redeveloped, in stages that will take years and tens of millions of dollars to complete.

The people who currently own the Tribune are the same sort of assholes who wanted to keep landing their private planes downtown on the city's dime.


So, surprise! it is all about the MONEY.
Go figure.
 
2013-09-22 04:41:57 PM

jaytkay: lohphat: But today's Northerly Island looks nothing like the recreational and ecological haven that Daley had proposed. The 91-acre man-made peninsula, which was the site of the 1933 Century of Progress world's fair, is still being slowly redeveloped, in stages that will take years and tens of millions of dollars to complete.

Holy crap you are the most dishonest troll in recent memory.

The story you linked explicitly says development INTO A PUBLIC PARK is kinda slow.

Just stop. Being an asshole is not something to be proud of.


Why not? Daley has made it a career.
 
2013-09-22 04:42:24 PM
Goddammit I had no idea a run of the mill main page article would turn into a gta 5 spoiler thread.

Guess I should fire it up and run more actual missions instead of beating Michael's slut wife at tennis :)

It's a crappy football day anyway
 
2013-09-22 04:43:01 PM

mephisto6: Goddammit I had no idea a run of the mill main page article would turn into a gta 5 spoiler thread.

Guess I should fire it up and run more actual missions instead of beating Michael's slut wife at tennis :)

It's a crappy football day anyway


Excelsior!
 
2013-09-22 04:43:33 PM

jaytkay: lohphat: But today's Northerly Island looks nothing like the recreational and ecological haven that Daley had proposed. The 91-acre man-made peninsula, which was the site of the 1933 Century of Progress world's fair, is still being slowly redeveloped, in stages that will take years and tens of millions of dollars to complete.

Holy crap you are the most dishonest troll in recent memory.

The story you linked explicitly says development INTO A PUBLIC PARK is kinda slow.

Just stop. Being an asshole is not something to be proud of.


What part of "that will take years and tens of millions of dollars to complete." do YOU not understand.

I said it was for his development cronies. Parks or buildings isn't the issue, they're getting their cut of the tax coffers.
 
2013-09-22 04:46:18 PM
Just another little piece of America, given to the Frat bros.
 
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