McGinn, Leo J.
Mail Service Began:
||May 10, 1923
Mail Service Ended:
||August 31, 1927
||Oct 16, 1923 – Omaha,
||Sept 1, 1926 – Maywood,
||Mar 1, 1927 - Cleveland,
||May 16, 1927 - Maywood,
Early in the spring of 1926, McGinn was making
his night run of mail from Cleveland to Chicago when he flew
straight into a bad combination of wind, rain and fog while
approaching the shores of Lake Michigan. McGinn started circling
in the fog over the city to find his location, looking for
lights. His fuel running out, he thought his time was up
when a barrage of lights and people rushed up before him.
"The whole thing was twisted on its ear," said Leo,
afterwards. "It seemed made of fantastic domes and towers
like some Oriental palace. There was a large gilded archway
in the middle. Chicago never looked like that to me."
the fog, McGinn's airplane had flopped onto its side and
came down almost directly over the entrance to a Chicago amusement
park. Fortunately, he was able to recover, find the landing
field and land safely. McGinn later recalled that "I
thought sure enough I'd crashed and gone straight to
heaven. I thought that queer-looking arch must be the pearly
McGinn went to work for National Air Transport
after contractors took over the airmail service. In 1928,
he was killed while flying the mail between Cleveland and
Chicago for NAT. McGinn's airplane crashed during a
snowstorm in Huron, Ohio. McGinn was thrown clear of the cockpit
during the crash and was killed on impact.