BURLINGTON-A new book looks at the storied history of Burlington International Airport, at one time-at least for one day during the 1940s-the busiest airport in the world.
The illustrated book, titled "Burlington International Airport: A History 1920-2010,"details the airport's 90-year history. The airport is also home to the Vermont Air Guard Wing.
Vermont author James M. Tabor, a graduate of the University of Vermont and long-time Burlington-area resident, worked on the book for several years. Research involved pouring through airport documents and FAA and Air Guard records.
Tabor is also the author of the New York Times bestseller "Blind Descent."
"I'm accustomed to surprises doing research for books, but what I found digging into the history of this airport was truly extraordinary," Tabor said. "Perhaps more than anything else, I was repeatedly struck by the cavalcade of fascinating characters whose achievements are truly mind-boggling. The airport itself was no less remarkable. At one time during World War II, it was the busiest airport on Earth."
Tabor's 190-page-long book contains 117 black and white historical photos and 25 color images. The book is available at local bookstores. Copies are also available at the Hudson News shop in the Burlington airport concourse.