Lunken Airport in eastern Cincinnati has been a popular destination for our family for generations. When it was dedicated in 1930, it was the largest commercial airport in the U.S. This photo was taken on a visit to the new terminal in the 1930s, showing my little sister, cousin and me.
I still enjoy visiting the airport, having lunch and watching planes with my youngest daughter and her two children. They’re just as fascinated as I was on my childhood visits.
In the 1980-90s, my office was across the road from the airport and we enjoyed special lunches at the Sky Galley restaurant. The first meals served on a commercial airliner (American Airlines) were prepared here. The Sky Galley is in the original Art Deco terminal building and the ambience is wonderful – lots of airplane memorabilia and a view of the runways where some company jets and many small planes are constantly landing and taking off. The food is good, plain home-style cooking. It was a tradition for my oldest daughter to meet me for lunch on Good Friday and to enjoy their special Lenten meal of salmon patties, macaroni and cheese, and scalloped tomatoes. Now that I’ve been retired for 14 years, I make it a point to cook the same meal several times during Lent and certainly on Good Friday for my two daughters. I’ve posted the recipes for my version of salmon patties, macaroni and cheese, and scalloped tomatoes.
In addition to being just plain good food, the dinner brings back memories of grand old Lunken Airport.