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Leonard Baldy
Leonard Baldy
Trafficopter Reporter

Leonard Baldy was a Chicago Police Department officer who, on November 24, 1958, became the first Chicago “Flying Officer,” reporting traffic tie-ups and accidents from high above the city’s expressways and main arteries. Baldy died in a helicopter crash in 1960.

A rare recording of Flying Officer Len Baldy, courtesy son Tim Baldy:


Officer Leonard Baldy consults with his pilot before a flight