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Why ORD?  
User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4227 times:

I always think of why Chicago O'Hare Airport's code is ORD?? You'd think it'd be CHI or OHA or OHR or something along those lines. I remember reading or seeing somewhere that it got it's code ORD from the name Orchard. Way back when O'Hare was called Orchard Field. Is this true? If not, how'd they come up with ORD?

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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4209 times:


It's true. The area where ORD now rests used to be called Orchard Field. It was later renamed after Chicago native "Butch" O'Hare who was a Naval pilot in WWII.



User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3996 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4205 times:
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Yes you're right. I was also wondering where the letters O, R and D came from. ORD comes from the name Orchard, it has something to do with "Orchard", I remember reading that in Airways, there was an article all about O'Hare six years ago. Some refer to O'Hare as no ORDinary airport, but that's a joke of course.

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User currently offlineTekelberry From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1459 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4128 times:

Well CHI is already taken now so they couldn't change it. CHI is the universal code for ORD and MDW.

User currently offlineCapt.fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4078 times:

While on subject of airport codes, what's with the Canadian's obcession with "Y" ... I never understood that. YYZ, YUL, YMX, YVR, YHQ, YHZ, YOW, YEG, YYC etc ... etc ...

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