IloveBOI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4162 times:
I was looking at the d/b at Des Moines, and I see a lot of pictures of 747s and all these really big planes, and I wonder, why the heck does Des Moines get 747s? I never thought of them as a big city, and I thought scrapping or something like that, but I still wonder. Anyone know?
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1879 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4096 times:
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Probably whatever UPS flies into DSM, DC8-72's? Or do they send any A310's there? DSM as we probably know has turned to a mostly RJ market. Think of it this way - CLE, which as a city is way bigger than DSM and is a HUB doesn't get any widebodies except for your typical freighters (FedEx, maybe UPS). So the world is a strange place...
UPSfueler From United States of America, joined May 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3886 times:
Thunder9, DSM is not the diversion airport for ORD. Rockford(RFD) is the main diversion airport. Its only 80 miles from ORd and normally UAL and AA as well as ATA divert there when the weather goes south. When I was working at RFD we were the FBO in charge of fueling the diversions. One night we had 13 on the ground at one time.
JonnyGT From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 242 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3858 times:
I fondly remember one time an ELAL flight diverted to Des Moines. The largest we get is a 747 once every three weeks, though we get many UPS 763's and DC8s everyday. (One going by my window right now). The UPS flights go to SDF in Kentucky.
Tan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1943 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3821 times:
YPS Fueler..hate to tell ya, but a lot of airports are diversion points for ORD when ORD goes south...My 70 y/o parents got diverted to DSM on an AA 767 from LAX a few years ago, finally getting to ORD at midnight to Sllep on the floor having missed connections.
I have diverted to MSN on a BDL-ORD flight also. After the big blizzard of Jan. 78, UAL made FWA a diverson for widebodies as FWA has a 12000 ft runway. I recall late at nights some 747's doing touch n goes on a familiarization schedule the fall/early winter of 78.(lived in FWA at the time)
I think a lot of midwest airports can used as diversions for ORD.
As far as 747's..also maybe Football / basketball charters