PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8 Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4210 times:
Does anyone recall any details of the United Airlines shutdown at some point during the Carter administration? As I recall no United flights occured for a period of about 3-4 days for some reason, but I don't know any details. I know it wasn't a strike, just something financial. The only thing I remember is that it happened in the late 1970's or maybe even the early 1980's.
Any help would be appreciated!! Thanks in advance!!
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Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2044 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 3740 times:
UA was on strike on May 25, 1979, the day AA 191, a DC-10, bound for LAX, crashed at ORD. UA went out on strike on March 31, 1979. The strike lasted 58 days. On 5-25-79, I flew on an XV Beech 99 from MLI to ORD, which was operating as a "replacement" flight for UA who was on strike. The DC-10 crashed just as we were on final approach to ORD. Suddenly these bells went off inside the Beechcraft, and we were told, pull up, pull up, the field is closed. Off the our left, the flames and black smoke were climbing toward the sky. We were one of the first flight to land at ORD, that Friday afternoon, after the field reopened. I then flew on to DTW on a NW DC-10. Three days later, UA began flying, but the DC-10's were grounded a few days later. In order to lure passengers back, UA started giving away 2-1 coupons that summer. I sold some of them to a travel agent, and my cousin and I took a trip to Vegas that fall on those coupons. We flew out of MLI to DEN on a 727 and then on LAS on a DC-8-51. It was the last time I ever rode on the standard Eight.