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User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3533 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

In the Ozark Airlines wikipedia article, it says the airline briefly (2 years or so) served Meigs Field with DHC-6 Twin Otters from 1972-1974.

I don't think I have ever heard of this before. Apparently they served eight flights a day from SPI, and the service never really "took off" so to speak.

Did anyone ever fly on this route? Eight flights per day seems (at least now) like too many...one would think that 4 or 5 flights per day would have been more appropriate -- something like a 7am, 11am, 3pm, and a 7pm or something like that...

[Edited 2006-04-25 02:14:43]


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User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

I remember Ozark out of Champaign/Urbana (or maybe Rantoul) nice local airline, major use of Douglas aircraft -- cannot remember now who bought them

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26718 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 1):
I remember Ozark out of Champaign/Urbana (or maybe Rantoul) nice local airline, major use of Douglas aircraft -- cannot remember now who bought them

Ozark was bought by TWA.



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

Thats an interesting article. I do remember this fact. Ozark, which is Krazo spelled backwards(a little airline humor there) was the first regional airline to fly coast to coast. The the good ole days, you had Air West, Frontier, Mohawk, Allegheny, Southern, Lake Central, Trans Texas, Central, Piedmont, North Central and Ozark as regionals.
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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

I remember flying Ozark one time from PHL-BWI-STL-MLI; I almost want to say IND was sa stop in there somewhere  Smile


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User currently offlineA999 From Norway, joined Mar 2004, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Air Illinois flew the following schedule from Meigs Field to Springfield/Il in 81/82:

12345 0810 CGX 0900 SPI UX 702 HS7 (Hawker Siddeley 748 twin turboprop)
12345 1030 1120 UX 704
12345 1610 1700 UX 708
12345 1830 1920 UX 710


User currently offline727Tiger From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

I flew Ozark COU through STL to Piedmont Triad and back. I loved flying on them. They really took care of you.

User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1828 times:

I wish my mother never thru away my collection of old tickets a long time ago...those green ticket jackets were cool...i also had a styrofoam glider of an Ozark DC-9  Smile


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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5198 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

Quoting 7E72004 (Reply 4):


I remember flying Ozark one time from PHL-BWI-STL-MLI; I almost want to say IND was sa stop in there somewhere

PHL-IND-STL-MLI.

Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):


Did anyone ever fly on this route?

Air Illinois flew the route, which prompted Ozark to start service as well, fearing that pax would desert Ozark's SPI-ORD flights in favor of close-in Meigs. Not sure of the exact frequecies, but SPI is the capital of Illinois, and of course Chicago is the economic hub of the state. There was (and maybe still is) a healthy level of traffic between the two during the weekdays.

Ozark bought the Twin Otters from a Carribean operator (don't remember which one). The seats were apparently so saturated with B.O. that when the temperature got warm in the summer, the stench inside the cabin was pretty noticeable. They could have gotten new seats, but the whole operation wasn't a winner for OZ, so they killed off the whole experiment and stuck with ORD.



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

I thought BWI was in that mix...i remember it was pouring rain...etc...did they even have a PHL-BWI route?


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User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

Ozark's very first route was STL-DEC-MDW.


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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5198 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

Quoting 7E72004 (Reply 9):


I thought BWI was in that mix...i remember it was pouring rain...etc...did they even have a PHL-BWI route?

The routes out of BWI included: ORF-BWI-STL, BWI-CLE-STL and PIA-CMI-BWI-LGA. There *may* have been a weekend only PHL-BWI-STL flight for a brief period of time, but it doesn't ring a bell with me. Ozark moved from IAD to BWI to serve both DC and Baltimore shortly after deregulation. Later OZ got some DCA slots which were used exclusively for DCA-STL. The original DC area authority in the regulated days was PIA-CMI-IAD-LGA. I flew that many times visiting family in Northern Virginia. Ozark (and Southern) pulled right up to the lower level boarding gates and we disembarked from the built-in airstairs on the DC-9. Only once or twice do I recall using the people movers. This was LONG before any concourses were built at IAD.



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User currently offlineN702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

There are quite a few Ozark route maps posted at:

www.geocities.com/departing1983/routemaps.html


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

thanks for the link...the day i flew from PHL-MLI was July 27, 1985...i have no idea how the hek i remember that date *lol*  Smile


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

SOT, but what happend to Ozark 2? I rememeber them flying a couple of d-328's and that was it nothing, I assume they went tits up?


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User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 14):
SOT, but what happend to Ozark 2? I rememeber them flying a couple of d-328's and that was it nothing, I assume they went tits up?

I know which one you are talking about they had something to do with Great Plains Airlines IIRC, were they even the same airline?



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 15):
were they even the same airline?

IDK, but now that you mention it, they may have been swallowed up by Great Plains.



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1354 times:

Wasn't Ozark 2 based out of Columbia, MO?


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User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 16):
IDK, but now that you mention it, they may have been swallowed up by Great Plains.

Yup, March 2001

Quoting 7E72004 (Reply 17):
Wasn't Ozark 2 based out of Columbia, MO?

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