timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6871 posts, RR: 7 Posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
Sounds unlikely, but...
The QR OAG for 15 October 1961 shows no jets at Orlando, then the 1 Nov QR shows DL 841 CV880 ORD-ATL-ORL-DAL-LAX. No mention of MCO. The 15 Nov shows the same, then the 1 December includes "MCO" in the listing.
The 2/60 airport diagram shows the longest runway 5568 ft, then by 1966 they had a new 6000-ft runway. No idea when that runway opened.
srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2526 times:
Going off of the ORL website, airlines started transferring service to MCO (it was a joint use facility with the USAF until the AFB side closed down in the mid-1970s) in 1962 and had completed the move by 1968.
WA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2245 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2234 times:
There was much less demand for travel to / from Orlando in the early 1960s than there is today. Orlando didn't start booming until the mid 1960s, with passengers headed to / from the Kennedy Space Center, and its growth accelerated dramatically when Walt Disney World opened in 1971.
I'm sure the main reason there were so few jets in / out of Orlando in 1961 was because there simply weren't enough passengers to fill them.
isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
EA started DC8's into McCoy. Im thinking 1961, but not sure.. History showed a gradual movement to MCO through the 60's as more jets were delivered to the carriers.
There never were commercial jets at the old airport.
[Edited 2010-09-29 06:18:26]
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