TWAalltheway From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 144 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2324 times:
I remember seeing a Dateline NBC or some TV article about this airport in Ilinois, about 50 miles or so from STL. It said it was supposed to be a reliever airport for STL. Personally I think it was a terrible waste of government money on an airport. From what I know, it never gets much service, I think PanAm is the only airline there. I think it would attract much more service if there was a highspeed train service between St. Louis and this airport. What are your thoughts, and if you've ever been there?
Jason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2244 times:
Yes, I've been to BLV.
Pan Am is the only passenger airline that flies there. It shares a runway with Scott Air Force Base.
It does have practical applications though... when a TWA B717 had to make a wheels up landing, they did it at Mid-America as to not cause a closure to STL.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2903 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2236 times:
Mid-America Airport, what a silly name! If someone told me he would fly to Mid-America Airport, I would think "Probably he's flying to Costa Rica or Nicaragua". It's just the same with "Midwest", I'd search for the US-American "Midwest" somewhere near the Rockies. But maybe I'm thinking too logical??
Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2655 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
Actually the Name Mid-America does make sense. It is half way between the east and west coast. Historically the Mississippi River has always been the begining of western America. The Mid-West I think got that name because settlers moving to The West, the other side of the Mississippi, considered it Midway to the west.