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User currently offlineJetskipper From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 440 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

Has anything bigger than a 757-300 ever been operated into MDW. Either for charter purposes or ORD diversions?

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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1335 times:

I'm not sure widebodies can be operated in to MDW, much like DCA.


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

no, ATA never flew its L1011s to MDW. The runways are barely a mile long at MDW so unless the heavy was totally empty I doubt it could take off there.

User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7227 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 14 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

Recall that UA flew DC-10s off of Kona's 6500-ft runway to SFO; MDW's runways are about that long, so it's not out of the question. Unless runway strength is the problem.

User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 14 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

You mean the skidstrip that's four miles away from my house??? No way could anything larger than a 757-300 operate out of there. If there were truly an emergency, I imagine a 747-400, if its fuel was spent, could skid into there if something went wrong, but that's why we have Gary-Chicago airport. Basically, what makes that a weird airport is the blast fences on each end of the runway and your local White Castle/Speedway/Parking Lot/Local Cleaners/etc on the other side of that blast fence. Also, you have Cicero and Pulaski running right on the sides of that airport, making the horizontal spacing phenomenally tight. Hope that helps.

Mike  Smile

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 1206 times:

Kona is only at 47' MSL, compared to MDW's 620' MSL. Add that difference to the zillion or so obtacles off the ends of MDW's various runways, and the same 6,500 feet doesn't generate the same takeoff weights....  Big grin

MDW 13C/31C and 04R/22L can both handle landing weights up to 250,000 (dual tandem). If memory serves, the basic aircraft weight (no fuel or payload) for a DC-10 is around 260,000-270,000, so, if so, it couldn't even land at MDW.

United had a DC-10 divert to DCA a few years ago, and the runway there can handle up to 360,000, so a fully loaded aircraft could divert there no prob. They couldn'nt takeoff though, and had to bus everone to BWI, the originally intended destination.


User currently offlineIMisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 1179 times:

A DC-8-63 and an A300 have both landed at, and taken off from, Midway. Granted they were empty though.

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