SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 740 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.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 723 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....
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.