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Heavies At MDW

Sun Dec 01, 2002 3:23 pm

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

Sun Dec 01, 2002 4:08 pm

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

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RE: Heavies At MDW

Sun Dec 01, 2002 4:20 pm

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.
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RE: Heavies At MDW

Mon Dec 02, 2002 10:20 am

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.
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RE: Heavies At MDW

Mon Dec 02, 2002 10:25 am

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.

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RE: Heavies At MDW

Mon Dec 02, 2002 10:43 am

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.

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RE: Heavies At MDW

Mon Dec 02, 2002 11:37 am

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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