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Why ORD?

Sat Jun 28, 2003 12:01 am

I always think of why Chicago O'Hare Airport's code is ORD?? You'd think it'd be CHI or OHA or OHR or something along those lines. I remember reading or seeing somewhere that it got it's code ORD from the name Orchard. Way back when O'Hare was called Orchard Field. Is this true? If not, how'd they come up with ORD?
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RE: Why ORD?

Sat Jun 28, 2003 12:11 am

It's true. The area where ORD now rests used to be called Orchard Field. It was later renamed after Chicago native "Butch" O'Hare who was a Naval pilot in WWII.

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RE: Why ORD?

Sat Jun 28, 2003 12:12 am

Yes you're right. I was also wondering where the letters O, R and D came from. ORD comes from the name Orchard, it has something to do with "Orchard", I remember reading that in Airways, there was an article all about O'Hare six years ago. Some refer to O'Hare as no ORDinary airport, but that's a joke of course.

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RE: Why ORD?

Sat Jun 28, 2003 1:59 am

Well CHI is already taken now so they couldn't change it. CHI is the universal code for ORD and MDW.
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RE: Why "Y"

Sat Jun 28, 2003 4:52 am

While on subject of airport codes, what's with the Canadian's obcession with "Y" ... I never understood that. YYZ, YUL, YMX, YVR, YHQ, YHZ, YOW, YEG, YYC etc ... etc ...