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Need Info About ORD

Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:29 am

Hi there anyone I can interview about Chocago O'Hare airport? I prefer someone involved with the airport or that was involved and knows about the history of it, the construction of it, and how it has affected the USA, Chicago and the world since it was built until now. If anyone here knows of any pilots or engineers or anyone that has more info on the airport can you please tell me? Thanks a lot!!
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RE: Need Info About ORD

Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:30 am

O'hare has a great web site that has a lot of the info you seek.
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RE: Need Info About ORD

Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:25 am

I can tell you a little bit about the history...

1940s: Orchard Field opens as an auxiliary military airfield for WWII aircraft.

1949: With Midway Airport approaching capacity, the city acquires Orchard Field and begins redeveloping it. The original three runways (present day 14L-32R, 9L-27R and 4L-22R) are widened and extended.

1955: The first phase of the new ORD opens - a small terminal with a ground-level Y concourse (this was the original Terminal 1, and was demolished in the early 1980s.) A new 10,500-foot runway -- the present-day 14R-32L -- is also opened. All charter and cargo flights move to ORD from Midway.

1959: Jet flights (by United, American, Continental, TWA, Northwest, Delta, Braniff and Eastern) are handled by ORD, while prop operations remain at Midway. For the next three years, operations will be split between the two. The Kennedy Expressway opens to downtown Chicago. Construction begins on Terminals 2 and 3.

1961: American becomes the first airline to move ALL its flights to O'Hare from Midway.

1962: Terminals 2 and 3 are opened by President Kennedy. All scheduled flights move to O'Hare from Midway.

1968: O'Hare is already nearing capacity. A new 10,000-foot runway (9R-22L) is completed on the south side of the airport. Midway Airport is redeveloped and reopened for limited passenger operations.

1971: The final runway in the ORD master plan (4R-22L) opens on the south side of the airport. The main parking garage, control tower and O'Hare Hilton are opened.

1983: A multimillion-dollar construction program begins. The interim international Terminal 4 is opened on the ground floor of the parking garage (passengers take buses to aircraft parked at remote stands.) The original Terminal 1 closes for redevelopment.

1984: Terminal 3 is extended to the east and the new Concourse L for Delta is opened.

1987: The new Terminal 1 opens for United Airlines. American completely remodels Terminal 3 and adds rotundas to the end of Concourses H and K.

1989: The air cargo facilities are moved to the west side of the airport so that work can begin on a permanent international terminal.

1993: International Terminal 5 and the Airport Transit System (ATS) are opened.

2000: American rebuilds Concourse G (the old TWA concourse) for American Eagle regional jet flights.

2003: Work starts on the FACE project that will expand the landside areas of T1, T2 and T3.

2007-2010: Terminals 4 and 6 are scheduled to open, along with the new runway layout. Not sure if this is going to happen, as no construction has started yet.
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RE: Need Info About ORD

Mon Dec 08, 2003 11:12 am

Thanks for the info...but I need an actual person I can interview for my project.
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RE: Need Info About ORD

Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:13 pm

That's information I found in the city of Chicago Dept. of Aviation annual reports. They have them at the main library in downtown Chicago, and also at the Northwestern University Transportation Library in Evanston (if you're in the Chicago area.)

You could also try calling the Chicago Dept. of Aviation and scheduling an interview with somebody. I wrote a college paper on Midway, and they set up an interview with the Deputy Director of Aviation for me. It was surprisingly easy.
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RE: Need Info About ORD

Tue Dec 09, 2003 1:44 am

So if I call the Chicago Dept. of Aviation who should I ask for an interview? The Deputy Director of Aviation? What other people do they have that I can interview?
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RE: Need Info About ORD

Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:03 am

The Administrator for the City of Chicago department of aviation is Monique Bond. you can try asking for her, but shes probably busy, ask if you can talk to anyone who knows about O'hare
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RE: Need Info About ORD

Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:37 am

Contact Information
For more information about O'Hare International Airport, contact us at:
Department of Aviation
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
P.O. Box 66142
Chicago, IL 60666
773-686-3700 Tel
773-686-3573 Fax

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RE: Need Info About ORD

Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:34 am

Scheduled ops at ORD started in 1955 I think-- certainly by 1956. Dunno when runway 14R opened-- maybe 1958? but I think it started at 8000 ft. Or was it 8800?

The original field also had runway 18-36. Douglas built C-54s there.

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