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United Shut-down In The Late 1970's

Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:43 pm

Does anyone recall any details of the United Airlines shutdown at some point during the Carter administration? As I recall no United flights occured for a period of about 3-4 days for some reason, but I don't know any details. I know it wasn't a strike, just something financial. The only thing I remember is that it happened in the late 1970's or maybe even the early 1980's.

Any help would be appreciated!! Thanks in advance!!
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StevenUhl777
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RE: United Shut-down In The Late 1970's

Tue Mar 16, 2004 1:27 pm

Pretty sure it was an IAM strike.

My Dad worked at the UA base at SFO back then, and in '79, he took all of his vacation at once (almost two months worth) only to come back and find out there was a strike on!

I'm sure others can provide better details.
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RE: United Shut-down In The Late 1970's

Tue Mar 16, 2004 6:41 pm

I believe it was a strike. It was sometime in 1978, or 79. My mom got stuck in L.A. because of it. She was re-routed on another airline, and UA gave her a free pass, because of it.
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RE: United Shut-down In The Late 1970's

Wed Mar 17, 2004 7:56 am

Sure don't remember any total shutdowns that weren't strikes. They were in a fix when DC-10s were grounded in 1979, but don't think they shut down then.
 
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RE: United Shut-down In The Late 1970's

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:55 am

UA was on strike on May 25, 1979, the day AA 191, a DC-10, bound for LAX, crashed at ORD. UA went out on strike on March 31, 1979. The strike lasted 58 days. On 5-25-79, I flew on an XV Beech 99 from MLI to ORD, which was operating as a "replacement" flight for UA who was on strike. The DC-10 crashed just as we were on final approach to ORD. Suddenly these bells went off inside the Beechcraft, and we were told, pull up, pull up, the field is closed. Off the our left, the flames and black smoke were climbing toward the sky. We were one of the first flight to land at ORD, that Friday afternoon, after the field reopened. I then flew on to DTW on a NW DC-10. Three days later, UA began flying, but the DC-10's were grounded a few days later. In order to lure passengers back, UA started giving away 2-1 coupons that summer. I sold some of them to a travel agent, and my cousin and I took a trip to Vegas that fall on those coupons. We flew out of MLI to DEN on a 727 and then on LAS on a DC-8-51. It was the last time I ever rode on the standard Eight.
 
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RE: United Shut-down In The Late 1970's

Wed Mar 17, 2004 1:18 pm

Milesrich:

Wow...that's amazing...you were a witness to the whole thing practically...seeing the smoke rising right after the crash must have been horrifying.

Thanks for sharing that...probably not something you'll ever forget.
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