timz
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Snapshot: ORD And DTW 1956

Sun Oct 15, 2000 7:26 am

Below are listed all the fixed-wing passenger flights scheduled out of Chicago O'Hare on a weekday in December 1956, as shown in the OAG. Apparently ORD had then been open to the airlines less than two years. For unfamiliar codes see http://www.airnav.com/airports/

0700 AA Conv YIP BUF ALB LGA
0700 CA Visc YIP PHL
0735 AA Conv SPI STL JLN TUL OKC DAL ACF MAF
0800 AA DC6 LGA
0845 EA M404 IND SDF ATL
1155 CA Visc YIP PIT DCA
1155 UA DC6 PDX
1200 UA DC6 MKC DEN SLC BOI PDX SEA
1200 NC DC3 MKE
1210 UA DC6 SFO
1215 BN DC3 ALO (aircraft arrives from MLI)
1235 AA Conv YIP
1300 TW M404 DAY CMH LGA
1320 DL Conv CVG LEX TYS ATL
1435 AA Conv YIP BUF ROC EWR
1440 EA Const IND BHM PIE MIA
1610 CA DC4 MKG MBS FNT YIP
1635 DL Conv STL LIT HOU
1700 AA DC6 LGA
1805 AA Conv BUF
1810 UA Conv OMA LNK
1810 UA DC6 SFO
1820 UA DC6 LAX
1850 TW M404 MKC TOP ICT
1920 CA DC4 MBS FNT YIP
2005 UA DC6 DCA
2010 UA DC6 LGA
2015 NC DC3 MKE
2015 CA DC4 MKG GRR
2020 UA DC6 YIP PIT PHL LGA
2035 TW Const DAY
2045 UA Conv SBN FWA TOL CLE
2115 AA Conv YIP BUF
2210 AA Conv YIP
2235 EA M404 IND SDF ATL JAX

In addition, three days a week (daily in the summer?) a PA DC7C left at noon for DTW, Shannon, Heathrow and FRA; and once weekly a BOAC Strat left at 1700 for DTW, YUL, Prestwick and Heathrow. These four flights and their returns were the only flights scheduled out of DTW in December 1956.
 
desertjets
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RE: Snapshot: ORD And DTW 1956

Mon Oct 16, 2000 5:06 am

Decidely not as busy as LaGuardia was or Midway for that matter. I have a copy of an article from the Saturday Evening Post, from 55/56. It shows pictures of an almost deserted ORD ramp, with only a DC-3 parked at the half finished terminal. They showed artist rendering of what O'Hare should look like when it is finished (looks nothing like it does now). Midway was still the airport of choice. My dad can remember as a kid going out (O'Hare was in the middle of nowhere then) to O'Hare to watch the Illinois ANG F-86's and F-100's fly. It wasn't until 58/59 when the Northwest Expressway (Later the Kennedy) and the CTA trains went out to O'Hare did it actually take off. Also the jet age forced the move to ORD. By the end of the 60's MDW was dead. It would be interesting if you could post a timetable for MDW.

Keep em coming.
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timz
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RE: Snapshot: ORD And DTW 1956

Tue Oct 17, 2000 5:44 am

According to AW&ST Midway lost its last scheduled fixed-wing flights in July 1962. Apparently the first airline to return was United, in July 1964-- so we suspect the 727 is what they were waiting for.

In 1968-69 Northeast, Piedmont, Mohawk and Southern all got authority to fly to Chicago, but the city wouldn't let any of them into O'Hare. NE, PI and SO started flying into Midway but Mohawk decided to wait it out. (AW&ST 27Apr70 p53)
 
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RE: Snapshot: ORD And DTW 1956

Tue Oct 17, 2000 7:53 am

Ok, that makes sense.

I remember that my dad flew out of MDW many times on military charters when he was in the reserves (69-75). He seems to remember an aborted takeoff in a 720.
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timz
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RE: Snapshot: ORD And DTW 1956

Wed Oct 18, 2000 8:36 am

A possible error: when TWA showed a Martin in their timetables I assumed that in 1956 that would mean a 4-O-4-- but now I see that they still owned 2-O-2A's then. Dunno whether they still used them.