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When Smaller US Airports Had Wide Bodies...

Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:05 am

Remember the days when:

Northwest had DC10's to places like Great Falls!

TWA served DAY and ABQ with L10's!

UA had DC10's to BDL and 767's to BUR!
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:10 am

I know BDL got DL 767s for some time, as well as AA a300s to SJU, before the service was switched to a 757, then a 737, then dropped.

PVD had DL 757s (and maybe 767s) on a scheduled basis.

EA ran a 757 PVD-ISP-ATL (I'msad this doesn't still exist as I travel to Warwick and Providence from Long Island 3-4x a year. I think at one point ISP may have had DC-8s (the airline, though, I cannot recall).

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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:35 am

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 1):
I think at one point ISP may have had DC-8s (the airline, though, I cannot recall).

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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:37 am

DL had a 767 to ONT not too long ago. Further back, UA did a 762 to LGB.

AA flew 777, MD-11, DC-10s and 762s into SJC, and 763s for a very short time (CDG). The 762 did JFK. SJC still gets HA wide bodies and soon NH.

Didn't someone say that BUF got AA DC-10s? I think AUS did too.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:49 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 3):

DL had a 767 to ONT not too long ago. Further back, UA did a 762 to LGB.

ONT isn't a small airport, or a small market. The area's just in a bit of a slump.
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:25 am

Passenger only I mean what is the smallest us airport to see scheduled widebody? rdu? anc?
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:13 am

NW Operated DC10s MSP-MKE for years, then switched to 753 but after the meger not even a 752.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:40 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 3):
Didn't someone say that BUF got AA DC-10s?

Yes it did. I don't know the exact dates of BUF's AA DC-10 service but in June 1972, AA 96 (a DC-10) was heading from LAX to LGA via DTW and BUF. It had an explosive decompression shortly after departing DTW.

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 3):
I think AUS did too.
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:29 am

BUF also saw EA L10s
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:41 am

The *modern day* smallest US airports with scheduled passenger widebody flights are probably Fairbanks (Condor to Frankfurt in summer) and Orlando Sanford (TUI to Amsterdam). Widebodies are nearly extict other than intercontinental flights. Very, very different than 30-35 years ago. Here's what I can find for scheduled widebody flights in the US over the past 40 years.

ANC
FAI
PHX
SAN
ONT
LGB
LAX
SJC
SFO
OAK
SMF
DEN
BDL
MIA
FLL
PBI
MCO
SFB
DAB
RSW
TPA
JAX
ATL
HNL
OGG
ITO
ONA
ORD
IND
MSY
BWI
BOS
DTW
MSP
STL
MCI
BIL
GTF
OMA
LAS
EWR
ABQ
BUF
SYR
JFK
LGA
CLT
RDU
DAY
CMH
CLE
CVG
PDX
PIT
PHL
CAE
MEM
BNA
AUS
SAT
DFW
IAH
SLC
IAD
SEA
GEG
MKE

I can't find anything to support it, but it *seems* like ALB, ELP, TUS and PVD have had scheduled widebody flights, but I might be off on that. I also didn't find anything into some places that might have, including SDF, OKC, RIC, RNO, GSO, LIT, DSM, ORF or SRQ, all of which are relative peers of some widebody cities like Omaha, Columbia, Syracuse and Daytona Beach. And I thought Northwest's Montana DC-10 service included Missoula, but I couldn't find evidence of that...just Spokane-Great Falls-Billings-MSP/ORD.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:00 am

UA operated DEN-COS with a DC-10 during much of the 90s.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:26 am

Even though it's part of a larger metropolitan area, I do remember seeing frequent DL 10-11s visiting PBI from the late 80s until the late -90s (at least).
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:36 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 3):
still gets HA wide bodies

I'm betting there are a few airports where HA is the only widebody service, SMF comes to mind, for PDX, HA is the only domestic widebody service. In fact if you take away International departures, there are very few widebody cities left here in the US vs. what it used to be like in the 70's, 80's & 90's.
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:02 pm

I remember DC10s and L1011s at Palm Springs.
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:23 pm

Can anyone name the domestic widebody cities currently? i can name a few
ORD
SFO
MIA
IAH
IAD
ATL
LAX
DEN
JFK
MCO
HNL
PHX
LAS
PDX
DTW
DFW
Im sure there is more but thats all i got for now.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:32 pm

Quoting thekennady (Reply 14):
Can anyone name the domestic widebody cities currently? i can name a few
SJC, OAK, SAN, SEA, OGG, EWR, SMF, SAN, SLC

[Edited 2012-12-22 04:42:22]
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:20 pm

Quoting thekennady (Reply 14):
Can anyone name the domestic widebody cities currently? i can name a few

CLT and PHL
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:01 pm

MHT still gets plenty of widebodies from....UPS and FEDEX. That's a relatively small airport  
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:05 pm

Delta flew L10s to TYS and MEM.
AA had D10s to AUS and SAT.
UA had D10s to OMA
I'm sure National might have had DC10s to smaller cities
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:59 pm

Quoting CO764 (Reply 7):

According to reply 5 of the thread above, Austin got AA DC-10s to DFW in the 90's.

Indeed, they did, and that was from the old (and much-lamented) Meueller, when Bergstrom was still Bergstrom AFB. Takeoff from KAUS was very sporty!
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:09 pm

Living In IND in the early to mid 80's we had:

AA DC 10 on an ORD early am arrival, usually the last leg of a SFO or a LAX red-eye to ORD. It then was teh second morning departure to ORD..usually continuing on to SFO.

Then that became a 762 for a while and time of day varied.

TWA had both l-10 and 767 from STL at various times and also for a long time had a LAX-IND- DAY L10 flight. Occasionally it started in CMH-then IND to LAX..always Am westbound and evening return, usually around 9:30 PM.
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:28 pm

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 18):
I'm sure National might have had DC10s to smaller cities

Actually, I think PBI was the smallest station with DC-10 service. The milk runs were always 727s in the jet age.

I nominate DAB as the smallest city/market to ever have scheduled wide-body service - Eastern L-1011s back in the day.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:58 pm

Quoting knope2001 (Reply 9):
I can't find anything to support it, but it *seems* like ALB, ELP, TUS and PVD have had scheduled widebody flights, but I might be off on that.

OAG's Pocket Flight Guide, North American Edition, for March 1-31, 1985 shows AA Flt. #375 operatiing DFW-ELP with a DC-10. AA #436 operated ELP-DFW. Looks like a RON at ELP.

Going back a decade earlier, American Airlines' timetable eff. August 1, 1975 shows the following medium-sized city DC-10 flights:

BUF-ORD 1x daily
BUF-DTW-LAX 2x daily
BUF-LGA 1x daily

BDL-JFK 1x daily

PHX-ORD 2x daily
PHX-SFO 1x daily

There was also a daily JFK-PHX-LAX roundtrip with a 747!

(The Phoenix MSA had "only" 1.5 million residents in 1980 so I'd consider it medium-size in 1975)

SYR-ORD-LAX 2x daily
SYR-JFK 1x daily

United Air Lines' June 13, 1975 timetable shows some interesting DC-10/747 routes:

CLE-ATL-TPA 1x daily DC-10
CLE-ORD-HNL 2x daily 747
CLE-ORD 1x daily DC-10
BDL-ORD 1x daily DC-10
LAS-ORD-JFK 1x daily 747
LAS-ORD 1x daily DC-10
LAS-DEN-DTW 1x daily DC-10
LAS-LAX 1x daily DC-10
LAS-SFO 1x daily DC-10
MKE-DEN Tuesday-only DC-10 (!!!)
PIT-ORD-LAX 1x daily 747, 1x daily DC-10
PIT-DTW-SFO Monday & Tuesday-only DC-10
PDX-ORD 1x daily DC-10
PDX-SEA 1x daily DC-10

Northwest Airlines' timetable Eff. June 1, 1976 is interesting as well:

Flt. #71 operated EWR-ORD-BIL-GTF-GEG-SEA daily with a DC-10
Flt. #72 operated SEA-GEG-GTF-BIL-ORD-DTW-EWR daily with a DC-10

Flt. #220 operated MSP-MKE-JFK daily with a 747
Flt. #221 operated JFK-MKE-MSP daily with a 747

Flt. #12 operated ANC-SEA-GEG-MSP-ORD ex. Sat with a DC-10
Flt. #50 operated SEA-GEG-MSP-PHL-EWR daily with a DC-10
Flt. #125 operated ORD-MSP-GEG-SEA daily with a DC-10
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:55 pm

As oh crap goes on day 9/11 I remember two Korean Air 747 inbound with passengers for ANC diverted to tiny and I mean tiny Whitehorse Yukon Territory Canada. One of the 747 was squawking the hijack signal which the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) via USA-F Alaska Forces ordered fighter jets out of California and F-15's out of EDF.

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http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/sept11/2002-08-12-koreanair_x.htm

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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:03 pm

Quoting notdownnlocked (Reply 2):

Thanks! Any idea where they flew to from ISP? Sorry for my cluelessness  
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:03 pm

Loved the days of flying Delta 767s from ATL to LGA and their MD11s from ATL to JFK. Its great taking a wide-body into La Guardia.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:04 pm

Did EA ever fly the L1011 into OMA on their STL-OMA-SEA routes
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:16 pm

STL has to win the award of most former widebodies to now none.


Actually there are alot of cities that see widbody service still and alot of non-hubs still see them.

ORD
SFO
MIA
IAH
IAD
ATL
LAX
DEN
JFK
MCO
HNL
PHX
LAS
PDX
DTW
DFW
SJC
OAK
SAN
SEA
OGG
EWR
SMF
SAN
SLC
PHL
CLT
RDU
FAI
ANC
MSP

[Edited 2012-12-22 11:06:07]
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:17 pm

Quoting FlyPeoria (Reply 22):
Going back a decade earlier, American Airlines' timetable eff. August 1, 1975 shows the following medium-sized city DC-10 flights:

BUF-DTW-LAX 2x daily

One of those flights going in the other direction (LAX-DTW-BUF) was Flight 96. That was the one that suffered a cargo door failure over Windsor, Ontario while flying the leg between DTW and BUF on June 12, 1972.

Wikipedia Entry - American Airlines Flight 96

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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:31 pm

Quoting thekennady (Reply 14):
Can anyone name the domestic widebody cities currently? i can name a few

I think MSP still has a couple daily domestic widebodies that I can find, looking at the schedule this Friday 12/28 for Delta I see a 763 and a 332 to LAX. However No widebodies scheduled from MSP to ATL or DTW, however, that I can find, at least during the winter months.
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:48 pm

One thing I've always wondered is how full these flights were. Most of them seem to be "tag" flights (LAX-DTW-BUF, or LAX-ORD-IND). I'm sure the loads on the tag segments were usually low, but can anyone give a round about estimate of how often these widebodies might have been filled to capacity?

Was it common for fare paying pax (let's say on DTW-BUF-LGA) to be denied boarding because of a fuller than anticipated load continuing from the origination point (say LAX)?
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:28 pm

I lived in Palm Springs from 1983 to 1993 and American used to bring a DC-10 into PSP from DFW and Canadian brought in a DC-10 from YVR on occasions. I remember when you could fly on a widebody even on short routes. PSA flew their L-1011 called "Mother Grining Bird" between LAX and SFO. United had a DC-10 from SAN to LAX and then going on to HNL. Delta had 763's between PHX and LAS and also between SLC and LAS. Those were the good old days.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:03 pm

MKE also saw UA DC-10 flights from MKE-ORD (and I think CLE as well!) I remember I flew on to ORD once on my way to Florida on one of those birds. Probably in the 80's sometime. I have a pic of a NW 747 in MKE also, as well as numerous photos of the classic NW DC-10 and the first few 757's which were named "City of XXX". I'll have to dig those out!
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:33 pm

SJC, OAK SFO SMF PDX SEA LAX MEM SAN PHX TUS LAS RNO HNL OGG KOA LIH RSW MSP SLC DTW ORD BOS JFK LGA EWR DFW HOU MSY SDF ATL MCO TPA BWI IAD PHL CLT RDU PIT CVG SFB BOS IAH DFW TYS
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:48 pm

Quoting airbazar (Reply 17):
MHT still gets plenty of widebodies from....UPS and FEDEX. That's a relatively small airport

Sioux Falls, SD still has a FedEx A300-600 if not mistaken. I believe that flight operates MEM-FSD-YYC.

Quoting LoneStarMike (Reply 28):
One of those flights going in the other direction (LAX-DTW-BUF) was Flight 96. That was the one that suffered a cargo door failure over Windsor, Ontario while flying the leg between DTW and BUF on June 12, 1972.

That flight was operating LAX-DTW-BUF-LGA. AA had a couple of daily DC-10s then on BUF-LGA. AA also used the DC-10 on YYZ-LGA for a while in the '70s.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:59 pm

If cargo also, then add SNA.
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:14 pm

At Hartford - American flew DC-10s and A300s, Eastern L-1011s (and DC-8-60 series), TWA L-1011s, United DC-10s (and stretch 8s), Delta flew L-1011s as well. There was regular widebody service BDL-JFK and BDL-ORD. I don't remember which - someone flew in 747s as well as a tag - BDL-JFK-LAX .. maybe more than one carrier. After Delta purchased Northeast I think they were running L-1011s BDL-BOS-BDA as well? And squeezing in between these widebodies were Mohawk 111s and 227s, Pilgrim Twin Otters and lots of other smaller equipment. It was wonderful to go out on the observation desk and smell the jet fuel and see these large aircraft at smaller BDL ..  

[Edited 2012-12-22 14:10:31]
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:23 pm

Quoting knope2001 (Reply 9):
I can't find anything to support it, but it *seems* like ALB, ELP, TUS and PVD have had scheduled widebody flights, but I might be off on that.

Per the OAG, Delta had weekend 767-300 service on ATL-PVD in April 2004/2005 (right around Spring Break time).

SATA also flew summer seasonal 1x/wk A310-300 to PDL from 2004-2008 (except for 2007).
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:54 pm

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 1):
I think at one point ISP may have had DC-8s (the airline, though, I cannot recall).
Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 24):
Thanks! Any idea where they flew to from ISP? Sorry for my cluelessness

No reason to apologize, mesaflyguy.

They were a small, short-lived carrier....

They started flying on February 11, 1982 with DC-8-52s between Islip and Fort Lauderdale.

According to their May 2, 1983 timetable, they were operating from Islip to Boston (12x weekly), Hartford (8x weekly), Fort Lauderdale (9x weekly), Orlando (7x weekly) and Saint Petersburg (4x weekly).

Their May 1, 1984 route map can be seen here:

http://www.departedflights.com/QS050184.html

And their May 1, 1984 complete timetable can be seen here:

http://www.departedflights.com/QS050184p2.html

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Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:17 pm

If I am not mistaken, Branniff flew a 747 in and out of Dallas Love Field. I believe there are pictures in the database.
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:36 pm

Quoting floorrunner (Reply 39):
If I am not mistaken, Branniff flew a 747 in and out of Dallas Love Field.

Actually, prior to the opening of DFW, Braniff, American and Delta ALL flew 747s into Love Field.

In addition, American operated DC-10s and Delta operated L-1011s into Love Field.

From the excellent "A Pictorial History of Airline Service at Dallas Love Field" by George W. Cearley, Jr.:

"On the morning of October 25, 1970, Delta became the first airline to offer 747 service at Love Field, with Flight 11 from Atlanta to Dallas and Los Angeles."

"American was the second airline to offer 747 service at Dallas on October 25, 1970, but a little less than eight hours after the Delta flight. American's '747 Astroliner" departed Love Field at 5:35pm for Los Angeles, while the Delta flight had left at 9:58am, also for Los Angeles."

"Braniff became the third 747 operator out of Love Field (following Delta and American) when it inaugurated flights to Honolulu Friday, January 15, 1971."

"American inaugurated Douglas DC-10 service at Dallas in January 1972 with flights to Chicago O'Hare."

"On December 15, 1973, Delta inaugurated Lockheed L-1011 'Tri Star' service at Love Field on a route from Atlanta to Dallas and Las Vegas."
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:57 pm

MKE had DC-10 service by UA to DEN/SFO in the 80's my wife and I did it Twice. also to Florida in the winter months. NW did a lot of DC-10 flights out of MKE to MSP JFK DTW and 747's and DC-10's to Florida in the winter months. I did the 747's MKE-ORD-FLL and back a few time with my grandparents back in the 70's in First, wow what service you got back then. I remember seeing an Eastern L1011 a few times at MKE, but I not certain that was schedule or not.
I'm not sure if it counts or not but UPS and Fedex both have W/B's come in every day at MKE.
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Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:01 am

Quoting rlwynn (Reply 35):
If cargo also, then add SNA.

If cargo, add a lot of places.
 
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Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:18 am

Quoting FlyPeoria (Reply 22):
PIT-ORD-LAX 1x daily 747, 1x daily DC-10
PIT-DTW-SFO Monday & Tuesday-only DC-10

Wow, that in addition to what TWA was flying at the time. I didn't realize UA had widebody/jumbo jet service at PIT at one point.
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RE: When Smaller US Airports Had Wide Bodies...

Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:27 am

In the early 70's AA had r/t DC-10 service from TUL to OKC continuing to LAX. Later on they had r/t DC-10 service to DFW.

In terms of unscheduled flights, AA often ferried 747's and DC-10's to their maintenance base at TUL. There are still occassional 767 and 777 flights.
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RE: When Smaller US Airports Had Wide Bodies...

Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:07 am

I was a BUF based f/a for AA for 3 months in the winter of 1978. We had a two-day LAX trip. BUF-ORD-LAX and same routing on the return . It was a base of about 200 f/a's and we'd carpool to work for the trip. Left in the morning---think it was Flight 181/182 on the return.
I remember flying DC10's into DFW from ELP, DTW, MEX, AUS, SAT,MSY just to name a few. A cool feature about that plane was that there was a viewing window of the nose gear in the lower lobe galley. I can remember staying down there once as we came into MEX and watching the gear drop, got to watch the city underneath me for a few seconds before I hurriedly took the elevator up to my jumpseat. Those were the days!
 
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RE: When Smaller US Airports Had Wide Bodies...

Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:12 am

As somebody said, if cargo, add lots of places, some, like Sacramento's Mather Field (KMHR) are only cargo. As to SMF, UA had DC-10 and 767-200 regular SMF-DEN flights for years. HA flew scheduled charters for Suntrips to HNL with L1011s many years before they started the current 767-300 service. PSA would occasionally bring in their L1011 to protect for canceled flights, sometimes in combination with a canceled Western flight, but that was never scheduled service. Other one-off charters with widebodies have made appearances over the years. Even AF Concorde.

If occasional drop-ins count, SMF has always had the occasional diversions from SFO, SJC and even LAX, seeing LH, CA, BA, UA, PA, AF 747's and other heavies. A PA 747 doing touch & goes was a regular sight in the early years, and they even stuck one in the rice paddy when a Touch didn't Go once. USAF C-5s, Starlifters and other trainers were a regular occurrence. And Boeing used to bring in the new models during flight certification; I saw the first 747-300 there and the first 777-300 as well. And one really exciting day featured a shiny CPAir DC-10 buzzing the field with a chase plane for photographs. I digress, but the SR-71s and U2s out of Beale AFB streaking the runway were other high points.

So diversions and charters, if counted, would add another bunch of smaller market airports to the list.
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RE: When Smaller US Airports Had Wide Bodies...

Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:15 am

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 42):
If cargo, add a lot of places.

Cargo is often the only reason a lot of small airports have wide-body flights. RFD is a great example being a UPS hub since 1994. Most widebodies are AB3's and 763's, but during the Christmas Rush, they get 747's. In fact, this week, a Kalitta 747-200 flew RFD-DFW. Also, UPS flew an MD-11 EWR-RFD this week. Unfortunately, both are late evening affairs.

PIA has been getting UPS AB3's since Febuary 2009. They operate SDF-PIA-RFD in early morning and RFD-PIA-SDF in late evening Monday thru Friday. Check out my videos from June 14 and 20:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKSWvQZ_5HE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIBEGPSkHWM

IND is hardly small, but it sees quite a bit of wide-body cargo action being a FedEx hub and a thrice-weekly stop for Cargolux 747s. On August 31, I got lucky and saw not only the Cargolux jet but also an Atlas Air 747 military charter to Germany! Made the 3.5-hour drive worth it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPRftqyNwto
 
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RE: When Smaller US Airports Had Wide Bodies...

Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:31 am

Quoting skycub (Reply 38):

Wow, thanks for all the info and pictures!

I wish I'd seen the days when ISP had more than WN 737s and US Airways Dash's and CRJ's.
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RE: When Smaller US Airports Had Wide Bodies...

Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:36 am

Keep in mind that when these towns had widebodies, they had 1 or 2 flights a day to one or two cities.

Now from COS, just on UA, I can fly to LAX, SFO, DEN, ORD, IAH and IAD and multiple times a day to several.

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