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Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At ORD?

Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:19 pm

Hello(!),

Just thought I'd try to ask if anyone might have any information regarding Chicago OHare and what opportunities there might be there for the aviation enthusiast. Am going to Chicago for 2 weeks for a wedding this November and will be staying in the suburb of Skokie which I believe isn't too far from OHare. Would be cool if there's a place to watch planes (viewing gallery) or is there short term parking and nice restaurants etc. in the terminal(s).

Also was thinking of maybe taking a flight from OHare to somewhere just to fly an American airline (Looking for something not too expensive). Do American Airlines fly anywhere which might be a cool afternoon trip or should I try Southwest from Midway (although I believe this is on the South side of Chicago and a bit further from Skokie).

Any info/help appreciated.

Many thanks,

Pierre.
 
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RE: Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At O

Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:23 pm

A trip down to Dallas - Fort Worth is only a couple of hours on a plane, I have just returned from a spotting trip in the US of which Fort Worth was one of my spotting locations. When you get there have a ride on the monorail around the airport terminals, you get great views of the airfield.


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RE: Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At O

Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:27 pm

Skokie to MDW is a day trip in itself!
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RE: Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At O

Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:18 pm

Hello(!),

Just to say merci for the replies etc. I might try flying to Dallas (isn't that like a hub of American Airlines), especially if it's only a couple of hours. I was looking also at flying maybe to Detroit which is pretty close although that's with American Eagle I think or maybe Columbus, Ohio which is also I think American Eagle or maybe Boston too which is a little longer flight. But the prices on the internet haven't been too bad (around 79dollars each way which isn't too bad).

Flying somewhere or just spotting at ORD will definitely be more cool than just visiting relatives all the time(!)

Many thanks,

Pierre.
 
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RE: Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At O

Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:36 am

Personally I would suggest a flight on a Northwest DC-9 to MSP or DTW. I did this in a day when I was at ORD in September. Can't get enough of flying on these classic jets! See my videos:

http://www.youtube.com/user/flymajj#p/u/7/vqMUd64GHRk

http://www.youtube.com/user/flymajj#p/u/8/3DD9YfJWKh4
 
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RE: Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At O

Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:03 pm

Hello(!),

Just to say merci for the reply/info etc. Have actually booked myself a flight to Detroit with American Airlines flying I think American Eagle Crj and then also to Minneapolis with United flying United Express I think in a Embraer 170 which should be quite cool.

Fares weren't too bad at about £100 each trip which is expensive but probably about the same cost as going up in a Cessna for an hour(!)

Many thanks,

Pierre.
 
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RE: Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At O

Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:13 am

CRJs & ERJs certainly wouldn't be my first choice for flying. You'll regret that in 20 years time when you're watching CRJs & ERJs and thinking of your missed chance to fly the DC-9, MD80, B737-300/400 etc!  Wink

For take-offs I would reccomend taking the airport train to the parking area where you'll capture plenty of regional jets, nice noisy MD80s plus a few A320, B737, B757 etc. There was a cop on a horse who came past several times but I didn't take any photos when he could see me. Still, he could see my camera so I guess he wasn't overly bothered. I just sat on one of the seats outside the station exit under the gantry where the train passes overhead. These are the sort of shots you can expect:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/flymajj/2009_08_31%20ORD/Picture1626.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/flymajj/2009_08_31%20ORD/Picture1631.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/flymajj/2009_08_31%20ORD/Picture1628.jpg
 
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RE: Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At O

Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:16 am

Hello(!),

Just to say merci for the reply/info etc. Those shots looks like that place would be the sort of thing I was looking for (will try not to get stopped by security but if I'm just watching planes hopefully it'll be allright). I think I'll probably end up agreeing with you regarding not flying the older jets. MD80's are very cool and I still remember the time I flew on an MD-11 which was also pretty cool. A 737-300/400/500 would also be pretty cool too (although British Airways still fly them from London Gatwick so I hopefully have a chance there too).

Many thanks (and for the pics too),

Pierre.
 
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RE: Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At O

Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:38 pm



Quoting Ps76 (Reply 5):
Have actually booked myself a flight to Detroit

How long will you be in Detroit? If you've got some time, take a cab to the Henry Ford Museum. It's fantastic....sort of a museum of the industrial revolution. They've got airplanes, cars, trains, and lots of really interesting things to see.

Here are a bunch of photos I shot last year at the museum.

Here are directions from DTW to the museum...looks to be about 20 minutes. Well worth the cab fare, in my opinion.

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RE: Opportunities For The Aviation Enthusiast At O

Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:04 pm

Hello(!),

Just to say merci for the reply etc. I'm actually in Boston airport at the moment which is pretty cool (they have free wifi here too). Came just for the flight on American Airlines which wasn't too expensive at all and was on a Boeing 757 and was really not bad at all (they gave me the whole can of diet coke too!). Have the flight to Detroit next week and might try out the museum if I have the time there (sounds like a pretty cool place to spend an hour or so and if they have airplanes that's even better!).

Many thanks,

Pierre.

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