Monday, August 21, 2006

CHICAGO O’HARE

Time is not on my side but I have been itchy to keep writing prompted me to do filler article. The Camarillo Air Show just got over last weekend (20th/21st August) and I had lots of things to do flying vintage Aircraft in the event but that story is yet to be written and photos still in the camera and need to be downloaded first. Meanwhile, here’s something about an airport I keep passing through often.

This is about Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, like other airports around the US; this one also has a historical significance. The Airport once used to be the busiest in the World.

In the terminal, they have a static display of a F4F-3 Wildcat Aircraft the same type that was flown by Henry “Butch” O’Hare, a young Second World War pilot; his exploits and details are available all over the net. I thought I’d post some pictures of the airplane in the terminal and write a few things about the Airport. What is also known is that before the airport was renamed as O’Hare after the famous pilot of the same name, the airfield as it existed back in the old days was called as Orchard Field. That’s why the three letter airport code for this airport still remains “ORD”. My photos are a bit underexposed, I was in a hurry between flights and my flash was not at its best.
Some of the details of the Wildcat are also mentioned in my photo below, hope readers can read a bit of it!


The wildcat F4F-3pictured below that Butch O"Hare flew and had great success in WW II:


My next one, coming up real soon, will be about the Camarillo Air Show and how yours truly had a fabulous time with vintage Aircraft, participating in tight formation flying and I promise you those pictures are going to be great.

Vintage Aircraft has been my area of interest as you may already gauged, from my previous write ups. History, archaeology, old bones, digging up dinos (not really) and such has been my passion. Hope you enjoy the ride with me as I become vintage myself, with the passing of time.

4 comments:

Athul said...

Hi sir ,

Someday ill come there and see all those places u have described in ur blogs , including those places in island and green land .

Blog-Capt. Anup Murthy said...

I hope you do Athul. Indeed interesting places to go to. You won't find tourists from india in large numbers there for sure!

Mike Souders said...

I'm looking forward to your airshow pictures. I just started going back to airshows, but I was hooked when I was young, when the planes would fly over my house during the air races in Reno.

Blog-Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Thanks for your comment Mike, I'm just a day away from posting the pictures, may have to do two posts for this one. Reno Air Show is a good event and I have been invited to the one this September and I hope I can make that.