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  •  American 191 (5+ / 0-)

    I worked a day shift that day and turned on the TV an hour or so after I got home to see the coverage.

    For the record, although I had worked at ORD at one time, and was very familiar with the layout and procedures, I wasn't working there, then. I was at the ARTCC (ZAU) in Aurora.

    By the way, AA191 took off on 32R, which was where I once witnessed the longest takeoff roll I'd ever seen. It was a Korean Air 747 bound for Seoul nonstop, and apparently fully loaded. It used every bit of of that runway's 10,000'.

    I'm absolutely certain the Major has his own long takeoff roll tales to relate.

    •  There's a tiny golf course (0+ / 0-)

      and park lake off 32R (Lake Opeka).

      I worked in a tiny factory nearby and after work, fished at Lake Park... especially on hot summer evenings.

      Hot days, in low pressure... made for great fishing but terrible altitude density.

      More than once, I saw a 747 take forever to clear the treetops all the way out to the horizon!

      On the other hand, the day I took my SAT's, it was -19 degrees. I know exactly seeing take-offs all but straight up that January morning in 1974. Cold air with high pressure on the tarmac was a pilot's dream! Lots of air on the wing and cold fuel breathing the engines!

      The high school I went to and took my SAT's at... Maine South in Park Ridge.

      I graduated there... as did future POTUS Hilary Rodham Clinton!

      Enagaged activism wins elections. 100 million words on liberal/progressive websites gets beat by one new GOP voter casting their vote.

      by Nebraska68847Dem on Wed May 08, 2013 at 06:14:11 AM PDT

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