From: email@example.com (Jay Vassos-Libove) Date: 22 Oct 93 01:04:56 PDT Organization: Digital Equipment Corporation, Atlanta Customer Support Center Followups: 1
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Copyright 1993 by UPI Reposted with permission from the ClariNet Electronic Newspaper newsgroups. For more info on ClariNet, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-USE-NETS." Since it was discussed here a while back, whether a jet had ever landed at Meigs field, here's an amusing article from the United Press International (reproduced WITH permission), about a 727 that landed at Meigs Field a year ago! (Impatient folks please look below for the lines beginning with > ). CHICAGO (UPI) - A United Airlines jetliner stopped traffic and drew throngs of onlookers Wednesday as it was towed across Lake Shore Drive to join a World War II submarine as a trademark exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. About 2,000 curiousity seekers assembled to watch the Boeing 727, the largest vehicle ever to travel on the multi-lane highway, pulled about 100 yards from a barge on Lake Michigan to the parking lot of the museum -- the only building left from 1932 World's Fair. Moving the plane from barge to land took several hours because of heavy waves, which forced officials to back up traffic on the heavily traveled commuter route for longer than expected. ``When he's old enough he can come down here and say he was a part of it,'' said Dan Fox, who brought his kindergartener from Whitewater, Wis. , to witness the spectacle. ``It's neat the museum can do this.'' Chicago teacher Ronna Page used a cancelled jury duty day to view the historic event. ``Today's a great day to watch a 727,'' she said. The $20 million airplane was donated by Chicago-based United Airlines. The plane logged 28 million miles during its career, circling the globe more than 3,500 times between 1964 and 1991, United spokesman Tony Molinaro said. The 133-foot, 41-ton plane will become the centerpiece of an expanded transportation exhibit at the museum, entitled, ``Take Flight,'' scheduled for completion October 1994, museum spokesman Jason Harris said. A German U-505 submarine, one of the most popular exhibits at the South Side museum, has drawn some 25 million visitors since arriving in 1954. The walk-through airliner exhibit to be suspended from a museum balcony is expected to be a competitive attraction, Harris said. United delivered the aircraft with the cockpit intact. Other parts of the plane will be re-structured to provide an exhibit that recreates the flying experience and offers a view of technical operations, Harris said. ``It takes something this large and this impressive to show the resources of the museum,'' he said. ``Something of this magnitude is unique to the museum.'' > United delivered the plane more than a year ago to Meigs Field, where > it was recorded as the largest aircraft ever to land at the downtown- > area airstrip designed for commuter air traffic. ``The airplane's journey has been quite an extraordinary odyssey,'' Molinaro said. ``This ended up being a very productive and creative partnership between the museum and United Airlines.'' -- Jay Vassos-Libove email@example.com Digital Equipment Corporation decwrl!alf.dec.com!libove Atlanta Customer Support Center Opinions? They're mine, mine, all mine! Alpharetta, Georgia and D.E.C. Can't have 'em!