Meigs Field
 

Meigs Field

When Microsoft Flight Simulator 4[a] was released I instantly became hooked on it. When you started the simulator, it would put you on runway 36 on Meigs Field[b], in Chicago. Since my hotel is just a mile away I figured I'd pop down and see how the view was from the real field. Turns out I was three years too late[c].

In a controversial move on March 30, 2003, Mayor Daley ordered private crews to destroy the runway in the middle of the night, bulldozing large Xs into the runway surface. The required notice was not given to the Federal Aviation Administration or the owners of airplanes tied down at the field, and as a result sixteen planes were left stranded at an airport with no operating runway. (They were later allowed to depart from Meigs' 3,000-foot taxiway.)

Bastard.

Anyway, here are some pictures from where you'd taxi out on runway 36.

2006-04-19 12:23

Meigs Field, USA Grand Tour 2006

2006-04-19 12:23

Meigs Field, USA Grand Tour 2006

Compare this to the Flight Simulator 4 view:

Pour some avgas[d] on the curb.