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Chicago O’Hare Airport and WWII Navy Pilot Butch O’Hare

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Chicago O’Hare’s name is a *very* interesting story.

Formerly “Orchard Field”, Chicago’s International Airport – once the busiest in the world – was renamed after navy pilot Butch O’Hare.     O’Hare led one of the most daring air battles in World War Two as he and others fought to preserve the US Aircraft Carrier Lexington from an attack.

A month after this battle, Butch O’Hare led another daring attack against torpedo bombers.   During this operation O’Hare’s plane disappeared and Butch O’Hare was never found.

In honor of his valor in the defense of America during World War Two,  Butch O’Hare’s name will never be forgotten, though only a small percentage of the millions who travel through this US Airport portal every year know the real story behind the name.

Now… you do.

Weather Delays in Chicago and

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Yesterday, Officials at Chicagoland airports told travellers to expect some cancellations and delays on travel because of bad weather.

Meanwhile Waashington DC also had many problems as bad weather raged along the east coast of the USA, causing travel problems at several airports.

Winter travel tip: Prepare for delays at the airport by bringing reading or computer work, using your phone to catch up with personal or business calls, and other distractions. Wear comfortable clothing in case your trip lasts much longer than planned, and try to maintain good eating and drinking habits as much as possible to avoid indigestion from the inevitable travel stress.

Most of all: Don’t PANIC!

Chicago Airports over the holiday

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

The Chicago Sun Times reviews the expected travel situation at Chicagoland airports. So far the holiday travel experience seems to have been OK for most travelers. News outlets are not reporting major delays from today’s travel, though Sunday travel “home” may tell the big tale.,CST-NWS-air21.article

Chicago O’Hare Airport ORD

Monday, June 25th, 2007
One of the world’s busiest, O’Hare is a well organized airport and generally you’ll have no problems finding your way around the terminals although it can take some time to get from one end of the airport to the other. The website for O’Hare is It is a challenge to navigate because it is so complex and overdone with heavy graphics so here are some links to key information at O’Hare:

Travelers Guide – printable with good information (pdf)
FAQ for O’Hare Airport
Flight Search
Terminal maps with restaurant info

Here’s a nice guide to Chicago. An area I use to personally enjoy on visits years ago is the lakefront, home to 3? great museums, an aquarium, fine walking and views.

O’Hare is so so large that it may be a good idea to print a terminal map so you can find your way to connecting flights. This is a *huge* airport so always allow enough time to get between flights. Generally airlines will allow enough time between flights so you don’t have to make a mad rush for the next gate unless the first plane arrives late. In fact if planes are on time you can (rarely) arrange for an earlier flight by showing up at the gate for an earlier flight to your destination. There are rules about scheduling close flights and they don’t always match up with the best plan for you personally.

For specific details about making “close” flights contact your airline.

Chicago O’Hare’s name is a *very* interesting story. Formerly”Orchard Field”, it was renamed after naval pilot Butch O’Hare, who led one of WW II’s most daring air battles to preserve the US Aircraft Carrier Lexington from an attack. A month later O’Hare led another daring attack against torpedo bombers. His plane disappeared. Butch O’Hare was never found.