Classic Flight:

Chicago Midway to Los Angeles Intl
TWA/Continental/United

History:
This flight is actually a bit unusual, in that it has a stop in Denver.  The only 2 airlines to fly this route with passengers were TWA, using Connies and then Super Connies, and Continental, with Viscounts (they used DC-7B's earlier).  United flew the route as a cargo run with DC-3's, and then DC-4's.  You should have a nice view of the Grand Canyon!

Schedule Information
Date 1958 1963 1958 1950 1953
Airline TWA TWA Continental United United
Equip. L-749
Sky Club Coach
L-1049G
Golden Banner Coach
Viscount II
Gold Carpet Service
DC-3
Cargo
DC-4
Cargo
Flight Number 21 501 15 901 901
Chicago Midway 2:35p 12:35a 12:01p 6:00a 6:50a
Denver Stapleton Ar 4:41p 2:21a 2:26p 10:00a 9:50a
Denver Stapleton Dp 5:10p 2:55a 2:55p 10:30a 10:30a
Los Angeles Intl. 8:09p 6:29a 5:10p 2:20p 2:20p

Downloads:

United DC-3 (FS5.1)
United DC-4 (FS2000/FS98)
TWA  L-749 (FS2000/FS98)
TWA  L-749 (FS98)
TWA L-1049G (FS2002)
Continental Viscount 812 (FS98)
Denver Stapleton Scenery (FS98)
Denver Stapleton Scenery (FS2000)
California 1959 Scenery (FS98)

Flight Plan:

Set any wind to blow from the West (around 250-270 deg); this is typical.

DC-3:       Cruise Altitude: near 10,000 ft Cruise Speed about: 140 KTAS
DC-4:       Cruise Altitude: near 10,000 ft Cruise Speed about: 195 KTAS
L-749:      Cruise Altitude: near 18,000 ft Cruise Speed about: 250 KTAS
L-1049G: Cruise Altitude: near 18,000 ft Cruise Speed about: 260 KTAS
Viscount:  Cruise Altitude: near 22,000 ft Cruise Speed about: 300 KTAS

Chicago-Midway to Denver Stapleton
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
From                  ID      Freq   Course  Distance ETE   Fuel
To                    ID      Freq   Mag-Crs Total    Total Total
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
Chicago-Midway        CHI            268         66.2  24.8 289.7
top of climb          18000ft        268         66.2  24.8 289.7
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
top of climb          18000ft        267         63.9  16.0  55.9
DV NDB                DV      353.00 265        130.1  40.8 345.6
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
DV MDB                DV      353.00 264        135.2  33.8 118.3
DES MOINES            DSM     117.50 260        265.3  74.6 464.0
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
DES MOINES            DSM     117.50 265        133.4  33.4 116.7
WAHOO  NDB            AHQ     400.00 259        398.8 108.0 580.7
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
WAHOO  NDB            AHQ     400.00 261        149.3  37.3 130.7
DARR (LEXINGTON) NDB  RRX     326.00 254        548.1 145.3 711.4
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
DARR (LEXINGTON) NDB  RRX     326.00 255        157.2  39.3 137.5
AKRON                 AKO     114.40 246        705.3 184.6 848.9
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
AKRON                 AKO     114.40 249         27.4   6.8  24.0
beginning of descent 18000ft         239        732.7 191.4 872.8
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
beginning of descent 18000ft         249         34.3   7.9   6.6
FT NDB                FT      321.00 239        766.9 199.4 879.4
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
FT NDB                FT      321.00 261         15.0   3.5   2.9
ALTUR LOM             ALTUR   362.00 250        781.9 202.8 882.3
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
ALTUR LOM             ALTUR   362.00 269          5.6   1.3   1.1
Denver Stapleton      DEN    Rwy 26L 259        787.5 204.1 883.4
--------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----

1- After loading passengers/freight at the terminal, cleared to taxi to runway 31C, cleared to takeoff from Rwy 31C, climb runway heading to 1,000 ft before turning.

2- Turn course 268 and intercept DV NDB (tune ADF radio to 400), climb and maintain cruise altitude. Cleared direct to DV.

3- Cleared direct to AKRON.

4- Begin your descent 34 NM after passing AKRON; descend at 1000 ft/min..

5- Cleared direct to FT.

6- Cleared direct to ALTUR (LOM for runway 26L).  Cross over ALTUR LOM at 7,200 ft. altitude.

7- Cleared for a visual approach to runway 26L at Stapleton airport. ILS available if needed (110.30). Cleared to land.

8- Take the first available taxiway to the right, taxi to the terminal, and unload passengers/freight.  

Denver Stapleton to Los Angeles Intl
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
From                 ID      Freq   Course  Distance ETE   Fuel
To                   ID      Freq   Mag-Crs Total    Total Total
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
Denver Stapleton     DEN            232         48.3  18.1 211.1
top of climb         18000ft        222         48.3  18.1 211.1
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
top of climb         18000ft        232         79.5  19.9  69.6
BLUE MESA (GUNNISON) HBU     114.90 221        127.8  38.0 280.7
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
BLUE MESA (GUNNISON) HBU     114.90 244        128.9  32.2 112.8
BLANDING   NDB       BDG     340.00 233        267.8  72.9 401.9
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
BLANDING   NDB       BDG     340.00 234        158.1  39.5 138.4
GRAND CANYON         GCN     113.10 222        425.9 112.5 540.3
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
GRAND CANYON         GCN     113.10 252        156.1  39.0 136.6
GOFFS                GFS     114.40 240        582.0 151.5 676.9
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
GOFFS                GFS     114.40 252         66.4  16.6  58.1
HECTOR               HEC     112.70 240        648.4 168.1 734.9
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
HECTOR               HEC     112.70 242         34.3   8.6  30.0
beginning of descent 18000ft        230        682.7 176.7 765.0
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
beginning of descent 18000ft        241         70.8  16.3  13.6
OS LOM               OS      278.00 228        751.2 192.4 776.5
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----
OS LOM               OS      278.00 263          6.6   1.5   1.3
Los Angeles Intl     LAX    Rwy 25R 248        757.8 194.0 777.8
-------------------- ------- ------ ------- -------- ----- -----

1- Reload passengers/freight and taxi to runway 26L, cleared to taxi, cleared to take off on runway 26L.

2- Climb to 1,000 ft AGL at runway heading, then while climbing to cruise altitude, turn right and do a circuit so as to cross Stapleton airport on a course of 222 deg on course to BLUE MESA VOR , cleared to BLUE MESA. (Don't forget to keep your climb rate high to give you plenty of height over the mountains in case of wind shear).  DC-3's and DC-4's will have to thread their way between the mountains.

3- Cleared direct to HECTOR.

4- Begin your descent 34 NM after passing HECTOR; cleared direct to OS (LOM for runway 25R).  Descend at 1000 ft/min.

17- You should cross over the OS LOM at 2,000 ft.   Make a visual approach for landing at Los Angeles Runway 25R.  ILS available if needed (111.10) .  Cleared to land.

18- Take first available taxiway to the right, taxi to terminal, and unload passengers/freight.

Welcome to Los Angeles!


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