Call this video a window into the past. It is amazing to think that in just 40 years, every single type of plane featured in this video is now retired. Most of them are now proverbial beer cans.
In this great video by Youtube user VideofromGeorge, you’ll see a host of Boeing 727s, DC-10s, a DC-8 stretch, and even a North Central Convair CV-580.
North Central was a ‘local service carrier‘. A few months after this video, North Central merged to become Republic Airlines. Republic eventually became part of Northwest Airlines. Northwest eventually merged with Delta Air Lines.
Much like today, Chicago was dominated by United Airlines. At the time, it was the largest airline in the city. American Airlines also had a significant presence back in the day. Today, they are the second largest carrier at O’Hare.