Like I said, I decided to head over to O'Hare Airport in order to do some planewatching. I did some research on places where I could go planewatching but some of those places were tougher to find that I thought they would be. I did however find a cell phone lot near one of the runways and that wasn't too bad. I will definitely want to go back now that I've seen the lay of the land and can figure out how to get to the better spot.
After the war, American acquired American Export Airlines and renamed it to American Overseas Airways to service Europe. This was sold to Pan Am in 1950. In 1959, American would transform its fleet to jets. In 1962, American introduced the first electronic booking service named Sabre which was developed by IBM. It built a terminal at Idlewild Airport (which would eventually become John F. Kennedy Airport). At one time, it was the largest American Airline and the second largest in the world (after Aeroflot).
In 1979, they moved their headquarters from New York to Dallas-Fort Worth. In 1981, they changed to a hub-and-spoke system with hubs in Dallas and Chicago. Like many of the other airlines, they went on a buying spree (including TWA). One of the planes used to crash into the World Trade Center was an American Airlines plane. In 2013, they merged with US Airways.
In 1933, United would operated the Boeing 247, which was the first all metal airliner. In 1934, the company was split into United Aircraft, Boeing Airplane Company and United Airlines. In 1954, United Airlines would become the first airline to purchase flight simulators.
Like many of the other airlines, there were employee and bankruptcy troubles. In 2010, they would merge with Continental keeping the United name but the Continental Livery.
China Southern Airlines was founded in 1988 after the Chinese government decided to split it's airline into many different airlines.
I'll have to admit this was a pretty cool experience and was made cooler by the fact I had my airport scanner with me. It was nice to have narration with my watching. Like I said, I will have to go back and find the better spots. I think I'm pretty much guaranteed to see planes.