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Catalog Number 2010.002.088
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Black and White aerial photograph of the United Airlines Training Center and Grounds, 1962.

At this time, the facility was still under construction. The dome covers 30' x 40' of a ceramic tile-lined swimming pool. There is an underground tunnel that connects the Center to the pool. This center was part of the airline's $7 million Executive Headquarters near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Collection Elk Grove Historical Museum
Notes At this time, the facility was still under construction. The dome covers 30' x 40' of a ceramic tile-lined swimming pool. There is an underground tunnel that connects the Center to the pool. This center was part of the airline's $7 million Executive Headquarters near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

According to a Daily Herald article dated February 8, 1962, The training center cost $2 million to construct and occupied a 51 acre tract off Algonquin Road and five miles from O'hare Airport. At the time, it was reported to be the nation's largest airline training center. W. Phil Herriott was the company's first training director. According to the same article, approximately 30,000 applications for stewardess positions were received each year. Strict appearance standards regarding height and weight were considered with a scale and exercise bicycles included in the laundry room. Additionally, applicants were required to be single. The training center also included a mock-up of a plane''s interior to simulate customer service and emergency situations.
Source Maggie McCarthy
Search Terms airplane
o'hare
transportation