Lake Central Airlines
Lake Central Airlines was an airline that served points in the midwestern and eastern United States from 1950 to 1968, when it merged into Allegheny Airlines. In 1979 Allegheny became USAir. In 1997 USAir became US Airways. In 2015 US Airways was acquired by American Airlines.
|Ceased operations||1968, June 1|
|Operating bases||Weir Cook Airport (now Indianapolis International Airport)|
|Fleet size||Douglas DC-3,|
|Parent company||Employee owned|
|Headquarters||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
The airline was founded as Roscoe Turner Airlines; it was based at Weir Cook Airport (now Indianapolis International Airport) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lake Central's network in the 1950s extended from Chicago to Pittsburgh; in August 1953 it scheduled flights to 21 airports and in May 1968 to 39.
In February 1955 Lake Central Airlines became the first employee-owned scheduled airline in the history of the air transport industry. 162 employees (65% of the total) bought 97.5% of the outstanding stock, 25% outright and the rest financed over 24 months.
Effective July 1, 1968, the airline was acquired by and merged into Allegheny Airlines. Allegheny later closed the Indianapolis base and sold the Nord 262s, which had proven unreliable. Lake Central had planned on acquiring new Boeing 737-200s but the order was cancelled.
It flew Douglas DC-3s, Convair 340s, Convair 580s, Beechcraft Bonanzas, and Nord 262s. DC-3 flights ended in 1967 and by spring 1968 Lake Central had an all-turboprop fleet of Convair 580s and Nord 262s.
Lake Central Airlines previously operated the following aircraft: 
Destinations in 1968Edit
- Akron/Canton, Ohio
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Buffalo, New York
- Charleston, West Virginia
- Chicago, Illinois (Chicago O'Hare Airport)
- Cincinnati, Ohio - hub
- Clarksburg, West Virginia
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Columbus, Ohio - hub
- Danville, Illinois
- Dayton, Ohio
- Detroit, Michigan
- Elkins, West Virginia
- Erie, Pennsylvania
- Evansville, Indiana
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Indianapolis, Indiana - hub & airline headquarters
- Kalamazoo, Michigan
- Kokomo, Indiana
- Lafayette, Indiana
- Lima, Ohio
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Mansfield, Ohio
- Marion, Indiana
- Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Morgantown, West Virginia
- Muncie, Indiana
- Parkersburg, West Virginia
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Portsmouth, Ohio
- St. Louis, Missouri
- South Bend, Indiana
- Terre Haute, Indiana
- Toledo, Ohio
- Washington, D.C. (Washington National Airport)
- Wheeling, West Virginia
- Youngstown, Ohio
- Zanesville, Ohio
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- Moody's Transportation Manual 1964
- Aviation Week 21 Feb 1955 p111
- Furlong, Patrick J. (1994). "Lake Central Airlines". In Bodenhamer, David J.; Barrows, Robert G. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. pp. 891–892. ISBN 0-253-31222-1.
- http://www.timetableimages.com, April 28, 1968 Lake Central timetable
- "Lake Central Airlines". rzjets. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
- "April 28, 1968 Lake Central timetable". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2013-09-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter
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