Lake Central Airlines
|Operating bases||Weir Cook Airport (now Indianapolis International Airport)|
|Fleet size||Douglas DC-3, Convair 340, Convair 580, Beechcraft Bonanza, and Nord 262.|
|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. It flew Douglas DC-3, Convair 340, Convair 580, Beechcraft Bonanza, and Nord 262 aircraft. By the spring of 1968, Lake Central was operating an all-turboprop fleet of Convair 580 and Nord 262 passenger aircraft.
Like other local service airlines regulated by the federal Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Lake Central was subsidized; in 1962, its operating revenues of $10.8 million included $4.2 million of public service revenue.
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 262 aircraft, which had proven not to be reliable. Lake Central was also planning on acquiring new Boeing 737-200 jetliners; however, the acquisition of the airline by Allegheny resulted in the order being cancelled and Lake Central did not take delivery of or operate 737 jets.
Destinations in 1968
Shortly before it was acquired by and merged into Allegheny Airlines, Lake Central was serving the following destinations in ten U.S. states with Convair 580 and Nord 262 turboprop aircraft according to its April 28, 1968 system timetable:
- Akron/Canton, Ohio
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Buffalo, New York
- Charleston, West Virginia
- Chicago, Illinois (via 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. (via Washington National Airport)
- Wheeling, West Virginia
- Youngstown, Ohio
- Zanesville, Ohio
Accidents and incidents
- On March 5, 1967, Lake Central Flight 527, a Convair 580, crashed near Marseilles, Ohio, with the loss of all 38 passengers and crew.
- http://www.timetableimages.com, April 28, 1968 Lake Central Airlines system timetable
- 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. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. pp. 891–892. ISBN 0-253-31222-1.
- "April 28, 1968 Lake Central Airlines system timetable". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
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