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Orlando International Airport Limo
Orlando International Airport, known in modern times as the gateway to the magic kingdom of Disney World to many families, Orlando International Airport is one of three international airport complexes in central Florida. The Orlando International Airport is positioned in the middle of the state and, given its location, channels the second largest amount of state traffic for an airport in Florida. More impressively, the airport ranks 13 as in the list of most busy airports in the U.S. as a whole.Early Military HistoryThe original construction of Orlando International Airport started as a military air base. Constructed under the name Pinecastle Army Airfield during World War II, the airport served as a backup runway zone to the Orlando Army Air Base. Early military history credited the Pinecastle location with the first supersonic tests of the X-1 let go from a B-29 bomber. Pinecastle would likely have ended up being decommissioned after World War II had it not been for the immediate full activation again during the Korean War only a decade later.Today, Orlando International's airport code gives a hint to its second phase of past history - MCO. The initials are a flag set for McCoy Air Force Base, the second name of the location dating back to the 1950s.McCoy AFB served as one of a number of Strategic Air Command bases on the eastern coast. The original name originated from Colonel Michael Norman Wright McCoy who served as the commanding officer of the 321st Bombardment Wing at the same location. At that time, Orlando International Airport functioned under name, Pinecastle Air Force Base. When Colonel McCoy died in an air demonstration at the base, it was renamed after him posthumously as a sign of memoriam respect. McCoy AFB's claim to fame included being the home of the wings managing two of the largest planes in the 1950s, the B-52 and the KC-135. By the next decade, in the 1960s, Orlando began its first foray into civilian air traffic by allowing for the first time commercial airlines. The base operated as a joint operation, managing the landing and takeoff of both military and civilian aircraft on the same runways.The sister air base that Orlando served as a backup for, Orlando Army Air Base, found itself becoming obsolete in the early 1960s. Larger, heavier planes began to go into regular use with airlines. These included the Boeing 707 and 720 models, the DC-8 made by Douglas, and the Convair 880 airplane. These heavy planes also stretched over much more runway space than previous planes it was designed for. The Army Air Base simply couldn't handle the traffic anymore. As a result, the military made a deal to use the auxiliary base, Orlando-McCoy as the location for commercial traffic, leading to the joint operation.

At the same time, in the early 1960s the air base saw a significant amount of military preparation activity thanks to the activities of Cuba and the Russians. McCoy was designated as a forward operating base for aircraft and reconnaissance, particularly with the spy plane, the U-2. Chasing after sign of nukes and Russian military activity, both U-2 and Cuba overfly mission worked out of McCoy on a regular basis. As an attack base, McCoy also boasted more than 120 fighter jets made up of Super Sabres and F-105 Thunderchiefs. Fortunately, during the whole Cuban Missile Crisis, there was only one fatality. Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., was shot down in a U-2 spy plane as he traveled over Cuba. His plane took a hit from a Soviet surface-to-air missile based on the Cuban island. A U-2 contingent continued to be based out of McCoy AFB until 1973 as the Vietnam conflict came to an end. With the closure of the Vietnam War, the federal government was looking for ways to scale back its military operations and related costs. McCoy AFB ended up on a cut list for bases to be shut down or have their military operations ended. As a result, in 1975 McCoy AFB ended military operations and for the first time began 100 percent civilian operations as an airport. The facility and complex was renamed to Orlando-McCoy Jetport but Orlando International Airport settled in as its permanent name when all was said and done.The cutback was associated with the end of war reduction in force program run at the national level. The cuts were brutal; McCoy's own bombardment wing was essentially eliminated altogether with inactivation and the big bombers ended up being moved to other strategic units across the country. The final lights out came when the federal General Services Administration handed over title to the City of Orlando in a months' long process between 1974 and 1975

The 1975 complete turnover to the City of Orlando ushered in the creation of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), the city's office for managing the airport. The office ran as a chartered operation under the City's management. It was the designated task of the GOAA not just to maintain the airport but to also seek ways to make the complex bigger as a business and expand its operations into the future. By 1976 the airport codes had changed in a deference to its past (McCoy) and were relisted as MCO and KMCO.As part of the conversion to an international airport complex, Orlando was legally converted to a foreign trade zone status, basically making the airport a recognized port of entry into the U.S., complete with a customs office and all that went with it by 1978. Along with these changes also came the first big expansion of the airport.Work on the Landside Terminal and two wings started in 1978, to not be completed until three years later in 1981. These expansions opened up additional airplane gates and facilities. By 1990 the airport had been able to structurally separate itself with a domestic flight area and an international flight area in separate structure zones. By 2003 Orlando was working with four completely functional runways handling multiple traffic patterns with separate controls. In 2010, the facility now stretches over 23 square miles from side to side of property zone. And, in terms of odd needs, Orlando International Airport can double as an emergency landing runways for the space shuttle if and when needed by NASA operations.As a sidenote, the original military missile hanger that made up the first Jetport was finally closed and demolished in 2006. UPS was the last tenant in the location before it was finally torn down. On a traffic basis, Orlando moved 5 million passengers a year in 1978. 22 years later in 2000 the population of travelers reached 6 times as many people annually at 30 million fliers.

We at 5 Star Limousine Service are your Orlando International Airport Limo Service have served Orlando International Airport for over 19 years. In those 19 years we have prided ourselves in keeping up with the new hotels coming in and open and closing of restaurants in the Orlando area. We do our best to stay up on all the local entertainment. 5 Star Limousine Service would like to make your transportation experience go off with out a hitch. Please call us at 407-322-7005 so that one of our phone specialists can assist you with your special ground transportation needs.

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