We consider the hypothesis that chondrules are ablation products formed from the interaction of a streaming gas flow with a body whose size is much larger than the average chondrule. We find that if chondrules were formed via such a process, then the gas flow speed would have to be less than 25 km sec -1, the gas densities above 10 -8 g cm -3, the maximum radius of the chondrule of order 1 cm, and the radius of the chondrule formation bodies at least 400 m. We argue, from a standard model of the solar nebula, that the densities and temperatures required for this type of chondrule formation could only have been found within approximately 0.1 AU of the protosun. At such a distance, the experimentally deduced chondrule cooling times are consistent with transport times from the high-temperature midplane to the cooler photosphere of the inner solar nebula, assuming transport speeds of 10 to 400 km sec -1. Noting the similarity of these speeds to the observed flow speeds of optical jets and molecular outflows, it is suggested that such outflows could have produced chondrules and provided the required transport out of the solar nebula. If this idea is correct and if these outflows are magnetic in origin, then the formation of chondrules was only possible if the outflow had a source magnetic field strength of at least 1,000 G.