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Flying On A DC-9 Just For Fun- Am I Crazy?  
User currently offlinelexkid12300 From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 86 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7244 times:

Hey guys,

I've been into aviation for quite some time and recently decided to take a day trip just to ride on a DC-9. My favorite plane is the Boeing 727 but i haven't been able to find any airlines still flying them commercially, so i figured the DC-9 would be the next closest thing as they both use very similar engines. I had originally planned to find a flight with an MD88, but then i learned Delta was still flying the DC-9 so i started looking for routes.

I ended up finding a flight with Delta from PVD-DTW-BWI and BWI-DTW-PVD, using a CRJ700, DC9, DC9, and Airbus A319 respectively for $59 and $79 for the return so i booked it!

So do you guys think i'm crazy for doing this? I'm leaving my local airport (PVD) 12:41pm and i'll be back home before midnight the same day.

And should i at all be worried about flying on this DC-9? It's scheduled to be a DC-9-51, so most likely it was manufactured anywhere between 1975 and 1980. It's definitely going to be the oldest plane i've ever flown in!

Nevertheless, i'm really excited about flying on it! The flight's on July 19th, so a week from tomorrow. I'm taking the girlfriend with me so i shouldn't get too bored, and we're seated in row 23 on the way down and 24 on the way back, right next to the beautiful JT8D's!

I am however disappointed about having to fly on the CRJ700 and A319... Are either of these airplanes "exciting" to fly on? The only planes i've ever flown on are the 737-200, 737-300, 737-700 and 767...

Thanks for your input!

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User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 737 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7231 times:

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
So do you guys think i'm crazy for doing this?

Absolutely not! I've taken a day trip just to fly in a 777. Believe it or not, I've also been thinking about a day trip just to catch a DC-9.   

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
And should i at all be worried about flying on this DC-9?

Absolutely not! Those planes are built like tanks, and it's a testament to their durability and the maintenance crews that they have been plying the skies for so long.

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
I am however disappointed about having to fly on the CRJ700 and A319... Are either of these airplanes "exciting" to fly on?

Well, they certainly don't hold a candle to the historic element of the DC-9, but they have their redeeming qualities. If you're lucky, you'll hear the "barking dog" on the A319.

Have fun!   



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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2758 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7225 times:

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
And should i at all be worried about flying on this DC-9?

Nope. I have thousands of hours and thousands of legs in the DC-9 and have zero qualms with it. Enjoy the ride.

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
I am however disappointed about having to fly on the CRJ700 and A319... Are either of these airplanes "exciting" to fly on?

Well at least it's not a 50 seat CRJ, but a CRJ is never a favorite though I've never flown it as a pilot. I don't know why you'd be disappointed with an A-319; except for the L-1011 it my favorite aircraft that I have flown, certainly more so than a 767 and I detested everything about flying the 737. (Hate to tell you this, but while many disagree for some reason, the 727 and 737 were in a dead heat for years as my least favorite aircraft to fly.)

I personally have no interest in flying around just to do so, but if you are interested this sounds like a good trip to broaden your horizons, and you will find a DC-9 leg harder and harder to come by.

Have fun and let us know how it goes.


User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8921 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7218 times:
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Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
So do you guys think i'm crazy for doing this?

No. You are just a good part of the a.nutters now   Most of us have taken different flights or a connection to get on a new type of airplane   So you are in good company 

wilco737
  



It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7209 times:

I see from your profile that you haven't been here very long! Stick your nose into the Trip Reports forum, you'll soon see that you really had no reason to ask your question in the first place!! Enjoy.   


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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7179 times:

Nope, you're not crazy! A lot of a.nutters are obsessed with the DC-9s and MD80s!

I for one had my first day trip last month and one of the reason that I flew was to fly on the 757! My next goal is to fly the 767, so I'll complete my Boeing List: 717, 727, 737, 747, 757 and 777. (The 787 isn't flying commercial yet so it doesn't count  )

and as a side note, my first flight was on a DC-9 

As for airbus, it's kinda hard to complete since the A300 and A310 is non-existent here in the US. But if we're talking about the "modern" Airbus A/C: I've flown the A319, A320, A321, A330, A340 and hopefully the A318 and A380 next year to semi-complete the list  



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User currently offlineMSNfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7167 times:

Of course not, I did the same thing on the only day trip I have ever taken back in 2008, flying from MSN-DTW-CMH and back. There is even a video trip report of it floating around somewhere deep in the TR forum. Enjoy them while they are still relatively accessible-you are already in good shape by sitting in the back for the full experience. Have a great trip!


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User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7131 times:

I've done similar trips like that many times. My first 777 was part of a 4-flight itinerary that could have been 2, simply because I wanted to fly that 777!

I'm a big fan of domestic widebodies, and all throughout 2007 and 2010 when I worked for US and OO respectively, I tried (and never managed) to non-rev or get the time off to fly the one daily domestic UA 747 flight. I'll be trying again next time they put the 747 back on a domestic turn!



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5969 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7101 times:
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I have flown on DC-9s more than any other type so I usually wouldn't go out of my way to fly one, but I would go out of my way to fly on something I haven't flown on before. As the DC-9s dwindle in number I have changed my travel schedule so I could fly on a DC-9, over an oh so boring A319.

Railroad buffs did the same thing in the 1950s; going all over the US searching for the last steam locomotives. They were at it again in early 1971 riding the last non Amtrak intercity passenger trains,



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User currently offlinelexkid12300 From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7084 times:

Thanks for the support guys, glad to know i'm not as crazy as i thought!

When i'm on the plane i'll try to take some videos of the takeoffs and landings if the flight attendants don't give me flack about it.

One day i'd like to fly on the 747, but i'm still waiting for a flight less than $1000! If i ever need to go overseas i'll be sure to find a flight on the 747, but i know they'll be flying for many many more years so i'm in no rush! I live the BA livery of the 747.

I would literally give someone a months salary if they could get me on a 727. I've been tempted to call Fedex and ask if i could maybe "visit" their airplane here at PVD as it sits on the tarmac every Monday-Friday, but they don't exactly have a good record of letting people jumpseat... I've taken a picture of it from the terminal at PVD and posted it on wiki for TF Greene airport, i'd love to get closer to it...


User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7067 times:

Make sure you get yourself a window seat in the 2nd-to-last row, or no more than a couple rows forward of that. Sitting so close to the engines on those things is a religious experience for an aviation nerd.

And no, you're absolutely not crazy. Kind of did the exact same thing recently, when I did MDW-DTW-BNA when I could have gone nonstop on WN... but DTW-BNA was a DC-9...and a -40 series at that, so I couldn't help myself.


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1653 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7058 times:
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I did a DC-9 fun run myself, last month. I flew ATL-ORD, ORD-MSP, MSP-MKE, and MKE-ATL, one per day. I thoroughly enjoyed it. All flights went well, except the first one, which returned to the gate after pushback because the captain couldn't get the engines to start. He had to get an air cart to start them, then we were on our way.
Last summer, I did something similar, except I had three DC-9-30s and one DC-9-40.
Several years ago I did the same thing with 727s on Champion Air, and I've gone to Alaska just to fly on Reeve Electras and ERA Convair 580s. So I guess I'm crazier than you are.

Bob Bradley



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7047 times:

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
Flying On A DC-9 Just For Fun- Am I Crazy?  

Yes. Definitely you are crazy !

Me:      

  
-HT



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1805 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7042 times:
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I think it's more of a challenge to find someone here who HASN'T ever flown a certain type just for fun 


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User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7027 times:

Quoting L1011 (Reply 11):
I've gone to Alaska just to fly on Reeve Electras and ERA Convair 580s.

Ok now that is pure insanity!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 13):
I think it's more of a challenge to find someone here who HASN'T ever flown a certain type just for fun 

...or departed at 5 am so they could connect to a 762 instead of a 734 down to Jamaica... Felt like crap but SO WORTH IT.


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2582 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7011 times:

No, you're not crazy, although your friends and family will probably think you are. Get used to that!

There are a hardcore among us who, instead of just talking about the older aircraft types we want to fly on, actually go out there and do it. We plan and share ideas in the following thread: Flying Classic/Rare Aircraft In 2011 (by UK_Dispatcher Mar 11 2011 in Aviation Polls)

The DC-9 is a great aircraft to fly on. I have been to Africa twice just to fly on the last DC-9-10 series with East African Safari Air Express.

Check out my trip reports, as well as those from users like Loran & Plymspotter - and see some if the lengths we go to just to get on that elusive aircraft type!


User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 934 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7003 times:

Quoting RamblinMan (Reply 10):
Make sure you get yourself a window seat in the 2nd-to-last row, or no more than a couple rows forward of that. Sitting so close to the engines on those things is a religious experience for an aviation nerd.

But make sure you are not sitting in the very last row, so you actually get a window seat and not a wall seat!

Although the DC-9 is very quiet up front, it isn't so quiet in the rear, so unless you want to enjoy ringing ears for hours after the flight, bring ear plugs! I have been seated in the last few rows on DC-9s on many occasions, so I can tell you this from experience!

Have fun.



LD4



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6996 times:

Nope, not crazy as I have done it myself (BWI-DTW-GRB-MSP-BWI). My own sanity may be in question however 


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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1653 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6985 times:
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I sat in row 23 on my last DC-9 flight, just ahead of the engine but behind the wing, for an excellent view. And I enjoyed the sound of the engines going rum rum rum rum rum on taxi out, something you just don't get to hear if you sit near the front.

Bob Bradley



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User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6922 times:

Quoting lexkid12300, "we're seated in row 23 on the way down and 24 on the way back,"

lexkid12300, these are good seats, hopefully you have 23AB or 23EF and 24AB or 24EF, as they provide a great view of the ground, a good view of the wing--to watch the flaps, ailerons, and spoilers/speed brakes operate--and will give you a terrific JT8D experience, but whatever you do, do not change your seats to any rows further aft, i.e. row 25 or row 26. The view from row 25 is partially obscured by the engine, and there is no view at all from row 26 (the last row). Even rows 21 and 22 are good rows to experience all of the previously mentioned elements.

As others have said, I also recommend a good pair of ear plugs. Even though you want the JT8D experience, it is VERY loud in the back of the DC9 and even with ear plugs, you will experience the full effect of the engines. You can always take them out if you desire. However, I especially recommend a good pair of ear plugs for your girlfriend. Remember, she may be quite as enthusiastic about the whole DC9 experience as you and the volume of noise in the back of the DC9 can be a very negative experience to some folks.

Enjoy the trip. Remember, when flying aboard the DC9, you will be experience a part of aviation history.

Also quoting lexkid12300, "So do you guys think i'm crazy for doing this?"

No, not at all. I have done the same thing myself.

One last quote from lexkid12300, "should i at all be worried about flying on this DC-9?"

It is probably the safest, rugged, most reliable aircraft you could ever fly on.

e38


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6866 times:

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
So do you guys think i'm crazy for doing this? I'm leaving my local airport (PVD) 12:41pm and i'll be back home before midnight the same day.

No you are not crazy, and you even get to sleep in, if you are a serious a.netter you are supposed to be at the airport by 6:00am.  

In 2010 I flew to DTW for the main reason to get a flight in a DC9, which is a long way from Australia.

I have flown to New Zealand for a long weekend if only to get a flight on a Convair 580.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1449 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6833 times:

Of course not, - from one who let three earlier inter island flights leave to ride on a DH7, this seems perfectly sane behaviour to me. However, wives or girlfriends tend to be less tolerant. Still remember a take off on a nearly empty Swissair DC9, went up like a rocket.

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7483 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6830 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 5):
a side note, my first flight was on a DC-9

Same here.

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
I'm taking the girlfriend with me so i shouldn't get too bored, and we're seated in row 23 on the way down and 24 on the way back, right next to the beautiful JT8D's!

If your girlfriend's not a plane enthusiast/geek; she might not like the engine noise back there.

My last DC-9 flight on NW (a DC-9-40 that originally was a NC bird) a few years back was towards the rear on a DTW-PHL flight and although the plane was hushkitted, it still can get a bit loud.

Nonetheless, enjoy.

[Edited 2011-07-15 11:24:06]


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User currently offlinecanadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6824 times:

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
So do you guys think i'm crazy for doing this?

Absolutely. I would never do this, mainly cuz I grew up flying on AC and SK DC-9's in the 80's and 90's as a kid. I've had my fair share of these old birds.  

Now...if it was an DC-8.....  



Always looking for the longest route with the most transfers.
User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6771 times:

Quoting PHLBOS (reply 22), "My last DC-9 flight on NW (a DC-9-40 that originally was a NC bird) . . ."

Chris, just as a point of clarification, and something you might find of interest for your records, if your last DC-9 flight was on a DC9-40 series, it would have been previously flown by Scandinavian Airline System (SAS).

North Central never actually flew any DC9-40 aircraft; the DC9-40s that Northwest flew were all acquired after 1986 (after the North Central merger) and were acquired directly from SAS in 1991.

They were all DC9-41 series and Northwest operated a total of 12 of them.

e38


25 FRAIAD : Not crazy at all. I booked a flight to JFK instead of IAD even though I need to go to Washington, DC just to be on LH's A380.
26 Post contains images DeltaMD90 : Me and my friend did ATL-MEM-GTR-ATL just to fly the Saab. I've also flown TVC-DTW-DCA-MEM-ATL instead of just TVC-ATL! You and I aren't crazy, everyo
27 Post contains images lexkid12300 : Ah yes, my girlfriend and i will be in 23E and 23F on the first DC9 leg and 24E and 24F on the second DC9 leg. It's coming up so soon! 3 more days!! O
28 Post contains images KingFriday013 : You're not crazy. People wonder why I've taken to flying ROC-NYC via DTW... the first two times I got a -50 and a -40 on the DTW-NYC legs. Back in Sep
29 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Certainly not crazy, I am planning a similar trip just to catch the DC-9-50 whilst I'm in the US next month. Also thank you to everyone posting tips a
30 Post contains links and images bgm : I did a similar daytrip in the US last year just to get on the DC9. I was able to get 2 D95 flights - I highly recommend rows 21 or 22 for the best ex
31 Post contains images lexkid12300 : Hey guys, just thought i'd tell you how the trip went! Basically a series of disasters followed by some serious LUCK. My schedule was supposed to be a
32 Post contains links AuleyAir : Post this into Trip Report forum http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/
33 Post contains images PHLBOS : My bad on the -40; it was more likely a DC-9-50. I only say that because it did seem longer than the DC-9-30s that I flew on in the past. However, I
34 e38 : lexkid12300, I'm sorry your trip did not go quite as planned and was not as enjoyable as you expected, but your report brings up several questions and
35 Post contains images legacytravel : Well your not nuts for one, and the DC-9 is a perfectly safe aircraft. I will attempt to get on one in Sept when I go to DC for 3 days. Sorry to hear
36 Post contains images lexkid12300 : Well, we've planned a second trip! It's been bothering me since the night we got back, how much i couldn't enjoy the DC9 with everything that happened
37 Skydrol : I never found the Boeing 727 to be anywhere near as loud as a DC-9 when seated in the rear of the airplane. On Air Canada's B-727s, the aft galley an
38 n5014k : No you're not crazy. Do it before they're gone. I missed opportunities to fly on the Viscount, Caravelle, DC-6, Constellation, Martin 404 and Convair
39 e38 : lexkid12300, I hope this trip is more enjoyable for you than the previous trip. It looks like you have built in additional time to help absorb delays-
40 Post contains images lexkid12300 : e38, good idea! We've both got the following 2 days clear of work and all other commitments back home so it's the best time to go. We're taking all pr
41 Post contains images ZKNCL : lexkid12300, Everyone on A.net is Crazy. JET CRAZY!! Z~k~N~c~L
42 PSU.DTW.SCE : I am fortunete to be flying on the DC-9-50 still every week. I actually take an earlier flight on Monday mornings to get the 7am departure on the -9,
43 e38 : Quoting lexkid12300 (Reply 40): "I've already got my bag of salted peanuts (for some reason they don't serve these anymore?)" Yes, they do. Just ask t
44 Post contains links lexkid12300 : Well this time the trip was a success! I posted a thread in the trip reports section; see here: Delta Airlines DC-9 Trip PVD-DTW-BWI (by lexkid12300 A
45 iberiadc852 : Hi: I saw your trip report and it was very well done and wonderful to see Actually I was expecting to read your second try. I have flown more than 30
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