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Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B717  
User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 7620 times:

Today the last B717 were delivered. The end of one off the most succesfull aircraft design ever.

Building on first generation designs like the Caravelle production lasted more then 40 years. Many still are still flying, but time has finally catched up.

My best memories on this aircraft are ~8 years old. Travelling the day before thanksgiving it was impossible to get back to Europe from Florida.

A nice TWA guy fixed us last second tickets MSP-Indianapolis-JFK. We ran to the gate, the captain agreed to re-connect to the gate. The DC9 was totally worn out but had lots of legroom & the view great. I was exhausted & slept very well & happy we made it.

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User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1845 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7595 times:

My first vacation on my own had one leg where I flew on a DC-9. It was a N/S from IAH to ATL, connecting to TPA. The other flights were 727. I loved every minute of it.

Since then I've flown on several Texas International, Ozark, and NW DC-9's, and a few TW B-717's. I've probably flown on hundreds of MD-80's, if not thousands.

The end of the production line of the 717 is certainly the end of an era. I'll always have many fond memories of the little plane that carried me to magical places.

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User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1229 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7589 times:

My first and only trip on the DC-9 was a jump from DUL-MSP. It was loud and bumpy the whole flight, and we were one of the last flights to land before MSP was closed due to severe weather. The approach was intense, but in hindsight, it was a great ride!

User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5543 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7581 times:

For me the DC-9

Trying to get two huge guys on the back plug-door jumpseat. We had to sit sideways or one leaning forward and the other leaning back. We laugh to this day about that.

You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineEastern1985 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7569 times:

Even though I was a baby and don't remember, I still want to share this...

Flying Republic's DC-9's into Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA). This was in early 1985, those were the days of true jet service (NOT RJ's) into small airports.

User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1864 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7561 times:

All my early flights were vacations to a variety of Mexican beach resorts with my family in Aeromexico's DC-9s and MD-80s during the best part of the 80s. Great memories.

User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5778 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7556 times:

My first memory on a DC-9 was doing SLC-DEN on CO (around 1985), first MD-80 I remember was Republic RNO-SLC-MSP, and the first 717 was TWA LGB-STL. In between and recently, the only 717's I've been on were AirTran's, and the last MD-80 was on CO two years ago, while the last DC-9 was a DC-9-50 swapping for a 717 on LGA-STL.

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User currently offlineAirlineAddict From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 430 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7556 times:
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Flying an Alaska Airlines MD-80 from Mazatlan to LAX in 2001. Sitting next to two hot ladies from Canada. Flight attendant also comped us free drinks for sitting in the noisy part of the aircraft. (Now that I think about it, shouldn't drinks be free anyway since it was international?)

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7550 times:

NY Air's DC9s come to mind......those red apple jets were nice to look and the airline offered a good product. I was a NY Air regular on the LGA-BOS run when I was in school, it was so much nicer than the Shuttle, and loved those bagels.

Flying HNL-OGG-HNL on a Hawaiian DC9 was a lot of fun.......very quick flight, takeoff, pineapple juice, landing, but the scenery was beautiful, and Maui was almost exotic back in the early 1970s when I first flew with Hawaiian.

Last memory that I'll share is EWR-MEM on a NW (ex Republic) DC9-10.....I remember thinking how small and compact the cabin was; this was of course in the pre regional jet days!

User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7532 times:

I don't have any particularly amazing memories, but I don't have any bad ones either and have flown tons of flights on different models from that family:

DC-9s on Northwest
MD-82s on Continental
717s on AirTran
MD-88s on Delta (many many times)
MD-90s on Delta

I'm always impressed with how quiet these planes are as long as you aren't sitting near the back. The 717s aren't even that bad in the back. They sure are amazing planes.

User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 7532 times:

What can I say? Back in the good old days we had the famous Diamond Service and I'm telling you, we whipped BA's ass every time with it on the UK domestics and the LHR-CDG/AMS/BRU/DUB routes.

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Those days however, have since long gone. Very sad indeed.
As an ex-BD employee, I miss them a lot and have very fond memories. of my time served and some great colleagues and generally having lots of fun just doing my job!


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User currently offlineBrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7520 times:

My maiden flight was a routing BRU-BCN-TFS-LPA-ACE-MAD-MRS back in December of 1983 with IB, I was 8 1/2 years old.

The very first leg and the last 4 were on the Douglas DC-9. Only the 2nd was on a Boeing 727, which I also enjoyed. Loved every minute of those flights!

Later I flew the MD-80 with AZ FCO-MLA in 1995 and very recently with AZ again BRU-MXP and back a couple times. Also got a chance to fly the McDonnell Douglas MD-11ER of CityBird flying for Sabena on BRU-EWR, not bad either.

Just like flights for my many flights on the Sabena and BA 737-200, I also felt that those planes (esp. DC-9 and MD-80) are somehow a more comfortable ride than more modern ones.

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User currently offlineCaptaink From Grenada, joined May 2001, 5119 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7517 times:

It is really sad to see the end of production of this great line of aircraft. I have a special liking for the DC9 series. The MD-83 in particular is my favourite airplane type. In fact my email address is 'dc9super80' figure out the rest.

My very first jet flight -
Date - August - 1992
Route - Grenada (GND) - Barbados (BGI) - New York City (JFK)
Airline - BWIA International (BW)
Flight # - BW426
Seat - 14A
Aircraft - MD-83
Reg - 9Y-THX
Title - Sunjet Anguilla

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I hope to see airlines flying this great airplane for some time to come.

[Edited 2006-05-24 23:53:31]

[Edited 2006-05-24 23:55:51]

There is something special about planes....
User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4225 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7500 times:

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 10):
we whipped BA's ass every time with it on the UK domestics and the LHR-CDG/AMS/BRU/DUB routes.
Those days however, have since long gone. Very sad indeed.
As an ex-BD employee, I miss them a lot and have very fond memories.

My first flight on an airliner was on a British Midland DC-9-10 or -30, AMS-LHR, in 1991 or thereabouts, and it was indeed a good flight.

My only other DC-9 experiences as far as I can recall:

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Xian-Chengdu, September 6, 1998. Not sure if it was a Chinese-built MD-82. Uneventful though Smile

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Bangkok-Samui, September 8, 2005. Nice airline, nice flight into Samui's small airport.


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User currently offlinePilot3033 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7489 times:

My first memorable experiance on a DC9 was with TWA back in the 90s. I remember looking out the window inbound to STL and seeing the arch, for one reason or another I thought it was really cool, and loved TWA and the 9s ever since.

I've always had good experiances with MD80s as well, years ago I got to UM on an AA MD80, that was cool.

Lastly, an Aeromexico MD80 was my gateway to the wonderful party week I had in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The airport has only 4 jetways so we had to deplane through the tailstairs.
*Note, these were all before I started keeping track of tail numbers, sorry I can't show pics.

User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3604 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7488 times:

DC-9s took me between MSP and BDL in my high school years. I flew it so often that I got to know some F/A by name. They would ask me about my schooling and my travels.

I would board the DC-9 and it felt like home. The only problem was the pressure and not equalizing in my ears. Hurt like hell for a few days but I loved flying the DC-9s.

Though NW has many left and they are leaving slowly, my wife and I have decided that our next flights home will be via NRT to save on changing at DTW with a small child. That means our DC-9 flights are numbered.

My last DC-9 flight was December 31st, 2005 on MSP-DTW. It was like being at home in the sky.

(My first DC-9 flight was on Republic (before NW merger): CWA-EAU-MSP...I was 6.)

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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3543 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7485 times:

I was fortunate enough to make my first trip to Hawaii just before HA started replacing their DC-9s with 717s. I flew HNL-OGG-HNL in February, '01...probably not long before those birds went to the desert.

Surprisingly, I've never flown on an AS MD-80. My last AS flight from LAX-SEA was scheduled to be an Mad Dog, but my friends and I ended up taking an earlier flight operated by a 73G. My only MD-80 experience was on DL from ATL-PIT back in June of 2004.

As for the 717...I imagine my first ride will be in Hawaii, but perhaps I'll take advantage of FL's new SEA-ATL service for my next east coast connection...

User currently offlineScoliodon From India, joined Oct 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7480 times:

I was fortunate to fly on the ubiquitous mad dog from DFW to many places around US. Though I used to get tired of seeing them from Founders' Plaza, I love the sweet sound of their engines at take-off thrust!

My most memorable trip on the Super 80 was from ORD to DFW on a cold, rainy morning. With mild turbulences on our ascent, the descent was the most remarkable piece. Had a superb view of Arlington Airport and we glided onto 36R @DFW with me watching the dog's shadow race ahead of us.

Long live the MAD DOG!!

[Edited 2006-05-25 14:59:27]

User currently offlineJetflyer From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7477 times:

My only memories of MD-80 are making a racket as they departed over my house out of LHR back when I lived in Windsor. I never got to fly on one unfortunately, but a Fokker 100 is close enough.

User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7445 times:

Despite flying NW quite a bit, I've always been on the 752. As for the DC-9 line, the only aircraft I've flown was a DL MD-88 just last month on a red-eye from PHX-ATL. This was the only flight I've been on where we were served more than once (I've never gone long-haul), and the morale of the DL F/As seemed pretty good despite the bankruptcy. A darn good flight (except for my not sleeping, of course).

User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7427 times:

My favorite were the DC-9-30's of North Central connecting in MSP or ORD traveling to MQT in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. Spend some quality time at GRB waiting to connect as all the UP flights met three times a day both for N/B and S/B flights. The planes were always clean inside, enough leg room, and the airline treated everyone as a person.

User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1657 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7426 times:

I've flown on the DC-9 so often, they all seem to blend together. My favorite memories were the few times I rode on a flight my dad was flying. That was a while ago, though.

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7409 times:

My favorite DC-9s were DL's DC-9-88s. Flew a lot on them. While at Texas A&M aviation camp, we got the run of one at PNS-got to sit in the pilot's seat while our counselor (ex-USAF(MAC), DL training captain) showed us all of the equipment including activating the fire warning and GPWS test. While waiting for our turn in the hot seat, the rest of us explored the cabin. The plane was squeaky clean when we boarded and we left it that way when the assigned crew arrived.

"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineMSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7384 times:

Well, living in Wisconsin, most flights are either on Midwest (717's and MD-80's now, with DC9's in the past) and Northwest (lots of DC9's). My most enjoyable flight of all 3 types is a tie, both on MD-80's. I flew today on a Midwest MD-88 from MKE to SFO: great weather, excellent views for most of the flight of the varying geography & terrain, and the typically-wonderful Midwest service with super-friendly FA's and good-quality BOB food. A tie was on an Alaska Airlines MD-80 from SEA to ANC in 1998, for largely the same reasons. I have to say, I was concerned about how today's 4+ hour flight on an MD-80 would be, as I'm used to flying to the West Coast on 757's and A320's, but it was excellent. The 717's are wonderful to fly on, too, very quiet and smooth. All good things must come to an end, I guess, and that goes for the Douglas line, too.

User currently offlineTommy767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 12 months 22 hours ago) and read 7359 times:

I recently flew Super 80 from DFW-MSY. I got a first class upgrade for 50 bucks. I must say that it was a very smooth, powerful take-off up in first. I loved the view flying over the Texas and Louisana countryside.

Tommy in EWR/LAX.

25 Bohica : My favorite DC-9 memory was one time with my mom. She had a couple bad experiences on DC-9's and was afraid to fly on one. One day in 1987 while non-r
26 Post contains images OV735 : Back in the early 1990's, the DC-9 of SAS (along with KarAir's ATR-72) was the first Western aircraft to regularly appear at TLL, my home airport. The
27 Christeljs : I flew a MD-83 from Oslo, Norway to Las Palmas twice. 5h30min. A lot of turbulence. Didn't like it too much.
28 NWADC9 : DC-9's were common planes that I'd fly on, since I flew nothing but NW before we lost travel benefits. With the exception of the -20, I flew on every
29 Joffie : I have only ever been on one 717 flight last year. Flight lasted for just over an hour, and i was seated at the back. Great to see the flaps and spoil
30 Post contains links and images CV990 : Hi! My best way to show my gratitude to this family of airliners is to share with you the ones that I flew, here they are: Model: MDD DC-9-51 Airline:
31 Crjflyer35 : Only memory of any of those a/c is of the MD80 and it's not my fondest...Back in July '03 went home on leave from TUS-DFW-ORD and back, all on Maddogs
32 SGSPL : I have flown plenty of times on DC9-30, MD82 of ALM Antillean Airlines in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. On the stretches from CUR to: AUA, CCS, SDQ, PBM
33 N911ME : The best flights I have ever had were both on YX MD-82s - maintenance test flights from MKE out over Lake Michigan. It's amazing what those aircraft c
34 DeltaDAWG : I have flown these a/c many, many times. I do not know about great memories but I do have a very memorable one. I was 12 or 13 coming home to Georgia
35 ContinentalAUS : For me, the MD-80: First one I can remember is AA AUS-ORD- BWI in 2001 (1 month before 9/11, probably why I remember) Been on many AA and DL MD-80 fli
36 Post contains images Texan : First time flying by myself was DFW-ONT on AA Mad Dog. In fact, probably half of my flights have been on AA Mad Dogs Favorite, though, have to be TW's
37 Scintx : My favorite flights are as follows: 727-100 AA DFW-RNO September 18,1992. I knew this would be my last -100 and really enjoyed it although my wife at
38 PHLBOS : My first flight ever was on an EA DC-9 back in Dec. 1971 out of BOS; I was 6 at the time. My first flight out of PHL was on a ML MD-80 back in Dec. 19
39 Lijnden : First flight on DC-9 (actually on any plane) was in 1969 when I was 3 years old: I asked my mom if she brought my sleigh because of the snow on the gr
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