Keesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7126 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.
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1084 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7095 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!
WesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5756 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7062 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.
AirlineAddict From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 424 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7062 times:
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?)
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7056 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!
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!
Trespassers will be shot; survivors will be shot again!
BrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7026 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.
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5116 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7023 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
Ptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7006 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:
Pilot3033 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6995 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.
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3603 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6994 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.)
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3537 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6991 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...
Scoliodon From India, joined Oct 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6986 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.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6951 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).
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6933 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.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6915 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."
MSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6890 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.
Tommy767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6865 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.
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