Wilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1173 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5854 times:
With the tributes to all the other planes I decided I would give a tribute to my own... This tribute goes to the DC-9 a true soldier and workhorse in our industry. I thought this up flying tonight on one from Memphis to Atlanta and its role in my life.
My first flight on her, I do not remember but it was on Allegheny in 1978, I was all of 3 months old
Sadley some of my babies are meeting their maker :-(
After college, it was a DC-9 again of Northwest that flew me into the joys of my careeer.
As I sat in Memphis and the mighty JT8D engines started to turn over, i had cold chills their distincitve sound brought back wonderful memories of my days at AirTran and all the wonderful experniences the DC-9 has brougth me. I look around at her interior, new and modern just like a 717 very refiniend i must say... But her large "bigger then boeing" and defiantly bigger then airbus windows and her distinctive sound remind me that she is a legend.
And now on to my momment for Northwest...
I love the red tails because they are consistant. They offer a GOOD product, consistantly, sure the aircraft are older, but their interiors are new, Sure they have no PTVs but thats extra legroom under my seat. Their crews are professional friendly and carring they offer a consistant quality and refined product...
AApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 580 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5793 times:
The last DC-9 I flew on was with Midwest Express from DFW to MKE. That was nearly 6 years a go and still ranks as one of the best flights I have ever been on (thanks to the great people at Midwest). I fly on American's MD-80s a lot (the DC-9's newer brother). The 2-3 configuration is, in my opinion, the most comfortable narrow body configuration in the industry.
Astrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5780 times:
I also had my first DC-9 flight when I was 3 month old, in 1971 with Iberia, and after hundreds of flights with her my last DC-9 flight was in 1998 also with Iberia. Now sadly in Europe it´s very difficult to fly with her.
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1717 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5616 times:
I also love the DC-9. My first flight on one was on Sept. 14, 1968. It was a KLM DC-9-15, PH-DNE, from AMS to FRA. I didn't expect to like it, because it had replaced my beloved Lockheed Electra on that route. But as soon as I boarded it I loved it. KLM's interior was very soothing, not dark and depressing like most interiors today. Since then, I've flown on DC-9s on many airlines, including Eastern, Delta, Northwest, Hawaiian, Midwest Express, New York Air, US Airways, Allegheny, Air Florida, Southern, ValuJet, and AirTran. Long live the DC-9!
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5596 times:
The DC-9 is a great plane that has provided decades of service for airlines worldwide. I had the pleasure of flying on them five times.
First DC-9 for me was N8907E, a -14 from Wichita to Memphis. This was a significant flight for me as it was the first time in four years that I flew on an airline. I also flew a DC-9-14 on my return, can't remember the date I flew.
A year after that I flew on another two '9-14s with Northwest, N93S from ICT to MEM and N948L from MEM to ICT.
UA_727 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 215 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5383 times:
I live right below the airport in Billings, and the Northwest 9er wakes me up every morning. If I can't bear to wake up wit the 7:00 am departure, I'll always wake up with the 9:10 am. Perfect little alarm clock--I love waking up to it. Damn good airplane--so glad they're still with us. I don't even want to think about the day that they leave us for good. I'm having a hard enough time with the loss of my UA_727...
I remember seeing them around Atlanta regularly. In 1981, my family lived five miles from one of Hartsfield International's runways. I'll never forget the night an Eastern DC-9 roared over our house at a very low altitude. Ten minutes later, the news was reporting that the aircraft had blown a tire on takeoff. Quite a bit of the tire had gone in to one of the engines snuffing it out. The aircraft continued around on one engine before its pilot's skillfully landed it back in to Atlanta, safe and sound.
Atpcliff From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5340 times:
My airline, USA Jet Airlines, has 12 DC-9s, 4 -10s and 8-30s. Apparently, we bought some from EAL.
We are planning on starting PAX charter this fall using small -9s. The rumour is we're buying 2-4 DC-9-10s from NWA. If this is the case, they'll be flying in new colors instead of going to the boneyard.
PS-I hope to go to the -9 soon, as an FO. I'm currently an FO on our Falcon-20s.
TRY. It's all you have control over, and it's what God wants.
Justplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5318 times:
I have only flown on the DC-9 once (not counting the MD-80, which I have flown on a few times), in June of 1976. My family had flown from SEA to ORD (my only 747 flight) on United, then on to Philadelphia on an UAL DC-8. That's when things got interesting. We were supposed to fly on to Newport News, Virginia on an Allegheny flight, but it kept getting delayed. Finally, we were rebooked on an Allegheny flight to Norfolk, and boarded to DC-9 for an uneventful flight. The next morning, we read in the paper that another Allegheny DC-9 had crashed landed at PHL the night before.
DC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5318 times:
I am more or less born on a DC9, hence the nick-name. My father was a captain on it between 1985 and 1999 when he retired.
The last flight with him (and his last flight ever) was onboard OY-KIA as SK2527/2528 on a round trip Arlanda Stansted Arlanda
My very last DC9 flight was SK 163/164 Stockholm-Gothenburg-Stockholm onboard OY-KGO. This was the last operated DC9 dometic service in Sweden. Boy was I happy when I was invited to jumpseat the landing.
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5460 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5267 times:
Growing up and OZ/TW brat I had more flights on the DC9/MD80 than any other aircraft type. You can tell from my handle how much I love that plane. My last 9er flight was from STL to MEM on NW in November 2002. Unless I fly NW again, that will probably be my last. The good old 9 has taken me on so many itineraries I couldn't name them all, but I'll try anyway:
PIA-CMI-IAD-LGA, PIA-ORD, PIA-STL, STL-HOU, STL-MCI, STL-MSP, STL-IAD, STL-ATL, STL-JAN, STL-MSY, STL-DEN, STL-SAT, STL-MEM, PIA-IND-BNA, STL-SAN (the DC-9-30LR on Ozark), STL-MCO, STL-TPA, STL-MIA, STL-BNA-CLT, STL-YYZ, HNL-KOA, HNL-OGG, STL-DCA.
I'm sure I left out a few....