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My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)  
User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5193 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


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The first trip I remember was in 1987 on USAir I was all of 9 years old


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My love affair with her started then... The 5 across seating was weird to me and she was very quiet. I was shocked that they had a tiller wheel in the cockpit for ground steering


From then the -9 stood out some more in 1990 when i went ot Hawaii my journey started to MSP on a newley painted Northwest Bird.


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The DC-9 continued to provide me smooth wonderful service as i travled with my parents.

My first flight alone call it my first first solo (as opposed to my first real first solo ) was on a ValuJet DC-9 at the old age of 15. At that point I decided I wanted to work for Valujet.
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We all know times change, and five years later, during college I was hired as a ramp agent with AirTran


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For my final 3 years of college I enjoyed working for AirTran and flying almost every week. The DC-9 was there, often bailing out the new 717 when the quirks were being worked out


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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...

LONG LIVE THE DC-9 LONG LIVE THE RED TAILS

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As they fly into that great aircraft heaven in the sky (or the desert) :-P may they rest in peace


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User currently offlineAApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 572 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5132 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.

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User currently offlineAstrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5119 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.


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let´s hope the DC-9 will continue for many years with her new name 717.


User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4973 times:

C'mon y'all someone else out there has to have love for the Diesel 9 besides me

User currently onlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1675 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4955 times:
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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!

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4935 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.

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I hear that N948L was saved from the scrapper and is to be restored and painted in the classic Bonanza livery.

My last flight on the DC-9 was from MCI to DTW on N767NC, a -51. It was a great flight and my first time on NW in two years.

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Northwest is also an important airline to me since I flew on them five times to Japan. I can always count on them to be on time.



Northwest Airlines - Some People Just Know How to Fly
User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4929 times:

Four years ago I flew on a Continental DC-9-30 from Houston to Cleveland. My seat has just forward of the # 1 engine. Needless to say my ears were still ringing the next day.  Smile

User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1936 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4921 times:

I also have a DC-9 story.

When I was nine years old (in 1976), I "liberated" my first safety card from Ozark N981Z on a flight from STL to Rochester, Mn. I still have it today.
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(photo is of N998R)

My father worked for TWA during my college years, so after TW and OZ merged in 1986, I got to fly on N981Z many more times.
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I went to work for Delta in 1991, so with ramp access I often would spot N981Z pulling into a gate or departing for STL.

In 2000, I helped in pulling an MD-88 that had taxied into the mud in Shreveport, La. I was happy to see N981Z overnighting at the next gate over.

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Now N981Z is stored at ROW and will probably be scrapped soon. I enjoyed "spotting" her for some 25 years.....
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This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

Nicely done Wilcharl. They will be missed when their mostly gone, at least from U.S. skies.

DIA



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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4835 times:

My first DC-9 was an Eastern jet from ATL-DTW in 1986

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7773 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4824 times:

First and only Diesel-9 flight on a TWA DC-9-10. Cedar Rapids to St. Louis.


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Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4759 times:

so for my DC-9 lovers out there, do you consider the 717 and MD-80 as wonderful as the origional queen

User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4738 times:

Nah the good ol' -9 is the best. Especially the SAS DC-9-21 Hotrods.

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4730 times:

I wish i could have gotten to fly on one of Valujet's sport model DC-9s

User currently offlineUA_727 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 215 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4722 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...

salute,
UA



"AW - I'm on Board..."
User currently offlineAApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 572 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4720 times:

As many of you know, part of the DC-9 story would go untold if it were not mentioned that Delta was the launch customer of the type. Back then, Delta had its famous widget turned sideways.

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The type served in Delta's fleet for many loyal years.

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I remember the days in Atlanta when the DC-9s began to be retired from Delta's fleet.

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User currently offlineAApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 572 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4715 times:

Eastern used the type extensively.

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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.

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How many of you remember this incident (below)? I certainly do.

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User currently offlineTWAL1011 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4710 times:

What a coincidence, DesertJets. My last flight on a DC-9 was also a TWA flight from CID to STL! (1998)

User currently offlineBonanzaAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

BH346 - Tell me it's true. A Northwest DC-9 is being returned to it's original livery - Bonanza! How GREAT!


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Bonanza


User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4694 times:

AApilot2b,

How could i forget to bring the 2 atlanta rivals into the DC-9 love affair, i flew on both of theirs, and the DL birds played a key role in Valujet and AirTran


User currently offlineAtpcliff From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4679 times:

Hi!

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.

Cliff
GRB

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.
User currently offlineJustplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 721 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4657 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.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/1976/760623-0.htm

I never knew if that had any thing to do with the delay of our flight or not.



"So many planes; so little time..."
User currently offlineDC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4657 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

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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.


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[Edited 2003-03-09 11:31:08]

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5049 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4606 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....

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GO-GETTERS GO OZARK
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