Navion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 981 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4464 times:
MD11LuxuryLinr is correct. I have personally noted at least 6 or 7 of them at Opa Locka Airport (North Miami Florida) being parted out. It's tough for me to see any jets scrapped. I almost sense their own awareness they are through flying.
Spyglass From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 105 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4184 times:
Well one of the FL -9's is at the OKC Metro Tech aviation center (along with a very old NW 727 shortbed, a couple of ex-USAF T-39's and some other civil piston types) for use in A&P training...the N number has been painted over so don't know which one....
Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 7 Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4087 times:
Glad to hear it, but you know how those inside sources are...
Try asking one of the techs to get the S/N from the aircraft. Then you can look it up on the census list.
Almost all DC-9s are stored or sold. There are none in active service, just used as spares in case there are no 717s available. Last I had heard (and this is third-hand), only one '9 was still being used as a spare. The rest are parked.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
Groundstop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 7 Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3901 times:
Hey Travis, and everyone.
The last DC-9 will continue to fly until the first week of January, at least. One of our CRJ's (a/c 445) incurred ground damage in MIA at the hands of a contract tug driver. As a result, good old 949 has been flying an AirWis route for about two weeks and is slated to fly for at least one more. The usual routing has been:
Flynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3761 times:
One was donated to the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton, VA. It sits inside the museum, still with original first and economy seats. Some of the windows have flat-panel displays behind them for the FS 2002 simulator built-in. AFAIK, it landed at Langley AFB and was towed to the museum. Quite a sight to see.
WesternDC1010 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 320 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3682 times:
I just flew on a AirTran DC-9-32 on FL #2184 from PNS to ATL on Saturday December 27. The flight originally was scheduled to be operated by a Canadair CL-600 Regional Jet operated by Air Wisconsin/AirTran Jet Connect, but was changed sometime earlier in the day. Opon exiting the aircraft in ATL, I glanced in the cockpit to find a registration on tail number since it was dark in ATL and all I could make out was '949.' Could it have been N849AT (prev. N949VV)?
Travatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2172 posts, RR: 11 Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3508 times:
Aircraft N849AT is AirTran's ship number 949 ("ship" or "fleet" numbers often differ from one another, and in fact, all differ at AirTran).
On the console of the flight decks of AirTran aircraft, you'll see placards that show the "ship" number.
As for whether N849AT (i.e. AirTran ship #949) was flying the route in question - since 949 is the last DC9 still working the skies in AirTran teal, there is a 100% probability that it operated your leg PNS-ATL on December 27. Unless of course there is a phantom nine out there, and was operated by the ghost of Christmas past (the ghost of Christmas future flies for Northwest).
Groundstop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 7 Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3237 times:
Just to continue this thread and provide an update. Ship 949 (N849AT) is still going strong. Today it operates the same for AirWis flights: ATL-ICT-ATL-GSO-ATL. Last night, after its usual routing, it was scheduled to run an extra segment, Flight 2049, from ATL to MCO continuing to FLL. However, the front-end crew timed out and since we have so few DC-9 crews left, the extra section was run on a 717.
Rumorboy From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 351 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3004 times:
I think that would make Airtran the youngest all Boeing fleet in the U.S. Three years ago they probably had the oldest fleet in the business. With an average age now of 38 months. Wouldn't Jetblue have the youngest Airbus fleet in the U.S.?
25 Srbmod: Saw it today while driving back from lunch, what was it doing over on E (At least it looked like it was being pushed back from an E gate)?
26 717-200: Gr8slvrflt, Are you sure FL735 and FL744 as being the last DC-9 flts, because it is showing in Open Skies for these flights as a 717?
27 Eva744: Check the Everglades! ok seriously... scrapped.