Frugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
I realize this is very old news, but this happened while I was in Hawaii and haven't had a chance to post until now, so bear with me.
You were born of a proud heritage that started when Donald Douglas designed the DC-1, and carried your name proudly through the skies. You were a small, 90-seat jet at first, but later expanded with larger versions. You came into service during the 1960s, when airline travel was still being transformed by the jet age. You flew through thick and thin, delivering passengers safely to their destinations. Even when executives dropped your DC label in favor of MD, you flew on, proudly and gracefully. Later, as a Boeing product, you continued to hold to the DC legacy of flying often and flying strong through thick and thin. Though you were finally known as 717, and your last version's production run is dying young, you still have the respect of the entire aviation community. You still carry the legacy of DC, whither you are called DC-9, MD-80, MD-90, MD-95, or 717. You are the DC-9, and you still fly high and proud.
God speed to all versions and variants of the DC-9, may you still fly high and proud for years to come.
JHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3239 times:
Thanks for the ode Frugalqxnwa.
It's sad that we cannot make Open Source Planes the way we have open source software.
A group of fans developing the DC-9 even further. Some how it would be nice if we could keep the flame of the DC-9 burning. Make sure that news generations would be made....
Yours in realtime
Look at me, I´m riding high, I´m the airbornmaster of the sky...
Nwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3183 times:
Thank you for the ode to the dc-9
As a frequent passenger, I have to add that I am always comfortable, always feel safe, and always enjoy the takeoff's on the 9'ers. I do miss the 10's, was lucky to be on one of their last flights to FNT, but I'll stick with the 30's and 40's and 50's these days
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5389 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 3073 times:
The 727-200's were never delivered to OZ, they were sold to Pan Am to help recover from an OZ mechanics strike.
The Ozark of the 90's operated MDW-COU-JLN-DFW before being purchased and operated as Great Plains Airlines out of Oklahoma to various points, ABQ BNA COS. They've since liquidated.
Much as I appreciate the historic value of defunct airlines' names, I for one think they should rest in peace. None of them have made a go of it. Braniff, Midway, Pan Am, Ozark, National gone not once but twice. Now we have Republic Airways as a holding company for contract regional airlines, but they don't operate an independent system in their own colors.
DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2784 times:
Unusual DC-9 experience:
My first flight on a DC-9, was on a Medivac C-9 for the U.S. Air Force back in 1983. The flight was Clark Air Base, Philippines to Hong Kong Kai Tak Int'l (RT).
Upon arrival, I did the famed Checkerboard Approach. All the pax seats on the C-9 are faced backwards for safety (by medical standards). I flew the Checkerboard Approach backwards. We had a hard landing. . .even on the return leg. And, yes, boarding the a/c was by way of the rear airstairs of the C-9.
MD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2781 times:
Ahhh, the Mad Dog twins. Amazing how good looking this jet is, wether it's a DC-9, MD-80, MD-90 or 717. From my first flight ever on a DC-9, a Delta -30 from New Orleans to Memphis in the spring of 1969, it has been one of my favorite airliners. I've flown on every variant except the -20 and -40, and the MD-87.
When 717 production ends, it will be the end of family of aircraft in production since the mid 60s! Forty years in production is quite an accomplishment no matter how you look at it.
Argonaut From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 2004, 423 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2699 times:
A remarkable family. Wisely engineered from the very outset for to be stretched with ease, a superbly robust design, cleverly evolved. I've travelled on every variant except the MD-87, and continue to hunt that one down through the timetables. For years I was guilty of taking the DC-9 for granted. Now I fly one every chance I can (which is good at least for NW!).
The best experience was the DC-9 Sport, aka series 20, taking off from Aarhus, Denmark, about 20 years ago. A few moments flashing down the short runway, then suddenly everyone was practically on their backs as the 'Sport' headed for the moon--or so it felt. Somehow, I just knew the pilots were having a good time...
Don't forget the date--February 25th. Next month it will be 40 years since Ship One began it all. By my count (if the 717 doesn't book any more orders, and let's hope it does) there will have been 2,440 more since then.
Airbus has made a fine plane, no doubt, in the A320. So why does it seem so unable to DO IT for me the way a DC-9 can? With the 727 all but gone, the DC-9 family seem like the only 'real' airliners left.
Frugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2617 times:
Boeing said in a Jan. 14 press release that production would be completed in 2005. The only way the 717 could be saved is if NW all of a sudden decided to order 200 to replace the classic DC-9s. It is a sad, unfortunate reality. I also agree with you about the A320, and I believe it is because it is too fluffy of an aircraft to feel like a good, solid airliner. Just looking at the cockpit makes a non-pilot wonder how many Ph.D.s in computer science the pilots and maintenance personnel have to have to work and maintain the cockpit.
FlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 965 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
Not to be a little angry over the end of the production run for this a/c, but...
With this family of a/c we have affordable, reliable, durable a/c suitable for a great number of missions for their owners and pax have said they prefer the 2-3 layout on a narrowbody. In today's airline environment, no airline wants it. Seems about right. Sad, but right.