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Ode To The DC-9 Family  
User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3105 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.

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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3053 times:

Frugalqxnwa,

Welcome to my respected user list!  Big thumbs up

Great post.

Carriers like G4, Hughes Airwest, Ryan and the like have used this aircraft to take pax to and fro. They understand.


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7189 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3028 times:

DC9 series of aircraft "This is your life"...

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5111 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

Simply the best little jet EVER!


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Of course, based on my username I'm obviously biased.  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineJHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Thanks for the ode Frugalqxnwa.  Smile

It's sad that we cannot make Open Source Planes the way we have open source software.  Sad
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
JHSfan



Look at me, I´m riding high, I´m the airbornmaster of the sky...
User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

JHSfan,

Interesting idea, but I think the 717 is as advanced as one could get the DC-9 with available technology. Maybe another version will come out with 787 technology, but that probably is just a dream.


User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2888 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


User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5111 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

Ran across this one:


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Just count them all!



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2818 times:

I see 10 Ozark DC-9s in that picture. One of them a M80.

off the subject... I was surprised to see an Ozark 727-200 picture but never see it in person.


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I didn't know there was "Ozark Airlines" in 1999 and 2000. What happened to them?


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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

I have some Cabin Pics of TWA's DC9-30 with Ozark Seats still in them. They are on airliners.net's sister site http://www.myaviation.net

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5111 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2778 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.



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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

I have a weird feeling that some wiseguy is gonna come in here and ask the well-known, and least-appreciated phrase:


















SO WHEN IS NORTHWEST GONNA RETIRE THEM DC-9'S!?!?!?!? Laugh out loud

I, honestly, want them to stay (no duh, just look at my username, for cryin' out loud!)



Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2698 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

I was on my first DC-9 today!


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1968!


Nick


User currently offlineRogerThat From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

The DC9 ushered in the jet age and we can still fly them today.


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I pray for a big order for Boeing to keep the 717 line alive.


User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2594 times:

Some airlines like RW, HA, RC, NC, Southern, Texas Int'l will always be known as DC-9 airlines. Out of those, HA continues on with the 717-200.

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User currently offlineQuestAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

I've flown quite a bit, but have yet to fly on a DC-9. Every time I fly, I'm either put on an A320, a 737, or a 757.


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User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2489 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.

Some things I guess you will never forget.

Here she is doing the Ckeckerboard:
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User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 929 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2486 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.

Cheers, Ralph



Fly Douglas Jets DC-8 / DC-9 / DC-10 / MD80 / MD11 / MD90 / 717
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

Got this pic today at IFP. G4 is another proud carrier that flies these birds.



God speed to all versions and variants of the DC-9, may you still fly high and proud for years to come.

Amen..


User currently offlineArgonaut From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 2004, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2404 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.

Argonaut





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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7410 posts, RR: 50
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2343 times:
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I'm eternally bound to the DC9, as an FA with NW and as a Crewchief on the Navy's C9B. And we still have the original interiors that the standard
DC9's were delivered with.

My current unit at KNUW, VR-61


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My former unit at KNZY, VR-57


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My second unit at KNIP, VR-58


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And my first unit at KNXX, VR-52. The C9 unit I was most fond of.


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User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

Argonaut,

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.


User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 912 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2320 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.



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Boeing said in a Jan. 14 press release that production would be completed in 2005.

Frugalqxnwa,

You need to reread that press release; it states that 717 production would be concluded in 2006.

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2005/q1/nr_050114a.html



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User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

"You need to reread that press release, it states that 717 production would be concluded in 2006."

Oops, my bad, I stand corrected. Thanks for keeping me straight.


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