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NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237  
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7565 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16367 times:

The last flight for NW's DC-10's will be operated by N237NW. It is currently in-flight and expected to Arrive HNL at 3:57pm HST. Both final flights are completely full.


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"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
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User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3145 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16363 times:

Courtesy: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

DC-10 Flies Into Sunset

http://www.startribune.com/535/story/918356.html


User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16309 times:
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Fare well old girl. Hopefully you get a freighter conversion and can continue to patrol the friendly skies.


Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2181 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16266 times:

Best of luck 237, happy flying!

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NWA99

Henry


User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3145 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16141 times:

Courtesy: FlightLevel350.Com

Four Northwest DC-10 Videos:

1. Northwest In Military Flight Charter

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra..._Airlines_Aviation_Video-5042.html

2. Northwest Airlines Registration N234NW Taxiing To The Gate

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra..._Airlines_Aviation_Video-2898.html

3. Northwest DC-10 Wing Footage From Row 31. This Was SFO-NRT

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra..._Airlines_Aviation_Video-1685.html

4. NW18 HKG-NRT N243NW Takeoff On Rwy 25L With A Very Nice Spool Up Engine Sound

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra...t_Airlines_Aviation_Video-268.html


User currently offlineAA777LVR From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 220 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15954 times:

Hello,

Does anyone know when N234NW operated its last trip? I was on it on Thursday as it operated NW99 to HNL. I'd forgotten how attached I was to this plane as a young aviation (geek....LOL!!!) enthusiast. Does anyone know the agenda for their hand over to their new owners? Will they spend some time "resting" in the desert? Does anyone know the fate of the original -40's that they retired several years ago? Ahh...so many questions.

-AA777LVR


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7545 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15921 times:

How fitting that the last -10 flight was done in an old colors bird.Thankfully they're going to TZ,not MZJ  Smile  Smile  Smile


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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15903 times:

Aircraft 1237...N237NW ( delivered new to Varig July 24, 1980 as PP-VMW)
Wasn't that the plane at one time, had KLM markings on one side and NW on the other?



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7545 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 15891 times:

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 7):
Wasn't that the plane at one time, had KLM markings on one side and NW on the other?


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User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2415 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 15885 times:

I saw it at the gate while taxing in this morning from MKE on my way to TUS. I tried to hustle over to the gate...but we were at the other end of the airport and when I got there...it was gone.  Sad Bummer.

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 15842 times:
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My first NW DC-10 flight was summer of '77 MSP-LAX. I was 16. Dad caught the flightdeck crew at the gate and got me a cockpit visit before takeoff.

Co-Pilot: Where ya going?

Me: L.A.

Co-Pilot: Hey! That's where we're going too....

Just as well the CP didn't make his living doing standup...

[a tear falls] Those NW DC-10-40s are all beer cans now [/a tear falls]



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15693 times:

having just checked the flightaware.com and noticed the plane is heading north now (not heading directly to HNL)?

5:10 PM Eastern Time



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User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15663 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 11):
having just checked the flightaware.com and noticed the plane is heading north now (not heading directly to HNL)?

Remember it's not 100% accurate and it turns the little plane around sometimes regardless of it's actual heading  Wink

Ivan


User currently offlineTZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1460 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15581 times:

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 2):
Fare well old girl. Hopefully you get a freighter conversion and can continue to patrol the friendly skies.

She's going to soldier on as a passenger bird with TZ for at least another 5 years.

Quoting AA777LVR (Reply 5):
Does anyone know when N234NW operated its last trip? I was on it on Thursday as it operated NW99 to HNL. I'd forgotten how attached I was to this plane as a young aviation (geek....LOL!!!) enthusiast. Does anyone know the agenda for their hand over to their new owners? Will they spend some time "resting" in the desert?

N234NW should be headed to MZJ sometime soon for temporary storage until its delivery to TZ. TZ is acquiring N223, 224, 225, 226, 234, 235, 237, 241, 242NW and 226 is already in SAT to begin its heavy check soon. Most of the rest of these aircraft are in temporary storage at MZJ. We have taken delivery of 223 already as well. 226 (N701TZ) and 223 (N702TZ) will be the first 2 aircraft in-service in the May/June time span. The others will follow roughly in pairs throughout the balance of the year as they go through check and interior reconfigurations. Only 7 of the 9 airframes will be operational with the other used for cannibalization.



35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.
User currently offlineZschocheImages From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15540 times:

I flew into the gate right next to it this morning. It also took off two ahead of my flight this morning. I'll get some pictures of it up soon. I sure will miss those birds!


Why fly with 2 engines when you can have 3?
User currently offlineDC10extender From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15493 times:

I count myself lucky to have been able to fly on a DC-10. It was back in 1995 MSP-SFO. They were great planes. I will miss seeing them in the F and G Councourses at MSP. Wish I could have flown on one just one more time.  cry   sigh 


Did you ever read on your birth certificate that life is fair? Thats cause its not there.
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15495 times:

So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen. *DOOR SLAM* And don't come back!

Mark  Smile


User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 753 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15405 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 16):
So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen. *DOOR SLAM* And don't come back!

 Smile Pardon my inquiry, but your signature suggests you live in the Twin Cities. If this is the case, do you think a fellow a.netter and I stand a chance to actually go to gate F10 to watch the arrival tomorrow morning if we buy a fully refundable ticket to somewhere nearby (i.e. Chicago)? Think that's a good strategy? I just called nwa and the agent said that as long as the ticket is walk-up and that I do NOT have the gate agent scan in my boarding pass, the full fare is indeed refundable.

Sounds way better to me than parking on Post Rd. or in the parking structure at Lindbergh.



Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15390 times:

Quoting Western727 (Reply 17):
do you think a fellow a.netter and I stand a chance to actually go to gate F10 to watch the arrival tomorrow morning if we buy a fully refundable ticket to somewhere nearby (i.e. Chicago)?

It might work. I'd never do something like that. I just go to the top level of the short-term parking ramp.

Mark


User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 753 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15339 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 18):
I just go to the top level of the short-term parking ramp.

You're right, it's indeed risky. I explained to the NWA rep on the phone that I'm an aviation buff and that I wanted to watch NW98 come in and park, and she laughed at me and said that the idea was indeed safe and only warned about not having the gate agent scan in my boarding pass, and that the refund would take up to 14 business days.

Come to think of it, businesspersons do it all the time: buy a walk-up fare, check-in and the doo-doo hits the fan at work, and the person's assistant tells him/her on the cell phone to come back to the office, and s/he then seeks a full refund before leaving the airport.

Your idea sure sounds safe and without risk indeed, but the thought of seeing the DC-10 far away at gate F10 as opposed to G4 or something, seems to make the ramp a not-so-attractive option....what do you think?



Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineAaden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 835 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15315 times:

I while back ago I thought a couple of anetters werer going to be on those flights. perhaps we will get a trip report?

User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15264 times:

I haven't been a fan of the DC-10, but I recognize that this marks the end of an era and I'm not all that glad to see it end.

I flew NW DC-10's to HNL and back once, and I flew AA DC-10's there and back a couple of times. There was something about being on a big plane like the DC-10, but that's gone forever.

Airlines now cross oceans with A-330's, 757's, and even 737's. It's safe, it's more economical, but it's not the same. It may be progress, but I don't know that we're better off.

I wonder if an earlier generation felt this way when the big propliners were replaced by jets?



Flying Colors Forever!
User currently offlineMohavewolfpup From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14868 times:

Quoting Contrails (Reply 21):
I wonder if an earlier generation felt this way when the big propliners were replaced by jets?

depends who you ask. since alot of propliners had issues with the engines and alot of scary close calls or frame losses, I bet it was bitter sweet for alot when jet engines took over. kind of a love/hate relationship.


User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1640 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14332 times:

Farewell DC-10s! This is such a sad event...
 crying -N243NW crying 



B-52s don't take off. They scare the ground away.
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 14128 times:

Farewell with TZ old girl. You made every airline proud in the livery's you flew in.

MCOflyer



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
25 Burnsie28 : I was lucky enough to fly N234NW in November from MSP-HNL-MSP. I'm glad I got to ride on her one more time, what a quiet and comfortable aircraft. Had
26 AndrewUber : While it's sad to see them leave NW, I cannot wait to see these DC10's in TZ colors!!
27 LemonKitty : I am in HNL Northwest WorldClub currently...Will be on the last NWA scheduled DC-10 flight..Boards at 5:40pm...Departs at 6:20 pm...Gonna be a great r
28 Nwarooster : Northwest Airlines bought 22 DC-10-40 aircraft. In the early 1980s, Northwest decided to sell off the Dc-10-40s. They were underutilized and only bein
29 TZTriStar500 : Unfortunately, they may not ever see full TZ colors. Initially, they may be either all white or a hybrid blue/white with yellow stripe which is the n
30 G5 : I posted pics from the final departure earlier today. They still haven't been posted. Not a great photo op due to the weather and I had to use my back
31 VC10DC10 : Are you suggesting they might not be in the TZ fleet for much more than a year? I heard that the only DC10-40 lost was destroyed in a ground fire cau
32 TZTriStar500 : No, I meant that the possibility of the full paint job would be delayed for a year or so, not their entry into service. This will begin in May/June t
33 Post contains links ChiGB1973 : Rooster is right. http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001213X34445&key=1 Where did you hear yours? M
34 Post contains images TinkerBelle : Soon, we'll be saying the same farewells to the 747! That will be a sad day indeed.
35 MSPMike : I didn't go down to the airport today to watch the departure... If I live long enough(I'm 37) I'll go down to watch the last DC-9 takeoff when that ha
36 Western727 : 4 different options posted here so far for NW98 arrival viewing: Post Rd End of Cargo Rd. by FedEx terminal Top level of short-term parking ramp Buy
37 Isitsafenow : I always thought the fire started at the hanger area..the ones north of the terminal. Thats where the newspaper photos showed the smoking fuselege. s
38 Post contains images Af773atmsp : I can't I won't see anymore NW DC-10s! I've got a NW DC-10 airplane model to remember the good times with the DC-10. I still can't believe that there
39 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : For some reason, the DC10-40's were more comfortable than the DC10-30's. I flew on them a few times. The A, B, H, and J seats in row 20 were the best.
40 VC10DC10 : NW maintenance employee.
41 COA735 : I saw it several years ago while at HNL. I would have loved to fly on it. Does anyone know what type of A/C will replace it on the HNL routes? 330's,
42 AA757BOY : I flew N237NW BOS-AMS on August 5, 2005 as flight 38. I was mortified by the condition at first but am now glad i got to go on one. i flew 238 on the
43 Nwarooster : N184AT, ex N142US, burned at the gate. The aircraft was pushed away from the gate to avoid spreading of the fire to other aircraft. The fire was star
44 Post contains images VC10DC10 : Okay, guess I'm wrong. Live and learn
45 AviatorTJ : The plane has pushed and is ready for taxi. You do realize that the plane is estimated to arrive at 5:42am, TWO hours before sunrise, right?
46 Post contains images Western727 : Like Contrails indicated (reply 21), this is the end of an era, so it's a small price to pay.
47 Je89_w : Well N237NW is now in flight from HNL-MSP, NW98. Caught her landing at HNL as NW99. Saw her takeoff too, but it was night time already. Will miss thos
48 Post contains links BA777 : Still inflight at FL330, and tankering along at 490kts - http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NWA98 - it's due at MSP at 5.47am - 1147Z The 98 flight to
49 Bruce : I had the fortune of riding on a few Northwest Orient DC-10-40's back in the 70s as a child. I saved my boarding passes and no, they are not for sale.
50 777law : I flew on DC10's a number of times -- mainly with UA on the SFO-IAD and SFO-OGG routes. I can't say I'll miss the DC10, it was a loud plane that I gen
51 Post contains links Airforum : Right now the aircraft has arrived the continent and flies over Oregon soil. Go to http://www.aeroseek.com/webtrax/fboweb.html, add Northwest and flig
52 Centrair : Looks like it will land at MSP in 47 minutes. Flew NW DC-10s DTW-CDG-DTW, MSP-PHX. Also flew UA DC-10s on ORD-BOS. Certainly will miss the DC-10s. Was
53 Post contains images Doona : Ooh, I've actually flown on that one! Cheers Mats [Edited 2007-01-08 12:19:53][Edited 2007-01-08 12:20:25]
54 Centrair : It is on Final! Got Live ATC running
55 Centrair : Coming in on 12R! Anyone out there! Good morning
56 Centrair : Last flight was at F10. Communications between tower were short and nothing special. ATC "Is that the last 10 we will see around here?" Pilot: "Well i
57 Airforum : Watched ship 237 on Google Earth and got it landing on 12R! Currently Google Earth is showing the tri-jet parket at F12, so it's quite accurate! Funny
58 Post contains images TinkerBelle : Won't miss them DC10's....Good riddance. Now, retire the 747 and we have a problem.
59 Centrair : Same. But I thought the ATC said F10. I was following it on maps and with live ATC. I reloaded the maps every few seconds and imagined sitting in a D
60 Af773atmsp : I saw it. I was at Post Rd. I thought there would more people in the parking lot even if you can only park there between 6 a.m and 10 p.m. Two minutes
61 Centrair : How'd they turn out? Can you post them?
62 Western727 : I was on top of the parking ramp with Steve, a fellow a.netter. I also videotaped it and will post it on FlightLevel350 within a couple days. A sad ev
63 Airforum : It was gate F10 indeed. But still I find F12 'quite accurate', it means Google Earth was very close to the actual gate of arrival!
64 Burnsie28 : How can you track a flight using google earth, last i knew the shot of MSP from it is about 4-5 years old.
65 Post contains links Airforum : Could be. Of course you're not watching the airplane landing 'real time' at actual MSP conditions. All it does is putting the GPS-data from the proce
66 Bimmerkid19 : I've flown on the NW DC-10's several times.. the first was... dec 24th, 1996, MSP-LAX, FLT. NUMBER UNKNOWN... please help with out with it... then on
67 Readytotaxi : As an aside, what will happen to the NW pilots, do they re-train for other models or do they follow the plane to new companies?
68 5mileBob : Definately an end of an era. I was fortunate enough to have worked them as an ATC, flown on them as a passenger, and ride along on the old jumpseat (F
69 AlexPorter : Generally they will stay at NW. The Star Tribune article talked to a couple DC-10 pilots, one of whom was switching to the A330, and the other was sw
70 Post contains images FlyMeToTheMoon : Anyone dare to predict when we will see a post with NW DC-9 instead of DC-10 in the title?
71 SEPilot : All US airlines work on seniority and so they will stay with the airline and train for other planes. To change would mean starting over on the bottom
72 AirframeAS : Ive always loved the D10! I will miss seeing them around. Its a sad day for this aircraft type! LONG LIVE THE D10....In memory! It was one of the most
73 Burnsie28 : They are going to the A333 and 744s. If you arrived at 6:55pm it was NW flight 45 Operated with DC-10-40 tail N154US. If you arrived at 11:51am (sche
74 Centrair : How about the 787s? When does that training start?
75 Af773atmsp : I think I can post the pictures I took. I took some on a digital camera and some other kind of camera. I looked by the gate the DC-10 was at, but I di
76 Centrair : The water would have froze onto the ground creating a dangerous surface. If it had landed at mid-day maybe they could have done something. Maybe they
77 Post contains images Western727 : I wasn't there to watch the arrival, but it was a DEN-MSP hop in January of '03, IIRC. As far as I know, the arrival at MSP was low-key as well, whic
78 Post contains images AviatorTJ : Head on over to the 12R pad and go with the Glycol Salute for keeping with Minnesota style.
79 Bimmerkid19 : I recall flying on the flt that was to arrive at 6:55pm but I think we were delayed a few hours out of MSP due to a snowstorm... so in fact it was a
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