NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8202 times:
Was talking to my dad before and seems Aserca Airlines is buying 21 Dirty thirties from NW. 12 of which where with EAL before that. They are supposed to be "completely overhauled" so they are in "like new" condition. LOL. I have to say this aircraft is beyond a workhorse. They never die!
EA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2838 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8146 times:
It's pretty impressive to think how long these birds have been making their operators money with virtually no serious catastrophies. And they're still truckin. I work right next to BNA (about an 1/8 of a mile) and always run outside when I hear those screaming JT8's of NW's DC9's taking off. Every now and again we get some F-15's and F-18's taking off and the sound of those JT8's are about as loud. Awesome if you're an enthusiast.
We often judge others by their actions, but ourselves by our intentions.
747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7773 times:
I just love the sound of JT8D's on takeoff, with their signature fan whine and thunderous exhaust noise that can set off car at SDF in the UPS parking lot (right at the end of RWY 17L). Then its easy to follow a DC-9 once it passes with its trademark exhaust trail (MD80's have the same traits, although they seem slightly quieter). I've never flown on a "classic" DC-9, but I have flown on a DL MD80 in row 27 (although there were 38 rows, so its not that loud of a seat). The sound of those 2 JT8D's spooling up and then that trademark whine at takeoff power send chills up my spine! And the climbout was fairly steep - definitely my best takeoff experience, even beat my 777 takeoff experience! www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK9JPiqzAR0&mode=related&search=
Takeoff in a NW DC-9 from MEM. www.flightlevel350.com/Aircraft_Boei...e_AeroGal_Aviation_Video-9214.html
Turn the volume way up for the best effect of this one. I know its not a DC-9 but its obviously got the same engines (JT8D's), so what I said in this post applies to 727's (and 732's if you're in the front) as well.You can hear the car alarms in the background!
And of course the exhaust trail...
Unfortunately (at least for a.netters) DC-9's aren't as noisy as they were 10 years ago due to hushkits - believe it or not, they all meet Stage 3 regulations and actually aren't really any louder than a 744 in terms of decibels. But I keenly remember them (as well as 727's & 732's) in their pre-hushkit days - you could actually hear the exhast crackle like on an afterburning military jet (air distortion)! MD80's were actually some of the quietest commercial jets (along w/ the 733, DC8-70, and 757/767) when they entered service! And don't get me started on those very quiet RJ's!
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7321 times:
About one month ago, the aircraft at the gate next to the arrival gate used by the NW A320 on which I was a pax was NW DC-9-31 N9334. Looked it up in a production list and discovered that N9334 was built and delivered to Air West in 1968. Some thirty-nine years and four owners (Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic and Northwest) later, it continues to serve.
JRDC930 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7204 times:
Love that plane, gotta admit even though it may not be fuel efficient, it is reliable and built to last,i may not get a chance to fly on one on NW, but hopefully i can fly on a DC9-30 from JR next summer, when im in Mexico. They'll be at JR forever...lol.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7176 times:
Last time I saw a "classic" DC-9 was in July 2006 at EWR...I was inside a CO 737-700 with a technical problem so I was passing my time seeing airplanes passing by for take-off...that's when I saw NW DC-9-31 N8932E...nice looking plane indeed. I had the chance to fly twice this wonderfull airplane, first time and at the same time my first flight was on the 23rd. November 1978 from LIS to GVA, a Swissair DC-9-51, probably the nosiest DC-9 I've ever seen!!! The registration was HB-ISR. Latter on the 1st. October 1980 I flew again in a DC-9, this time the "sporty" DC-9-15, from KL, PH-DNC, from AMS to MAD, a memorable flight, specially because it was in a 15 series...almost a regional jet!!!
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6649 times:
Columba, you're absolutely right!!! If we take "those winglets" this chinese airliners really looks like a DC-9-15!!! Let me share how did I get the chance to fly this unique DC-9-15 airplane...In 1980 I did my first "spotting trip" with a friend of mine to AMS and UK... for a portuguese spotter to be in those airports was something like "heaven"...LIS was a nice airport but with very "boring" moments, so we decided to be "in the top of the wave" concerning aviation enthusiasm and spotting! We had such a great time seeing planes in both places...specially in AMS, I remember that in 1980 already there was two sheets of papers available to spotters to see the arrival and departure traffic. On the way back we noticed that KL was dedicating one of their DC-9-15's to MAD everyday...so we tried to change our AMS/LIS flight to AMS/MAD/LIS flight. In the KL counter the lady there said that wouldn't be any problem, so we changed that with a big hope that next day KL flight will keep be operated with the DC-9-15. Next morning we arrived quite early to AMS and after our check-in we went to our gate to find out that we were flying the DC-9-15...big excitement and a very bright movement we did!!! I still remember that our DC-9 got some "downstairs" fellow going to MAD too, it was an LH A300 that landed just a few moments after us in Barajas.
Anyway my ride in that DC-9-15 was something like memorable!
PanAm1971 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5819 times:
Everyone always talks about the sexy jets as being "the most important." However, tin pound for tin pound, these planes may be among the most important. Short/medium haul became a very profitable staple in the industry with the introduction of these tough and well designed jets.
RAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5759 times:
Quoting NIKV69 (Thread starter): Was talking to my dad before and seems Aserca Airlines is buying 21 Dirty thirties from NW. 12 of which where with EAL before that. They are supposed to be "completely overhauled" so they are in "like new" condition. LOL. I have to say this aircraft is beyond a workhorse. They never die!
Air Ivoire from Abidjan has added a pair of McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32's with ZS temporary registrations to substitute its very old Fokker F28's
I don't know the serial numbers of DC9's but my bet is that these are oldest than DC equipment...
El dia que los gilipollas vuelen, no podremos ver la luz del sol!
Baron95 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1335 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5395 times:
Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 9): Quoting Baron95 (Reply 2):
And they spew about the same amount of black smoke. Wink
Where is the romance without a window rattling roar and black smoke trails.
I confess. I had a deprived childhood. I've never flown on a JT8D powered 707 or DC9. First flight believe it or not was on Pan Am 747. I believe 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Were also. From there, a bunch of 767/77 flights with the occasional MD80 (DC-9s big sister), 738, A320/A319. Come to think of it a pretty narrow experience. Oddest plane I've flown (as passenger) was an Electra on CGH-SDU shuttle.