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NW Starts Scrapping DC-9s At OPF  
User currently offlineCodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7701 times:

Hello everyone,
Usually NW DC-9s are scrapped in the desert but it is with sad news that I report that N924RW ex EA (N8949E) has been partially scrapped at OPF (no gear, flaps, doors). I have a few questions. Will NW send anymore DC-9s to be scrapped at OPF? When the plane was delivered 3/68 to EA was it in the Silver or White Hockeystick colors? Any pictures of it in EA or Hughes colors?

Thanks

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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2950 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7628 times:
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While theres no photos of 8949 in the DB, there are several of it's unfortunate sister 8948 which suffered a hard landing at PNS and broke into 3 pieces.

It would of been delivered in the original white hockeystick. Probably with Whisperjet titles on the engines like this:


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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7472 times:

SAY IT AIN'T SO, DOUG..............SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!!
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User currently offlineSkymiler From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7244 times:

Is that an Allegheny BAC 1-11 in the left background of the LGA picture?


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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6260 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7150 times:

That is an Allegheny DC-9 in the background


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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7502 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7107 times:

Shoot i have seen and been on N8943E so many times, this is sad sad news for me.  Sad RIP my fair lady.


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User currently offlineDTWAGENT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6994 times:

I hate to see the DC-9's go at NW. They have been a good work horse for the carrier.

chuck


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6950 times:

Any chance of these ending up at IGM or MHV?

User currently offlineNWAJettjockie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6697 times:

You guys crack me up.

I spent 21 years on the DC-9's. It is, and was, a great airplane. But time marches on. It's time to retire the 9's.


User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1793 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6528 times:

Cody...It is not NWA's decision on where to scrap these a/c. By the time the scrapping decision is made, in most cases, the owner is no longer NWA. There are many companies that specialize in purchasing a/c solely for scrap and currently, many of NWA's DC-9's are being sought after by these types of companies. Your answer lies with the company that actually did the scrapping in OPF and not NWA...

User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1941 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

Not only is that aircraft on Runway 13-31 a DC-9-32 but AL didn't start flying BAC-111's until three years after the photo was taken (photo date - 1969) when AL acquired MO. And all factory delivered DC-9's at EA came with the white crown. The polished metal scheme didn't come until the late 70's as a fuel savings idea, of course, that meant they had to polish the bare metal, which they did not do too often when the serious financial problems came along a few years later.

User currently offlineStratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1647 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6185 times:



Quoting NWAJettjockie (Reply 8):
You guys crack me up.

I spent 21 years on the DC-9's. It is, and was, a great airplane. But time marches on. It's time to retire the 9's

I agree it is a great airplane but I too have flown on and worked on enough DC-9's to last me a lifetime. Let it go...



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User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5844 times:



Quoting Crownvic (Reply 9):
Cody...It is not NWA's decision on where to scrap these a/c. By the time the scrapping decision is made, in most cases, the owner is no longer NWA.

IIRC, NWA rejected the leases of all the leased DC-9's in the Chapter 11. I believe they only have owned units at this time. As an older plane, there weren't many that were still leased.


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4705 times:



Quoting N801NW (Reply 12):
IIRC, NWA rejected the leases of all the leased DC-9's in the Chapter 11. I believe they only have owned units at this time. As an older plane, there weren't many that were still leased.

The 50's will still be in service most of next year. Those are real workhorses. Thought came to mind that in 2009, NW should have more model 50's in service then model 30's......... 33 vs 20.
safe



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User currently offlineCodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3478 times:

Thanks for all your replies andto NorthStarDC4M for the reply that it was a White Hockeystick. Does anyone know where I could find a picture of it in EA and Hughes colors?

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24061 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3415 times:



Quoting CodyKDiamond (Thread starter):
Usually NW DC-9s are scrapped in the desert but it is with sad news that I report that N924RW ex EA (N8949E) has been partially scrapped at OPF



Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 1):
While theres no photos of 8949 in the DB, there are several of it's unfortunate sister 8948 which suffered a hard landing at PNS and broke into 3 pieces.

Here's N923RW, originally N8947E, in most of its post-EA liveries.


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User currently offlineLightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12409 posts, RR: 100
Reply 16, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3299 times:
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Quoting CodyKDiamond (Thread starter):
Will NW send anymore DC-9s to be scrapped at OPF?

Scrapping DC-9's?!? There supposed to be immortal!  hissyfit 

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 13):
NW should have more model 50's in service then model 30's......... 33 vs 20.
safe

Whew.  spit  The universe remains in balance as NW will still be flying diesels.

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineNWAJettjockie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3213 times:

All DC-9's leave in the next 18-24 months as they come up for heavy checks with the exception of the -50's and -40's.

User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1793 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

N801NW....I think you may have missed my point. As these a/c come up for major checks, it is NWA's decision on which a/c they are keeping or getting rid of. The a/c getting scrapped at OPF are no longer owned/operated by NWA. They have either been sold back to the bank originally holding note (whether paid off or not), sold to a company that specializes in scrapping or sold to a party that has not decided exactly what to do with the a/c (either scrap it or put it into service with a new operator). Many DC-9's (not necessarily ex-NWA a/c) are finding another life in Venezuela and many African nations as well as former Soviet republics. It is stil a good a/c and although it maybe poor economically (for today's standards), it is still a robust airframe...

User currently offlineRleiro From Venezuela, joined Jan 2006, 496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

That's correct, Aserca is intended to have the largest DC-9 fleet operating once Northwest retires all its DC-9 fleet. At least is what an analyst working there told me. Aserca has plans of keeping the Diesel 9s flying for at least 5 - 7 years more.

Saludos,

Roberto.



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