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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Posted (13 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 1819 times:

Anyone recall how many DC-9's (-31's and-51's, I believe) and Convair's (440's or 580's, etc) that North Central Airlines contributed to the merger with Southern Airways in 1979? Were other NC aircraft involved?

Tom in NO (at MSY)

PS: I flew to a conference in Milwaukee (from ONT) at the time of the merger, American ONT-ORD, then NC ORD-MKE. I hadn't heard of the merger (it was brand new news, and neither served SoCal at the time). Got to ORD and couldn't find the NC counter (I was just 18 at the time, like I knew!!!). Finally was directed to the Republic counter. Did nab a killer NC DC-9 pic from the ORD observation deck, though.


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User currently offlineHermansCVR580 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 509 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

I hope this helps?? At the time of the merger in May 1979. North Central contributed at total of 20 DC-9-31's, 2 DC-9-32's, 19 DC-9-51's, and 23 Convair 580's. They also had a few 727-200's on order that the 727's ended up with Republic.

P.S. Would love to see your photo of the NC DC-9 taken at ORD somtime. Wasn't that observation deck at ORD great Smile



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1779 times:

HermansCV580...
I enjoyed your answer to "Tom in NO" query.
I used to fly North Central from Chicago into Benton Harbor, Michigan and back often in the 70s & 80s. My question is how big of a fleet of CV-580 did North Central/Republic operate?? And when were the Convairs finally retired?? Thanks & regards.



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User currently offlineSteveT From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1767 times:

According to NWA's 1987 annual report they were still operating 13 Convair 580's then.

User currently offlineGib From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 281 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

I would also like to see the NC 9 pic. In addition to all the NC a/c, didn't RC pick up all of RW's (Hughes AirWest's) fleet around that time?? (-30 series 9's and a few 27's I think) Living in MOB at that time, it sure brings back memories.

Gib
ATL


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Whoever wants a copy of my NC DC-9 at ORD pic, send me an email with an address on it, and I'll send 'em off. I'm not fortunate enough to own a scanner.....yet. BTW, there's an NC Convair in that same pic.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

PS: the ORD observation deck was great. Excellent views.



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User currently offlineHermansCVR580 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 509 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

Sorry it took so long to reply. Well to answer your question, I will start with the easy one. Northwest retired the remaining Convair 580 in November of 1988, thoes 13 were from the Northwest/Republic merger in 1986.

North Central operated a total of 35 Convairs. 3 Convairs were lost in the late 60's early 70's and in 1977/1978 six were sold to James Bay Energy. Almost forgot that the Bolivian Air Force got 2 back in 1974.

Intresting side note that there was even a coporate Convair that they had registered 580N which was used for charters.

Well hope this helps somewhat??



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