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Continental DC-9-15RC (1967-68)?  
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3802 posts, RR: 29
Posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

During 1967-68, Continental took delivery of 19 new DC-9-15RCs (RC = Rapid Change from pax to cargo configuration) with large forward main deck cargo doors. Since CO used them more or less exclusively in pax configuration as far as I know...

Did CO sometimes re-configure their DC-9-15RCs to carry cargo only from time to time?

When they ordered their -15RCs, did they have plans to utilize them in the cargo role during off-peak pax traffic times?

Or, did they mainly have higher re-sale value in mind when they decided to specify the -15RC model of the 'nine?

Thank you for any information that can be provided with regard to the above questions!

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User currently offlineCAL764 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2958 times:



Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter):
Or, did they mainly have higher re-sale value in mind when they decided to specify the -15RC model of the 'nine?

This is what I believe, seeing as CO is known to invest in it's fleet, but I'd be interested to see a better answer as well..



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User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2208 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2839 times:



Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter):
When they ordered their -15RCs, did they have plans to utilize them in the cargo role during off-peak pax traffic times?

CO's management in the 1960s fervently believed in the potential of air cargo, and I'm pretty sure these aircraft were intended to be used as freighters, either at night (like the 727QC) or full time. For the same reason, I believe at least some of CO's DC-10s were designed to be easily converted into freighters, too.

In the late 1960s, CO built one of the largest freight terminals at ORD. Unfortunately, air cargo demand did not materialize as quickly as CO hoped, so they had to lease much of it to other airlines. CO's 1971 annual report has a picture of an AC DC-8F parked next to a CO 707-324C at this terminal.

Quoting CAL764 (Reply 1):
Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter):
Or, did they mainly have higher re-sale value in mind when they decided to specify the -15RC model of the 'nine?

The additional weight of the RC vs the standard DC-9-10 resulted in higher operating costs, which would have far offset the revenue from selling the aircraft after they were retired.



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User currently offlineRJNUT From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

I remember my sister flying that bird in 1969 from MKC-DEN to go to riding camp!

User currently onlineCALPSAFltSkeds From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 2583 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2793 times:



Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 2):
CO's management in the 1960s fervently believed in the potential of air cargo, and I'm pretty sure these aircraft were intended to be used as freighters, either at night (like the 727QC) or full time. For the same reason, I believe at least some of CO's DC-10s were designed to be easily converted into freighters, too.

The DC10s were part of a government program that would make them fit for government leasing during times of war, etc. I believe CO was reimbursed for the cargo doors. I don't know if such a program was available for DC9s


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24796 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

AC bought 8 of CO's DC-9-15RCs in 1972-73. They were used in both all-passenger and all-cargo operatiions. They were all sold to Air Florida between 1977 and 1981. Same aircraft in the photos below. That one had at least 5 other operators after Air Florida.


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