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NW DC-9-30 Retirement....... End Of An Era  
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 26984 times:

   Thanks DL  

I've heard that this holiday weekend marks the end. Now I know some will be quick to point out that the -50 is still around. But c'mon, you can't pretend that DTW, MEM and MSP as loud as they were 2 years ago. I tend to think of the -30 as the STANDARD DC-9. And AFAIK, NW did not get extra -10 or -50 aircraft beyond what they received from RC. Not sure about the -40. But they got a ton of extra -30.

How many -30 were received from RC?
How many were received beyond the merger?
Total # of -30 flown by NW?
Peak # flown by NW?
How many ex EA aircraft came with merger?
How many ex-EA came after the merger. (keep in mind, only talking about DC-9-30)
How many were in service at time of DL buyout?
Oh, and that magic question that has thrilled a.net for a loooooong time, when was NW going to retire them?



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Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
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User currently offlinetreebeard787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 26798 times:

It is truly an end of an era. I remember my first flight on the DC-9-30 it was flight NW1808 MSP-DFW and was one of my favorite plane trips so far. MSP sure has changed over the last few years, First we said goodbye to the venerable DC-10 and then Northwest itself disappeared into Delta and now the DC-9-30 is retired. How times change..


Allons-y!
User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 26740 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
NW did not get extra -10 or -50 aircraft beyond what they received from RC

I thought some of the 50s came from Eastern


User currently offlineUSAirways787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26667 times:

Someone please correct me if I am wrong. Is the -30 the only airplane in the old NW fleet the only airplane to fly in every paint scheme NW had? If not how many prior schemes did NW have before the DC9?


"Pre departure walk around complete, all doors closed, ready for pushback"
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26570 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 2):
I thought some of the 50s came from Eastern

Could you be confusing NW with TW?



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5026 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26570 times:

Quoting USAirways787 (Reply 3):
Someone please correct me if I am wrong. Is the -30 the only airplane in the old NW fleet the only airplane to fly in every paint scheme NW had? If not how many prior schemes did NW have before the DC9?

The -50 and IIRC the series 10 did as well.



I Am A Different Animal!!
User currently offlinepeanuts From Netherlands, joined Dec 2009, 1438 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26519 times:

What a beauty she is! Love that T-tail.
Prettiest plane to watch on take-off.

I thought some of these were from AZ and SR as well?



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User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13005 posts, RR: 100
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26492 times:
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Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
I've heard that this holiday weekend marks the end. Now I know some will be quick to point out that the -50 is still around. But c'mon, you can't pretend that DTW, MEM and MSP as loud as they were 2 years ag

This is the true end of an era. While the -50's live on, the -30 was for years a staple of a.net threads.

Goodbye to the workhorse "Diesels."

Lightsaber



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User currently offlinenwaesc From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3386 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26482 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 4):
Could you be confusing NW with TW?

There are some ex EAL DC9's in the mix...



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26417 times:

Quoting nwaesc (Reply 8):

Remember, he's talking about -50. And I just don't remember any ex-EA DC-9-50.

I COULD BE WRONG !!!!!



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26411 times:

And of course, with the retirement of the DC-9s comes the retirement of the threads that always asks when they'll be retired.  

Personally, I think the 1990s bowling shoe livery was the best livery the DC-9 ever wore, for any airline, ever.  

It's going to be truly sad to see them no longer in the skies.

Cheers!
Anthony/Airport


User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1936 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26388 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 2):
I thought some of the 50s came from Eastern

At least one, N401EA, still has it's Eastern registration. I don't know exactly how it migrated to NW, however.

Quoting peanuts (Reply 6):

I thought some of these were from AZ and SR as well?

I believe both did. In fact the only non-EA bird left for until Sept. 6th, N613NW, was from AZ.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 26368 times:


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Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 9):
I COULD BE WRONG !!!!!

Well, bite my balls, learn something on this site everyday!



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4479 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 26343 times:

Anyone know the status of N8928E?

I flew her on August 4 DTW-ORD-DTW as my first and final DC-9-30 flight. Wondering if she's still flying or if she's been sent to the desert. And if so, where?


User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1936 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 26324 times:

Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 13):
Anyone know the status of N8928E?

Still flying in the final 5. In fact I think it's the oldest plane left in the DL fleet.


User currently offlinemilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1995 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 26325 times:

N401EA came from Eastern, is it still in the fleet?

What would really be amazing is if Delta painted one MD Airplane (DC-9-50, MD-88, or MD-90) in the following schemes to show off their heritage:

1. West Coast Airlines
2. Bonanza
3. AirWest or Hughes Airwest
4. Northeast (Yellowbird)
5. Southern
6. North Central - Hello Herman
7. Northwest Bowling Shoe
8. Republic

And a 737-800 in the following schemes:

9. Pacific Northern
10. Western - (I prefer the all white Red W or the Chiefton scheme the 720-047B's were delivered in
11. Pacific

And an A-320
12. Chicago and Southern

Just think of the publicity that would garnish.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 26270 times:

Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 13):
Anyone know the status of N8928E?

I flew her on August 4 DTW-ORD-DTW as my first and final DC-9-30 flight. Wondering if she's still flying or if she's been sent to the desert. And if so, where?
Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 14):
Still flying in the final 5. In fact I think it's the oldest plane left in the DL fleet.

A personal irony for me: that is the very last Eastern jet I ever saw on January 18, 1991.


Weird.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineCodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 26230 times:

It truly is the end of an era. The -30 has always been my favorite DC-9. Next month's Airliners Magazine has a feature story on the retirement.

Thank you


User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4479 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 26229 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 16):
A personal irony for me: that is the very last Eastern jet I ever saw on January 18, 1991.


Weird.

That is weird. I'm also a huge fan of 727s myself, and when I first signed up for A.net I actually considered using the username "727lover" XD.

Funny that.  


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25154 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 26053 times:

Quoting peanuts (Reply 6):
I thought some of these were from AZ and SR as well?
Quoting nwaesc (Reply 8):
There are some ex EAL DC9's in the mix...

Have checked a couple of fleet lists and they agree on the following sources of NW's DC-9-30s. Total operated 114 (69 -31s and 45 -32s).

DC-9-31
Republic - 48
Eastern - 19
Continental - 2
TOTAL - 69

DC-9-32
Republic - 14
Alitalia - 23
Swissair - 5
JAT - 2
Austrian - 1
TOTAL - 45

Those are just the operator prior to NW. Many had one or more previous operators. For example, some Republic aircraft were ex-Eastern.

[Edited 2010-09-04 15:06:13]

User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 26041 times:

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 11):
At least one, N401EA, still has it's Eastern registration. I don't know exactly how it migrated to NW, however.

Where did N600TR come from? It is a DC-9-50

I noticed the only 50s I have is N401EA in my collection. Other than that everything ends in MC or NC.


User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1603 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 25954 times:

All the DC-9-51s with registrations ending in MC were MuseAir/TranStar ships that later flew with Eastern until taken by Northwest in the 90s. The -51s with registrations ending in EA, of course, were also Eastern birds.

User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 25896 times:
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my oldest active Diesel is N9333, the 292nd DC-9 off the line, it was originally delivered to Air West in 1968, merged into Hughes Air West, leased to TOA in Japan for 2 years then returned to Hughes, merged into Republic in 1980, merged again into NW in 1986 and finally, 21 years later, merged into DL, amazing. the plane has been in service for 42 years and has worn at least eight different paint schemes. As i always say they just dont make them like they used to.

Btw, 727lover, amazing picture display you put together, very impressive.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25154 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 25875 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 20):
Where did N600TR come from? It is a DC-9-50

Delivered to Swissair in 1979 as HB-ISV. Then operated by LAV (Aeropostal) in Venezuela from 1988 to 1992 as YV-40C. Then to AeroUSA in 1992 where it became N600TR (can't find any information on AeroUSA; possibly a defunct leasing company). To NW in 1995.


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User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1612 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 25808 times:

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 22):
my oldest active Diesel is N9333, the 292nd DC-9 off the line

9969/N9333 was the last one parked before the current five. I'm not entirely sure on this, but going from memory on what I've worked in the last couple weeks, the five left are 9989, 9946, 9949, 9926, and 9613. All are ex-EA save for 9926 and 9613 which were delivered to JAT and Alitalia, respectively.



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25 MSPNWA : ACARS says you're correct. I thought there was only on non-EA bird left, as I didn't remember N926NW being on the active list a month ago. Guess I re
26 Post contains images Braniff722 : Hey, when is Delta gonna retire the MD-80's? Just figured I would get this ball rolling ASAP. Remember, you heard this here, FIRST!!!
27 Aloha717200 : So ACARS shows this plane to still be active?
28 Post contains links 71Zulu : Yes it does. http://acarsd.org/acars_search.html http://antonakis.co.uk/acars.php?page=request
29 skyguyB727 : Does anyone know what the last DC-9-30 departure for DL will be on Monday? It was supposed to be a MSN-DTW flight. A schedule change has that flight n
30 Post contains images KingFriday013 : Looks like the pilots of the final A320 ferry flight to the desert won't go home on the DC-9 after all Final D93 flight will be DL1059, EWR-DTW, 6:30p
31 Post contains images C767P : The DC95 is not going anywhere for a few years, so the DC-9 could still pick up the last A320 crew...
32 Post contains links and images mke717spotter : I flew on N8928E about a month ago from IND to DTW. It was a great ride, here are some pics from that day:
33 Aloha717200 : What day was that? My flight on her was August 4.
34 ericaasen : Then I think it'll be 2820 ORD-DTW departing at 1815 arriving at 2041.
35 Post contains links and images hugoandres1984 : Nice Airplane, end of an era. I fly 3 ex-NW DC-9-30. I really like them. NW keep this airplanes in very good conditions. They use 100pax configuration
36 Post contains images KingFriday013 : That's true. I totally wouldn't mind that! DL1059 EWR-DTW is scheduled to arrive at 2043 -- two minutes later. So it could really be anyone's guess..
37 Post contains images ABQopsHP : Fell in love with the 9 as a kid flying on TI (Texas International). I loved sitting just forward of the wing, and watching the slats slide down, and
38 Post contains images MD80Nut : When I think of the DC-9, the series 30 is the one that always comes to my mind. It's the variant I flew on the most and I think it's the best looking
39 NorthstarBoy : How about this for something out of right field, i just noticed in Apollo, DL 2106 on monday from detroit to manchester, shows in the system as a D9S,
40 aviationwiz : DL2106 is showing a D9S, but with the capacity of the D95, so it'll actually be a D95 flying it.
41 NorthstarBoy : But yet, when i look for the return on 9/7, there is no return DC-9, the first flight of the day for 9/7 is a CRJ-900. But, hey, this a happy thread,
42 flyusairways : DAL2820 ORD-DTW on Monday is now showing as a -50. So, where are the last -30s now headed?
43 Post contains links and images NIKV69 : Ahh the dirty thirties! Yes an era indeed! View Large View MediumPhoto © Nicholas Vollaro
44 United_fan : Truly an end of an era. I used to love seeing them in ROC before we lost NW mainline.
45 m404 : NorthstarBoy Hey 9333 fan. That was my fav ship too. I've got the delivery photo going from LGB to PHX. Above my desk right now. I probably have more
46 MSPNWA : Some -93s must be getting an early retirement. Both Sunday's and Monday's 2:00PM MSN-DTW are now showing the -95 seat count, and the supposed last MSN
47 Aloha717200 : I've got some in-flight videos from my last DC-9-30 flight, I could maybe put them up for those that couldn't be there in person?
48 falstaff : It is sad to see them go. Between Ozark, TWA, and NW, and later DL I have flown on a DC-9 far more than any other aircraft type. It will be a long tim
49 Ward86IND : Had one of these come in to IND yesterday on one engine lol. Believe it was a precautionary shutdown due to a high oil temp. Hope its not the last one
50 Post contains images ABQopsHP : I flew this ole gal as a kid when she was with TI. Then as an employee at the old CO, and then as a commuter going back and forth from ABQ to VPS, I g
51 Post contains images 146CREW : I was booked on 1589 PHL-DTW tomorrow and as of last week was switched to a -40
52 Post contains images alphaomega : Did DL paint any of the 30s in their new colors or just leave the NW? I've seen plenty of photos of the 40s and 50s in the new DL, but no 30s...
53 71Zulu : 30's and 40's stayed in NW paint, only the 50's got repainted DL.
54 isitsafenow : It's been real. I thank anyone who every worked for Douglas or McDonnell- Douglas and built that airplane. I have said for years...the DC 9 is the per
55 isitsafenow : I just noticed the last nine from ORD to DTW at 6:15pm today....DL 2820, has been changed to a -50. Now I am glad and no longer sad I did not buy a se
56 UltimateDelta : I remember how when I was little, I never thought the -30s were all that special, since that was almost entirely what we got from NW here in OMA (CRJs
57 DeltaRules : When I was younger, I hated the -9s I'd fly on US & NW. In the last few years, I grew to like them & my goal was to get as many as I could bef
58 FRAspotter : I agree, though it was beautiful on every aircraft in their fleet IMO, especially with the 747... Lots of memories of seeing those planes at DTW and
59 Aloha717200 : I dunno, I really grew to love the final NW livery. It was fresh, crisp and modern. The first time I saw it I hated it, but now I think that shade of
60 FlyNWA727 : Ah, the venerable NW DC-9-30. One of the first aircraft I've ever flown on. Northwest is dear to me as I took my very first flight with them. NW had s
61 Viscount724 : Until NW replaced the interiors of their DC-9s in the 1990s, quite a few of the -30s (except those acquired from foreign carriers) had no lavatory in
62 MSPNWA : I mirror your thoughts almost exactly. I grew to love the silver/red, although I didn't like it initially. It really gave old airplanes like the DC-9
63 American 767 : Does that include the MD-80 also, or just the early DC-9's? I haven't been on a DC-9 since 1992 (it was with US Air), and since then I have flown on
64 L1011 : Since I knew I couldn't get off work to fly on the last DC-9-30 flight, I planned a vacation around them two weeks ago. I flew ORD-DTW on N760NW, a -4
65 Post contains links mke717spotter : I took that flight on August 6, so you just missed me. There was indeed a NW DC-9-30 that diverted to IND the other day because of a mechanical issue
66 FlyNWA727 : Thanks for the input. I forgot about that other incident. Still not a major one however. Glad the DC-9 was such a valuable asset to NW.
67 nwaesc : "Stunning" comes to mind. Try telling that to the families of the deceased.
68 Antoniemey : The final NW livery would have been wonderful if they'd kept the logo from the previous rendition and kept the titles as "Northwest" instead of the a
69 isitsafenow : NO!! MD-80 are in a different class in my book as are A319's and A320's. I havent been on the A318 yet or MD 90. I hope to be logged on an MD 90 some
70 bonusonus : Dl 2576 (DTW-MHT) and DL 2213 (MHT-DTW) had been scheduled as a -30 for a while, but today flightaware is showing them as a -50. Anyone know if this i
71 F9Animal : I sure hope that the Museum Of Flight in Seattle can get their hands on one of these birds! It would be so great to have one of these baby's. In fact,
72 KingAir200 : Whether it's a 30, 40, or 50, it would be nice if someone, somewhere, preserves one of the DC-9s in a museum.
73 Post contains links 71Zulu : There's a -30 operating BNA-DTW right now. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...6/history/20100906/1519Z/KBNA/KDTW Is this the last one?
74 Post contains links 71Zulu : Guess not, here's another one. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...0/history/20100906/1640Z/KALB/KDTW edit: Well, that 2576 BNA-DTW now shows it wa
75 deltadelta : Wasn't a HUGE fan of the DC9's but I do have a lot of memories on them.. Especially flying them on the DTW-MEM or MSP-MEM routes when I was younger..
76 KingFriday013 : I'm currently at A47 at DTW waiting to board flight 1011 to EWR. N8945E just pulled in a few minutes ago. Will take the return as DL1059 as the FINAL
77 MSPNWA : Flight #2820 ORD-DTW is back to a DC-93. It has a chance to be the final departure. Last landing should still be flight #1059 EWR-DTW. That would have
78 2175301 : What is the chances of some of the NW/Delta DC 9-30's being sold overseas for further use?
79 falstaff : I was going to buy a ticket for that flight but didn't just because I figuered they would sell more seats and be a DC-9-50. I was right. good thing I
80 KingFriday013 : Indeed. Got to EWR a little while ago, I was concerned there wouldn't be enough time to check in again, but we got here early. So now I'm good to go
81 CodyKDiamond : DAL2697 DTW-TVC and DAL2213 DTW-GRB are now enroute as DC-9-30s. Can anyone please provide the ship numbers? Also, can someone please provide the last
82 KingFriday013 : N8945E, operating as DL1059, EWR-DTW, was the final scheduled DC-9-30 to land at this airport. But man I'm pissed, that GRB flight had a delay and the
83 71Zulu : What are they gonna do with the ones in GRB and TVC, ferry them back empty?
84 Post contains images KingFriday013 : I guess so... unless they do a last minute schedule change. Not sure. 1059 was supposed to be the final D93 arrival, period. Either way, let me enjoy
85 isitsafenow : Hey big time congrats to you!!. Now, did you get the pilot, co-pilot and at least one F.A.'s autograph? On UAL's last flight from LAN(Lansing Michiga
86 Post contains links 757dab : Here's the TVC flight coming back to DTW as DL9933 http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...3/history/20100907/0130Z/KTVC/KDTW Here's the GRB fligh as
87 Post contains links PHLwok : As of this writing, there is a DAL9933 flying TVC-DTW, so it looks like a ferry indeed: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9933
88 71Zulu : With the 742's, I think they left them where they ended up, and then ferried them straight to the desert. Wonder how long they will hang in DTW? And d
89 catiii : All those would look much better on the 757. Related to the DC-9, the thought struck me while waiting for our gate to open at LGA today and looking a
90 PSU.DTW.SCE : The DTW-TVC and DTW-GRB flights were late additions to the schedule this past week, which now were the last DC-9-30 flights. Quite fitting that they e
91 Post contains links PHLwok : And for the record, GRB-DTW is here: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9934
92 skyguyB727 : I got some good (by my standards) shots of N613NW (ship 9613) this afternoon. It will be strange not to see the DC-9-30s flying around anymore.[Edited
93 michman : GRB did not have a delay. Remember, GRB is in the central timezone. The flight was always scheduled to land after the EWR-DTW flight arrived.
94 28L28L : Sorry if this has been answered, but are the DC-9-40s to be retired with the DC-9-30s as well? Congrats to all who got to see and or fly on the last o
95 michman : No, the DC9-40's are scheduled to fly for a couple months. Time for a new thread on the last DC9-40 flight!
96 isitsafenow : Delivered new to Alitalia......... safe
97 727LOVER : N9343, N9344, N9346, N9347 were all flying within the last 2 years. Notice the reg missing from this sequence? N9345. Well, it crashed after colliding
98 American 767 : Who were they built for originally? I thought only SAS ordered those.
99 KingAir200 : The DL 40s are all SAS deliveries. However, Toa Domestic, the forerunner of JAS, also ordered and received 40s. Swissair also ordered the 40, but det
100 Post contains links 757dab : Here's one leaving DTW to ORF right now as DL9858?? http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...8/history/20100907/1415Z/KDTW/KORF[Edited 2010-09-07 08:51:
101 PSU.DTW.SCE : Tuesday morning, there were 2 -30's parked over on the 4R deice pad, along with 2 744's. Couldn't find the other 3, but they may have still be on the
102 bcoz : Forgive me for not knowing, but I assume that DL's DC-9 crews are qualified to fly the -30,-40 and -50... so keeping the operational spares around wo
103 nwaesc : Yessir...
104 757dab : DAL9935 & DAL9936 on there way to SFB to i assume be scraped and the other from ORF should follow??
105 Post contains links PSU.DTW.SCE : The one that went to ORF did a DTW-ORF-DTW turn, substituting in on a scheduled flight in place of a CRJ-900. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9
106 PSU.DTW.SCE : Hold the phone....we've got another -30 substitute this afternoon: DL2981 DTW-MKE Dep: 3:35pm Arr: 3:45pm DL1236 MKE-DTW Dep: 4:20pm Arr: 6:30pm Is be
107 Post contains images peanuts : LOL...this is funny. This retirement may not have been set in stone but doesn't this kind of strike you as "typical DL"? Schedule changes galore...fl
108 PSU.DTW.SCE : This doesn't surprise me, I'm actually somewhat surprised the -30s are going so quick (...maybe). I figure they would lurk around another week or two
109 flyusairways : Looks like DL1484 DTW-EWR is being operated by a -30, as well.
110 brettdespain : I've suggested this idea many times over the years. Apparently, it's more important to paint an airplane pink for breast cancer and another one blue
111 isitsafenow : I dont think they can do that one. The name and blue ball logo is owned by a railroad someplace in New England. safe
112 MSPNWA : Those -30s just don't die! I remember that with the -30. We had the big buildup of the last scheduled -30 flight, HNL-MSP, but in reality there was a
113 type-rated : I liked the DC-9 because it was self contained, no ground equipment needed. Because of this, and it's minimal runway requirements, it brought pure jet
114 catiii : Both are worthy. Many people's families are touched by cancer.
115 mke717spotter : I just checked Flightaware and its coming up as a -50, so if that's the case, would MKE as of now be the last city to see the DC-9-30?! That'd be pre
116 71Zulu : Flightaware seems to have trouble tracking the -30 and don't know why. When it was flying, the little green plane said DC93 under so I would bet this
117 nwaesc : It's emblematic of a lot of what's happened since the merger got under way...
118 n7371f : The retirement of the -30's may very well not be complete. I got a email from a DL contact who says 9946 will stay in DTW through September as an oper
119 MSPNWA : Fitting since 9946 was the oldest -30 left in the fleet. Makes sense though. The frequency of subs in the DC-9 fleet necessitates some slack in the s
120 Post contains links PSU.DTW.SCE : 4 of the 5 DC-9-30s were ferried down to SFB today: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9934 http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9935 http://fligh
121 cf6ppe : Well, good old N8926E has outlasted both EA and NW and she'll finish up working for both of EA's and NW's former competitor DL. A bit of irony here a
122 Plainplane : I'm probably going to head out to SFB this weekend to check out the scene. Avocet has scrapped ex-NWA birds before so I'm not all too surprised that s
123 Post contains images CBPhoto : Hmm..so the days of the 30 series live on...at least for another few weeks! Thats good to hear non the less. Who knows, maybe next week they might pu
124 MSPNWA : Based on my pictures taken at MSP, there hasn't been a scheduled dash 40 flight from MSP in about 3 years. Over the past 5 years, MSP was mainly a -3
125 PSU.DTW.SCE : The -40s were still scheduled in MSP as recently as a few months ago, but now they are all flying in/out of DTW.
126 Post contains images United_fan : No more power backs . I remember when NW would bring the shorty -9's into ROC .
127 flymia : Im sure am glad I got to fly a DC-9-30 about a year ago on DTW-DCA, even got a nice cockpit visit on the ground in DCA. Great airplane sad to see it l
128 Post contains images Cessna172RG : My last DC-9 flight was supposed to be MSP-BWI on 19 August of this year. It was slated as the first flight of the morning. When I arrived at the gate
129 bjorn14 : How many -50's does DL still have? ....and just think of the better ways to spend $1.5MM in cash.
130 C767P : 34 DC-9-50s. Rumors on here have them staying around for 5 years. With how the -30s have been retired, who knows! I would ask if anyone knows when th
131 e38 : I just wanted to post a comment to an item addressed previously by "milesrich," (Reply 15), "N401EA came from Eastern, is it still in the fleet?" Yes,
132 MoMan : Booked a -40 flight next week DTW-BWI. chose that routing and time to get on one, hope I don't get subbed.
133 Post contains links Brees86 : Mine too! Just uploaded a couple videos from an IND-DTW flight on N9333 back in 1991. They were shot with an old VHS camcorder and aren't very good q
134 Post contains links and images Schweigend : Well, the DC9-10s and -15s departed before these ex-NW DC9-30-40-50s will. That stubby body with no slats on the front of the wing. Like this CAL DC9-
135 nwaesc : Yes we did.
136 Post contains images NWAROOSTER : Northwest Airlines had several DC-9-10s which it acquired when it "merged" with Republic Airlines. Republic acquired them when it was formed by mergi
137 n7371f : A fleet of 8 DC-9-10's flew well through most of 2004. The last DC9 was retired in January 2005. Most were retired in Nov & Dec 2004. The -10 was
138 Schweigend : Higher speed, bigger noise.... I did see a DL DC9-30 or -50 here at IAH terminal A a few weeks ago. Last time ever, probably. I guess us DC9 lovers w
139 Post contains images DocLightning : Those new interiors were something. You really had to look pretty close to tell the difference between A DC-9 and a 717. Oh yes. The front door of DT
140 Schweigend : It's clear from your photos that NW really intended to keep its DC9s flying -- indeed indistinguishable from a 717 -- Thanks--
141 C767P : Why does it sound like from so many that the DC-9 is being completely retired? The -50s will be around for a while. Not the same as the -30s, but the
142 Schweigend : Mark your last moments with the DC9 in easy view. Soon to be ended.
143 bjorn14 : IIRC, in the early 90's NW spent about a $1MM per frame to upgrade the DC9 I think thats when they installed "the roll bar"
144 isitsafenow : If it was painted in DL colors it was a -50......NWA colors, a -30 or -40. safe
145 PSU.DTW.SCE : The oldest -10s were retired in the mid-90s as they didn't go through the modernization program getting hushkitted and new interiors. The -10s that d
146 sparky35805 : Delta did operate DC9-10s.They were the first to place the DC-9 in service in November 1965.One was lost in a training accident at GSW and the rest we
147 Super80 : When is the last scheduled flight for the DC-9-30? Is Ship 9946 (N8926E) the last one flying today ??
148 Post contains links 71Zulu : Don't think anybody knows as they keep subbing them in, here's another flight http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...3/history/20100909/1325Z/KEWR/KD
149 PSU.DTW.SCE : The last SCHEDULED flights were on Monday 9/6/2010: As of a few weeks ago EWR-DTW was to be the last scheduled flight, but in a late schedule change t
150 CBPhoto : Thanks for the heads up! I'll have to catch it one of these days!
151 CodyKDiamond : Can I please trouble for someone to provide schedules for tomorrow and Saturday for 9946? Thank you
152 KarlB737 : C767P makes a valid point that seems to have been completely forgotten.
153 Post contains images isitsafenow : Don't say all. NWA had 14 at one time. I understand that number is TODAY, at either 5 or 7, depends who you talk to. I guess you would say...all in s
154 Viscount724 : DL was the DC-9 launch customer and first operator. They took delivery of 14 DC-9-10s between September 1965 and January 1967. DL also leased one fro
155 Post contains images airtechy : My first jet flight was on a Delta DC-9 from Atlanta to McCoy in 1966. The flight to Atlanta from Knoxville was on a DC-7...just a few months before t
156 PSU.DTW.SCE : N8926E was at A53 this evening in DTW, after doing its flying for today. They were doing line maintenance on the aircraft at the time when I walked by
157 PSU.DTW.SCE : N8926E for Friday 9/10/10: DL2944 DTW BNA 1225 1307 D9S DL2957 BNA DTW 1345 1628 D9S Doesn't appear to be scheduled on anything else today or tomorrow
158 mcg : Are any of the DC-9-30's being sold to airlines to be operated?, perhaps in South America or Africa? It would seem to me that they would do well in th
159 MSPNWA : A few were in the past couple years. Hugo in reply #35 talks about some of them. However lately all, or nearly all, retired airplanes have been flown
160 N766UA : I was booked on one of the last DC-9-30 flights on Sept 4th. It ended up delayed on a mechanical, so I had to take another flight in order to not miss
161 United_fan : I see DL is putting a DC-9-50 into ROC starting 9/12. Replacing the MD88 on that route. Figures,it's supposed to rain tomorrow. I also see DL is using
162 PSU.DTW.SCE : They've had a 777 on DTW-LAX since June when they launched the new Asia service from DTW. It helps to rotate the 777s across the system, and position
163 Braniff722 : I wonder if JetUSA would want to pick up a few of these 30's? Anyone? Braniff722
164 Post contains links KingFriday013 : Is it permanent? Or is it just a one-off thing? Reply three in DL To Bring In The DC9-50 To ROC (by United_fan Sep 12 2010 in Civil Aviation) states
165 United_fan : Just a once off thing.Like I said,DL put a 73G into here in June for a while. Got a sweet shot of that one,too.
166 PSU.DTW.SCE : 9946 flew an interesting routing today, Monday 9/13/10 Military or government charter? DL8831 DTW GNV 0510 0730 D9S DL8908 GNV DCA 0900 1045 D9S DL890
167 PSU.DTW.SCE : Nope, going back to DTW tonight DL8830 GNV DTW 2105 2330 D9S Schedule for 9/14/10: DL2215 DTW BNA 0900 0939 D9S DL2436 BNA DTW 1015 1253 D9S DL2713 DT
168 e38 : PSU.DTW.SCE, in response to your question (Reply 166), "9946 flew an interesting routing today, Monday 9/13/10 Military or government charter?" The DT
169 PSU.DTW.SCE : Yeah, figured the DTW-GNV segments were to ferry in the aircraft. 9946 is currently at DTW. Hasn't operated anything yet today, the flights listed abo
170 Post contains images 727LOVER : Going back to N8926E, has this plane been flying continueously since 1967? That's amazing!
171 PSU.DTW.SCE : N8926 was delivered in 1967 but sat in the desert for a few years following the bankruptcy and shutdown of Eastern in 1991. NW acquired N8926E and sev
172 Post contains links and images D L X : End of an era. Are there any other planes that use powerback in the United States? View Large View MediumPhoto © Damon Marcus Lewis
173 PSU.DTW.SCE : Powerbacks haven't been done at DTW since 2005 or 2006 now.....
174 mrskyguy : I think what interests me the most about the DC-9 series vs. say the B732 is the structural condition of the airplanes. After 50 years of service, man
175 rampkontroler : Another site has a picture of N8928E at BNA on the 4th, or was that where it went on maintenance? And "Good riddance, you will be missed" is indeed a
176 Post contains images mke717spotter : Some of the other T-tailed planes have been known to do it, but I'm not sure if it happens anymore.
177 PSU.DTW.SCE : Its not that airplanes can't do powerbacks, its that they don't for a variety of reasons. 1) fuel burn 2) engine wear and tear 3) FOD 4) airport restr
178 Post contains images NWAROOSTER : Douglas used butt joints on their DC-9 skin panels.. This held up better than the cold bond flush rivet lap joints Boeing used on their early 727s an
179 N471wn : Only one of the two pilots was female....the one death was a female flight attendant.
180 PSU.DTW.SCE : N8926E / 9946 flights for Wednesday 9/15/10: DL2981 DTW MKE 1535 1545 D9S A19 E66 DL1236 MKE DTW 1620 1830 D9S E66 A17
181 PSU.DTW.SCE : N8926E / 9946 flights for Thursday 9/16/10 DL1936 DTW BWI 1230 1407 D9S DL1537 BWI DTW 1445 1624 D9S DL1537 DTW MKE 1720 1732 D9S DL1630 MKE DTW 1820
182 KarlB737 : PSU.DTW.SCE can you explain what is sparking the continued need of this specific aircraft. Don't get me wrong I hope it remains in the fleet. And dep
183 isitsafenow : Hey Karl....THE RED TAIL REFUSES TO DIE...... AS LONG AS IT FLYS..........NORTHWEST LIVES!!!!!! how bout that one, folks? safe
184 KarlB737 : I think airliners.net member "IsitSafenow" is discreetly keeping this aircraft under raps in the fleet and somehow has informed the powers that be th
185 PSU.DTW.SCE : The lone remaining DC-9-30 is being kept around as an operational spare until early October. The primary reason is that the DC-9-40 fleet it fully ut
186 PSU.DTW.SCE : 9946 / N8926E is still flying. Yesterday it flew: DL1537 DTW MKE DL1630 MKE DTW The original DL1537 departed DTW but then returned back to DTW after t
187 MSPNWA : Thanks for the updates, PSU. I checked this weekend to see if I could catch 9946, but I didn't see any subs. If you could keep us posted of its activi
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