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DL DC9-30 In ROC Today(10/17)  
User currently offlineN2111J From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 148 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5409 times:

Looks like the -30's haven't all gone to the scrap heap yet. This one was a substitution for the normal Mesaba CRJ-900 operating MSP-ROC-MSP as flights 9860 and 9861. Anyone know the reg #, and how many -30's are still operational?

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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

There's only 1 DC93 left flying and somebody will have the reg. Supposed to also do a charter or two coming up.


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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7654 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 days ago) and read 5244 times:

N8926E is the lone DC-9-30 still in service.

All of the other -30s were pulled from serviced and ferried to SFB to be scrapped after Labor Day.

N8926E is being uses as an operational spare and for some charter work. It often will sub in on a DC-9-40 flight for for a CR9 from DTW.

It now is supposed to stick around until December.


User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8633 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5122 times:

This is without a doubt the oldest jet airliner in use by a major scheduled carrier, date of manufacture 21 April 1967. 43 and one half years old.

User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4886 times:

Looking at the registration, is it fair to assume that this bird was created for Eastern?


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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4868 times:

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 4):
Looking at the registration, is it fair to assume that this bird was created for Eastern?

Yes.

Jun 67 - delivered to Eastern
Jan 91 - parked with Eastern shutdown
July 94 - acquired by Northwest
Dec 09 - merged into Delta



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User currently offlinecf6ppe From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4750 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 5):
Jun 67 - delivered to Eastern
Jan 91 - parked with Eastern shutdown
July 94 - acquired by Northwest
Dec 09 - merged into Delta

Amazing isn't it... Tongue in cheek...!!

Old N8926E out lasted two airlines... first competing against Delta, then competing against Delta, and finally working for the enemy, Delta (anyway the enemy in the eyes of Eastern). And she also survived a bout of storage... Remarkable lifetime...

Thinking back, old N8926E is probably older than many of you A-Netters and almost as old as my children.... 926E has worked longer than most will in their careers before retirement....

And she's still out there....  


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

It would be so cool to have her restored to her former EAL silver hockey stick scheme and placed in a museum! I was former EAL so that is my wish!  


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User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1567 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4625 times:

Quoting cf6ppe (Reply 6):
Old N8926E out lasted two airlines... first competing against Delta, then competing against Delta, and finally working for the enemy, Delta (anyway the enemy in the eyes of Eastern). And she also survived a bout of storage... Remarkable lifetime...

Hey, if you can't beat them, join them  


Does anyone know, is it still in MSP (today the 18th) or was it ferried/operated back to DTW?



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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4505 times:

That figures! I would love to get a pic of it!!


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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4413 times:

Quoting N2111J (Thread starter):
Looks like the -30's haven't all gone to the scrap heap yet. This one was a substitution for the normal Mesaba CRJ-900 operating MSP-ROC-MSP

The same thing happened last month,I caught a DC-9-50 subbing for a XJ -900 from/to MSP. Got a great shot in perfect fall-golden sunset-light. departing r/w 22  



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User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1567 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 days ago) and read 4014 times:

Well...I did a drive by past the airport, and sure enough over by the hangars, their was 8926E, as well as a 40 series! Good to see some red tails back in MSP!


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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1300 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 days ago) and read 3990 times:

I feel like I'm gonna be sick... I wasn't doing ANYTHING yesterday. Was sitting in my room being bored. And there was a DC-9-30 five minutes from me. I need to keep a closer eye on these forums... just kill me now   

-J.



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User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4515 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 days ago) and read 3985 times:

Quoting Flighty (Reply 3):
This is without a doubt the oldest jet airliner in use by a major scheduled carrier, date of manufacture 21 April 1967. 43 and one half years old.

I flew on this plane just this last August 4th! I'm so pleased to hear that it's still in service and wasn't sent to the scrappers!    I had two fantastic flights on this plane and for me it's heartwarming to know that she still flies. Long live N8926E!


User currently offlineordpark From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 574 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3899 times:
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I'm dating myself, I know, but I attended college in BOS from 1969 to 1973. I lived in NJ....N8926E was assigned to the Eastern Air Shuttle and I flew that aircraft on several occasions....It's quite a testament to the quality of the aircraft build by Douglas Aircraft isn't it....

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1675 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3753 times:
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I also flew on this aircraft on the Eastern Air-Shuttle. It was on 12/30/77 from DCA-LGA.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlinetjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2460 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 2):
N8926E is the lone DC-9-30 still in service.

Saw her in GRR today as DAL2898, perhaps for the last time.....  



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User currently offlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5599 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 2):
N8926E is the lone DC-9-30 still in service.

It's fun to track her... but I wonder why DL didn't keep another DC94 instead? Even in the case of equipment subs, it seems like having one aircraft of an oddball configuration would cause pain and suffering.


User currently offlinen7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1738 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3362 times:
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Quoting seabosdca (Reply 17):
It's fun to track her... but I wonder why DL didn't keep another DC94 instead? Even in the case of equipment subs, it seems like having one aircraft of an oddball configuration would cause pain and suffering.

From what I've been told, it's due to maintenance requirements and certain checks coming due. The -40 that went to Sanford earlier this month, N759NW, was at its max. The -30 still flying around is not yet due for a major check - or to reach it's max in-flight limit.


User currently offlineSmart67 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 3215 times:

I used to fly the Eastern Air Shuttle all the time - DCA-LGA. Saw N8926E many times.

Does anyone know where sister ship N8928E is at this time? It was also an Eastern Shuttle bird long ago. N8928E was my first DC-9 trip back in 1976 (DCA-LGA) and it was ironically my last on NWA in 2004 - MSP-BWI. Does anyone know this aircraft's status and location? No one at Delta is talking. Thanks...


User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 3190 times:

CH-Aviation website says N8928E is stored at SFB to be scrapped  


137 45865 NEW DC-9-31 N8928E Stored at Orlando (SFB) / to be scrapped Delta Air Lines Eastern Airlines



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User currently offlineSmart67 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

Thanks! Always been fond of N8928E and have followed it through the years. I've wanted to purchase a part off this aircraft, but have no idea how to do it. Something that has been on it since McDonnell-Douglas in 1967. Does anyone know how that can be done? I remember these classic Eastern DC-9-31s when they were with EAL. They were at their best in the beginning with JT8D-7 screamers, no hush kits - just raw, nasty, noisy, and smoky. Will always miss them. Good news is, I have audio stereo recordings of them from those days, which enables me to relive them. Thanks for the insight on N8928E. =)

User currently offlineSmart67 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 2878 times:

Do you know who used to fly the Eastern Air Shuttle quite a bit? The late Senator Ted Kennedy. I suspect he probably flew on every one of Eastern's DC-9-31s numbered between N8916E and N8930E - which were Shuttle DC-9s.

My mother and I were on the observation deck at National the day Eastern retired the L-188 Electra - which was in the fall of 1978. After that, the Air Shuttle was all DC-9 service. In 1979, Eastern began taking delivery of new Boeing 727-225 Advanced airplanes strictly for Air Shuttle use. That's when the DC-9s went back into regularly scheduled service. Sometime later, Eastern sold the Air Shuttle to Donald Trump. Trump didn't get those Advanced 727s. He got the older clunkers - the 727-100s and -200s. Somewhere in there, Trump sold the Shuttle to USAir.

In the movie The French Connection, there's a scene shot in the old Air Shuttle terminal at LGA. They show canned shots of an Eastern DC-8-61 in flight, which was never used on the Air Shuttle.

Eager to hear from folks who used to fly the Eastern Air Shuttle.


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1675 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 2854 times:
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Eastern got quite a few 727-200s from PSA in 1981 for the shuttle. At first they were flown in the orange PSA colors, but they had Eastern seat covers right from the beginning. The window shades had the PSA logo on them for many years, in the place where most window shades had the 727 logo.
Even when DC-9s were operating the shuttle, they occasionally used 727 backups. On 11/15/73, I flew on N8105N on the shuttle from LGA to DCA, which was a 727-25.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineSmart67 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

That's right - I had completely forgotten. I remember the PSA 727-200s - N5??PS, which kept their PSA registrations. Bob - you sound like you keep the same kind of records I do. I've kept a log since the 1970s. I remember a couple of EAL 727-100 trips - N8148N and N8140N. Flew on them in 1985. Strange, but N8140N had been leased out to Air Niagara and came back to EAL. In 1985, it was still in white with the Eastern hockey stick. Yet N8148N was in bare aluminum. Both were substitutions for 727-200s that didn't make it. Eastern's service that summer was terrible. Bad morale and it showed everywhere.

25 AnimeMan77W : It's pretty sad to see the end of the DC93's. Has scrapping begun, or are they all still on one piece?
26 Smart67 : Based on what I've found cruising the Internet, they're scattered around the country. Most are at Sanford/Orlando while others are at Marana, AZ. Seem
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