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Last Delta DC-9-30 Retired  
User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 893 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 20197 times:

The last DC-9-30 is enroute to SFB: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9932

Five -40s and 34 -50s remain. It is still sad to see the -30s go.

The -30s last revenue flight was PVD-DTW, DL9862.

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User currently offlineMadDogJT8D From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 19921 times:

I assume this was N8928E, which was determined to be the last DC-9-30 flying. Sad to see the -30's go...

User currently offlineacidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1875 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 19798 times:
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It seems like the retirement of NW's last DC-9 has been one of the Top 10 most discussed subjects of all time on Airliners.net. For such a popular subject it feels like this aircraft is going off into the sunset with little fanfare or recognition. When NW and DL merged did everyone just forget about their old friend the DC-9? Years ago we had thread after thread about retiring the NW DC-9. That day is upon us and everything seems kind of quiet. I haven't seen many posts about it lately. Delta's blog and corporate news pages don't say anything about it.

I know that there are still some -40s and -50s in the fleet but the -30 was a real workhorse. This aircraft was 40+ yrs old and it was still doing revenue service! Where else do you see that in the airline industry? Quite uncommon. The -40s and -50s are "newer" - they are still old as the hills but not AS old as any of the -30s!

As sad as it is to see the DC-9 leave there are still many other Douglas airframes left in the combined DL/NW fleet. Many MD80s and an ever-growing family of MD90s still grace the skies in which the DC-9 once made home. The tails may not be red anymore. The flight deck may be more automated. But the machines still came from Long Beach, CA!


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Literally going off into the sunset, how appropriate?  




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User currently offlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5828 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 19695 times:

Quoting acidradio (Reply 2):
Years ago we had thread after thread about retiring the NW DC-9. That day is upon us and everything seems kind of quiet

That's because the day isn't upon us yet. The -30s are done, and the -40s won't be around long, but the -50s will be there for at least a couple more years.

When DL discloses a retirement plan for the -50s, we might as well rename this site dc9retirement.net.


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 19653 times:

I still wish I got a pic of it in ROC 2 weeks ago . At least I got a pic of 2 -50's that subbed XJ CR9's


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User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 19609 times:

I never did get to fly on of the "E" birds. Every -30 I flew on came from somewhere other than Eastern.

User currently offlineYYCowboy From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 19573 times:

Always sad to see the end of an era. Reminds me I'm not a kid anymore.
Its been ages since I've flown in one, it was Air Canada's.
Nostalga aside, did these birds get new interiors on a regular basis?
Old clunkers and their carbon footprint realy should be put out to pasture.
I do miss the L1011's more than I'll miss these though.



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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7767 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 19514 times:

Quoting MadDogJT8D (Reply 1):
I assume this was N8928E, which was determined to be the last DC-9-30 flying. Sad to see the -30's go

It was N8926E


User currently offlinetjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2503 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 19406 times:

Saw her in GRR a week ago today (Oct-25) as DAL2898. Sadly for the last time.....  


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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 19224 times:

Well ain't that a kick in the head lol. I was pretty much free today, I could have gotten it arriving in SFB. OH well!

User currently offlinerl757pvd From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4715 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 19175 times:

Quoting DTW.SCE" class="quote" target="_blank">PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 7):
It was N8926E
Quoting C767P (Thread starter):
PVD-DTW, DL9862.

Any significance to having the same #'s in the ship # and last revenue flight #, or is that purely a coincidence?



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7557 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 18931 times:

Quoting YYCowboy (Reply 6):
Nostalga aside, did these birds get new interiors on a regular basis?

NW did revamp them a while back... sometime during the late 1990s perhaps ?

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My only gripe about the revamp were that the seats at little or not padding at all.

Quoting rl757pvd (Reply 10):
Quoting DTW.SCE" class="quote" target="_blank">PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 7):
It was N8926E
Quoting C767P (Thread starter):
PVD-DTW, DL9862.

Any significance to having the same #'s in the ship # and last revenue flight #, or is that purely a coincidence?

Given that the digits are not in the same respective order, I would say coincidence. One oddity though is that the flight number is in the 9000s, yet it's listed as a revenue flight.

Usually, a flight number in the 9000s is either a charter or a ferry flight.

   Am I missing something here or does the 9000 mean that the flight WAS originally a NW flight pre-merger?



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User currently onlinebnatraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 412 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 18898 times:
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Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 11):
   Am I missing something here or does the 9000 mean that the flight WAS originally a NW flight pre-merger?

DL has been the final DC93 to cover for other DC9 flying that was IROPd or MX *or* to subsitute for a Connection carrier. In this case, it subbed for a Mesaba CRJ9 thus the 98xx extra section flight number.


User currently offlinetristarcrazy From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 18868 times:

I read something last week that said one DC930 was gonna be kept for a spare/backup in case of a maintenance cancellation? Is this true?


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User currently onlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4524 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 18849 times:

Wait, I'm confused. CH-Aviation says it's 8928E, others say its 8926E. I flew on 26E. I'd like to know whether it was the last, or not?

User currently offlinen92r03 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 356 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 18539 times:

What happens to it in SFB? Is there a dismantling company there?

User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7767 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 18254 times:

Quoting bnatraveler (Reply 12):
DL has been the final DC93 to cover for other DC9 flying that was IROPd or MX *or* to subsitute for a Connection carrier. In this case, it subbed for a Mesaba CRJ9 thus the 98xx extra section flight number.

When it substituted on a scheduled Delta flight, they just used the same Delta flight number.

In this case the DC-9-30 was used on a DTW-PVD-DTW turn in place of a Mesaba CRJ-900. Hence they assigned in a flight number in a block of Delta flight numbers, 98xx is extra revenue flights. Instead of the flight numbers in Mesaba's block (3250 and 3196 in this case) on Sunday 10/31

Quoting tristarcrazy (Reply 13):
I read something last week that said one DC930 was gonna be kept for a spare/backup in case of a maintenance cancellation? Is this true?

The plan has been somewhat fluid and there has been some conflicting information about the remaining DC-9-30/40 phase out. They did adjust the November schedule to reduce the number of DC-9-40 lines recently so they could remove another DC-9 from service. Hence with the conclusion of the October schedule yesterday they were able to remove the -30 from service with the additional seasonal slack across other fleet types.

Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 14):
Wait, I'm confused. CH-Aviation says it's 8928E, others say its 8926E. I flew on 26E. I'd like to know whether it was the last, or not?

It was indeed N8926E, I have seen it numerous times with my own eyes. N8928E was retired in early September. CH-Aviation is incorrect.

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 15):
What happens to it in SFB? Is there a dismantling company there?

Yes, along with all of the other recent -30s to have been retired over the past few months and where the remaining -40's will go.


User currently offlineDelimit From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1513 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 17551 times:

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 3):
When DL discloses a retirement plan for the -50s, we might as well rename this site dc9retirement.net.

Thank you, that just made my night.

Got to fly on one of them earlier this year. So sad to be saying goodbye.


User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1304 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 17211 times:

The last thing I heard was that the -40s will be gone by the end of January, and the -50s -- along with the MD-88s -- will go in 2013.

I was on what was originally scheduled to be the last arrival of a -30 in DTW, back on Labor Day. Delays and the like had another -30 come in right behind us, from what I've been told, and then there was N8926E sticking around.

Does anyone know which -40s in particular are left? I had the pleasure of flying on N751NW in March.

-J.



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User currently offlinePlainplane From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 849 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16903 times:

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 15):
What happens to it in SFB? Is there a dismantling company there?

Yes, the planes are parted out and scrapped at a company here called Avocet. I shot this a month ago:

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This is the first plane they scrapped after they set up shop here last year:

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Right now they are constructing a new building at the north-end to expand their ops.


User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16446 times:

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 18):
Does anyone know which -40s in particular are left? I had the pleasure of flying on N751NW in March.

6 active ships:

N751NW
N752NW
N755NW
N760NW
N762NW
N763NW

N759NW was recently retired.


User currently offlinepenguins From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 15892 times:

A sad day in aviation history, again.

User currently offlineHermansCVR580 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 510 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 15692 times:

I would love to see one of the DC-9-50's preserved once they are removed from the fleet. One can dream right 


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User currently offlinecv640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 952 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 15638 times:

Definitely deserves a moment of silence.

I'm surprised that they didn't make a big anouncement or any type of ceremnony.


User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2612 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 15483 times:

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 18):
The last thing I heard was that the -40s will be gone by the end of January, and the -50s -- along with the MD-88s -- will go in 2013

I agree on the 9 but I can't see the 88 fleet going away that soon. There are no orders to replace them and we are starting an extensive interior mod this month that will add 12 coach seats and new seats in first.


25 GenYBusTrvlr : I suspect that the MD-88s will fly way beyond 2013. Delta currently flies roughly 115 of this this type and there is nothing on order to replace them
26 timf : The MD-88s are just starting an interior refurbishment program, so they likely won't be going anywhere this decade.
27 FlyASAGuy2005 : With the way the 88 mods are going along with the delay of MK9s, I'm thinking the 40s are going to be around a little longer than they originally pla
28 n7371f : The DC-9-40's are staying through the first quarter of 2011. I can confirm that (and actually posted that in a different thread). This is due to a del
29 FlyNWA727 : This is sad. I had the pleasure of flying two NW DC-9-30s on a trip to New Orleans from BWI. The 2nd leg from DTW to MSY and the return trip from MSY
30 dbo861 : What's the reason/estimated duration of the delay? Do you have a link for the other thread?
31 Post contains links n7371f : Delta MD-90 Avod Delayed To Fall 2011? (by 1337Delta764 Oct 20 2010 in Civil Aviation)
32 snewberg : Knowing that Delta Airlines was retiring the series 30 and 40, in April I used frequent flyer miles to fly one last trip on the old birds. I boarded a
33 KingFriday013 : As I said, it has been a while since I heard anything about the 88s. When I heard they were going in 2013, that was at least 6 months before they anno
34 Smart67 : N8928E was my first DC-9 trip (Eastern Air Shuttle DCA-LGA) in 1976 and it was my last DC-9 trip on NWA in 2004 MPS-BWI. Been following all of those c
35 redtailsforever : Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!
36 DTWPurserBoy : No f/a's at DL are weeping over the retirement of the dash 30's, especially the former Eastern aircraft. When they were built Eastern chose a slightly
37 United_fan : My last DC-9-30 flights were DTW-GSO-DTW-ROC May 2003. Loved the JT8D whine.
38 Smart67 : My last was N8928E with a pair of Stage 3 hush kitted JT8D-7 turbofans. Thrust was so shaky they had to taxi to the longest runway at MPS for the depa
39 bahadir : There was either a -40 or -30 in PHL just recently.. within a week I am guessing.. I remember seing it as we were pushing back from C gates, but I cou
40 Post contains images BD338 : A great testimony to the engineering and structure of the airframe. I'm sure Donald Douglas would be pleased to know his aircraft were still flying c
41 PSU.DTW.SCE : The -40 is still regularly scheduled into PHL from DTW daily.
42 dldtw1962 : I have been on the 30's a few time. And I enjoyed every minute of it. Just this last Sept. I was on a 50 from MCI - DTW. I enjoyed hearing the engines
43 Post contains links and images TrnsWrld : Come on I know you guys want a piece aviation history all for yourself. Have a nice chunk of N8925E an ex NWA and Eastern DC-9-30 wingtip section Now
44 falstaff : Yes it would. $2200 is a too high for my budget. If it was $500 or so I would be all over it.
45 Post contains images BWI5OH : Goodbye to my favorite NW memory...
46 Post contains images PlymSpotter : I've had a read through of the thread and not seen anything other than reports of the -40 at PHL (apologies if I've missed it) so does anyone know whe
47 Post contains links Dazed767 : http://www.airliners.net/ufview.file?id=67&filename=phpX26ify.jpeg Here's N8926E yesterday Nov 5th.
48 Smart67 : I do wish someone would take a bunch of pictures at Sanford of all the NWA DC-9s parked there. Seeking good images of N8928E at Sanford. =)
49 CodyKDiamond : Smart67, Unfortunately, N8928E/9949 has already been scrapped.
50 Smart67 : Thanks - that's sad news, but inevitable. I asked some local folks if they'd grab some images of N8928E before it was gone. They were unsuccessful.
51 Dazed767 : I'm pretty sure it's not chopped up yet. There are 12 or so DC9s sitting around SFB.
52 CodyKDiamond : Dazed767, Unfortunately, N8928E, N8978E, N613NW, N926US, N8933E, N925US have been scrapped. N1799U, N759NW, and N9333 are next for scrapping, followe
53 KaiGywer : It actually has five more Y seats than the -50 now, but four less F seats, so one more seat overall Actually the new arrangement on the 319 is 12/114
54 Smart67 : Sad to hear they're gone. If anyone out there has images of these aircraft at SFB before they were chopped up, I'd really appreciate seeing them. Even
55 DocLightning : The interiors looked amazing. In fact, they were essentially identical to the 717 interior. There were a few very minor differences (exact shape of t
56 MH017 : Can anyone confirm if the -40's and -50's still operate into Florida (particularly FLL or MIA) and from where ? Intend to go there next month and woul
57 PWM2TXLHopper : The only ones I can find are from ATL to PNS, and DAB. Both, twice per day. At least at the current time. Both those cities are quite far away from s
58 USAir330 : Sad to see it go. But it out lived any other plane with scheduled passenger service on major us airlines. ex. 737-200 / 727 I remember working on the
59 Post contains images MH017 : Thanks a lot for your input !!! Saw, they also still operate the -50 between MEM and ATL, so that might be an option for me too (AMS-MEM-ATL-MIA/FLL)
60 Smart67 : What ever happened to images of these retired/scrapped DC-9 Series 30s from SFB? Hard to believe no one took pictures of these ships before they were
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