Smart67 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6322 times:
Yeah - SFB... Can't seem to get that right in my head. Write it off to a 54 year-old brain. Yes - DC-9s at SFB... Would like to have some images of N8928E before it is gone. I have lots of images of N8928E and other early Eastern DC-9 Series 30 through the years. Used to fly on them a lot back in the 1970s - Eastern Air Shuttle. Also have McDonnell-Douglas images of Eastern's first Series 30s on the production line at Long Beach. Eager to chat with those of you who remember these planes from long ago when they were JT8D-7 powered, no hush kits, overhead racks and their original interiors. Eager to see images from your collections if you have them. I have audio and video tapes - happy to make copies. Sad to see these guys pass into history. An era of noise and smoke is passing.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7179 posts, RR: 29 Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5484 times:
Perhaps no one wants to see them when they are on death row, it might be too sad to see for some. People might rather remember the DC-9-30s from their glory days, flying the line day after day, proudly wearing the red tail.......
I do have a really crappy camera phone image of 3 -30s parked on the deice pad at DTW the day after labor day shortly before they left for SFB
Smart67 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4805 times:
Hey MKE717 - you sat in the same spot I sat (Row 18F-19F) that I sat in on N8928E when it was Eastern back in the 1970s when this aircraft was on the Eastern Air Shuttle - DCA-LGA. Was a lot different then - JT8D-7A turbofans that were not hush kitted in any way. Back then - overhead storage racks - not bins. If you'd like to see images of N8928E in Eastern colors inside and out from back then, holler. I can post them the minute someone shows me how to post images. Thanks for these in-flight images toward the end.
Now - if only anyone had images of N8928E at SFD before it was scrapped. =) My email is email@example.com.
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4423 posts, RR: 16 Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4777 times:
Quoting Smart67 (Reply 14): I can post them the minute someone shows me how to post images. Thanks for these in-flight images toward the end.
Actually the in-flight images were mine. But I would love to see this aircraft in full Eastern colors! To upload an image, just click "Add Images" on your posting screen, then click "add more images!" at the bottom of the window that pops up. A new window will appear which will give you the opportunity to "browse" for images on your hard drive. Click that, find the images you want to upload, and then submit. Once you're done uploading, click either "thumb" or "full size" next to each image to add the image to the post.
Smart67 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4647 times:
Here's N8928E back in September of 1976 at DCA in Eastern's white with hockey stick colors. The shot in bare aluminum was in November of 1979 at LGA. Both Eastern Air Shuttle trips between DCA and LGA. This was when these DC-9s had their original interiors with overhead storage racks - not bins. Their JT8D-7 turbofans weren't hush kitted either. Pure heaven - screaming intakes, smoke, and roar.
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4423 posts, RR: 16 Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4539 times:
Absolutely beautiful. Do you have any shots of the racks?
It's hard to believe this is the same aircraft! I'm confused though, was it actually N8928E that was the last DC-9, or was it N8926E? Different people say different things, but you and I both flew N8928E. Looks like you were one row ahead of me in this aircraft. Maybe two.
I'm going to upload some videos soon of my flight on N8928E. I'll post a link when they're online!
ImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1692 posts, RR: 19 Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4412 times:
Quoting Smart67 (Reply 3): Used to fly on them a lot back in the 1970s - Eastern Air Shuttle. Also have McDonnell-Douglas images of Eastern's first Series 30s on the production line at Long Beach
I can remember when we thought ATL would be completely taken-over by -9's!
A good vantage point used to be the old weather station. Climb the outside stairs all the way to the top and everything was right in front of you. With EA doing a push there were -9's and -72's all over the place. The din was most impressive.
The air completely perfumed with burning kerosene.
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!"
Smart67 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4353 times:
I do have DC-9 cabin shots on Delta, but not Eastern, regretfully. Eastern install overhead bins in the DC-9s in the late 1970s. Delta - believe it or not - didn't have overhead bins in the DC-9s until the 1980s! I flew Delta a lot during the 1980s and a lot of its DC-9-32s still had racks. Somewhere on the Internet, there are Eastern DC-9 cabin shots as these aircraft were delivered - racks, those wonderful earthtone seat fabrics, and more. The DC-9s had incadescent lighting instead of flourescent prior to the DC-9 2000 interiors. Here are some more Eastern DC-9-31 shots I found in my archives. Sorry for the poor quality - Pocket Instamatics then. But - I do have good 35mm slides shots I will post as soon as I find them.
Hey - tell me about observation decks and that wonder smell of stinky kerosene. Washington National, Dulles, LGA, BWI, Detroit all had wonderful outside viewing spots. When there were DC-9s, 727s, and 737s with Pratts - it was better than sex out there. Screaming JT8D engines. DCA had a great observation deck because you were right in front of Eastern's two and three holers and could hear engine start. No hush kits in those days. Just raw engine.
All that said - I have great audio and video tapes of old JT8D action back before hush kits if anyone is interested in copies. Not in this to make money. Eager to share copies with anyone who's interested.
Accidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 638 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4329 times:
Oh man - I'd certainly be interested in seeing the videos. Have you thought of digitizing them for upload onto youtube or such? I'd be willing to do it if you cant find someone more qualified (which most people probably are lol)
BTW - Saw you're a gearhead of sorts...see my profile for my YouTube channel. You might get a kick out of my van.