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DC-9 At The Museum Update  
User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

Well, it`s 9:15 in the morning and I just came back from the museum where the DC-9 was supposed to come in. Cloudy skies here in Ottawa and fog in YUL prevented the VFR flight. We`re looking at a noon departure from YUL. For those who are wondering of what I`m talking about, this DC-9 is flying to the museum in Ottawa, its last flight ever....

More updates as the day goes by...

This is the very plane, repainted for the occasion in the old livery... more or less.


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Photo © John Rancourt



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User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

At 12:35 today, this DC-9-32, fin#711 made its final landing at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa, Canada.

A landing on the 3000 feet runway was quite a feat. No problem for Rob Giguère, chief pilot at Air Canada.

Coming in...low over the trees, the last seconds of flight for this plane.


Hard braking right after the numbers, under 2900 feet left!!!


2000 feet landing. Well done. Swinging it around on the little runway meant for 172`s and the like.


Auxilliary Power Unit still running, guests invited to take a peak in.


Interior look at this museum piece. Clean.


View of the cockpit. Now facing her new friends. A rather scruffy- looking Bristol Beaufighter, a DC-4M North Star, and the prototype Dash 7.


Thanks for the look inside. Time to tow it away for good.


The guys who brought her in. Left to right,Captain Rob Giguère, Chief Pilot at Air Canada, Captain Hugh Campbell, Senior Vice President of Operations and Captain Chuck MacKinnon.


Any questions on the event, please do not hesitate.

Cheers,
Grégoire


User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

In case anyone wonders, these pics were taken in collaboration with everyone involved in the event, and were taken with their consent and told about publication on A.net. They accepted with glee, thanks again guys...

User currently offlineCL215T From Canada, joined Sep 2002, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3284 times:

Thank you for the photos. Make sure to upload them on a.net so we can look at them at any time.

Thanks again.  Smokin cool

CL215T



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User currently offlineTristar2000 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

Great post Cessnapimp,

I was just wondering about this because the DC-9 had flown in Dorval yesterday... I was just about to post a question asking what it was.


Thanks for the pics, although I can't see the last 2, a problem with my browser or something...


Best regards,
Steven


User currently offlineSafeFlyer From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 627 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

Hello Cessnapimp, are they going to leave it outside with the same fate as the other old birds in the yard or it's gonna be takin good care of?
I had an invitation as a museum volunteer for the commemoration with AC's Bob Gigu??re and the museum director next Thursday but unfortunately, it's at 11am so I can't be there. Too bad they put it in the middle of the day.
Is it going to be open to the public sometime?

Thanks


User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1964 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

Thanks for the great pictures. Excellent post, too. I am glad she was repainted in the 1968-era paint scheme - what a beautiful plane. I hope to get to visit her someday.

I wish more old airliners like this would be preserved.



The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3244 times:

Thanks for the pics! It actually feels weird because I saw the plane this morning at YUL, we filmed it and I will post up the video asap.

User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3231 times:

Man I wish I was at YRO today, it was still good at YUL though, but we couldn't visit the plane.

I'll remember this day forever.


User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3233 times:

You're Welcome...

The Machine is now parked right beside the Canadair Argus outside and can be viewed by all that visit the museum. It will be parked there until the new addition will be built in roughly two years from now. But contingency has been planned to accomodate the 9, so fear not for the preservation of this beast! Crank, I can't wait to see that video!

As for its interior being open to the public, I am not sure at this point, but my guess is that it will be like the others that are outside; once a year on July 1st (Canada Day).

Grégoire



User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

Yeah, the video should be cool from what I saw today, 9 minutes long, from engine start till it disappeared in the haze... And we were very close to the plane at all times. I'll post up a new topic when it will be available for download.

From what I can see in the pictures the "new" seats are still there, do you think they will change them for the old seats?


User currently offlineLanpie From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3192 times:
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Nice photos. I was lucky, this morning I was working at Dorval Airport and I was offered to go and take photos of that aircraft at the Air Canada maintenance base.

I took six photos and I will get them back from the lab on Tuesday.

Pierre


User currently offlineQuebecair727 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

Merci Grégoire,

Très belles photos. Une page d'histoire est tournée.


User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days ago) and read 3069 times:

Wonderful pics, Grégoire!

Thanks for posting them.

Cheers, Dripstick




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User currently offlinePlanelover From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

Sorry guys, but I'm not really following what's happening here. What so special about that DC-9? Is it the last one to retire for Air Canada, or is it the first DC-9 to fly? Can someone please fill me in.
Thanks. I've been out of the loop for a while.
Have fun.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
PL


User currently offlineC-fyow From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

Hi......I think this event e witnessed today was very significant for a couple of reasons.

First, it was the donation of a magnificent machine by Air Canada after so many faithful
years of service. 35 to be exact. This aircraft, along with its sister ships, were retired
by Air Canada in late 2001.

Second, How many aviation museums can say they received something similar to display on a permanent basis. Usually most museums do not get commercial aircraft
restored, or in as good a shape after this many years of service.

Finally, I think personally we were very lucky here in Ottawa, to have had this donation.
Air Canada, DID NOT have to donate this aircraft at all. It could have been scrapped like
its brothers, or sold off, but the mere fact it's presence graced our skies for a brief time
today, made the day worthwile indeed. Hundreds were on hand, and applauded at touchdown. Today was the LAST ever flight of a DC-9, by a major Canadian carrier!!


User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

Greg;
Super pics, dude. Great post, too.  Big thumbs up
Will you try to submit them to A.net for storage in their database? I hope you have better luck than Mickey and they accept them.  Innocent
Is that a digi-cam you used? Heck, you gotta bring that puppy out spotting with us sometime. (heh heh)
The guy on the left kinda resembles Patrick McKenna (aka Harold, on the Red Green Show) in this pic  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Planelover;
The significance of this particular aircraft is it's the last one to be retired by Air Canada.(?) It's been restored to original condition and will be on display at the Ontario Museum of Aviation. Other than that, I don't know/think she's had any other claim to fame (eg. First unit built/purchased; Last unit built/purchased, etc...). Folks, correct me if I'm wrong.


User currently offline717fan From Switzerland, joined Nov 2001, 2017 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

Thanks for the pictures! Really nice!
A good move to preserve a DC-9 at a museum, sadly far away from Switzerland!!!


User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

Thanks Grégoire for the super pics I wish I could have headed over to YRO yesterday for that historic moment. Ah well at least it's only a short drive to the museum.

Andrew

http://www.geocities.com/ottawa_yow


User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

Thanks to all for your replies,

I submitted a bunch of pics last night, but unfortunately a whole wad of them will understandably not be added due to the fact that they are either slightly out of sunlight or more importantly there are people in it. Oh well... I still can't believe it. 2000 feet ground roll. Like a Cessna. It think I have a few landings in the Katana that took more space than that.


User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

If Cessnas had thrust reversers, spoilers and autobrake, now that would be something.  Smokin cool

I never thought that the 9' could make it in 2000 feet, I'm very impressed!

As for the pics I took, I will get them on monday so if they're good enough I'll try to upload them to a.net


User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

Looks like the modern day paintshop at Dorval no longer had correct stencils for the titles. They look like a thinner or `airier' font.


` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

You're wrong about one thing AWspicious - it's the National Aviation Museum, not Ontario. As for the plane, it was not Air Canada's first DC-9. I think it flew the last revenue flight and it had the highest time - over 81,000 hours!!



User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2273 times:

~heh heh~
John, you found it, eh? I'm trying to see if I can spot you in the pics! Bet you'll be trying to catch up on some sleep now, huh  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
By the way, YYZ switch runways on us AGAIN! Funny :-]

Tony


User currently offlinePlanelover From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

Thanks for filling me in. Great pics by the way.
Have fun.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
PL


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