Cessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 21 Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3126 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.
Cessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 21 Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3052 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...
SafeFlyer From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 624 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3016 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?
Cessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 21 Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2984 times:
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).
Crank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1556 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2963 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?
Planelover From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 321 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2770 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.
C-fyow From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 116 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2747 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!!
AWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2560 times:
Super pics, dude. Great post, too.
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.
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
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.
Cessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 21 Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2258 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.
Olympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 8 Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2085 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!!