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Delta DC-9 / DC-8

Sun May 05, 2002 3:15 pm

On what routes did Delta operate these aircraft, and when were they retired?

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RE: Delta DC-9 / DC-8

Sun May 05, 2002 4:14 pm

I've flown Delta DC-9 30 series aircraft nonstop between JAN and IAH on numerous trips in the early 1980s. BOTH cities were more important to Delta in those days. I've flown Delta DC-8s to Atlanta and Boston from DFW.

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RE: Delta DC-9 / DC-8

Sun May 05, 2002 9:27 pm

The DC-9s were flown around the eastern part of the US. The DC-8s were pretty common in all parts of Delta's system, including all transcons before the introduction of the L-1011. They operated far too many routes for me to be able to tell you all of them. Have a look at where the photos of those two aircraft types were taken; that ought to give you some idea.
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RE: Delta DC-9 / DC-8

Sun May 05, 2002 10:38 pm

I remember seeing a DL DC-9 in TOL in 1992. It was a sub for the regularly scheduled 737-200 that normally flew the route that year. It was there the same day Bush Sr. was visiting -- and was parked in the shadow of Air Force One. I have a photo laying around someplace showing AF1 747-200 sitting on the passenger ramp at gate 1/2 with a Air Wisconsin BAe-146 landing and the Delta DC-9 parked at gate 4. It's an interesting shot to say the least.  Smile
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RE: Delta DC-9 / DC-8

Mon May 06, 2002 12:02 am

Delta flew the DC-8 from the beginning of the jet age until about 1975; Delta also had a large fleet of DC-8-61 aircraft, which were re-engined in the early 1980s and were in service with DL until the late 1980s I believe. The DC-8s flew all of DLs "important: routes at the time, with many seeing service on the busy ATL-DFW-California routes as well as heavily travelled routes out of ATL to the US east coast and to some Florida cities. The Super 61s were DL's original 200+ seat airliner and were used on the then busiest routes......when the L1011 came along, then followed by the 757/767, the DC-8-61s were used on some secondary routes. My last DC-8-61 flight was from BOS to FLL in 1983 I believe; the Super 61s were also seen on many flights from ATL to cities like SAV, CHS, etc where capicity was needed. The DC8 was replaced in the end by DL's 72S fleet (DL started acquiring 72S aircraft in the early 1970s, after the NE merger, much later than most other carriers) and the Super 61s were replaced by 757s.

DL operated DC9-10s and then DC-9-30s - these aircraft saw service on basically all DL routes from Dallas eastward, focusing of course on the ATL hub (this was pre-CVG hub and pre-Western merger times). The DC9-10s left early on, in the late 1970s or early 1980s, and the DC9-30s remained in the fleet, on the shorter routes out of ATL (many of which are now operated by regional jets), until the mid 1990s. The MD88 replaced the last of DC9s - what happened was MD88s replaced 73S aircraft and 73S aircraft replaced the last of the DC9s.

Also remember that DL operated the CV880, another first generation jet, until I think the late 1970s.