wilcharl
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My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Fri Mar 07, 2003 3:21 pm

With the tributes to all the other planes I decided I would give a tribute to my own... This tribute goes to the DC-9 a true soldier and workhorse in our industry. I thought this up flying tonight on one from Memphis to Atlanta and its role in my life.

My first flight on her, I do not remember but it was on Allegheny in 1978, I was all of 3 months old


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The first trip I remember was in 1987 on USAir I was all of 9 years old


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My love affair with her started then... The 5 across seating was weird to me and she was very quiet. I was shocked that they had a tiller wheel in the cockpit for ground steering


From then the -9 stood out some more in 1990 when i went ot Hawaii my journey started to MSP on a newley painted Northwest Bird.


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The DC-9 continued to provide me smooth wonderful service as i travled with my parents.

My first flight alone call it my first first solo (as opposed to my first real first solo ) was on a ValuJet DC-9 at the old age of 15. At that point I decided I wanted to work for Valujet.
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We all know times change, and five years later, during college I was hired as a ramp agent with AirTran


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For my final 3 years of college I enjoyed working for AirTran and flying almost every week. The DC-9 was there, often bailing out the new 717 when the quirks were being worked out


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Sadley some of my babies are meeting their maker :-(

After college, it was a DC-9 again of Northwest that flew me into the joys of my careeer.

As I sat in Memphis and the mighty JT8D engines started to turn over, i had cold chills their distincitve sound brought back wonderful memories of my days at AirTran and all the wonderful experniences the DC-9 has brougth me. I look around at her interior, new and modern just like a 717 very refiniend i must say... But her large "bigger then boeing" and defiantly bigger then airbus windows and her distinctive sound remind me that she is a legend.

And now on to my momment for Northwest...

I love the red tails because they are consistant. They offer a GOOD product, consistantly, sure the aircraft are older, but their interiors are new, Sure they have no PTVs but thats extra legroom under my seat. Their crews are professional friendly and carring they offer a consistant quality and refined product...

LONG LIVE THE DC-9 LONG LIVE THE RED TAILS

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As they fly into that great aircraft heaven in the sky (or the desert) :-P may they rest in peace


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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Fri Mar 07, 2003 3:43 pm

The last DC-9 I flew on was with Midwest Express from DFW to MKE. That was nearly 6 years a go and still ranks as one of the best flights I have ever been on (thanks to the great people at Midwest). I fly on American's MD-80s a lot (the DC-9's newer brother). The 2-3 configuration is, in my opinion, the most comfortable narrow body configuration in the industry.

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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Fri Mar 07, 2003 3:57 pm

I also had my first DC-9 flight when I was 3 month old, in 1971 with Iberia, and after hundreds of flights with her my last DC-9 flight was in 1998 also with Iberia. Now sadly in Europe it´s very difficult to fly with her.


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let´s hope the DC-9 will continue for many years with her new name 717.
 
wilcharl
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sat Mar 08, 2003 8:44 am

C'mon y'all someone else out there has to have love for the Diesel 9 besides me
 
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:05 am

I also love the DC-9. My first flight on one was on Sept. 14, 1968. It was a KLM DC-9-15, PH-DNE, from AMS to FRA. I didn't expect to like it, because it had replaced my beloved Lockheed Electra on that route. But as soon as I boarded it I loved it. KLM's interior was very soothing, not dark and depressing like most interiors today. Since then, I've flown on DC-9s on many airlines, including Eastern, Delta, Northwest, Hawaiian, Midwest Express, New York Air, US Airways, Allegheny, Air Florida, Southern, ValuJet, and AirTran. Long live the DC-9!

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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:38 am

The DC-9 is a great plane that has provided decades of service for airlines worldwide. I had the pleasure of flying on them five times.

First DC-9 for me was N8907E, a -14 from Wichita to Memphis. This was a significant flight for me as it was the first time in four years that I flew on an airline. I also flew a DC-9-14 on my return, can't remember the date I flew.

A year after that I flew on another two '9-14s with Northwest, N93S from ICT to MEM and N948L from MEM to ICT.

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I hear that N948L was saved from the scrapper and is to be restored and painted in the classic Bonanza livery.

My last flight on the DC-9 was from MCI to DTW on N767NC, a -51. It was a great flight and my first time on NW in two years.

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Northwest is also an important airline to me since I flew on them five times to Japan. I can always count on them to be on time.
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:43 am

Four years ago I flew on a Continental DC-9-30 from Houston to Cleveland. My seat has just forward of the # 1 engine. Needless to say my ears were still ringing the next day.  Smile
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:56 am

I also have a DC-9 story.

When I was nine years old (in 1976), I "liberated" my first safety card from Ozark N981Z on a flight from STL to Rochester, Mn. I still have it today.
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My father worked for TWA during my college years, so after TW and OZ merged in 1986, I got to fly on N981Z many more times.
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I went to work for Delta in 1991, so with ramp access I often would spot N981Z pulling into a gate or departing for STL.

In 2000, I helped in pulling an MD-88 that had taxied into the mud in Shreveport, La. I was happy to see N981Z overnighting at the next gate over.

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Now N981Z is stored at ROW and will probably be scrapped soon. I enjoyed "spotting" her for some 25 years.....
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sat Mar 08, 2003 1:31 pm

Nicely done Wilcharl. They will be missed when their mostly gone, at least from U.S. skies.

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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sat Mar 08, 2003 2:13 pm

My first DC-9 was an Eastern jet from ATL-DTW in 1986
 
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sat Mar 08, 2003 2:30 pm

First and only Diesel-9 flight on a TWA DC-9-10. Cedar Rapids to St. Louis.


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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 12:35 pm

so for my DC-9 lovers out there, do you consider the 717 and MD-80 as wonderful as the origional queen
 
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 1:51 pm

Nah the good ol' -9 is the best. Especially the SAS DC-9-21 Hotrods.
 
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 1:59 pm

I wish i could have gotten to fly on one of Valujet's sport model DC-9s
 
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 2:19 pm

I live right below the airport in Billings, and the Northwest 9er wakes me up every morning. If I can't bear to wake up wit the 7:00 am departure, I'll always wake up with the 9:10 am. Perfect little alarm clock--I love waking up to it. Damn good airplane--so glad they're still with us. I don't even want to think about the day that they leave us for good. I'm having a hard enough time with the loss of my UA_727...

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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 2:22 pm

As many of you know, part of the DC-9 story would go untold if it were not mentioned that Delta was the launch customer of the type. Back then, Delta had its famous widget turned sideways.

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The type served in Delta's fleet for many loyal years.

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I remember the days in Atlanta when the DC-9s began to be retired from Delta's fleet.

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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 2:41 pm

Eastern used the type extensively.

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I remember seeing them around Atlanta regularly. In 1981, my family lived five miles from one of Hartsfield International's runways. I'll never forget the night an Eastern DC-9 roared over our house at a very low altitude. Ten minutes later, the news was reporting that the aircraft had blown a tire on takeoff. Quite a bit of the tire had gone in to one of the engines snuffing it out. The aircraft continued around on one engine before its pilot's skillfully landed it back in to Atlanta, safe and sound.

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How many of you remember this incident (below)? I certainly do.

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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 2:46 pm

What a coincidence, DesertJets. My last flight on a DC-9 was also a TWA flight from CID to STL! (1998)
 
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 3:14 pm

BH346 - Tell me it's true. A Northwest DC-9 is being returned to it's original livery - Bonanza! How GREAT!


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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 3:16 pm

AApilot2b,

How could i forget to bring the 2 atlanta rivals into the DC-9 love affair, i flew on both of theirs, and the DL birds played a key role in Valujet and AirTran
 
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 5:19 pm

Hi!

My airline, USA Jet Airlines, has 12 DC-9s, 4 -10s and 8-30s. Apparently, we bought some from EAL.

We are planning on starting PAX charter this fall using small -9s. The rumour is we're buying 2-4 DC-9-10s from NWA. If this is the case, they'll be flying in new colors instead of going to the boneyard.

Cliff
GRB

PS-I hope to go to the -9 soon, as an FO. I'm currently an FO on our Falcon-20s.
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 6:11 pm

I have only flown on the DC-9 once (not counting the MD-80, which I have flown on a few times), in June of 1976. My family had flown from SEA to ORD (my only 747 flight) on United, then on to Philadelphia on an UAL DC-8. That's when things got interesting. We were supposed to fly on to Newport News, Virginia on an Allegheny flight, but it kept getting delayed. Finally, we were rebooked on an Allegheny flight to Norfolk, and boarded to DC-9 for an uneventful flight. The next morning, we read in the paper that another Allegheny DC-9 had crashed landed at PHL the night before.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/1976/760623-0.htm

I never knew if that had any thing to do with the delay of our flight or not.
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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Sun Mar 09, 2003 7:23 pm

I am more or less born on a DC9, hence the nick-name. My father was a captain on it between 1985 and 1999 when he retired.
The last flight with him (and his last flight ever) was onboard OY-KIA as SK2527/2528 on a round trip Arlanda Stansted Arlanda

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My very last DC9 flight was SK 163/164 Stockholm-Gothenburg-Stockholm onboard OY-KGO. This was the last operated DC9 dometic service in Sweden. Boy was I happy when I was invited to jumpseat the landing.


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RE: My Tribute To The DC-9 (and Northwest)

Mon Mar 10, 2003 3:13 am

Growing up and OZ/TW brat I had more flights on the DC9/MD80 than any other aircraft type. You can tell from my handle how much I love that plane. My last 9er flight was from STL to MEM on NW in November 2002. Unless I fly NW again, that will probably be my last. The good old 9 has taken me on so many itineraries I couldn't name them all, but I'll try anyway:
PIA-CMI-IAD-LGA, PIA-ORD, PIA-STL, STL-HOU, STL-MCI, STL-MSP, STL-IAD, STL-ATL, STL-JAN, STL-MSY, STL-DEN, STL-SAT, STL-MEM, PIA-IND-BNA, STL-SAN (the DC-9-30LR on Ozark), STL-MCO, STL-TPA, STL-MIA, STL-BNA-CLT, STL-YYZ, HNL-KOA, HNL-OGG, STL-DCA.
I'm sure I left out a few....

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