My first flight on her, I do not remember but it was on Allegheny in 1978, I was all of 3 months old
Photo © Frank J. Mirande
The first trip I remember was in 1987 on USAir I was all of 9 years old
Photo © Torsten Maiwald
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.
Photo © Gregg Stansbery
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.
Photo © Mark Durbin
We all know times change, and five years later, during college I was hired as a ramp agent with AirTran
Photo © Terry Shepherd
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
Photo © Ben Wang
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
Photo © Jeremy Irish
As they fly into that great aircraft heaven in the sky (or the desert) :-P may they rest in peace
Photo © Erik Frikke