I remember in the summer of 1999 or 2000 being told that the last MD
-80 was being delivered by Boeing to American Airlines. I remember it because, shortly after, i made a trip to SLC
to pay tribute to the MD
-80, I visited the AA
gates at SLC
and watched the MD
-80s arrive and depart that day and took many photos that day, sadly all of them now lost.
I also remember, very fondly in fact, my first (and last) 727 flight on Delta in 2000, and even then as i spoke to the pilots before the flight i commented on how delta was retiring the 727 soon, saying how it was such a shame, i knew from the moment i boarded that plane it was going to be a great flight. I was really stunned at just how clean and modern the 727 cockpit looked, and i dont remember a third person being present in the cockpit, and this was minutes prior to pushback. I only remember two people being in there.
's 727s could have lasted them another 10 years were it not for 9/11. And that's too bad. BUT, I know for a fact that Delta was phasing them out in 2000. I bet if you check the archives of this forum back to 1999 you'll find a whole host of interesting discussion threads about the DL
727 retirement. 9/11 didnt cause them to decide to retire them, it just ended up accelerating their retirement.
I'm curious, what was this 1999 deal? That they were to sell their 727s? Sell as opposed to shipping them to VCV
and Opa Locka to be broken up? Who were they being sold to? Very interesting.
I also remember in that same time period the last L-1011s operating into and out of SLC
, a magnificent sight. I can't believe just how much emptier the SLC
skies are without the 727 and L-1011. The former was graceful and loud and ever-present, the latter was enourmous and there was always one looming over the city on climbout. God I miss those days.
I say keep the MD
-88 a while longer from an enthusiast standpoint. But, I am curious as to why Delta is holding off on more 738s...is that just a financial matter because of their current situation or have they yet again changed their minds about the official 727 replacement. As you know the Md-90 was slated to be the official 727 replacement before engine problems arose and subsequently, the MDc buyout. I find the -90 a much more interesting aircraft.
I had no idea Delta had that many MD
-88s. You don't see them here in SLC
. In fact it's odd to even hear that the -88 is considered the Delta workhorse. You see -90s here and 738s galore. You would think that the 738, not the MD
-88, was the workhorse of the delta fleet if you spend any amount of time in SLC