I realize this is very old news, but this happened while I was in Hawaii and haven't had a chance to post until now, so bear with me.
You were born of a proud heritage that started when Donald Douglas designed the DC-1, and carried your name proudly through the skies. You were a small, 90-seat jet at first, but later expanded with larger versions. You came into service during the 1960s, when airline travel was still being transformed by the jet age. You flew through thick and thin, delivering passengers safely to their destinations. Even when executives dropped your DC label in favor of MD
, you flew on, proudly and gracefully. Later, as a Boeing product, you continued to hold to the DC legacy of flying often and flying strong through thick and thin. Though you were finally known as 717, and your last version's production run is dying young, you still have the respect of the entire aviation community. You still carry the legacy of DC, whither you are called DC-9, MD
-95, or 717. You are the DC-9, and you still fly high and proud.
God speed to all versions and variants of the DC-9, may you still fly high and proud for years to come.