frugalqxnwa
Posts: 550
Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2004 3:18 am

Ode To The DC-9 Family

Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:07 pm

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-80, MD-90, 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.
 
NIKV69
Posts: 10893
Joined: Wed Jan 28, 2004 4:27 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:54 pm

Frugalqxnwa,

Welcome to my respected user list!  Big thumbs up

Great post.

Carriers like G4, Hughes Airwest, Ryan and the like have used this aircraft to take pax to and fro. They understand.
Hey that guy with the private jet can bail us out! Why? HE CAN AFFORD IT!
 
User avatar
aerorobnz
Posts: 7488
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2001 3:43 pm

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Sun Jan 30, 2005 5:40 pm

DC9 series of aircraft "This is your life"...
Flown to 120 Airports in 44 Countries on 73 Operators. Visited 55 Countries and counting. Wanderlust is like Syphilis, once you have the itch it's too late for treatment.
 
User avatar
OzarkD9S
Posts: 4765
Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2001 2:31 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Sun Jan 30, 2005 11:18 pm

Simply the best little jet EVER!


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Johan Ljungdahl



Of course, based on my username I'm obviously biased.  Big thumbs up
Coast to Coast and Border to Border, Ozark Flies YOUR Way!
 
JHSfan
Posts: 460
Joined: Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:22 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:19 am

Thanks for the ode Frugalqxnwa.  Smile

It's sad that we cannot make Open Source Planes the way we have open source software.  Sad
A group of fans developing the DC-9 even further. Some how it would be nice if we could keep the flame of the DC-9 burning. Make sure that news generations would be made....

Yours in realtime
JHSfan
Look at me, I´m riding high, I´m the airbornmaster of the sky...
 
frugalqxnwa
Posts: 550
Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2004 3:18 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:44 am

JHSfan,

Interesting idea, but I think the 717 is as advanced as one could get the DC-9 with available technology. Maybe another version will come out with 787 technology, but that probably is just a dream.
 
nwafflyer
Posts: 888
Joined: Wed Jul 28, 2004 9:29 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:58 am

Thank you for the ode to the dc-9

As a frequent passenger, I have to add that I am always comfortable, always feel safe, and always enjoy the takeoff's on the 9'ers. I do miss the 10's, was lucky to be on one of their last flights to FNT, but I'll stick with the 30's and 40's and 50's these days
 
User avatar
OzarkD9S
Posts: 4765
Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2001 2:31 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 3:11 am

Ran across this one:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Stephen Oliveri



Just count them all!
Coast to Coast and Border to Border, Ozark Flies YOUR Way!
 
September11
Posts: 3293
Joined: Fri May 21, 2004 12:49 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 5:27 am

I see 10 Ozark DC-9s in that picture. One of them a M80.

off the subject... I was surprised to see an Ozark 727-200 picture but never see it in person.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Bevin Shively



I didn't know there was "Ozark Airlines" in 1999 and 2000. What happened to them?


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © AirNikon

Airliners.net of the Future
 
BR715-A1-30
Posts: 6525
Joined: Thu May 30, 2002 9:30 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 5:39 am

I have some Cabin Pics of TWA's DC9-30 with Ozark Seats still in them. They are on airliners.net's sister site http://www.myaviation.net
Puhdiddle
 
User avatar
OzarkD9S
Posts: 4765
Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2001 2:31 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 6:16 am

The 727-200's were never delivered to OZ, they were sold to Pan Am to help recover from an OZ mechanics strike.

The Ozark of the 90's operated MDW-COU-JLN-DFW before being purchased and operated as Great Plains Airlines out of Oklahoma to various points, ABQ BNA COS. They've since liquidated.

Much as I appreciate the historic value of defunct airlines' names, I for one think they should rest in peace. None of them have made a go of it. Braniff, Midway, Pan Am, Ozark, National gone not once but twice. Now we have Republic Airways as a holding company for contract regional airlines, but they don't operate an independent system in their own colors.
Coast to Coast and Border to Border, Ozark Flies YOUR Way!
 
NWADC9
Posts: 3940
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2004 12:33 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:49 pm

I have a weird feeling that some wiseguy is gonna come in here and ask the well-known, and least-appreciated phrase:


















SO WHEN IS NORTHWEST GONNA RETIRE THEM DC-9'S!?!?!?!? Laugh out loud

I, honestly, want them to stay (no duh, just look at my username, for cryin' out loud!)
Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
 
goboeing
Posts: 2430
Joined: Mon Jun 05, 2000 5:31 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:05 pm

I was on my first DC-9 today!


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Kevin Trinkle



1968!


Nick
 
RogerThat
Posts: 505
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2003 12:13 pm

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:41 pm

The DC9 ushered in the jet age and we can still fly them today.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Bob Garrard



I pray for a big order for Boeing to keep the 717 line alive.
 
Bluewave 707
Posts: 2793
Joined: Thu Jun 07, 2001 8:21 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:32 pm

Some airlines like RW, HA, RC, NC, Southern, Texas Int'l will always be known as DC-9 airlines. Out of those, HA continues on with the 717-200.

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Mel Lawrence
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Howard Chaloner



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Pierre Langlois
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Nicholas P. Augusta

"The best use of your life will be to so live your life, that the use of your life will outlive your life" -- D Severn
 
QuestAir
Posts: 344
Joined: Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:16 pm

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Tue Feb 01, 2005 5:19 am

I've flown quite a bit, but have yet to fly on a DC-9. Every time I fly, I'm either put on an A320, a 737, or a 757.
'Do we carry rich people on our flights? Yes, I flew on one this morning and I�m very rich.' - Michael O'Leary
 
DIA
Posts: 3053
Joined: Sun Jan 28, 2001 2:24 pm

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Tue Feb 01, 2005 5:36 am

Unusual DC-9 experience:

My first flight on a DC-9, was on a Medivac C-9 for the U.S. Air Force back in 1983. The flight was Clark Air Base, Philippines to Hong Kong Kai Tak Int'l (RT).

Upon arrival, I did the famed Checkerboard Approach. All the pax seats on the C-9 are faced backwards for safety (by medical standards). I flew the Checkerboard Approach backwards. We had a hard landing. . .even on the return leg. And, yes, boarding the a/c was by way of the rear airstairs of the C-9.

Some things I guess you will never forget.

Here she is doing the Ckeckerboard:
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Dennis Yan



[Edited 2005-01-31 21:37:36]
Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.
 
MD80Nut
Posts: 972
Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2003 6:43 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Tue Feb 01, 2005 5:40 am

Ahhh, the Mad Dog twins. Amazing how good looking this jet is, wether it's a DC-9, MD-80, MD-90 or 717. From my first flight ever on a DC-9, a Delta -30 from New Orleans to Memphis in the spring of 1969, it has been one of my favorite airliners. I've flown on every variant except the -20 and -40, and the MD-87.

When 717 production ends, it will be the end of family of aircraft in production since the mid 60s! Forty years in production is quite an accomplishment no matter how you look at it.

Cheers, Ralph
Fly Douglas Jets DC-8 / DC-9 / DC-10 / MD80 / MD11 / MD90 / 717
 
NIKV69
Posts: 10893
Joined: Wed Jan 28, 2004 4:27 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:13 am

Got this pic today at IFP. G4 is another proud carrier that flies these birds.



God speed to all versions and variants of the DC-9, may you still fly high and proud for years to come.

Amen..
Hey that guy with the private jet can bail us out! Why? HE CAN AFFORD IT!
 
Argonaut
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:17 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:11 am

A remarkable family. Wisely engineered from the very outset for to be stretched with ease, a superbly robust design, cleverly evolved. I've travelled on every variant except the MD-87, and continue to hunt that one down through the timetables. For years I was guilty of taking the DC-9 for granted. Now I fly one every chance I can (which is good at least for NW!).

The best experience was the DC-9 Sport, aka series 20, taking off from Aarhus, Denmark, about 20 years ago. A few moments flashing down the short runway, then suddenly everyone was practically on their backs as the 'Sport' headed for the moon--or so it felt. Somehow, I just knew the pilots were having a good time...

Don't forget the date--February 25th. Next month it will be 40 years since Ship One began it all. By my count (if the 717 doesn't book any more orders, and let's hope it does) there will have been 2,440 more since then.

Airbus has made a fine plane, no doubt, in the A320. So why does it seem so unable to DO IT for me the way a DC-9 can? With the 727 all but gone, the DC-9 family seem like the only 'real' airliners left.

Argonaut


'the rank is but the guinea stamp'
 
User avatar
jetjack74
Posts: 6585
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2003 6:35 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Tue Feb 01, 2005 2:11 pm

I'm eternally bound to the DC9, as an FA with NW and as a Crewchief on the Navy's C9B. And we still have the original interiors that the standard
DC9's were delivered with.

My current unit at KNUW, VR-61


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Peter Tonna



My former unit at KNZY, VR-57


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Pierre Langlois



My second unit at KNIP, VR-58


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Joachim Graeber



And my first unit at KNXX, VR-52. The C9 unit I was most fond of.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Giovanni Verbeeck

Made from jets!
 
frugalqxnwa
Posts: 550
Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2004 3:18 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Tue Feb 01, 2005 3:39 pm

Argonaut,

Boeing said in a Jan. 14 press release that production would be completed in 2005. The only way the 717 could be saved is if NW all of a sudden decided to order 200 to replace the classic DC-9s. It is a sad, unfortunate reality. I also agree with you about the A320, and I believe it is because it is too fluffy of an aircraft to feel like a good, solid airliner. Just looking at the cockpit makes a non-pilot wonder how many Ph.D.s in computer science the pilots and maintenance personnel have to have to work and maintain the cockpit.
 
FlyPIJets
Posts: 832
Joined: Sat Oct 11, 2003 3:32 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Tue Feb 01, 2005 3:53 pm

Not to be a little angry over the end of the production run for this a/c, but...

With this family of a/c we have affordable, reliable, durable a/c suitable for a great number of missions for their owners and pax have said they prefer the 2-3 layout on a narrowbody. In today's airline environment, no airline wants it. Seems about right. Sad, but right.
Rex Kramer: Get that finger out of your ear! You don't know where that finger's been!
 
PHLBOS
Posts: 6504
Joined: Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:38 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:23 am

Boeing said in a Jan. 14 press release that production would be completed in 2005.

Frugalqxnwa,

You need to reread that press release; it states that 717 production would be concluded in 2006.

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2005/q1/nr_050114a.html
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
 
frugalqxnwa
Posts: 550
Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2004 3:18 am

RE: Ode To The DC-9 Family

Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:25 am

"You need to reread that press release, it states that 717 production would be concluded in 2006."

Oops, my bad, I stand corrected. Thanks for keeping me straight.