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Just Flew On A NW DC-9...

Wed May 11, 2005 12:10 am

I booked a trip ROC-GSO via DTW . I usually fly UA,but they wanted twice what NW wanted for the time of day I wanted to leave. I also wanted to fly on someting differant than UA flies. I haven't flown on a DC-9 in like 20 years,so I wanted to try them out.
I flew out of ROC on an XJ Avroliner,which I have never been on. They are quite roomy inside,albeit a little dirty from the Sesame Seeds on the seat and floor.
When I arrived in DTW,the new (2002) terminal is really nice! This has to be the nicest terminal in the US I've been to. I love the train going overhead. I checked out the NW planes going to Europe - an A330 (which I haven't seen a NW A330 in person before) to AMS and CDG. And a DC-10 (haven't seen a NW DC-10 in person in a while,too) to LGW.

My flight to GSO was lightly booked and to my surprise we powered back from the gate! I love to hear those JT8D's whine!

All in all the Diesel 9's aren't bad. No IFE,but they aren't too loud inside,either.

When I left GSO,we were pushed back, so they (GSO) must now allow powerbacks.

If UA ever went under,I'de probably switch to NW...
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RE: Just Flew On A NW DC-9...

Wed May 11, 2005 12:23 am

Quoting United_Fan (Thread starter):
albeit a little dirty from the Sesame Seeds on the seat and floor.

Where the heck did those come from!?!??!?!??!

Quoting United_Fan (Thread starter):
I love the train going overhead.

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Quoting United_Fan (Thread starter):
When I left GSO,we were pushed back, so they (GSO) must now allow powerbacks.

Because you had a tug. When you were in DTW, there's planes everywhere, so they just screw the tug, and have some -9ers powerback.

Also, did you see the fountain there as well? It shows all the international routes going to DTW, showing that DTW is the "WorldGateway"

BTW, shouldn't this be in Trip Reports?
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RE: Just Flew On A NW DC-9...

Wed May 11, 2005 12:27 am

What a treat.

I flew on a NW DC-9 a couple years ago. We powerbacked at MSP. Sitting near the rear of the a/c, I just loved those whining engines. . .something you just can't experience with the newer generation a/c...we even got a long t/o roll to EWR.
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RE: Just Flew On A NW DC-9...

Wed May 11, 2005 12:31 am

Yes,I probably should have put it in T.R. . The fountain was very cool.

I noticed the rampers wearing eye protection for the powerback. That must be extremely loud outside!
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RE: Just Flew On A NW DC-9...

Wed May 11, 2005 12:45 am

Flew on DC9-51 YYZ-MSP, and a DC9-32 on the way back.
Amazing aircraft!!.. and we did do a power back at MSP. Take off rolls are a bit longer than newer aircraft as well, or at least, that's what it seemed like. I was a bit sceptical before going on one, knowing its age and never having flown on one before, but it was trully such an amazing experience... GO NWDC9'S!!  Smile

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