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DC-9 Stretch?

Thu Feb 25, 1999 7:06 am

I have a flight coming up on a DC-9 Stretch. I am assuming there is another name for this aircraft because i can't find anything on a DC-9 Stretch. Could it possibly be a DC-9/50? It's a Northwest Airlines jet. Any info would be appreciated, thanks!
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RE: DC-9 Stretch?

Thu Feb 25, 1999 7:35 am

NW has the DC-9-10, -30, -40, and -50. I guess we can rule out the -10 as the "stretch." Other than that, its kinda hard to tell, because they are all stretched compared to the -10. But I guess it would be the -50.
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RE: DC-9 Stretch?

Thu Feb 25, 1999 9:36 am

This might be the precurser to the MD-80. When it first came out in the late 1970s, I believe it was called the "DC-9 Super 80" or "Stretch 80." When McDonnell purchased Douglas Commercial Aircraft, the name was changed to the MD-80.

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RE: DC-9 Stretch?

Thu Feb 25, 1999 9:59 am

Actually, McDonnell already owned Douglas when the DC-9 Super 80 came out. Somewhat early on in production, they decided to call it an MD-80 instead. The MD-81, MD-82, and MD-83 are all officially registered as the DC-9-81, DC-9-82, and DC-9-83, but it is common to call them MD-s, since that's what MD marketing started calling them. The MD-87 and MD-88 were registered as MD-s.

I don't know what type of plane you'll be flying, but I think the timetable uses the code D9S for the DC-9-30 and D95 for the DC-9-50. I don't have one right now so I can't check it. You might want to call NW and ask them which type of DC-9 is on your flight.
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Hawaiian 717 - I think you're right

Fri Feb 26, 1999 12:25 pm

Hawaiian 717

I think you're right. I checked the OAG at work today and your explanation makes sense.

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