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NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:05 am

The last flight for NW's DC-10's will be operated by N237NW. It is currently in-flight and expected to Arrive HNL at 3:57pm HST. Both final flights are completely full.


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Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:12 am

Courtesy: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

DC-10 Flies Into Sunset

http://www.startribune.com/535/story/918356.html
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:20 am

Fare well old girl. Hopefully you get a freighter conversion and can continue to patrol the friendly skies.
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:32 am

Best of luck 237, happy flying!

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NWA99

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Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:15 am

Courtesy: FlightLevel350.Com

Four Northwest DC-10 Videos:

1. Northwest In Military Flight Charter

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra..._Airlines_Aviation_Video-5042.html

2. Northwest Airlines Registration N234NW Taxiing To The Gate

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra..._Airlines_Aviation_Video-2898.html

3. Northwest DC-10 Wing Footage From Row 31. This Was SFO-NRT

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra..._Airlines_Aviation_Video-1685.html

4. NW18 HKG-NRT N243NW Takeoff On Rwy 25L With A Very Nice Spool Up Engine Sound

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra...t_Airlines_Aviation_Video-268.html
 
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:36 am

Hello,

Does anyone know when N234NW operated its last trip? I was on it on Thursday as it operated NW99 to HNL. I'd forgotten how attached I was to this plane as a young aviation (geek....LOL!!!) enthusiast. Does anyone know the agenda for their hand over to their new owners? Will they spend some time "resting" in the desert? Does anyone know the fate of the original -40's that they retired several years ago? Ahh...so many questions.

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Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:45 am

How fitting that the last -10 flight was done in an old colors bird.Thankfully they're going to TZ,not MZJ  Smile  Smile  Smile
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:48 am

Aircraft 1237...N237NW ( delivered new to Varig July 24, 1980 as PP-VMW)
Wasn't that the plane at one time, had KLM markings on one side and NW on the other?
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:52 am

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 7):
Wasn't that the plane at one time, had KLM markings on one side and NW on the other?


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Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:53 am

I saw it at the gate while taxing in this morning from MKE on my way to TUS. I tried to hustle over to the gate...but we were at the other end of the airport and when I got there...it was gone.  Sad Bummer.
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:06 am

My first NW DC-10 flight was summer of '77 MSP-LAX. I was 16. Dad caught the flightdeck crew at the gate and got me a cockpit visit before takeoff.

Co-Pilot: Where ya going?

Me: L.A.

Co-Pilot: Hey! That's where we're going too....

Just as well the CP didn't make his living doing standup...

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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:11 am

having just checked the flightaware.com and noticed the plane is heading north now (not heading directly to HNL)?

5:10 PM Eastern Time
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:16 am

Quoting September11 (Reply 11):
having just checked the flightaware.com and noticed the plane is heading north now (not heading directly to HNL)?

Remember it's not 100% accurate and it turns the little plane around sometimes regardless of it's actual heading  Wink

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Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:54 am

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 2):
Fare well old girl. Hopefully you get a freighter conversion and can continue to patrol the friendly skies.

She's going to soldier on as a passenger bird with TZ for at least another 5 years.

Quoting AA777LVR (Reply 5):
Does anyone know when N234NW operated its last trip? I was on it on Thursday as it operated NW99 to HNL. I'd forgotten how attached I was to this plane as a young aviation (geek....LOL!!!) enthusiast. Does anyone know the agenda for their hand over to their new owners? Will they spend some time "resting" in the desert?

N234NW should be headed to MZJ sometime soon for temporary storage until its delivery to TZ. TZ is acquiring N223, 224, 225, 226, 234, 235, 237, 241, 242NW and 226 is already in SAT to begin its heavy check soon. Most of the rest of these aircraft are in temporary storage at MZJ. We have taken delivery of 223 already as well. 226 (N701TZ) and 223 (N702TZ) will be the first 2 aircraft in-service in the May/June time span. The others will follow roughly in pairs throughout the balance of the year as they go through check and interior reconfigurations. Only 7 of the 9 airframes will be operational with the other used for cannibalization.
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:03 am

I flew into the gate right next to it this morning. It also took off two ahead of my flight this morning. I'll get some pictures of it up soon. I sure will miss those birds!
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:15 am

I count myself lucky to have been able to fly on a DC-10. It was back in 1995 MSP-SFO. They were great planes. I will miss seeing them in the F and G Councourses at MSP. Wish I could have flown on one just one more time.  cry   sigh 
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:15 am

So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen. *DOOR SLAM* And don't come back!

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Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:42 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 16):
So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen. *DOOR SLAM* And don't come back!

 Smile Pardon my inquiry, but your signature suggests you live in the Twin Cities. If this is the case, do you think a fellow a.netter and I stand a chance to actually go to gate F10 to watch the arrival tomorrow morning if we buy a fully refundable ticket to somewhere nearby (i.e. Chicago)? Think that's a good strategy? I just called nwa and the agent said that as long as the ticket is walk-up and that I do NOT have the gate agent scan in my boarding pass, the full fare is indeed refundable.

Sounds way better to me than parking on Post Rd. or in the parking structure at Lindbergh.
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:45 am

Quoting Western727 (Reply 17):
do you think a fellow a.netter and I stand a chance to actually go to gate F10 to watch the arrival tomorrow morning if we buy a fully refundable ticket to somewhere nearby (i.e. Chicago)?

It might work. I'd never do something like that. I just go to the top level of the short-term parking ramp.

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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:54 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 18):
I just go to the top level of the short-term parking ramp.

You're right, it's indeed risky. I explained to the NWA rep on the phone that I'm an aviation buff and that I wanted to watch NW98 come in and park, and she laughed at me and said that the idea was indeed safe and only warned about not having the gate agent scan in my boarding pass, and that the refund would take up to 14 business days.

Come to think of it, businesspersons do it all the time: buy a walk-up fare, check-in and the doo-doo hits the fan at work, and the person's assistant tells him/her on the cell phone to come back to the office, and s/he then seeks a full refund before leaving the airport.

Your idea sure sounds safe and without risk indeed, but the thought of seeing the DC-10 far away at gate F10 as opposed to G4 or something, seems to make the ramp a not-so-attractive option....what do you think?
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:01 am

I while back ago I thought a couple of anetters werer going to be on those flights. perhaps we will get a trip report?
 
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:20 am

I haven't been a fan of the DC-10, but I recognize that this marks the end of an era and I'm not all that glad to see it end.

I flew NW DC-10's to HNL and back once, and I flew AA DC-10's there and back a couple of times. There was something about being on a big plane like the DC-10, but that's gone forever.

Airlines now cross oceans with A-330's, 757's, and even 737's. It's safe, it's more economical, but it's not the same. It may be progress, but I don't know that we're better off.

I wonder if an earlier generation felt this way when the big propliners were replaced by jets?
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:58 am

Quoting Contrails (Reply 21):
I wonder if an earlier generation felt this way when the big propliners were replaced by jets?

depends who you ask. since alot of propliners had issues with the engines and alot of scary close calls or frame losses, I bet it was bitter sweet for alot when jet engines took over. kind of a love/hate relationship.
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:42 am

Farewell DC-10s! This is such a sad event...
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:00 am

Farewell with TZ old girl. You made every airline proud in the livery's you flew in.

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Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:10 am

I was lucky enough to fly N234NW in November from MSP-HNL-MSP. I'm glad I got to ride on her one more time, what a quiet and comfortable aircraft. Had a great day trip, something I will never regret taking.

Next up, weekend trip to FRA, and the adventure of trying to get on a 742.
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:16 am

While it's sad to see them leave NW, I cannot wait to see these DC10's in TZ colors!!
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:22 am

I am in HNL Northwest WorldClub currently...Will be on the last NWA scheduled DC-10 flight..Boards at 5:40pm...Departs at 6:20 pm...Gonna be a great ride!!!

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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:23 am

Northwest Airlines bought 22 DC-10-40 aircraft. In the early 1980s, Northwest decided to sell off the Dc-10-40s. They were underutilized and only being flown on domestic routes averaging a stage length of about 725 miles with about 236 seats. An Airbus A300 flown by Eastern was being flown longer distances with only two engines. This may have the reason they were to be sold. Northwest was to buy 747s and 757s to replace them. However, after selling three, Northwest decided to retain the DC-10-40s.
One, N142US was sold to American Trans Air in about 1984. It was repainted by Northwest and re-registered as N184AT. Northwest was going to buy back the aircraft from ATA, but it burned in a ground fire, started by an oxygen generator, at the gate in Chicago (ORD) on August 10, 1986.
The other two, N143US and N144US were traded into Boeing and operated by
Jet Charter Services (Jet24) and Air Panama. They were re-registered as N133JC and N144JC. They eventually returned to Northwest and flown as N133JC and N144JC. All the DC-10-40s were retired and scrapped in the early 2000s, except N133JC N143US) which still sits in the desert at MHV.
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:31 am

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 26):
While it's sad to see them leave NW, I cannot wait to see these DC10's in TZ colors!!

Unfortunately, they may not ever see full TZ colors. Initially, they may be either all white or a hybrid blue/white with yellow stripe which is the new TZ scheme minus the fuselage and tail logos. In order to get them in service sooner, the full paint job is likely to be delayed for a year or so.
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:33 am

I posted pics from the final departure earlier today. They still haven't been posted. Not a great photo op due to the weather and I had to use my backup camera rather than my nice Canon, but at least I got apiece of history for my own collection, and anyone else who chooses to download the image. My word of advice for spotters at MSP tomorrow. Go to Cargo Road and view from the east end of the road next to the FedEx terminal. It's great midfield viewing. Certainly better than Post Road since the rental car lot went in a few years ago. One thing to note. There are two other DC-10-30s currently at the airport. N234NW is one of them. She was parked at the maintenance facility adjacent to I-494 on Sunday afternoon. The other ship is parked at the hangar at the east end of 9R/27L. I'm not sure which ship it is.
 
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:35 am

Quoting TZTriStar500 (Reply 29):

Unfortunately, they may not ever see full TZ colors. Initially, they may be either all white or a hybrid blue/white with yellow stripe which is the new TZ scheme minus the fuselage and tail logos. In order to get them in service sooner, the full paint job is likely to be delayed for a year or so.

Are you suggesting they might not be in the TZ fleet for much more than a year?

Quoting Nwarooster (Reply 28):
Northwest was going to buy back the aircraft from ATA, but it burned in a ground fire, started by an oxygen generator, at the gate in Chicago (ORD) on August 10, 1986.

I heard that the only DC10-40 lost was destroyed in a ground fire caused by a pilot's error during taxiing from maintenance. Who's right?
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:43 am

Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 31):
Are you suggesting they might not be in the TZ fleet for much more than a year?

No, I meant that the possibility of the full paint job would be delayed for a year or so, not their entry into service. This will begin in May/June this year with the first two and the balance through the rest of the year.

Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 31):
I heard that the only DC10-40 lost was destroyed in a ground fire caused by a pilot's error during taxiing from maintenance. Who's right?

Nwarooster is correct about the loss of N184AT in ORD.
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:44 am

Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 31):
I heard that the only DC10-40 lost was destroyed in a ground fire caused by a pilot's error during taxiing from maintenance. Who's right?

Rooster is right.

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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:44 am

Soon, we'll be saying the same farewells to the 747!  duck 

That will be a sad day indeed.
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:49 am

I didn't go down to the airport today to watch the departure... If I live long enough(I'm 37) I'll go down to watch the last DC-9 takeoff when that happens

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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:52 am

Quoting G5 (Reply 30):
Go to Cargo Road and view from the east end of the road next to the FedEx terminal. It's great midfield viewing. Certainly better than Post Road since the rental car lot went in a few years ago.

4 different options posted here so far for NW98 arrival viewing:

Post Rd
End of Cargo Rd. by FedEx terminal
Top level of short-term parking ramp
Buy refundable ticket somewhere, check in w/o luggage, go to F10 to watch arrival, then get refund for ticket

Right now I think I might go with the poster who suggested the short-term parking ramp since there appears to be an unobstructed view of F10 (according to Google Earth), as well as the lit tarmac beyond F10 in case there's some kind of a ceremonial arrival. The ramp seems to provide reasonable proximity to F10 as well as a bird's eye view.

[Edited 2007-01-08 03:55:13]
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:55 am

Quoting Nwarooster (Reply 28):
but it burned in a ground fire, started by an oxygen generator, at the gate in Chicago (ORD) on August 10, 1986.

I always thought the fire started at the hanger area..the ones north of the terminal. Thats where the newspaper photos showed the smoking fuselege.
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:57 am

I can't I won't see anymore NW DC-10s! I've got a NW DC-10 airplane model to remember the good times with the DC-10. I still can't believe that there won't be anymore NW DC-10s.  Sad  cry 
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:01 pm

For some reason, the DC10-40's were more comfortable than the DC10-30's. I flew on them a few times. The A, B, H, and J seats in row 20 were the best.



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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:09 pm

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 33):

NW maintenance employee.
 
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:27 pm

I saw it several years ago while at HNL. I would have loved to fly on it. Does anyone know what type of A/C will replace it on the HNL routes? 330's, 757's..?
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:29 pm

Quoting Burnsie28 (Thread starter):

I flew N237NW BOS-AMS on August 5, 2005 as flight 38. I was mortified by the condition at first but am now glad i got to go on one. i flew 238 on the way home. farewell dc10 you will be missed
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:00 pm

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 37):

N184AT, ex N142US, burned at the gate. The aircraft was pushed away from the gate to avoid spreading of the fire to other aircraft. The fire was started by an oxygen generator in a seat group that was in the bulk cargo compartment, after the passengers had been deplaned from the aircraft. The aft bulk cargo compartment is almost below the #2 tail engine of the aircraft.
This flight was supposed to be the last flight for American Trans Air. The was to be returned to Northwest Airlines. The aircraft was scrapped at ORD. Northwest bought the #1 and #3 engines and pylons as they were Pratt & Whitney engines. Northwest Airlines and Japan Airlines were the only purchasers of Pratt & Whitney DC-10s (DC-10-40) Northwest bought Pratt & Whitney JT9D-20 engines as they could be modified to operate on a 747.
Japan Airlines used the JT9D-59A, which was a newer type of the engine.
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:06 pm

Quoting Nwarooster (Reply 43):

Okay, guess I'm wrong. Live and learn  smile 
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:20 pm

The plane has pushed and is ready for taxi.

Quoting Western727 (Reply 36):
Post Rd
End of Cargo Rd. by FedEx terminal
Top level of short-term parking ramp
Buy refundable ticket somewhere, check in w/o luggage, go to F10 to watch arrival, then get refund for ticket

You do realize that the plane is estimated to arrive at 5:42am, TWO hours before sunrise, right?
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:29 pm

Quoting AviatorTJ (Reply 45):
You do realize that the plane is estimated to arrive at 5:42am, TWO hours before sunrise, right?

Like Contrails indicated (reply 21), this is the end of an era, so it's a small price to pay.  Smile
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:24 pm

Well N237NW is now in flight from HNL-MSP, NW98. Caught her landing at HNL as NW99. Saw her takeoff too, but it was night time already. Will miss those old birds.
 
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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:49 pm

Still inflight at FL330, and tankering along at 490kts - http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NWA98 - it's due at MSP at 5.47am - 1147Z

The 98 flight tomorrow is down as an A333.

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RE: NW's Final DC-10 Flight Operated By Ship 1237

Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:06 pm

I had the fortune of riding on a few Northwest Orient DC-10-40's back in the 70s as a child. I saved my boarding passes and no, they are not for sale. I posted on here a few years ago to see if anyone had a spotting log from way back and that's how I found out they were DC-10s but I do not know which ones. Then, in 2003 I visited GWO and photographed all the -40s there - even got an inside tour. It felt like I was coming full circle, from a little kid riding on a big plane to an adult standing in what may have even been that very same plane as it awaited scrapping. Those early flights helped spark a lifelong interest in aviation.

2/26/1975 DTW-EWR DC10
11/22/1977 EWR-DTW DC10, 34F/H
3/18/1978 EWR-DTW DC10, 17E
4/1/1978 DTW-EWR DC10

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