NIKV69
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The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:30 am

Was talking to my dad before and seems Aserca Airlines is buying 21 Dirty thirties from NW. 12 of which where with EAL before that. They are supposed to be "completely overhauled" so they are in "like new" condition. LOL. I have to say this aircraft is beyond a workhorse. They never die!
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:46 am

It's pretty impressive to think how long these birds have been making their operators money with virtually no serious catastrophies. And they're still truckin. I work right next to BNA (about an 1/8 of a mile) and always run outside when I hear those screaming JT8's of NW's DC9's taking off. Every now and again we get some F-15's and F-18's taking off and the sound of those JT8's are about as loud. Awesome if you're an enthusiast.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:59 am

And they spew about the same amount of black smoke.  Wink
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:24 am

Quoting Baron95 (Reply 2):
And they spew about the same amount of black smoke.  

Maybe, but "stealth fighters are for wimps", true airliners got more balls!
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:03 am

Wrong thread


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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:23 am

Quoting Baron95 (Reply 2):
And they spew about the same amount of black smoke. Wink

so do the 727s MD80s DC8s.....who cares?! thats the best part! (sorta...)

Quoting M404 (Reply 4):
Wrong thread

i dont understand, but okay..
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:26 am

You gotta hand it to those MDD engineers and assembly workers. They built these planes to last.

More importantly, why is NW giving these birds up?
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:16 am

I just love the sound of JT8D's on takeoff, with their signature fan whine and thunderous exhaust noise that can set off car at SDF in the UPS parking lot (right at the end of RWY 17L). Then its easy to follow a DC-9 once it passes with its trademark exhaust trail (MD80's have the same traits, although they seem slightly quieter). I've never flown on a "classic" DC-9, but I have flown on a DL MD80 in row 27 (although there were 38 rows, so its not that loud of a seat). The sound of those 2 JT8D's spooling up and then that trademark whine at takeoff power send chills up my spine! And the climbout was fairly steep - definitely my best takeoff experience, even beat my 777 takeoff experience!
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Turn the volume way up for the best effect of this one. I know its not a DC-9 but its obviously got the same engines (JT8D's), so what I said in this post applies to 727's (and 732's if you're in the front) as well.You can hear the car alarms in the background! Big grin
And of course the exhaust trail...
Unfortunately (at least for a.netters) DC-9's aren't as noisy as they were 10 years ago due to hushkits - believe it or not, they all meet Stage 3 regulations and actually aren't really any louder than a 744 in terms of decibels. But I keenly remember them (as well as 727's & 732's) in their pre-hushkit days - you could actually hear the exhast crackle like on an afterburning military jet (air distortion)! MD80's were actually some of the quietest commercial jets (along w/ the 733, DC8-70, and 757/767) when they entered service! And don't get me started on those very quiet RJ's!  Angry
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:19 am

Quoting Bok269 (Reply 7):
More importantly, why is NW giving these birds up?

NWA management is getting tired of all the "when will NWA retire their DC-9s" threads on A.net.


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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:35 am

Quoting Baron95 (Reply 2):
And they spew about the same amount of black smoke. Wink

Where is the romance without a window rattling roar and black smoke trails.

Quoting Bok269 (Reply 7):

More importantly, why is NW giving these birds up?



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 9):

NWA management is getting tired of all the "when will NWA retire their DC-9s" threads on A.net.

hahahah! I was just going to say that!
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:16 am

the jt8d and cf6 are absolutely the best engines to listen to when an airliner is spooling-up for takeoff!!
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:46 am

Quoting Bok269 (Reply 7):
More importantly, why is NW giving these birds up?

Well actually now that I read the article my dad gave me it seems these DC9s are in storage in Roswell, NM.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:33 pm

MD was the best as buildin airframes hands down...i'm sure DC-8s 9s 10s n 11s will be around til 2035 lol
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:16 pm

About one month ago, the aircraft at the gate next to the arrival gate used by the NW A320 on which I was a pax was NW DC-9-31 N9334. Looked it up in a production list and discovered that N9334 was built and delivered to Air West in 1968. Some thirty-nine years and four owners (Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic and Northwest) later, it continues to serve.
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:40 pm

Love that plane, gotta admit even though it may not be fuel efficient, it is reliable and built to last,i may not get a chance to fly on one on NW, but hopefully i can fly on a DC9-30 from JR next summer, when im in Mexico. They'll be at JR forever...lol.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:03 pm

Hi!

Last time I saw a "classic" DC-9 was in July 2006 at EWR...I was inside a CO 737-700 with a technical problem so I was passing my time seeing airplanes passing by for take-off...that's when I saw NW DC-9-31 N8932E...nice looking plane indeed. I had the chance to fly twice this wonderfull airplane, first time and at the same time my first flight was on the 23rd. November 1978 from LIS to GVA, a Swissair DC-9-51, probably the nosiest DC-9 I've ever seen!!! The registration was HB-ISR. Latter on the 1st. October 1980 I flew again in a DC-9, this time the "sporty" DC-9-15, from KL, PH-DNC, from AMS to MAD, a memorable flight, specially because it was in a 15 series...almost a regional jet!!!


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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:36 pm

Quoting CV990 (Reply 17):
specially because it was in a 15 series...almost a regional jet!!

I think the new chinese regional jet ARJ 21 looks pretty much like a 15 series from the pictures I have seen so far
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:58 pm

Hi!

Columba, you're absolutely right!!! If we take "those winglets" this chinese airliners really looks like a DC-9-15!!! Let me share how did I get the chance to fly this unique DC-9-15 airplane...In 1980 I did my first "spotting trip" with a friend of mine to AMS and UK... for a portuguese spotter to be in those airports was something like "heaven"...LIS was a nice airport but with very "boring" moments, so we decided to be "in the top of the wave" concerning aviation enthusiasm and spotting! We had such a great time seeing planes in both places...specially in AMS, I remember that in 1980 already there was two sheets of papers available to spotters to see the arrival and departure traffic. On the way back we noticed that KL was dedicating one of their DC-9-15's to MAD everyday...so we tried to change our AMS/LIS flight to AMS/MAD/LIS flight. In the KL counter the lady there said that wouldn't be any problem, so we changed that with a big hope that next day KL flight will keep be operated with the DC-9-15. Next morning we arrived quite early to AMS and after our check-in we went to our gate to find out that we were flying the DC-9-15...big excitement and a very bright movement we did!!! I still remember that our DC-9 got some "downstairs" fellow going to MAD too, it was an LH A300 that landed just a few moments after us in Barajas.
Anyway my ride in that DC-9-15 was something like memorable!
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:01 am

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 9):
Where is the romance without a window rattling roar and black smoke trails.

Don't forget the smell of burned kerosene in the air......
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:04 am

Everyone always talks about the sexy jets as being "the most important." However, tin pound for tin pound, these planes may be among the most important. Short/medium haul became a very profitable staple in the industry with the introduction of these tough and well designed jets.
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:10 am

Quoting NIKV69 (Thread starter):
Was talking to my dad before and seems Aserca Airlines is buying 21 Dirty thirties from NW. 12 of which where with EAL before that. They are supposed to be "completely overhauled" so they are in "like new" condition. LOL. I have to say this aircraft is beyond a workhorse. They never die!

Air Ivoire from Abidjan has added a pair of McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32's with ZS temporary registrations to substitute its very old Fokker F28's

I don't know the serial numbers of DC9's but my bet is that these are oldest than DC equipment...

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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:58 am

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 9):
Quoting Baron95 (Reply 2):
And they spew about the same amount of black smoke. Wink

Where is the romance without a window rattling roar and black smoke trails.

I confess. I had a deprived childhood. I've never flown on a JT8D powered 707 or DC9. First flight believe it or not was on Pan Am 747. I believe 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Were also. From there, a bunch of 767/77 flights with the occasional MD80 (DC-9s big sister), 738, A320/A319. Come to think of it a pretty narrow experience. Oddest plane I've flown (as passenger) was an Electra on CGH-SDU shuttle.  Sad
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:33 am

I haven't flown on a DC-9 in years (not even on NW), so I can't say that I'll miss that burning kerosene smell and window shaking on takeoff.

Still, contrary to what most a.netters think, a modern CRJ or EMBRAER of any kind beats a DC-9 anyday.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:31 am

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 26):
Still, contrary to what most a.netters think, a modern CRJ or EMBRAER of any kind beats a DC-9 anyday.

Quick! Someone get him some oxygen! It doesnt look like hes left his house in 30 years! Big grin

Honestly, i enjoy both ERJ/CRJs and DC9s....the DC9s just have a classier feel to them  Smile
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:05 am

I work at ORD and am constantly amazed that DC-9's that EA used on the Air Shuttle - aircraft that I flew on when I went to college, flying between BOS/EWR/LGA are still used....I'm 56! - do the math!
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:13 am

Hi!

I could easely swap my DC-9-51 ride for the Electra one that Baron95 did  hyper  !!! Returning to the DC-9, what I really liked about that plane was the fact that the plane always looked very powerfull specially on take offs...and that thin wing was really cool. During late 70's early 80's LIS was quite a heaven for the DC-9, I remember that IB, KL, SK, AZ used to fly there regulary, but I remember in some ocasion seeing "special" ones like Spantax ones and Finnair too.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:24 am

To my knowledge, only one JT-8D powered 707 was ever built, as a repower experiment, and it was never operated by any airline, so I don't think anyone has flown on a JT-8 powered 707. On the other hand, all DC-9, MD-88, 727, and 737-200 aircraft were powered by one version or another of Pratt and Whitney's JT-8 Series engines.
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:38 am

I flew several times on DC-9s operated by USAir (they were not yet USAirways) and always enjoyed my experiences on them. I, too, am amazed looking out the windows of my plane while at work and seeing a Northwest bird sitting beside us with a registration of NxxxNC. North Central! I can't believe it. I'm a youngen, I suppose, but I think its pretty incredible that airplane started flying almost 40 years ago with an airline called North Central and is still in service today!

Likewise, the MD-80 series is my all-time favorite airplane to fly on. I will always have a soft-spot in my heart for those, having literally grown up on the MD-88s still going strong at Delta Air Lines. One day I'd love to work on 'em.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:38 am

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 26):
Still, contrary to what most a.netters think, a modern CRJ or EMBRAER of any kind beats a DC-9 anyday.

In 30 years, when the CRJs and EMBs are all rusty and everyone's speculating "when are they going to be retired and replaced by the new ultramodern hydrogen-powered fully-automatic pilotless planes", you'll probably see what the DC-9 loving folks mean.  Silly
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:39 am

Quoting NIKV69 (Thread starter):
The DC9s Never Die.

After 12 years as a flight attendant for AirTran, I can assure you, they do indeed. BTW, is the airline financially responsible for the numerous sets of "Miracle Ears" I'm sure to soon need?

Huh? I can't hear you.....
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:52 pm

Just for the heck of it check out my photos (all A.net) in my bio. It will match a lot of folks employed by the "Local Service" carriers of the mid-sixties. Only 18 months after I was hired the DC9 came on the scene. -10,-15,(can't remember if we had any -20s)-30,-40,-50,-80 all flew in the various fleet colors we'd come under. This aircraft was one of the few constants during that time and earned everyone's respect. Ask a pilot how it feels to pull back on a -10 or 20 and you will get a big grin. That's performance.

I remember one crewman I'd known on a very lightly loaded -80 out of SAN one afternoon (not my airline) tell me to note the T/O. Sitting against the front bulkhead facing rear my legs and arms just hung out in front and with the steep angle I could see the runway numbers just fade back but not disappear to the rear.

A career spent loading it however can have very unpleasant consequences on knees and backs. I remember a Chiropractor the company hired to come out and watch the operation and teach us safe ways to do it exclaiming their was no safe way to work in the bins, just safer. You chose which body parts to wear out first (and they did). Fortunetly most of us have had ample time in other jobs to heal and leave it to younger bodies.

As for the sound on takeoff, unmistakable, especially today with newer technology descendents all around. When the company spent a fortune retrofitting them and to make them quieter we all awaited the first takeoff for comparison. It pretty much got a shrug but if it made the feds happy...

Of course they are one strong bird. We weren't so obsessed with weight and fuel reduction back them. Strength equated weight and that's how planes were built. The choices to be lighter hadn't been invented yet.

I love the DC9. It's simple. We are dear old friends of forty years and I can find just about everything on it blindfolded (don't bang your head on the later versions nose strakes) and I'd love to see if the newer replacements will last as long. Perhaps it's true that fuel prices have made long aircraft life spans a thing of the past.

Seeing the old friends being torn up when I make the pilgrimge to (bless you N948L and 9333) places like Greenwood MS can tear you up and leave a wet cheek. The miles flown and the friends met on these wonderful aircraft will not soon be forgotten.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:53 pm

Hi!

Just to clear out a bit, and regarding the 20 series, that was a special version ordered by SK, it used the wings and engines from the 30 version and the body of the 10 version....so that was probably the best performer of the DC-9 series...I'm talking the 10/20/30/40/50!!! To our eyes, the only difference seen was the slots that the plane had, you can see clearly how they dropped and compare with the DC-9-10 series:


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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:47 am

J7 had 4 of the -20s that were acquired from SK (N950-N953). They took off like bats outta Hell, but we did have a coupla complaints - first, the overhead compartments. If it was bigger than a briefcase or backpack, it was getting checked. Second, the airline never recertified for a 2 flight attendant staffing operation, so we had 3 flight attendants aboard for 89 seats. It was a PAIN IN THE ASS.
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:20 am

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 22):

Still, contrary to what most a.netters think, a modern CRJ or EMBRAER of any kind beats a DC-9 anyday.

Disagree 100%. Not only is there plenty of First Class on NW DC-9s (my only real experience with them), but the full-sized overhead bins so I don't need to gate-check my luggage is another big plus of the DC-9s over the CRJs. I'll gladly take the -9 over any Embraer or CRJ product any day of the week.
 
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:48 am

Hi!

I think the new generation of regional jets are quite amazing, I think the DC-9 was a fabulous airliner...maybe not so cost saving, mainly because those engines they use are back from the early 60's ( I'm talking only on DC-9 series until 50...) but talking about comfort and wideness DC-9 clearly beats any regional jet indeed!!!
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:35 am

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 22):
Still, contrary to what most a.netters think, a modern CRJ or EMBRAER of any kind beats a DC-9 anyday.

That is your opinion, and you are welcome to it. Sure, the ERJ and the CRJ have modern avionics, interior fittings, etc. However, when you consider how many regional aircraft have come and gone, then look at the fact that the DC-9 is still flying after 40 years, and is still operating in mainline operations with world-class carriers, that is pretty incredible. (OK, so the management of NW is debatable, but you know what I mean).

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 33):
sized overhead bins so I don't need to gate-check my luggage is another big plus of the DC-9s over the CRJs. I'll gladly take the -9 over any Embraer or CRJ product any day of the week.

Out of curiosity, are the DC-9 bins similar to the 717s? The 717 bins are great.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:54 am

Quoting Bok269 (Reply 35):

Out of curiosity, are the DC-9 bins similar to the 717s? The 717 bins are great.

The NWA ones are. They had their DC-9s fitted with 717 style interiors back in the late 90s(can someone confirm this date?). The original interiors had the old bins.

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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:53 am

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 36):
The NWA ones are. They had their DC-9s fitted with 717 style interiors back in the late 90s(can someone confirm this date?). The original interiors had the old bins.

Awesome. THanks. What a big improvement.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:38 am

My first flight that I remember (very different from my very first flight) was on a DC-9-10 operated by Republic on their old route GRB-CWA-EAU-MSP. At EAU I got to go up into the cockpit and talk with the crew.

In High school I flew MSP-BDL often on a DC-9-50 and once I did BDL-DTW on a 727 (I digress). It was also in high school that I got to visit Pratt & Whitney. One of my classmate's father was a chief designer for the JT8D and was when we went a VP. We met the lead engineer working on a silencing package for the JT8D. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

I don't get home often and there no DC-9 operators in Japan (MD80 yes but not the same). When I do go home now I fly directly from NRT to MSP. This winter my MKE-DTW will be a 757. My least trip home was in 2005 and I flew MSP-DTW in a DC-9-50. I just looked out the window and enjoyed the entire experience. I reflected back to my days of flying MSP-BDL-MSP, how we were never late, the F/A were always kind, the pilots were real pilots and take-off and landing were real treats. Then I realized that with the DC-9s leaving the NW fleet (slowly but going) I might not get a chance to fly on one again.

Maybe if something changes on my next flight and MKE-DTW gets changed to a DC-9 I will be lucky but as of now it is a 757.

Douglas and later MD were amazing companies. The experience of flying in a DC-9 and even the DC-10 was like being in a rocket. I loved the steep take-offs and nice landings. Okay getting a little weak here and might shed a tear so I will stop.
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RE: The DC9s Never Die.

Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:19 pm

Hi!

Just regarding again the 20 series, during late 1981 early 1982 TAT leased from SK two DC-9-21's, OY-KGD and OY-KGE



These airplanes gave such a great performance in TAT service that this french airline wanted BADLY to buy them...unfortunately SK declined that offer and the planes had to return after that season to SK. TAT had then to lease from neighbour AY at least a DC-9-14...but nothing to do with STOL DC-9-21!
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