Tom in NO
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North Central Airlines Aircraft At Time Of Souther

Sat Apr 21, 2001 6:22 am

Anyone recall how many DC-9's (-31's and-51's, I believe) and Convair's (440's or 580's, etc) that North Central Airlines contributed to the merger with Southern Airways in 1979? Were other NC aircraft involved?

Tom in NO (at MSY)

PS: I flew to a conference in Milwaukee (from ONT) at the time of the merger, American ONT-ORD, then NC ORD-MKE. I hadn't heard of the merger (it was brand new news, and neither served SoCal at the time). Got to ORD and couldn't find the NC counter (I was just 18 at the time, like I knew!!!). Finally was directed to the Republic counter. Did nab a killer NC DC-9 pic from the ORD observation deck, though.
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RE: North Central Airlines Aircraft At Time Of Souther

Sat Apr 21, 2001 8:33 am

I hope this helps?? At the time of the merger in May 1979. North Central contributed at total of 20 DC-9-31's, 2 DC-9-32's, 19 DC-9-51's, and 23 Convair 580's. They also had a few 727-200's on order that the 727's ended up with Republic.

P.S. Would love to see your photo of the NC DC-9 taken at ORD somtime. Wasn't that observation deck at ORD great Smile
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RE: A Question For HermansCV580

Sat Apr 21, 2001 9:46 am

HermansCV580...
I enjoyed your answer to "Tom in NO" query.
I used to fly North Central from Chicago into Benton Harbor, Michigan and back often in the 70s & 80s. My question is how big of a fleet of CV-580 did North Central/Republic operate?? And when were the Convairs finally retired?? Thanks & regards.
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RE: A Question For HermansCV580

Sat Apr 21, 2001 3:13 pm

According to NWA's 1987 annual report they were still operating 13 Convair 580's then.
 
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MSY Tom

Sat Apr 21, 2001 3:38 pm

I would also like to see the NC 9 pic. In addition to all the NC a/c, didn't RC pick up all of RW's (Hughes AirWest's) fleet around that time?? (-30 series 9's and a few 27's I think) Living in MOB at that time, it sure brings back memories.

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Tom in NO
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RE: North Central Airlines Aircraft At Time Of Souther

Sun Apr 22, 2001 12:55 pm

Whoever wants a copy of my NC DC-9 at ORD pic, send me an email with an address on it, and I'll send 'em off. I'm not fortunate enough to own a scanner.....yet. BTW, there's an NC Convair in that same pic.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

PS: the ORD observation deck was great. Excellent views.
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RE: A Question For HermansCV580

Mon Apr 23, 2001 8:06 am

Sorry it took so long to reply. Well to answer your question, I will start with the easy one. Northwest retired the remaining Convair 580 in November of 1988, thoes 13 were from the Northwest/Republic merger in 1986.

North Central operated a total of 35 Convairs. 3 Convairs were lost in the late 60's early 70's and in 1977/1978 six were sold to James Bay Energy. Almost forgot that the Bolivian Air Force got 2 back in 1974.

Intresting side note that there was even a coporate Convair that they had registered 580N which was used for charters.

Well hope this helps somewhat??
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