It is quite a rocket. But it is a QUIET Rocket. When I flew on that baby (717), she was so quiet, I could talk to the guy 5 rows ahead of me without yelling. On a DC9, You have to SCREAM just to talk to your neighbor. When he said it is quite a rocket, he meant for speed. She sure does go fast. Those Engines have the quietest thrust reversers I have ever heard. BTW -- in a few years, the thrust reversers will be visible due to all of the oil that collects on the nacelle. It will outline the Bucket Shells. But right now, the BR715 (which is very overpowering the OVERPOWERED 717) are the cleanest engines available
DC9 engine -- 14,000 lbs of thrust each -- 57 ton A/C
717 engine -- 18,500 lbs of thrust each -- 57 ton A/C
The 717 is 4,500 pounds more overpowered. When you takeoff, you sure can feel that extra oomph, It pushes you back in your seat as if the F/A SLAMMED you down.
I sure do love the 717
Now, If you have anymore questions about the 717, Just ask your buddies JOSH & STEVE... They'd be glad to answer any of your questions.