Building on first generation designs like the Caravelle production lasted more then 40 years. Many still are still flying, but time has finally catched up.
My best memories on this aircraft are ~8 years old. Travelling the day before thanksgiving it was impossible to get back to Europe from Florida.
A nice TWA guy fixed us last second tickets MSP-Indianapolis-JFK. We ran to the gate, the captain agreed to re-connect to the gate. The DC9 was totally worn out but had lots of legroom & the view great. I was exhausted & slept very well & happy we made it.
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