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Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B717

Thu May 25, 2006 5:36 am

Today the last B717 were delivered. The end of one off the most succesfull aircraft design ever.

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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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:03 am

My first vacation on my own had one leg where I flew on a DC-9. It was a N/S from IAH to ATL, connecting to TPA. The other flights were 727. I loved every minute of it.

Since then I've flown on several Texas International, Ozark, and NW DC-9's, and a few TW B-717's. I've probably flown on hundreds of MD-80's, if not thousands.

The end of the production line of the 717 is certainly the end of an era. I'll always have many fond memories of the little plane that carried me to magical places.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:06 am

My first and only trip on the DC-9 was a jump from DUL-MSP. It was loud and bumpy the whole flight, and we were one of the last flights to land before MSP was closed due to severe weather. The approach was intense, but in hindsight, it was a great ride!
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:09 am

For me the DC-9

Trying to get two huge guys on the back plug-door jumpseat. We had to sit sideways or one leaning forward and the other leaning back. We laugh to this day about that.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:15 am

Even though I was a baby and don't remember, I still want to share this...

Flying Republic's DC-9's into Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA). This was in early 1985, those were the days of true jet service (NOT RJ's) into small airports.
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:20 am

All my early flights were vacations to a variety of Mexican beach resorts with my family in Aeromexico's DC-9s and MD-80s during the best part of the 80s. Great memories.
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:22 am

My first memory on a DC-9 was doing SLC-DEN on CO (around 1985), first MD-80 I remember was Republic RNO-SLC-MSP, and the first 717 was TWA LGB-STL. In between and recently, the only 717's I've been on were AirTran's, and the last MD-80 was on CO two years ago, while the last DC-9 was a DC-9-50 swapping for a 717 on LGA-STL.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:23 am

Flying an Alaska Airlines MD-80 from Mazatlan to LAX in 2001. Sitting next to two hot ladies from Canada. Flight attendant also comped us free drinks for sitting in the noisy part of the aircraft. (Now that I think about it, shouldn't drinks be free anyway since it was international?)
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:25 am

NY Air's DC9s come to mind......those red apple jets were nice to look and the airline offered a good product. I was a NY Air regular on the LGA-BOS run when I was in school, it was so much nicer than the Shuttle, and loved those bagels.

Flying HNL-OGG-HNL on a Hawaiian DC9 was a lot of fun.......very quick flight, takeoff, pineapple juice, landing, but the scenery was beautiful, and Maui was almost exotic back in the early 1970s when I first flew with Hawaiian.

Last memory that I'll share is EWR-MEM on a NW (ex Republic) DC9-10.....I remember thinking how small and compact the cabin was; this was of course in the pre regional jet days!
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:28 am

I don't have any particularly amazing memories, but I don't have any bad ones either and have flown tons of flights on different models from that family:

DC-9s on Northwest
MD-82s on Continental
717s on AirTran
MD-88s on Delta (many many times)
MD-90s on Delta

I'm always impressed with how quiet these planes are as long as you aren't sitting near the back. The 717s aren't even that bad in the back. They sure are amazing planes.
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:29 am

What can I say? Back in the good old days we had the famous Diamond Service and I'm telling you, we whipped BA's ass every time with it on the UK domestics and the LHR-CDG/AMS/BRU/DUB routes.


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Those days however, have since long gone. Very sad indeed.
As an ex-BD employee, I miss them a lot and have very fond memories. of my time served and some great colleagues and generally having lots of fun just doing my job!

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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:40 am

My maiden flight was a routing BRU-BCN-TFS-LPA-ACE-MAD-MRS back in December of 1983 with IB, I was 8 1/2 years old.

The very first leg and the last 4 were on the Douglas DC-9. Only the 2nd was on a Boeing 727, which I also enjoyed. Loved every minute of those flights!

Later I flew the MD-80 with AZ FCO-MLA in 1995 and very recently with AZ again BRU-MXP and back a couple times. Also got a chance to fly the McDonnell Douglas MD-11ER of CityBird flying for Sabena on BRU-EWR, not bad either.

Just like flights for my many flights on the Sabena and BA 737-200, I also felt that those planes (esp. DC-9 and MD-80) are somehow a more comfortable ride than more modern ones.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:50 am

It is really sad to see the end of production of this great line of aircraft. I have a special liking for the DC9 series. The MD-83 in particular is my favourite airplane type. In fact my email address is 'dc9super80' figure out the rest.

My very first jet flight -
Date - August - 1992
Route - Grenada (GND) - Barbados (BGI) - New York City (JFK)
Airline - BWIA International (BW)
Flight # - BW426
Seat - 14A
Aircraft - MD-83
Reg - 9Y-THX
Title - Sunjet Anguilla

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I hope to see airlines flying this great airplane for some time to come.

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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 8:48 am

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 10):
we whipped BA's ass every time with it on the UK domestics and the LHR-CDG/AMS/BRU/DUB routes.
Those days however, have since long gone. Very sad indeed.
As an ex-BD employee, I miss them a lot and have very fond memories.

My first flight on an airliner was on a British Midland DC-9-10 or -30, AMS-LHR, in 1991 or thereabouts, and it was indeed a good flight.

My only other DC-9 experiences as far as I can recall:

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Xian-Chengdu, September 6, 1998. Not sure if it was a Chinese-built MD-82. Uneventful though Smile

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Bangkok-Samui, September 8, 2005. Nice airline, nice flight into Samui's small airport.

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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 4:50 pm

My first memorable experiance on a DC9 was with TWA back in the 90s. I remember looking out the window inbound to STL and seeing the arch, for one reason or another I thought it was really cool, and loved TWA and the 9s ever since.

I've always had good experiances with MD80s as well, years ago I got to UM on an AA MD80, that was cool.

Lastly, an Aeromexico MD80 was my gateway to the wonderful party week I had in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The airport has only 4 jetways so we had to deplane through the tailstairs.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 5:07 pm

DC-9s took me between MSP and BDL in my high school years. I flew it so often that I got to know some F/A by name. They would ask me about my schooling and my travels.

I would board the DC-9 and it felt like home. The only problem was the pressure and not equalizing in my ears. Hurt like hell for a few days but I loved flying the DC-9s.

Though NW has many left and they are leaving slowly, my wife and I have decided that our next flights home will be via NRT to save on changing at DTW with a small child. That means our DC-9 flights are numbered.

My last DC-9 flight was December 31st, 2005 on MSP-DTW. It was like being at home in the sky.

(My first DC-9 flight was on Republic (before NW merger): CWA-EAU-MSP...I was 6.)
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 6:05 pm

I was fortunate enough to make my first trip to Hawaii just before HA started replacing their DC-9s with 717s. I flew HNL-OGG-HNL in February, '01...probably not long before those birds went to the desert.

Surprisingly, I've never flown on an AS MD-80. My last AS flight from LAX-SEA was scheduled to be an Mad Dog, but my friends and I ended up taking an earlier flight operated by a 73G. My only MD-80 experience was on DL from ATL-PIT back in June of 2004.

As for the 717...I imagine my first ride will be in Hawaii, but perhaps I'll take advantage of FL's new SEA-ATL service for my next east coast connection...
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 9:58 pm

I was fortunate to fly on the ubiquitous mad dog from DFW to many places around US. Though I used to get tired of seeing them from Founders' Plaza, I love the sweet sound of their engines at take-off thrust!

My most memorable trip on the Super 80 was from ORD to DFW on a cold, rainy morning. With mild turbulences on our ascent, the descent was the most remarkable piece. Had a superb view of Arlington Airport and we glided onto 36R @DFW with me watching the dog's shadow race ahead of us.

Long live the MAD DOG!!

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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Thu May 25, 2006 10:29 pm

My only memories of MD-80 are making a racket as they departed over my house out of LHR back when I lived in Windsor. I never got to fly on one unfortunately, but a Fokker 100 is close enough.
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Sun May 28, 2006 5:19 pm

Despite flying NW quite a bit, I've always been on the 752. As for the DC-9 line, the only aircraft I've flown was a DL MD-88 just last month on a red-eye from PHX-ATL. This was the only flight I've been on where we were served more than once (I've never gone long-haul), and the morale of the DL F/As seemed pretty good despite the bankruptcy. A darn good flight (except for my not sleeping, of course).
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Mon May 29, 2006 11:31 am

My favorite were the DC-9-30's of North Central connecting in MSP or ORD traveling to MQT in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. Spend some quality time at GRB waiting to connect as all the UP flights met three times a day both for N/B and S/B flights. The planes were always clean inside, enough leg room, and the airline treated everyone as a person.
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Mon May 29, 2006 11:35 am

I've flown on the DC-9 so often, they all seem to blend together. My favorite memories were the few times I rode on a flight my dad was flying. That was a while ago, though.
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Tue May 30, 2006 11:55 am

My favorite DC-9s were DL's DC-9-88s. Flew a lot on them. While at Texas A&M aviation camp, we got the run of one at PNS-got to sit in the pilot's seat while our counselor (ex-USAF(MAC), DL training captain) showed us all of the equipment including activating the fire warning and GPWS test. While waiting for our turn in the hot seat, the rest of us explored the cabin. The plane was squeaky clean when we boarded and we left it that way when the assigned crew arrived.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Sun Jun 04, 2006 10:06 am

Well, living in Wisconsin, most flights are either on Midwest (717's and MD-80's now, with DC9's in the past) and Northwest (lots of DC9's). My most enjoyable flight of all 3 types is a tie, both on MD-80's. I flew today on a Midwest MD-88 from MKE to SFO: great weather, excellent views for most of the flight of the varying geography & terrain, and the typically-wonderful Midwest service with super-friendly FA's and good-quality BOB food. A tie was on an Alaska Airlines MD-80 from SEA to ANC in 1998, for largely the same reasons. I have to say, I was concerned about how today's 4+ hour flight on an MD-80 would be, as I'm used to flying to the West Coast on 757's and A320's, but it was excellent. The 717's are wonderful to fly on, too, very quiet and smooth. All good things must come to an end, I guess, and that goes for the Douglas line, too.
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:33 am

I recently flew Super 80 from DFW-MSY. I got a first class upgrade for 50 bucks. I must say that it was a very smooth, powerful take-off up in first. I loved the view flying over the Texas and Louisana countryside.

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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:27 pm

My favorite DC-9 memory was one time with my mom. She had a couple bad experiences on DC-9's and was afraid to fly on one. One day in 1987 while non-revving out of DCA to SFO, we were unable to get on the flight to ATL. The agent told us there were seats available on the flight to DFW across the concourse as well as the DFW-SFO flight. We ran across the concourse and went up the stairs onto the DFW flight. My mom did not pay attention to what type of plane we were getting on but I knew we were boarding an MD-80. The plane was brand new. The flight attendants announced during the safety briefing that the plane is an MD-80. During the conversation with the flight attendant, the plane was referred to as an MD-80. The seats were comfortable and everything in the plane was clean. My mom was loving the flight and thought this was the best airplane she had ever been on. When we landed in DFW she thanked the crew for the wonderful flight and told them what a great airplane she was on. I waited until we got to SFO before I told her the MD-80 is a version of the DC-9.
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:36 pm

Back in the early 1990's, the DC-9 of SAS (along with KarAir's ATR-72) was the first Western aircraft to regularly appear at TLL, my home airport. The DC-9 (usually the -40 series) flew over my house at some 2000ft each day on it's way back to Arlanda and I quickly learned to appreciate the graceful shape of this great T-tailer.

Now the DC-9 is a memory at TLL, but we still do get an occasional MD-80. Got to like those, too.  Smile

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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:41 am

I flew a MD-83 from Oslo, Norway to Las Palmas twice. 5h30min. A lot of turbulence. Didn't like it too much.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:44 am

DC-9's were common planes that I'd fly on, since I flew nothing but NW before we lost travel benefits. With the exception of the -20, I flew on every DC-9 variant except the MD-80, -90, and -95 (717) series. I did fly on an MD-82 on KE though, but I'm not quite sure about that...
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:41 pm

I have only ever been on one 717 flight last year.

Flight lasted for just over an hour, and i was seated at the back. Great to see the flaps and spoilers, but very noisy (which i didn't mind). I like the 2X3 seat layout.
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:21 am

Hi!

My best way to show my gratitude to this family of airliners is to share with you the ones that I flew, here they are:

Model: MDD DC-9-51
Airline: Swissair
Registration: HB-ISR
Flight: LIS/GVA
Date: 1979/11/23
Flight time: 2:15 minutes
Age of the airplane at that date: 3 years and 3 months


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Model: MDD DC-9-15
Airline: KLM
Registration: PH-DNC
Flight: AMS/MAD
Date: 1980/10/01
Flight time: 2:25 minutes
Age of the airplane at that date: 14 years and 4 months


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Model: MDD DC-9-81
Airline: Swissair
Registration: HB-INM
Flight: LIS/GVA
Date: 1981/09/01
Flight time: 2:15 minutes
Age of the airplane at that date: 25 days!!!


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Model: MDD DC-9-81
Airline: Swissair
Registration: HB-IND
Flight: LIS/GVA
Date: 1982/12/06
Flight time: 2:15 minutes
Age of the airplane at that date: 2 years and 2 months


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Model: MDD DC-9-81
Airline: Swissair
Registration: HB-INI
Flight: LIS/GVA/ZRH
Date: 1987/09/28
Flight time: 2:15 (LIS/GVA) + 50 minutes (GVA/ZRH)
Age of the airplane at that date: 6 years and 2 months


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Model: MDD MD82
Airline: Alitalia
Registration: I-DAWG
Flight: MAD/FCO
Date: 1989/04/26
Flight time: 2:00 hours
Age of the airplane at that date: 4 years and 9 months


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Model: MDD MD82
Airline: Alitalia
Registration: I-DAVK
Flight: LIN/LIS
Date: 1989/04/30
Flight time: 2:20 minutes
Age of the airplane at that date: 1 year and 10 months


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Hopefully this July and after 17 years I'll get back to this beautifull airplane, I might fly Avianca from BOG to CLO or CLO to BOG!!!
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Wed Jun 07, 2006 2:36 am

Only memory of any of those a/c is of the MD80 and it's not my fondest...Back in July '03 went home on leave from TUS-DFW-ORD and back, all on Maddogs. Apparently the Airplane God's thought it would be a funny prank to sit me in the last row behind the bulkhead next to the engine on all but 1 flight. Of course this was before I became a big airplane nerd like I am today...so I had no clue before hand...worst trip ever....
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:54 am

I have flown plenty of times on DC9-30, MD82 of ALM Antillean Airlines in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

On the stretches from CUR to: AUA, CCS, SDQ, PBM, SJO, BOG, MIA and ATL.

Furthermore I flew on several types of the DC9 and MD80 series of the following airlines:

NW, DL, AS and AA.

So far I have never flown on the 717.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:55 pm

The best flights I have ever had were both on YX MD-82s - maintenance test flights from MKE out over Lake Michigan. It's amazing what those aircraft can do!
 
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:27 am

I have flown these a/c many, many times. I do not know about great memories but I do have a very memorable one.

I was 12 or 13 coming home to Georgia from Maine. We flew BOS-DCA-ATL on Eastern Airlines. The leg from DCA to ATL was about 1/2 full and about 45 minutes into the flight without warning the pilot nosedived the plane. It seems like it was straight down but I am sure it was probably 30-40%. It was enough that one of F/A's fell in the aisle and rolled down the aisle and hit the forward galley.

Several others actually came out of their seats and luggage rolled everywhere. The dive lasted for about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes it seemed. Anyway, the pilot leveled out and he came over the intercom and said that it was due to another a/c and we had gone from about 28k feet to 17k and apologized for it.

Rather scary it was and memorable - not great memorable - just memorable.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Sat Jun 17, 2006 7:15 am

For me, the MD-80:
First one I can remember is AA AUS-ORD- BWI in 2001 (1 month before 9/11, probably why I remember)
Been on many AA and DL MD-80 flights!
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:19 am

First time flying by myself was DFW-ONT on AA Mad Dog. In fact, probably half of my flights have been on AA Mad Dogs  Silly Favorite, though, have to be TW's 717s. Loved those things. Great aircraft, quiet, quick, comfortable. The frequent STL-DFW legs and vice versa.

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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:32 am

My favorite flights are as follows:

727-100 AA DFW-RNO September 18,1992. I knew this would be my last -100 and really enjoyed it although my wife at the time would not shut up. The plane was built is 1965.

727-200 BN green plane from MCI-DFW June of 1975. This was the only flight I ever took with all of my family. My first visit to DFW and lots of cool BN planes. Also a rare site of a BN DC-8 at DFW.

MD-88 Delta- This was summer of 1989 and the captain said this plane was only a few weeks old. Very nice flight from DFW to CVG.

DC-9-10 NW this was one of the very last -10's to fly for NW. To lazy to go find the date. This flight was from DTW to FNT. We flew at 4000ft for a very short flight. I was in first class and tried to explain to this guy the plane is going to be retired and you will not find one of these again. I pretty sure he was a idiot, but I tried.
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:30 am

My first flight ever was on an EA DC-9 back in Dec. 1971 out of BOS; I was 6 at the time.
My first flight out of PHL was on a ML MD-80 back in Dec. 1990.
My first 717 flight was on a FL PHL-ATL flight I took in Jan. 2001.

Presently, I have not taken any MD-90 flights.

Like most that have posted here, my only complaint was when I was sitting towards the rear of the aircraft although the 717 was nowhere near as noisy as its earlier bretheren.

DC-9 flights:

1971
EA

1991
US

1998
US
FL

1999
US

2001
FL

2002
FL

2003-2004
NW

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1990
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2002
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RE: Your Best Memories On The Great DC9, MD80, B71

Wed Jun 28, 2006 5:57 am

First flight on DC-9 (actually on any plane) was in 1969 when I was 3 years old: I asked my mom if she brought my sleigh because of the snow on the ground (they were actually clouds!). The flight was:
KLM: AMS > NCE > AGP and back

Later I flew very often on DC-9 aircraft while being in boarding school for many years in Switzerland. AMS > ZRH > AMS. I think I must have flown this more than 200 times! Always one way on KLM and one way with Swissair because of KSSU-deal I guess.

Other DC-9 flights were on Alitalia, Iberia, Aviaco, Austrian, USAir, Hawaiian, Martinair, Finnair, ALM

I love Douglas planes...
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