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Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:57 pm

April 14, 2006

Being a frequent Northwest Airlines traveler, I find the DC-9 to be a nice aircraft to fly on. Even though the legroom is not the best, it is still great to fly on such an old aircraft.

When I checked in, MSP was not very crowded. It was a clear, sunny day so most flights were leaving on-time.

Northwest Airlines #136
MSP-ORD
DC-9-30
#15B
Scheduled (514pm-629pm)
Actual (540pm-629pm)
80% Full

As I walked to gate G-15, I spotted a Northwest 747-400 heading to Tokyo-Narita.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0716.jpg

Northwest DC-10-30:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0705_edited.jpg

NW A319:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0707_edited.jpg

G-16 was very crowded as a 757-200 was in the "oversold situation" for Memphis.

I continued to stroll down the G- Concourse and spotted a Fun Jet Vacations 737 heading to the runway. Where might this jet be going? I've never seen it at MSP before.

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0711_edited.jpg
The NW 757-200 (on the right) was heading to Memphis, while an EMB-145 passes behind.

At about 4:50pm, the flight began to board and the DC-9 was only about 3/4 full this evening. The captain came on the PA to announce that we would have to wait a few extra minutes before departing, due to a busy O' Hare.

At about 5:25 we pushed back, and headed to the runway. After waiting for a company DC-9-30 to depart, we took off.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0718.jpg
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http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0717.jpg

The flight to ORD was 50 minutes, and it was nice to recieve a full beverage service. Being seated in #15B, I only had my drink for about 5 minutes, before the flight attendants came to collect the trash. Still, it was nice to get something.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0719.jpg

We hit a little turbulence coming into O'Hare, and circled quite a bit before coming into land.

After touching down, we taxied over to E-11, and parked.

I didn't realize that the E-Concourse also had some United flights. I thought they just had use of Terminals C and D.

This Continental was getting ready to head to IAH.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0720.jpg

April 17, 2006

Northwest Airlines #135
ORD-MSP
DC-9-50
#10B
Scheduled (235pm-403pm)
Actual (235pm-400pm)
100% Full

NWA check in at O' Hare took all of 5 minutes, and soon I was heading down the E- Concourse. Air Canada's new EMB-170 was boarding for Montreal, and a Continental 735 was getting ready for a flight to IAH.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0731.jpg

United 737-500 (NC) heading to the runway:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_07322_edited.jpg


Gate E-13 was empty, and didn't get busy until about 30 minutes prior to the flight.

The flight boarded around 2:05pm, and soon I was entering the aircraft. Every seat was taken in First Class, and coach began to fill quickly. At about 230pm, the door shut and we pushed back.

Taxi to the runway was short, and soon we were airborne to MSP. Flight time was estimated at 1 hr 3 mins, and it went very quickly. Again, a full beverage service was offered.

30 minutes out of MSP, we began our descent. As we passed downtown Minneapolis for arrival, it was amazing to see a CRJ-200 so close to us!


Landing:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0747.jpg

We taxied for a few minutes and parked at D-3.


Very good flights overall.

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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:40 pm

Nice report and Pics, belive it or not I went to school in Minneapolis and lived fairly close to that one lake in your pic, Lake Of the Isles right? I can also remember when NW used 747,s and DC10-s MSP-ORD. Those were the days.You could fly everything from 747,s down to Constellations without having to go all over the world to do it.
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:00 pm

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 1):
Nice report and Pics, belive it or not I went to school in Minneapolis and lived fairly close to that one lake in your pic, Lake Of the Isles right?

I believe the one to the right is Lake Calhoun, and the one in the center is Lake of the Isles.
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:43 pm

Nice Report Buddy

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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:15 am

Nice report, I enjoyed reading it....just a thought, I believe that pic of the UA 733, not a 735.
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:18 am

Nice Report!
I love the DC-9 as well and I am planning on taking some milage/segment runs this summer DTW-ORD-MSP-ORD-DTW all on the 9! Great plane
 
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:20 am

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 4):
I believe that pic of the UA 733, not a 735.

Thanks for the correction. I find its often hard for me to differentiate between the 737-300 and -500. I guess the -500 is a little smaller.
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:25 am

Quoting NWA757boy (Reply 5):
I love the DC-9 as well and I am planning on taking some milage/segment runs this summer DTW-ORD-MSP-ORD-DTW all on the 9!

Thanks for the comment! I find the DC-9-50 has a little better legroom than the DC-9-30. I find it neat how there is no galley in the back, and just all the carts up in the front. Thus, the DC-9 front galley up in First Class is huge! It goes over to the area in front of seats #1A and #1B, as well as the area near door #1R.
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Wed Apr 19, 2006 6:13 am

Here's an additional image of the descent into MSP yesterday:

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0742_edited.jpg
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Thu Apr 20, 2006 6:16 am

One final thing I forgot mention is that on April 14 (when I left) it was 80 degrees outside at the airport!
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:26 am

Great TR,

I always wanted to ride on a DC-9.
 
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:51 am

Quoting Tmarch291 (Reply 10):
Great TR,

I always wanted to ride on a DC-9.

Thanks for your comment!
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:37 am

Great trip report!

How is the NW morale due to BK?
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:40 am

Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 12):
How is the NW morale due to BK?

Thanks for your comment! In my opinion, it seems to be fine. The last time I flew NW, which was about 3 weeks ago, the morale seemed a little lower. But on these past two flights, I found it to be pretty good.
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Thu Apr 20, 2006 10:28 am

I have flight connection in MSP next week -- it will be my first time to MSP. Good to see photos you took at MSP. And yes I'm flying on DC -9 to MSP but on A320 out of MSP.
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RE: Northwest DC-9-30/50 MSP-ORD-MSP (with Pics)

Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:04 am

Quoting September11 (Reply 14):
And yes I'm flying on DC -9 to MSP but on A320 out of MSP.

Thanks for your comment! The NWA A320 is a nice aircraft to fly on and has a lot more legroom than the DC-9. MSP is a nice airport; there are a lot of nice shops and restaurants.
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