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N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:58 pm

last night I got off N225NW on it's last flight for NW from AMS to MSP. The FO announced this as we were on approach and also that it was the pilot's last flight as he was retiring. Are any other A,netters due on the the next 2 days DC10's from MSP as it will be their last flights for NW I believe.
It was on time with a good cabin crew and still looked in good shape. I have taken the NW DC 10 across the Atlantic about 30 times and they have never let me down unlike the A330 and the 747 which have been delayed or cancellled due to tech problems.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:02 pm

Thanks for sharing this with us. I would also have enjoyed flying on the DC-10 one more time before it would be too late. Did the fire department do a water cannon salute to celebrate the captain's retirement? I imagine so.
Northwest last DC-10 departure out of AMS is in two or three days from now, but the very last DC-10 in the whole system retires early next year. So you still have two more months to spot NW DC-10's at MSP. Enjoy while you can.

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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:07 pm

Are you sure it was N225NW's last flight?!?!

N225NW is currently sat on the ground at LGW awaiting its Transatlantic clearence before proceeding to the US as NW43 bound for MSP.

It is sad to think that in the next few weeks the DC10 will disappear from regular airline services at LGW.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:09 pm

Quoting Spottingpete93 (Reply 2):

Sad but also a bit of a relief. I'm all for not changing owt if it ain't broke but they were getting on a bit.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sat Oct 28, 2006 1:17 am

Quoting Scouse (Thread starter):
Are any other A,netters due on the the next 2 days DC10's from MSP as it will be their last flights for NW I believe.

Actually these will be the last transatlantic flights for NWA. They will still operate them MSP-HNL until the beginning of January. Just a heads up, you will still be able to see them in MSP. Ironic that the last DC-10 from AMS, a relatively big DC-10 hub for NWA, would also be the Captains last flight. What a way to go!!!
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:59 am

Quoting Spottingpete93 (Reply 2):
Are you sure it was N225NW's last flight?!?!

Last flight on that particular route for the type, not last flight of the specific aircraft.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:24 pm

Anyhow, it seems N225NW is leaving the fleet this weekend. N225NW was the last DC-10 I was on a month ago....MSP-LGW. i enjoyed what might be my last DC-10 flight very much. despite the 30min delay due to a leaky pipe in the aft galley. ill try to post a trip report with lots of pics and videos soon.


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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:46 pm

What are the schedules on the MSP-HNL-MSP flights until they are retired? Is this going to be the only DC10 route till they are gone? Can't believe they are just about gone. Seems like just yesterday that AA retired them.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:57 am

Isn't the last flight NW flight 98 from HNL to MSP? And isn't the last NW Avro RJ taking off at MSP tomorrow? I also saw many Avro RJs landing at MSP while I was playing soccer.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 1:48 am

Hey Scouse,

A friend of mine flew MSP - AMS (NW 46) thursday night (arrivel 1010 local at AMS Fryday). He said that (particular) aircraft was like it was going to fall apart any minute.

To bad I won't be flying it.

FJWH

BTW: your flight, I presume, was the same plane my friend was sitting in but on the way back to MSP? How late did you depart from AMS? The plane from the leg MSP - AMS arrived at 1010.

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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:10 am

N225NW will be going to ATA (TZ) along with 223, 224, 226, 234, 235, 237, 241, and 242.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:22 am

Quoting FJWH (Reply 9):
He said that (particular) aircraft was like it was going to fall apart any minute.

 confused 

Quoting Scouse (Thread starter):
still looked in good shape

 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:33 am

I have yet to ride on DC-10, but do hope all those old ladies grace the skies for TZ and others. My best of luck to the DC-10 and NW pilots retiring from the type.

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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:46 am

Hi FJWH
.[/quote]
BTW: your flight, I presume, was the same plane my friend was sitting in but on the way back to MSP? How late did you depart from AMS? The plane from the leg MSP - AMS arrived at 1010


I was on flight NW 55 dep AMS 3.35pm and arrive at MSP 5.35pm from gate E18 on Thursday 26th Oct which would put it just ready to depart for Gatwick at 7.00pm as Spottingpete said it was in LGW the next day.
I have been on 3 or 4 of the 10,s this year and this was the only one in the old colours but it was as good as the ones with fresh paint.
I was in AMS 8 weeks ago going to Cape Town and saw another NW DC10 there that did look really bad from the outside but I did not notice what # it was.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:38 am

I will be on the NW DC-10 flight from HNL to MSP on Nov. 6
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:42 am

I will be visiting DTW in early December. Are there no NW DC-10s in DTW anymore?
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:05 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 15):
I will be visiting DTW in early December. Are there no NW DC-10s in DTW anymore?

Nope, from here on out it will be MSP-HNL-MSP exclusively.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 1:08 pm

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 12):

Unfortunately your best chance on riding on a DC-10 has come and gone. Once NW has phased all of there DC-10s out of service, only charter and freight carriers will be flying them in the United States. ATA will likely use them on military charters to replace the L-1011s.

I was lucky enough to fly on a United DC-10 from ORD to SEA and back in 1995, just a few years before they would be gone. The aircraft now belongs to Fed Ex (N393FE). I remember looking out on the port side and watching an AA MD-11 take-off infront of us on the return trip, presumably bound for TYO. Now it is all B777/A330 etc, how times have changed.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 1:33 pm

Does anyone know when N234NW is leaving NW?

This was the ship that really got me interested in the DC-10. I've managed to photograph it in SEA, MSP, DTW, and AMS  Smile - I think I must have 60 or so pictures of it.

It's the only aircraft I have ever felt 'attached' to  Smile

I'm glad to see that so many of NW's 10's are going to live on at TZ.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 1:53 pm

Quoting N234NW (Reply 18):
Does anyone know when N234NW is leaving NW?

It will probably be gone by Jan. or Feb. of next year, either with Omni or ATA. Enjoy seeing it while you can! I personally will miss N240NW, one of the last DC-10s built, a -30ER model, and it looked sharp in the new paint scheme. : )
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 2:08 pm

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 19):
I personally will miss N240NW, one of the last DC-10s built, a -30ER model, and it looked sharp in the new paint scheme. : )

Me too! It's the only NW DC-10 I've been on (2 months ago), and it really looked very neat and well-kept! I hope she'll fly many more pax for another airline..

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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 2:24 pm

Quoting EHHO (Reply 20):
Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 19):
I personally will miss N240NW, one of the last DC-10s built, a -30ER model, and it looked sharp in the new paint scheme. : )

Me too! It's the only NW DC-10 I've been on (2 months ago), and it really looked very neat and well-kept! I hope she'll fly many more pax for another airline..

Welcome to A.net!

Thanks EHHO, I just discovered this site not too long ago. Good to hear the aircraft is still in good condition. I wish I had an opportunity to fly on another DC-10 but I won't be going to HNL in the next three months. Atleast being in the Netherlands you have the chance of flying on a KLM MD-11. I hope someday I do!
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 2:32 pm

NWA used to fly DC-10's all over the place domestically. MSP to LAX, LAS, SEA, MIA, MCO, and SFO. It seems like most of my NW flights in the 1980's and 1990's were on DC-10's. I'm kind of glad to see them finally go.

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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:00 pm

I was able to fuel the last scheduled NWA flight 58, DC-10 out of MEM-AMS on 10/28/06! Ship # 1235. I thank the Lord above that I was able to fuel that last flight, kinda neat, kinda sad.

As of 1:01 A.M. CDT, out over the North Atlantic
From www.flightaware.com
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5 hours 25 minutes down


Status En Route (3122 miles down; 1432 miles to go)

[Edited 2006-10-29 07:04:03]
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:35 pm

I was on flight 44 to LGW (N240NW) and right now I'm waiting in Gatwick to get on flight 43 back to MSP. It made for some interesting talk at passport control between me and the Stern British Immigration Officer:

SBIO: Where are you flying in from?
Me: Minneapolis.
SBIO: Are you traveling with anyone?
Me: No, just me.
SBIO: And what is the purpose of your visit?
Me: I'm in transit. Just passing through.
SBIO: Where to?
Me: Ah, Minneapolis.
SBIO: Very good, wait a minute! (Suspiciously) Where did you fly in from?
Me: Minneapolis.
SBIO: And you're flying back to Minneapolis.
Me: Yes, that's right.
SBIO (long pause, looks confused): Why?
Me: I like planes and the flight I was on was the last DC-10 flight on that route.
SBIO: Was anyone else on the plane doing that?
Me: Probably, but I don't know if anyone was.
SBIO (by now more amused than confused): So you like planes?
Me: Oh, yeah.
SBIO: Was that the last DC-10 flight ever?
Me: No, just on that route with that airline.
SBIO: Do you have your return ticket? May I see it? (checks ticket) So you flew in from Minneapolis and now you're flying from Gatwick back to Minneapolis in a few hours. I guess you could go have some breakfast or something. You really should stay longer next time. (shrugs and stamps passport) Very good! Thank you!

The flight over was pretty good. The plane was in good shape (one out of order lavatory), I was back in 28B. Left a bit late, arrived a bit early, in flight entertainment was provided by the northern lights which were visible about two hours after takeoff.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:00 am

I flew on a DC-10 once and it was a nice ride. Will there be any NW DC-10s going to the NW Cargo fleet?
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:11 am

On the nwa employee site there's a message about the last TATL flights this weekend. It also says that flight attendants were given cameras to document these final voyages of the DC-10. I'm sure we'll have some good pics on the nwa site soon!!

Tonight AMS and LGW departures are all A330, no DC-10s anymore.













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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:40 am

Quoting N808NW (Reply 26):
Tonight AMS and LGW departures are all A330, no DC-10s anymore.

And what about the other places in Europe Northwest flies to? Does CDG still see NW DC-10's? I'm not sure. It seems to me that for the next and last two months, the only DC-10 route at Northwest will be MSP-HNL-MSP, if you think of others please let me know.

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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:13 am

Quoting Spottingpete93 (Reply 2):
N225NW is currently sat on the ground at LGW awaiting its Transatlantic clearence before proceeding to the US as NW43 bound for MSP.

I just drove by N225NW. It's at MSP and the Northwest livery has already been stripped off.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:15 am

AMS will still see DC10 charters in the next few months.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 9:29 am

I have had 3 flights on NWA's DC-10s, all about 2 years ago.The A/C's i flew were all in bad shape and the journey was not that comfortable.
Sure, its one A/C that will have a chapter devoted to it in modern aviation history, but the retirement was way overdue. I hope these A/C meet their graceful end.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:17 am

Hi there!

Thinking ahead I booked our autumn trip to the US as to fly the DC-10 one last time on the way back. Thankfully no type change has occured and the old lady was awaiting us in all its glory at Memphis as planned. Thus I happened to be a passenger of NW58 on 10/27/2006. During night hours when most of the pax were sleeping I did a final tour of the cabin including the aft galley section where sometimes the roaring sound of engine #2 and the smell of kerozene could be experienced. It was also nice to spot the area of Halifax via the small window of the door.
The crew was very helpful and provided a nice and enjoyable service. Even my request to visit the cockpit after arrival to the gate was fulfilled. Upon entering the "dancing room" probably for the very last time I payed my personal farewell tribute to this great bird. Nevertheless I hope to see them back in the skies for the years to come either as pax or cargo planes. Anyway the DC10 legend has to live on  airplane 

 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:49 am

Quoting ChrisI1024 (Reply 28):

I just drove by N225NW. It's at MSP and the Northwest livery has already been stripped off.

Anyone know when this is leaving? I want to get a picture of it.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:04 pm

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 17):
I was lucky enough to fly on a United DC-10 from ORD to SEA and back in 1995, just a few years before they would be gone.

You reminded me of a trip I took from Boston to Seattle on United, DC-10 from BOS to ORD, where there was a change of equipment (same flight number)... to another DC-10, ORD-SEA!

I remember the first leg vividly, as the overhead bin over my head wouldn't close properly, and it caused us to be a little late leaving Boston. After the F/As had everyone move their stuff from the bin, the maintenance crew came on board, slammed the lid a couple times, then duct-taped it shut.

Being Alaskan, I didn't see anything wrong with this (I have flown in planes that contain as much as 30% duct tape) but some of the other pax were a little perturbed.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:08 pm

Quoting Manny (Reply 30):
I have had 3 flights on NWA's DC-10s, all about 2 years ago.The A/C's i flew were all in bad shape and the journey was not that comfortable.
Sure, its one A/C that will have a chapter devoted to it in modern aviation history, but the retirement was way overdue. I hope these A/C meet their graceful end.

Northwest has/had a variety of DC-10s ranging in age. Those who posted positive experiences probalby flew N239NW or N240NW. These were among the last DC-10s built, first flown in 1988 and are the more advanced -30ER version. Maybe you flew on N224NW or one of her sisterships that were built in 1974 and flew for Swissair for many years. It is a large gap in age for a plane with as many long haul flights as the DC-10.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:29 pm

Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 25):
Will there be any NW DC-10s going to the NW Cargo fleet?

Nope...

Quoting American 767 (Reply 27):
Does CDG still see NW DC-10's?

Nope...

So which DC-10's are left in the NW fleet?
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:31 pm

Quoting Gordarpi (Reply 31):
Thankfully no type change has occured and the old lady was awaiting us in all its glory at Memphis as planned. Thus I happened to be a passenger of NW58 on 10/27/2006.

HEY, I fueled your flight aswell!!!
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:36 pm

Quoting TheCheese (Reply 33):
You reminded me of a trip I took from Boston to Seattle on United, DC-10 from BOS to ORD, where there was a change of equipment (same flight number)... to another DC-10, ORD-SEA!

I remember the first leg vividly, as the overhead bin over my head wouldn't close properly, and it caused us to be a little late leaving Boston. After the F/As had everyone move their stuff from the bin, the maintenance crew came on board, slammed the lid a couple times, then duct-taped it shut.

That's funny, I can imagine everyone's reaction after the crew pulled out the duct tape. The summer of 1995 had record high temperatures in the Chicago area, reaching 105 degrees. I remember the plane being atleast 80 degrees in the cabin and very stuffy as we sat at the gate prior to departure. We sure cooled off once we got to good old rainy Seattle!
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:54 pm

This is one of the saddest threads I have ever read. I actually feel choked-up. I flew DTW-CDG as a teen with NW and on a DC-10. Nothing like playing blackjack in the bulkhead seats and getting yelled at by the FA for having friends sitting on the floor. One of my best memories

On my flight to CDG we had the old stethoscope sound system. But on the return was the new system.

My last DC-10 flight was NW MSP-PHX back in 1998. Loved it.

Had a friend (a United fan) who had to fly NW on a trip to Europe. He was terrified of flying on a DC-10 as it was an "Old plane". I told him, you have never been on a plane this good and this much fun. He said it was one of his favorite flights ever and wished he could do it again.

Just went through all the picts of N225NW. Man...never thought something like this would make me emotional.


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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:39 pm

O well, we will see some of the planes back at AMS, as NWA will keep some of them for Military flights to afghanistan and Irak, which mostly make a stop at AMS.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:22 pm

Quoting AviatorTJ (Reply 32):
Anyone know when this is leaving? I want to get a picture of it.

I didn't see it on the way to the airport this morning. Not saying that it's gone, but I couldn't see it from the highway.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 9:29 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 15):
Are there no NW DC-10s in DTW anymore?

NW53 AMS-DTW will operate the last scheduled, TATL DC10 next week (11/7)according to the pilot bid packet for NOV.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:30 pm

I remember back in the Mid 90s I flew NW MSP-DTW-FRA on a DC-10 then the return FRA-BOS on another 10. Was such a nice trip, I have wanted to get on another 10 for a long time, but have been on any trips that require 3 engines in a long time.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:48 am

Courtesy: Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal

NWA Bids Adieu To DC-10s On Transatlantic Flights

http://biz.yahoo.com/bizj/061030/1368564.html?.v=1
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:32 am

I flew on that airplane august 10 2003 from IAD - AMS, that was the last time i ever flew NW international, not because i decided not to, but when i lived in the DC area, Northwest used to serve IAD with their DC-10's, before KLM took over, i beleive the year following that. I was seated in row 4 a window seat on the left in world business class.
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:35 am

And so ends another chapter in the book of aviation.
NW, was one of the few remaining operators of this type in public service.

It will be weird not seeing them any more, the old DC-10 and their old colour scheme was always something to see.

Goodbye DC-10

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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:37 am

Quoting ChrisI1024 (Reply 40):

I didn't see it on the way to the airport this morning. Not saying that it's gone, but I couldn't see it from the highway.

I took a look around the field late last night, and I'm guessing it left between the posts. Darn, it was looking real good the other day when I saw it too.
 
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RE: N225NW DC10 Last Flight For NW

Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:33 am

Quoting AviatorTJ (Reply 46):
I took a look around the field late last night, and I'm guessing it left between the posts. Darn, it was looking real good the other day when I saw it too.

All the DC-10s head to Marana, AZ (MZJ) for storage as they leave the NW fleet. This is probably where N225NW is now.
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