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Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:08 pm

I have been looking at photos of the DC-9, and it just got my memory surfing. I still remember my very first DC-9 flight, which took place on July 24, 1999 from KGPT-KHOU on TRS 1006. It was on N817AT with AirTran Airways. 4 days later, I flew back on TRS 1011 from KHOU-KGPT on N830AT. I didn't take another DC-9 flight until 5 years later on Northwest Airlines, which was a DC-9-14, N8911E from KGPT-KMEM, and I connected to ATL on a Delta MD-88 on N927DA. I returned to MEM on N614NW, and flew back on an ARJ-85. It wasn't until 3 years later that I flew on N942N from KSTL-KMSP and returned on what would be my last DC-9 flight ever, N784NC. After I flew on N784NC, I got plenty of pics, because I knew it would be my final Northwest DC-9 flight. I didn't know it was going to be my last DC-9 flight ever.

So, my first DC-9 flight was N817AT
and my last DC-9 flight was N784NC

Does anybody remember such vivid details of your first and last DC-9 flights. I sure do miss those birds screaming through the air on takeoff. Sure, we still have the MD-80s, but if you're a TRUE DC-9 fan, you don't have to even look up to tell the difference between the JT8D-7/9/11/17, and the JT8D-209/217/219.

I recently watched this video of the very first DC-9 I ever flew on, and it brought tears to my eyes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf-eL07C26k
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:11 pm

I flew many DC-9 flights with NW as a child in the 90s. How I miss that bird!

Quoting Grisee08 (Thread starter):
KGPT-KHOU on TRS 1006. It was on N817AT with AirTran Airways. 4 days later, I flew back on TRS 1011 from KHOU-KGPT

Air Tran flew out of HOU to GPT!? Did they hAve some kind of focus city there?
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:15 pm

Mine is fairly easy as my first was my last.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:21 pm

My first DC-9 flight also happened to be my last one, a DL flight on CLT-ATL back in 2012, which is incidentally the shortest flight I've ever taken. The plane was in pretty good shape, but I could tell it was older than the MD-88 I connected onto in ATL.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:31 pm

Going strictly by memory, which isn't all that reliable these days, my first DC-9 fligth was probably from ATL-DAB in the 70s..............my last was probably DFW-LIT in about '03 or '04. My memory isn't all that detailed as some of you, unfortunately.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:33 pm

My first was my first flight; and also my last DC9 flight - British Midland in the early 1990s. Not the most common bird over here.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:42 pm

First... 1982, KLM, AMS-BCN
Last... Forgot the year, but it was CGK-JOG on Garuda.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:43 pm

My first is unclear, it was in the early '90s and I was a toddler, I think it was on US Air. My last was on Delta, MSP-DTW in 2012. I miss those birds, especially the red tails.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:45 pm

My first DC-9 flight was during Christmas 1971 on a family trip to Florida (from BOS) on EA; I was 6 at the time.

My final DC-9 flight was on NW from DTW-PHL circa 2005.

My other DC-9 flights in between, from 1990-2005, were on (in alphabetical order) FL, ML & US.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:46 pm

My first was either ZRH-AMS or LCA-ZRH on SR in 1982. My last was ZRH-ATH again on SR in 1984.

I suppose you aren't including M80 series in this, right?
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:50 pm

I've only ever been on one: N401EA, DL869 DTW-EWR, 2011-08-17, seat 23A. That noise combined with what I like to call the sightseeing approach to one of the 22s was something I won't forget anytime soon.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:56 pm

My first was a Bonanza DC-9-14 LAX-PHX in 1968 my last was a Delta DC-9-51 ATL-DAB in 2010.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:09 pm

North Central from MSP to ORD in '67' (10 series), last and interestingly enough, NW from IAH to MSP (30 series) in '08', with an untold number of flights in between, spanning the globe from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia...
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:18 pm

My first (and last) trip on a DC-9 had two legs: first flight from Charleston,SC to Charlotte,NC and last flight from Charlotte,NC to New York,La Guardia back in 1985. It was Eastern airlines.
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Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:20 pm

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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:29 pm

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 1):
Air Tran flew out of HOU to GPT!? Did they hAve some kind of focus city there?

If I recall correctly, AirTran operated a variety of flights from Gulfport in the late 90s/early 2000s in cooperation with the casinos there. During that time, AirTran operated from Gulfport to Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.

Here is a route map showing the service:

http://www.departedflights.com/FL110199.html

Some others may have more information about the service than the little I remember of it.

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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:36 pm

Oh be still my beating heart!

All trips with NW.

My first was by chance, a friend booked flights from Gatwick to Minneapolis to see her family. On the return we flew via Detroit on a DC9 (same day as the AA A300 crash).

Then years later in 2008 I flew Norwich Amsterdam Detroit Chicago. The Detroit leg on the DC9. The return was really memorable in that the DC9 back to Detroit aborted it's takeoff then we headed off and on landing aborted and hit the sky like a rocket. Only three times on a DC9 and only tines I've ever been on an aborted takeoff and landing.

Need to get a ride on the MD80 series, still yet to do it.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:37 pm

My first was an EA DC-9-14 MCO-FLL in the early seventies, probably 72 or 73. Walked out to the plane through ankle deep water. A very short flight but the most violent weather that I have ever flown through as passenger or pilot. I kept hearing an odd clicking sound as the aircraft was continuously tossed about. I finally discovered it to be the ashtray lid in the armrest. The turbulence was so bad that the lid was flicking open and closed with each toss of the aircraft.

My final flight was a DL DC-9-51 from PIT to ATL in the Spring of 2012. The exact opposite of my first flight, smooth as silk. It was a former NC bird but I don't remember the number. They were on their way out at that time and if I recall correctly there were only a dozen or so left. The prognosticating on A-net at that time was hot and heavy as to which would be next to be retired. I was lucky enough to be seated just a couple of rows ahead of the engines. Knowing that this was likely to be my last flight on the 9, sitting there made it extra special.

The last DC-9 that I handled was a -41 of ABX somewhere around 2008. We switched to an Astar 727 at that time. Loved flying on the 9's but they were kind of a pain in the ass to work in the ABX configuration. The 727 was much nicer from that perspective.

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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:38 pm

July 1968 ORD-TVC on North Central (pretty certain we took off from 32R which will eventually be de-commissioned), connecting off of an ochre -colored BAC-111 MKC-ORD! never broke thru cloud deck on that NC short flight.

Last flight was NWA MSP-MCI March 1998
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:42 pm

It was a US Air (pre-US Airways and post Allegheny) DC9-30 series on the EWR-SYR-EWR run.

Last one was an ex-EA DC9-50 series which by then was owned by TW on EWR-STL.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:43 pm

My first must have been around 1980 with Republic, before the merger with NW. I think it was to Florida, but I'm not sure.

My last was a JFK-DTW leg to my nephew's funeral on NW in 2007. Of course, the DC-9 still flies, but she's called the MD-80 (originally DC-9-80) and MD-90 and 717-200 now.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:51 pm

First one was in the summer of '99... I thought my MSP-MCI was on a DC-9 for a long time, but looking at that BTS site, it might've been a MD-82 (which probably doesn't count here although it is a DC-9-82). So, looks like MCI-MSP was my first, a DC-9-30 according to my memory and the BTS site.

Last flight: N774NC, a DC-9-50 (of course) in April 2013, ORD-DTW.

Last time in a DC-9, 22nd of June, 2013, again scheduled on ORD-DTW, but had a mx issue so I didn't get to fly out on it.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:57 pm

My first DC9 flight was DL from JAX to ATL in August, 1976. (My return flight was a DL L-1011!). I remember the little snacks and full beverage service on these quick flights. I was in coach.
My last DC9 flight was USAir from BUF to BOS in March, 1999. I got upgraded on that flight.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:59 pm

Unfortunely I don't recall my first or last DC9 flights  about the only thing I recall is they were all TWA jets and a variety of different series. Same goes for the 727 and L1011 flights.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:01 pm

My very first DC-9 flight was on April 3, 1978. SR OPO-GVA. I think that my last DC-9 flight was in the Summer of 1985 ZRH-MAD, also SR. I've flown MD80s many times, but that's off topic. IIRC, the first one was a DC-9-30 and the last one DC-9-50. Unfortunately, DC-9s and MD-80s were gone from European skies much earlier than from USA skies. Nice birds. I loved them. Even if they were very loud if you were sitting in the back.

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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:01 pm

First was December 1983 on Continental from Albuquerque to Denver. The last was some time in the summer of 2008 between Milwaukee and Minneapolis on Northwest. I rode them a few times that summer, so I don't remember if the last ride was in the flight deck jumpseat or the cabin.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:02 pm

My first was on a North Central DC-9 from MKE-LGA around 1970 I believe.

Last was also on an ex-NC bird, flying with DL, probably a couple years ago right before they retired them.

I always liked looking into the cockpit and seeing old school steam gauge instruments. And the pilots were "seasoned", with greying temples.

Amazing longevity. What an incredible design.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:31 pm

My first was DC-9-30 N8950E operating NW792 MSP-STL on May 28, 2006. I was on my way home for Anchorage and was very glad I did catch the nine while NW was still doing powerbacks, a very cool experience.

My last two flights were DC-9-50 N784NC operating DL1341 ATL-BHM and DL1616 BHM-ATL back-to-back on December 7, 2013. I knew I wasn't going to have an organic opportunity to catch the type again given my travel schedule at that time, so I booked a day trip to have one last taste. The aircraft was on the ground for approximately 90 minutes at BHM and the crew allowed me to stay onboard for a while after the flight taking photographs.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:41 pm

I've only flown twice on a DC9, not counting the MD-80 series of course. The first was a NW DC-9-30 MSP-MKE, sometime in 2003 I believe, and the second was a NW DC-9-30 again, N940N MSP-DFW, in 2005. I miss the days when MSP was a red tailed DC9 haven.

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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:44 pm

N776NC from MCI-MSP on NW, Christmas Day 2007 in seat 3A. That was the most exhilarating takeoff ever, rolling start and a steep climb. I miss them around here.

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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:44 pm

Last and only was a quick MEM-LIT hop on NW in June of 2002. Don't think they had time to do a full beverage service in Y.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:03 pm

DTW-BOS on Northwest in 2007 is my only recent flight. I have hazy memories of intra-Europe DC-9s as a young child, but can't even remember which airline or route. I do know I've spent far, far more time on MD-80s (especially AA's) than DC-9s in my lifetime.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:04 pm

My first was STL>ORD on OZ back in ancient times: 1967. The plane was relatively new. Looked sparkling.
The last flight was DTW>MKE in late 2013 on DL. Not so sparkling.

And, I have to say, In all the years I flew on DC9's on OZ, RC, NW, DL, and TW, I did not have one cancelled flight because of mechanical failure. Not one.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:12 pm

First DC-9 flight was EA FLL-TPA-DCA
Last MD88 flight was AA MEX-DFW
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:13 pm

Quoting topbanana (Reply 15):
If I recall correctly, AirTran operated a variety of flights from Gulfport in the late 90s/early 2000s in cooperation with the casinos there. During that time, AirTran operated from Gulfport to Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.

Interesting, I've always had a sweet spot for FL, but never noticed their little focus city in Gulfport.

I've been a DC9 fan for a long time, but unfortunately haven't had many trips on that variant (tons on MD-80s and 717s though). I'd guess my first trip was probably as a kid flying MLI-STL on TW, but that honestly might have always been on MDs. My final trip was MEM-MSY on 8/28/08. Hurricane Gustav was getting ready to make landfall and we ended up evacuating the next day. The flight only had probably 15 people onboard. It was a DC9-50, which was my first (and only) time on the larger variant.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:33 pm

First flight January 1968 ATL-DTW Delta DC-9-10. Last flight Feb 1975 SDF-DTW Delta DC-9-32
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:52 pm

First: TWA DC-9-30 MDT-STL December 1989
Last: Delta DC-9-50 ORD-DTW December 2012
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:55 pm

First flight was Scandinavian (SAS/SK) LN-LRC DC-9-30 BRU-CPH 1 August 1969
Several flights on Southern and Eastern between GSP-ATL or ATL-GSP and ATL-MIA ATL on EA/DL between 1970-1977
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:58 pm

Last: Avioimpex DC-9-30 FRA-SKP June 1998
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:01 pm

First was Delta DC9 (CVG-DTW), can't remember the year, but I remember sitting in First and seeing the Captain with a foot up on the pedestal and making an announcement on the PA. Last was NW DC9 (DTW-PHL) back in 1986 I believe. Sat near the rear and enjoyed the noise.

Other notables during that time. EA D95 ATL-DTW.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:06 pm

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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:16 pm

First Flight was North Central DC9-30 from MSP to ORD in 1972. Last was Ozark DC9-30 from STL to DFW in 1980.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:21 pm

I remember my first DC-9 was Hughes Airwest, LAX - LAS 1971. My next trip was Ozark a round trip flight LGA-IAD
in 1972. I can't recall flying on a DC-9 again, lots of MD80's and 727's after that.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:23 pm

Great thread!! This got me thinking of one particular DC-9 flight, which was quite memorable for me!! Not 100% sure if this was my first ride in a DC-9, but it definitely was the best.

It was 1997, and celebrating my 11th birthday, my family and I were going on a vacation to Disneyland!! Our flight was going from Vancouver to Calgary, on one of Air Canada's DC-9's. Growing up, I would ALWAYS ask to go visit the flight deck, and would usually impress the flight crew with my knowledge of all the switches, and buttons, and what they all did. Don't forget, I was only 11 at the time. Without hesitation, the pilots offered me the jumpseat for the approach and landing. I even got a chance to say hello to my family over the PA!!

Once we landed in Calgary, the pilots put the captain hat on my head, and I was wishing everyone deplaning the aircraft a great day, and thanking them for flying Air Canada!

I haven't thought about that flight in MANY years!! Thank you for this thread once again, and for bringing this amazing memory back to the surface!!

All the best,

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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:32 pm

Need to go back 32 years:

1st - 02-Sept-84 Aviaco STN-PMI
Last - 16-Sept-84 Aviaco PMI-STN

Have added MD81, MD87 and B717 flights to my log, but never another 9
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:00 am

My first was on Air Canada, in the summer of 1969. My dad decided it was time for my first plane ride so he booked us a day of sightseeing in Ottawa (I lived in Montreal at the time). We were not rich so it was a huge deal for me. It was a father-son day, no mom involved!

Flew out to YOW on a Viscount. I remember the altitude, 7000 ft. My dad arranged for a cockpit visit. I was 11 years old at the time. I was impressed! The return was on a DC-9. I can't recall registration, but looking at AC's fleet records, it had to be a -32. I was impressed with the speed but the Viscount flight made a bigger impression on me.

Alas I can't recall my last. It was probably in the early 2000s or late '90s. I flew a lot on business in those days but the 9s were fast being replaced by Dash-8s to the destinations I usually travelled to as I was in the pulp and paper industry in those days. But throughout the 80s and 90s I flew on them more times than I can remember.

Two flights do stand out though. Both coming back from Thunder Bay. The first one, I was alone in business class and the flight attendant delivered my scotch with "... and the captain would like to know if you'd like to join him in the cockpit for the landing in Toronto". Duh!!! Guess my answer 

It was a night landing too. The next one was also coming from Thunder Bay to Montreal and again I was alone in J. I got out to stretch my legs during the stop in Toronto and when I got back aboard the FA motioned me to the cockpit where I spent the entire flight. Another memorable trip. These were both in the '90s, before I reactivated my pilot's license and bought myself a Cherokee (yes those two trips were big contributors to that), which I eventually sold for my current Beech. I also had a cockpit ride on an Air BC Dash-8-300 from Comox to YVR in that time period.

I loved the DC-9, my all-time favourite jetliner. Really really miss them.

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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:05 am

First DC-9:

February 1983: EA on IND-TYS-ATL. (At least I think one of the IND-ATL flights stopped in TYS).

Last DC-9:

November 2011: DL on IND-DTW-PHL. Was supposed to be a DC-9-40 on both legs but was swapped to DC-9-50 at the last second.

All of my DC-9 flights have been with EA, NW, FL, or DL.

EA:
IND-TYS-ATL
ATL-IND

FL:
ATL-BMI
BMI-ATL

NW:
ATL-DTW (3)
DTW-IND
DTW-PHL
PHL-DTW
DTW-ATL

DL:
IND-DTW
DTW-PHL
IND ORD ATL MCO PIT EWR BUF CVG DEN RNO JFK DTW BOS BDL BWI IAD RDU CLT MYR CHS TPA CID MSP STL MSY DFW IAH AUS SLC LAS
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:05 am

First was on Delta in 1982 MSY-MEM, last was 2006 on Northwest MEM-MSY. Cool thing I remember about the NW flight was they powerbacked it out of the gate. Not sure if DL did powerbacks in the day, can't remember about the 1982 flight.
 
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:14 am

First: June 1992, USAir DC-9-30, CMH-PIT.

Last: August 2013, Delta DC-9-50 N675MC, ATL-MLB. I lucked into it trying to non-rev ATL-DAB and changing at the last second when DAB had 19 on the standby list. The change from the DAB to MLB flight happened so fast I didn't realize I was on a DC-9 until I was on the plane.
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RE: Your Very First DC-9 Flight, And Last

Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:40 am

Ok this one does make me feel old, but of course I am. These questions are a lot of fun for me as they bring back loads of memories.

My first DC-9 flight should have been in Australia as both domestic carriers had a dozen in the fleets at the time of the regulated two airline policy however I only flew an Ansett DC-9 once but it wasn't my first.

My First would have been in April of 1970 on my first trip to the USA,I had flown across the country on several airlines as they were all new to me, but the last domestic flight I took was on Hughes Airwest from LAS and I think to LAX it was on a DC-9-30 N912RW. The aircraft smelled quite new I noted and found it was about 18 months in service at that time.

Decades would pass and in April of 2001 I was on my way to marry my current wife in Ohio, I had flown in from Sydney where I was living, to LAX, took a NW 757 to DTW and the a DC-9 down to CMH also on NW, I wrote the reg on my ticket to put in my book later and it was N912RW.

I hadn't realised at the time that this was not only the same plane as my first DC-9 flight albeit with 2 different airlines, but that it would be my last ever on a DC-9.

As I look back through my book I see that my DC-9 flights number just 9 in all that time, this compares to the 737 which to date I have logged 507 flights, including 16 since I moved to Aruba seemingly just a few months ago.
I so want to fly on SCAT one day!

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