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DC-9, MD-80, B717: What’s the difference?A look at the history of the DC-9 family and what makes each type unique. (www.thirtythousand.us) More...
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Living near GRR, I get to hear those noisy Delta DC-9s take off. I love 'em. I have flown them quite a bit (DAL & NW). We have Airtran now and I think that the 717 is probably one of the smoothest birds that I've ever flown in..
Engine, tail cone and strake config.
Don't forget the US Air version of the DC-9 called the Vista Jet. This put that old airline in the jet age. Many of the old pilots stayed in that aircraft instead of going to the 737 due to the fact (1) they were the most senior and had great domiciles and schedules. (2) they didn't want to go through the arduous upgrade and maybe have to switch domiciles and possibly loose seniority for bidding.
DC 9 series industry nickname: the Reynold's Wrap rocket. It was a great airplane from the cockpit door forward. After 600 hours in various models, I could not wait to get back to the 727.
Great article, thanks!
Very informative article.