McDonnell Douglas DC-9

1965

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McDonnell Douglas DC-9

Design study data on the DC-9, originally known as the Douglas Model 2086, were released in 1962. Preliminary design work began during that year. Production started 6 March 1964. It flew for the first time 25 February 1965 and five DC-9s were flying by the end of June 1965. These aircraft were of the basic version now known as the DC-9 Series 10. A total of 976 DC-9 aircraft were built. The last one was built in 1982.

McDonnell Douglas DC-9

Specification 
 CREW2
 PASSENGERS65-90
 ENGINE2 x P+W JT-8 D-5, 53.4kN
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight35245 kg77702 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan26.7 m88 ft 7 in
  Length31.8 m104 ft 4 in
  Height8.3 m27 ft 3 in
  Wing area85.9 m2924.62 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed895 km/h556 mph

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McDonnell Douglas DC-9A three-view drawing (1376 x 1380)

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Capt P.R.Buis, e-mail, 29.06.2017 15:21

I flew the DC-9 model 10 and 30 series with Midway Airlines until the companies demise in 1991. What a workhorse airplane and pleasure to fly. I have many fond memories in my more than 10,000 hrs flying that airplane.

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Bob White, e-mail, 29.03.2016 03:19

I too flew the DC9 as a captain for many years.Great aircraft.It was ruggedly built,responsive and a joy to fly,and reliable tough airframe.The P&W JT8D engines were as reliable as the airframe.There are still DC9s flying in limited service today,many of them over 40 years old.How many other planes could endure that many operational cycles with no failures?

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gianni, e-mail, 11.04.2015 11:39

molto bello.

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CW, e-mail, 29.12.2014 05:00

Firefighter at Scott AFB in 71 /2 protecting the men, women and patients aboard the C9's stationed there. On duty when the training flight crashed on 16 Sept 71. God be with the great men and women of USAF aviation. They truly deserve our respect.

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jesse Eichelberger, e-mail, 10.03.2014 22:37

From the moment I saw this aircraft in 1970 (the DC-9) it was love at first sight, and one of my ultimate desires is to fly one of the older versions of this dream machine if I ever finish flight school I also fell in love the first time I saw an Eastern Whisper Jet land and take off from what was once called friendship international airport!

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Boeing Owner, e-mail, 31.12.2012 02:45

And yes, I do own a few thousand of Boeing shares. Thank you again.

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Boeing Owner, e-mail, 31.12.2012 02:44

And yes, I do own a few thousand of Boeing shares. Thank you again.

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Boeing Owner, e-mail, 31.12.2012 02:43

Thank you for your support of the DC-9 and all of it's variants. We at Boeing decided awhile ago to end production of this airframe mainly because orders were plummeting while the 737 model jet continues to bring in hefty orders, over a thousand have yet to be built. Simply put the market slowed, much like the DC-10 (MD-11)line did. And we decided to concentrate on the 737 model, the most successful airplane built to date. As you can read on our website the 737 Max is the next variant. A little side note our 737 almost didn't make it in the beginning, sales were sluggish at best in the beginning. Again, thank you all for your memories of the DC-9. Now, if you can go fly a 737.

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Boeing Owner, e-mail, 31.12.2012 02:42

Thank you for your support of the DC-9 and all of it's variants. We at Boeing decided awhile ago to end production of this airframe mainly because orders were plummeting while the 737 model jet continues to bring in hefty orders, over a thousand have yet to be built. Simply put the market slowed, much like the DC-10 (MD-11)line did. And we decided to concentrate on the 737 model, the most successful airplane built to date. As you can read on our website the 737 Max is the next variant. A little side note our 737 almost didn't make it in the beginning, sales were sluggish at best in the beginning. Again, thank you all for your memories of the DC-9. Now, if you can go fly a 737.

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ROHAN KAMAT, e-mail, 12.12.2012 13:36

i like the shape of the plane
i also like its two rear engine

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Dusty Rhoads, e-mail, 01.09.2012 07:46

In my early days with DC 9 s I was at Purdue Airlines in Lafayette Ind. We had 3 of our own and then we took care of the PLAY BOY D C 9. I have a lot of story's about that one. that was a good job caring for it. no such thing as i cant afford it get what ever it takes to make it go. The plane in later years went to Ozark airlines for maintenance in STL. then was later sold.

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martin, e-mail, 11.01.2012 08:42

hiim martin from the phillipines i have % units dc9 aircraft for sale use before our local airlines the plane is still in good condition were selling very cheap email me if your interested thserafico@yahoo.com

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Jim Tarasuik, e-mail, 14.12.2011 11:03

This was the first airframe I qualified on as a Flight Nurse during my duty with the 86th AES in Germany from 2002-2005. I was the last Flight Nurse in the USAF to be tri-qualified. The C-9 was a great platform for our mission of providing care and safe transport of our military service memebers. We all mourned sadly when she left us. I remember the tight fit in the 2nd Flight Nurse seat. It was a good spot to catch a nap though when the sun hit your right face through the window. She was the true Cadillac of Air Evac.

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Lewis Godfrey, e-mail, 19.08.2011 23:13

Flew from Yokota AB, Japan back to Osan AB, Korea circa early 1984 on the military version, the C-9A. Most comfortable ride of all the military transports as long as you didn't mind flying with the sick and injured.

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Ivan Tepedino, e-mail, 19.08.2011 22:04

I am an airliner entuthiast and to me the DC 9 ( in it's original version ) is the MOST BEAUTIFULL airplane ever designed...It's like a baby

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koskon, e-mail, 19.07.2011 00:06

bor bache kunni!!! kos nagu!!!

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Colleen (Hefflinger) Rech, e-mail, 27.04.2011 00:40

My Daddy - A TWA Pilot - for a short time worked at the training center for TWA. It has always been my understanding that he wrote the DC-9 Manual. It was always his favorite to fly above all others. He started out with DC-3's, Connies, etc. Prior to his passing he had private planes: a Howard DGA-15P; an Aeronca Chief; and 2 Wacos: A ZKS 7 and a UPF 7 (I think I have the designations right). I sure miss flying with him.

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Tsgt Benny A. Klearman Ret, e-mail, 22.04.2011 08:47

I was the NCOIC Acting First Sgt for the 11th Aeromedical Airlift Squadron, 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing, Scott AFB, Ill. from 1986-1991. This was one of my great highlight of my Air Force life. Great bunch of pilots and enlisted!

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Capt,Rudy E. Mack SR, e-mail, 08.03.2011 06:13

I flew every version of the DC9 from the -10-30-40-50 MD80.From Southern Airways, Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines.It is the DC3 of the Jet age.I enjoyed flying the A /C.It was a great machine and will go down in history as one of the founding A /C of American Commerical Aviation.

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Capt. Chuck KEndrick, e-mail, 02.03.2011 04:14

I flew the DC9 series -10.-31 at EAL and the _82,-83,=87,-88 at MCDAC in Long Beach. One TYPE RATING for all aircraft. The -10 series had a hard wing and was a sports car, fastest a /c in the world from the outer marker to the runway. Over 10,000 hours in the "Nine" and no major problems. They were as tough and strong as the old DC-3. A -10 air frame at Long Beach had over 200,000 cycles and did not fail. Can't say the same for the B-737, B-727,B-757, B -747 all of which have had explosive decompressions in flight due to skin failure.The DC-9 was a wonderful "pilots" aircraft. More responsive than the Boeing.

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