The Douglas DC-9 was the second jet aircraft produced at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California and first flew on 25 February 1965. It entered service on 8 December the same year, with Delta Air Lines.

Designed for short to medium haul routes, it typically seated 72 to 135 passengers. The most popular variant was the DC-9-30, which was built to compete with the Boeing 737.

Douglas DC-9 Video

Following on from last weeks video about the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, this week we take a look at the Douglas DC-9. Running for a little over a minute, this is a snapshot about the aircraft produced by Bloomberg when it was finally retired.

As the video points out, the aircraft has some legacy, being the basis for the later McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and MD-90 series. The more modern Boeing 717 started life as the MD-95 before Boeing took over McDonnell Douglas, so it is essentially a 1990s update of the DC-9-30.

What Is A Night Landing In A DC-9 Like?

Night landings when viewed from the cockpit of an airliner have a unique romance about them that can’t be beat. Here is four minute video of a landing in Merida, Mexico filmed from the jumpseat.

The views are amazing as it was a very clear night. It gives you some indication of what pilots might get to see during the course of their duties. Pretty cool stuff!

Overall Thoughts

There were 976 Douglas DC-9s delivered during the production run which lasted from 1965 to 1982. Final services in the USA were by Delta Air Lines, who inherited a fleet from Northwest when they merged. At the time, the aircraft were over 35 years old and still providing stellar service.

Just like the Boeing 727 and BAC One-Eleven, the Douglas DC-9 also had rear stairs built in that dropped down under the tail. Airlines around the world used the aircraft, such as Eastern Airlines, TWA, both TAA and Ansett in Australia, SAS, Finnair, British Midland, Air Canada, Southern Airlines, North Central, Allegheny, JAT, KLM, Swissair and lots more.

Have you flown on board the DC-9 before? What did you think? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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