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Historic, beloved, star-crossed; however you describe the DC, it was among the better-known jetliners in history — if not always for the best reasons. It was something of a 70s-era icon — a long step down from the or Concorde, perhaps, but a plane that pretty much everybody has heard of, and that many could recognize instantly.
The DC had one of the most distinctive silhouettes in airliner history: I was in seventh grade, yet I remember that flight in greater detail than most of what I did two weeks ago. This was back when AA used to show a camera view of the cockpit on the bulkhead mounted movie screen.
During steep approaches or over mountains, the panorama was worthy of an Imax ticket. That was an overbooked Northwest flight from Boston to Copenhagen, Denmark, in We had center seats in a five-abreast middle block, in one of the last rows of economy, smack in the middle of the smoking section yes there really were such things.
And the Danes, you see, have this thing when it comes to smoking: It took three showers to get the smell off. In a THY today Turkish Airlines DC crashed after takeoff from Orly airport outside of Paris after a poorly engineered, improperly latched cargo door burst from its hinges.
The subsequent depressurization caused collapse of the cabin floor and impairment of the underfloor cables connected to the rudder and elevators. Out of control, the plane slammed into the woods killing all passengers and crew. There had been at least one earlier, similar incident that did not result in a crash.
Before its crew could make sense of the situation, the airplane rolled 90 degrees and disintegrated in a fireball about a mile beyond the runway. With fatalities, this remains the worst-ever airplane crash on U. Fixes in place, however, the plane went on to enjoy another thirty-plus years of controversy-free flying — mostly, anyway, notwithstanding the crash of United flight in Sioux City.
Around civilian DCs were delivered, as well as a military tanker version, before production came to a close in After that final scheduled flight touched down in Dhaka, Biman Bangladesh sent the plane to Birmingham, England, for a series of — what to call them, exactly?
The Brits are loopy about planes, and this sort of thing is quite common there — enthusiasts paying hundreds of dollars for the chance to ride aboard this or that rara avis. One of those enthusiasts was Bernie Leighton, managing correspondent for the website Airline Reporter.
Leighton, who lives in Redmond, Washington, actually flew all the way to Bangladesh in order to ride the plane on its repositioning run from Dhaka to Birmingham, where the rest of the estimated 1, enthusiasts waited. He then hung around Birmingham and caught a ride on the last of the farewell flights.
Leighton was one of a thousand people who had come to Birmingham to spend good money for a minute flight to nowhere on a tired old jetliner — most of them in middle seats. And at the time, remember, there was no framework from which a twin-engine aircraft could be certified to fly long distances overwater.
So for many airlines, this three-engine, long-range, not-overly-big widebody was the perfect option for opening up new markets and increasing the profits on existing ones. There were even two men from Biman selling DC related merchandise onboard.
And by selling I do not mean pushing a trolley or sedately asking if passengers wanted anything; I mean full on carnival barking! It was such a bizarre spectacle that the cabin crew began to take photos of us. Local media was on aboard too, also with cameras.
Things got so surreal, that at one point there was a camera crew taking a photograph of me, taking a photo of someone taking a photo of the cabin crew, while a member of the cabin crew was taking a photo of the whole thing.
I was grateful to have made the earlier flight, to get the photographs I wanted in peace. Delta Air Lines was the last major airline in the world to operate the DC-9 in scheduled commercial passenger service; the final flight, from Minneapolis to Atlanta, taking place on January 6th.
Lots of lineage there.
There were numerous DC-9 permutations over the decades, including the popular MD and MD series, hundreds of which are still flying, mostly in the U.
So call it what you will, the DC-9 lives on.McDonnell Douglas was formed in the merger of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, founded in , and the Douglas Aircraft Company, established in The latter’s founder, Donald W.
Douglas (–), first became interested in aviation as a youth while watching the Wright Brothers demonstrate their biplane for the Army in McDonnell Douglas was a major American aerospace manufacturing corporation and defense contractor formed by the merger of McDonnell Aircraft and the Douglas Aircraft Company in Between then and its own merger with Boeing in , it produced a number of well-known commercial and military aircraft such as the DC airliner and .
A lot has happened in the aviation world since this book was published in McDonnell Douglas which was formed with a merger of McDonnell and Douglas companies in was itself bought out by rival Boeing.
February 28, EARLIER THIS MONTH, the McDonnell Douglas DC made its final passenger flight. Four decades of passenger service came to an end on February 18th, when a Biman Bangladesh Airlines DC closed things out on a run from Kuwait City to Dhaka, by way of Doha and Chittagong.
Boeing and Mcdonnell Douglas Merger Words Feb 9th, 4 Pages Boeing and Airbus; two longtime rivals fighting over market share in an extremely volatile market due to high research and development costs and constant changes in market demand was the cause for Boeing to take drastic protective measures.
The Boeing-McDonnell Douglas merger announcement further signals that Big Business believes the antitrust laws in the United States are defunct.
It is incumbent upon the Clinton Administration to demonstrate by its actions that this view is mistaken.