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McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51

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The McDonnell Douglas DC-9 is a single-aisle short to medium jet airliner. It was a two engined partner for the DC-8 programme, and a smaller rival for the Boeing 727. It is known for its long life and reliability, many of the youngest are still active.

The DC-9-51 was the last of the production variants of the DC-9 type. It was a stretched version of the standard DC9-30.

Summary data for McDonnell Douglas DC-9 51
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA197596502115 - 139


2 x Pratt & Whitney JT8D (16000 - 20000 lbf) turbofan engines.

Uses the JT9D-17, rated at 16500lb thrust


Dimensions for McDonnell Douglas DC-9 51
Length133 ft. 7 in.
Wing Span93 ft. 5 in.
Height27 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight61,880 lbs.
Max Weight121,000 lbs.


Performance of McDonnell Douglas DC-9 51
Max Speed500 kts
Cruise Speed443 kts
Ceiling35,000 ft.
Normal Range1,250nm
Max Range1,795nm

Updated 4th December 2008

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McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51

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8th September 1994
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