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McDonnell Douglas DC-9-21

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Basic SAS livery with additional Air Alpes markings on engines

McDonnell Douglas DC-9-21

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Aircraft Data

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-9-21 is an early, short fuselage version, it was built exclusively for SAS Airlines. It had the short fuselage, but longer wings of later versions to improve field performance and range.

Summary data for McDonnell Douglas DC-9 21
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA19661042n/a - 90


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

Uses the JT8D, rated at 15000lb thrust.


Dimensions for McDonnell Douglas DC-9 21
Length105 ft. 5 in.
Wing Span93 ft. 5 in.
Height27 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight49,160 lbs.
Max Weight98,000 lbs.


Performance of McDonnell Douglas DC-9 21
Max Speed500 kts
Cruise Speed440 kts
Ceiling35,000 ft.
Normal Range1,200nm
Max Range1,850nm

Updated 3rd December 2008

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