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McDonnell Douglas DC-9-33

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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 DC9-33 was a standard length version, mainly built as a convertible freighter/passenger aircraft for the US Navy and a few airlines. All civil survivors are now used as pure freighters.

Summary data for McDonnell Douglas DC-9 33
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA196739332n/a - 115


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

Uses the JT8D-9, rated at 16000lb thrust.


Dimensions for McDonnell Douglas DC-9 33
Length119 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span93 ft. 5 in.
Height27 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight57,190 lbs.
Max Weight110,000 lbs.


Performance of McDonnell Douglas DC-9 33
Max Speed488 kts
Cruise Speed450 kts
Ceiling35,000 ft.
Normal Range1,200nm
Max Range1,635nm

Updated 3rd December 2008

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