Friday, December 10, 2010

New airplane: Douglas DC-9

The McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (initially known as the Douglas DC-9) is a twin-engine, single-aisle jet airliner. It was first manufactured in 1965 with its maiden flight later that year. The DC-9 was designed for frequent, short flights. The final DC-9 was delivered in October 1982.
The DC-9 was followed in subsequent modified forms by the MD-80, MD-90 and Boeing 717. With the final two deliveries of the 717 in 2006, production of the DC-9/MD-80/90/717 aircraft family ceased after 41 years and nearly 2,500 units built.

Series 10: The original DC-9 (later designated the Series 10) and was the smallest DC-9 series. The Series 10 was similar in size and configuration to the BAC One-Eleven and featured a T-tail and rear mounted engines. A total of 137 were built.

Series 20: This was designed to satisfy a Scandinavian Airlines request for improved short field performance by using the more powerful engines and improved wings of the Series 30 combined with the shorter fuselage used in the -10. Ten Series 20 aircraft were produced.

Series 30: The -30 was the definitive series, produced to counter Boeing's 737 twinjet, with 662 produced, accounting for about 60% of production. The Series 30 entered service with Eastern Airlines in February 1967.

Series 40: This further lengthened version entered service with SAS in March 1968. With a 6 ft 6 in (2 m) longer fuselage, accommodation was up to 125 passengers. A total of 71 were produced.

Series 50: The -50 was the largest DC-9 to fly. It features a 2.49 m fuselage stretch and seats up to 139 passengers. It started revenue service in August 1975 with Eastern Airlines and included a number of detail improvements, a new cabin interior, and more powerful engines. McDonnell Douglas delivered 96, all as Model DC-9-51.

The real specifications for this vehicle are (taken from Wikipedia):
SeriesDouglas DC-9-10Douglas DC-9-30Douglas DC-9-50
Length31.82 m36.37 m40.72 m
Wingspan27.25 m28.47 m
Power2 x 62.3 kN2 x 68.9 kN2 x 71.2 kN
Cruise speed903 Km/h917 Km/h898 Km/h
Capacity (typical)90115135

Here are some pictures of this aircraft.

A New York Air DC-9-32, 1983

Two British Midland DC-9s at Teesside Airport in 1994.

DC-9-10 Delta / DC-9-30 Aserca / DC-9-50 Delta

Simutrans object data:

NameDouglas DC-9-10Douglas DC-9-30Douglas DC-9-50
Power4120 kW4540 kW4690 kW
Max.Speed903 Km/h917 Km/h898 Km/h
Intro Year196519671975
Retire Year198219841992

You can download the addons in the original liveries at The Simutrans Boxroom.

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