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TAA and the DC-9

Old 29th May 2012, 08:10
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And this fellow has some excellent TAA DC9 (and other a/c) Photographs on his website.

TRANS AUSTRALIA DC9 30 HBA RF 078 11.jpg photo - Rob Finlayson photos at pbase.com
TRANS AUSTRALIA DC9 30 HBA RF.jpg photo - Rob Finlayson photos at pbase.com
TRANS AUSTRALIA DC9 FLIGHT DECK HBA RF 94 1.jpg photo - Rob Finlayson photos at pbase.com


Almost as realistic as Aye Ess's paintings!

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Old 29th May 2012, 08:21
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Getting silly now:

About that marginally exaggerated Rate of Climb:

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...C9-TAA2004.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...C9-TAA2001.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...C9-TAA2005.jpg

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Old 27th Sep 2012, 14:22
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Brilliant thread.

A fellow DC-9 driver sent me the link to this thread. I owe him a crate of whatever tipple he fancies, what a great read!

I've been lucky enough to fly the DC-9 in 5 variants (-14, -32, -34CF, -82 and -83 in that very order believe it or not!) and it's been a torrid love affair throughout. The Baby Nine was an awe-inspiring little rocket, the sort of plane that you'd find yourself flying from the aft toilet on your first few flights, so far behind her were you! I actually flew serial number 4 as recently as 2009. She is permanently grounded now, sadly.

The -32 was perhaps the best handling one, perfect in every flight regime and a little more docile than the -14 (well, as docile as a DC-9 can be!). My experience of the -34CF was brief, just some training and 4 sectors freelance helping out a fellow operator that was short of crew. She had -17 engines! We took off empty from Dar-es-Salaam and had to vectored well west of our intended route at first because the 737-700 in front couldn't keep his rate of climb high enough to stay above and ahead of us, causing ATC some consternation. We still beat the 737 into Nairobi despite being initially vectored almost 20 miles west of our intended track, having taken off about 3 minutes behind him.

In my opinion, the MD-80 series took everything that was great about the older DC-9's and enhanced it all for us with the fancy autopilot/autothrottle system, as well as the extra poke from the bigger engines.

And what a handsome family of airplanes...

I've also flown the 732 and 733. No disrespect to Boeing, but for me the DC-9 is a better aircraft from a pilot's point of view. Love it!

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Old 28th Sep 2012, 04:11
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TAA DC-9's here (plus many others too)..

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Old 28th Sep 2012, 05:29
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Thanks A. Le Rhone....that was good. Certainly an elegant way of travel back then when pax got dressed up to fly.
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Old 19th Apr 2013, 21:58
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How about a 6 minute turnaround in Rocky with pax on and off plus a little refuelling, or 300K for 50NM Brisbane to Gold Coast and both pilots had breakfast.
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Old 29th Dec 2013, 01:54
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Thought I would bring this back to the top.
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Old 29th Dec 2013, 02:57
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9 er

God Bless you. Few of us know the pleasure of the 9.

flew it for 10 years...then went to the 737...what a piece of crap compared to the 9.

I actually feel sorry for airline pilots who have never flown the 9 ( and yes, the 30 series is my fave)

for years I had heard it was the last pilot's airliner...and now I understand.

our boss when I got hired addressed our new hire class and said something like...I know some of you guys like boeing, but I like the rocket

the rocket being the 9.
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Old 29th Dec 2013, 08:32
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My painting....

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Old 29th Dec 2013, 10:03
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Aye Ess - a brilliant, atmospheric painting.

You're going to kill me for saying this, but CZA was the only DC-9 in the Ansett fleet to have three pitots on the upper nose, just visible in the photo (the centre one is further aft, close to the windscreen). Harder to see, but it also had an extra set of spoiler panels, which were riveted shut....


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Old 29th Dec 2013, 19:23
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Thanks Dora-9....I used to fly the TAA (Australian Airlines) DC9 and in the ground school we did hear stories of the mystical 3rd pitot tube,which went the same way as the DC9 flight engineers. Anyhow,the painting sold a while ago to a lady who just liked the art and I don't think would even know the difference between a pitot tube and a pilot tube.

Here's another painting,bought by an ex Ansett DC9 drver...

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Old 29th Dec 2013, 22:10
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Hi Aye Ess:

I think it was the only DC-9 of the 24 in Oz to have this feature, but I can't remember what it was for.

Great paintings!
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Old 29th Dec 2013, 22:23
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Stretching my memory back to the groundschool I think it was an 'alternate' (selectable) pitot in case of blockage of one of the others.....

One more painting...

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Old 30th Dec 2013, 05:36
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As always Aye Ess, great art work!

Must be a few 9 stories that can be shared by the old boys!
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This deserves a bump up in 2020. Need some feel good stuff again!
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Old 16th Sep 2020, 09:03
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Pruners - found this re TAA - hope it uplaods

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Old 17th Sep 2020, 08:31
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Beautifull poster, balm for sore eyes. You made my day, Desco.
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Old 17th Sep 2020, 08:40
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Mmmmm ... memories
They were the great days


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Old 17th Sep 2020, 11:34
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More - particularly for terry D - see note for first "FLIGHTERS"



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Old 26th Sep 2020, 13:03
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Originally Posted by Flava Saver View Post
This deserves a bump up in 2020. Need some feel good stuff again!
If reviving memories of Sim sessions can be considered 'good stuff' pay a visit to the Australian National Aviation Museum at Moorabbin Airport (post lockdown of course).

There you will find VH-TSD, the former TAA DC-9 simulator. It has been restored as a fixed base display and has full lighting, sound effects, fire & stall alarms plus a video display.

It has proven very popular with young and old!


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