February 25th in Aviation History

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On the 25th of February, 1965, the McDonnel Douglas DC-9 first touched the skies. The it is a twin engine, short haul single aisle jetliner. It is primarily designed for high frequency, short haul flights with regional carriers.

The DC-9 is a significant aircraft in aviation history. It was commercially successful and its production until 1982 sold more than 900 units. The T-tail twin jet was developed into the MD-80, MD-90 and the Boeing 717. All of them were based on the DC-9.

If you count all the derivatives sold, then the DC-9 family has built and sold over 2,400 aircraft. Most of them have retired now but some remain in limited use with charter companies and some cargo airlines. The final DC-9/MD-80/B717 family aircraft was delivered in 2006.

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