Post by Peter Liddell - HJG Admin on Mar 24, 2020 16:40:11 GMT
N8983E, 1976 stickers, 1970 whisperjet colors:
and now a varition I didn't know about until today and getting me to correcct some info I had
also just noticed one more thing, it should have the silver painted tailcone not the grey that was applied to the early versions of this scheme, fixed:
I was of the understanding that the metal rudder scheme premiered in late 1971 on the Dc-9-30... that apparently is wrong... it started in 1970 with elements of the 1967 delivery scheme kept on some aircraft.
Post by Peter Liddell - HJG Admin on May 19, 2020 17:39:42 GMT
Ok 2 more Eastern Dc-9-31s to close them out...
and finally N8923E, 1967, as delivered:
That's it for Eastern...
Douglas used 2 DC-9-31s from Eastern's order for flight test and demonstration in 1966/67...
First up N8917E with a simplified paintscheme and large Douglas logos, used in photo shoots and seen in some DC-9 adverts though usually with the Douglas logo airbrushed out for some reason, maybe because by the time it entered service the McDonnell merger was done:
With full in flight test setup N8916E (instrumentation hatch, experimental titles, visual measurement crosshairs, with EA titles and logo but no US flag) :
A slightly different version than the reference photos I used is seen in this video (slightly different visual crosshairs- circle added around outside def not in my reference picture - and no instrumentation hatch):
Now then however before anyone goes asking where the version with the full "Douglas DC-9 Series 30" titles is...
Only wore those titles for the public roll out and publicity shots... can't ever see "experimental" titles next to the doors on any pics so left them off... I don't think it ever actually flew with these titles on.
Now it's also possible this didn't actually exist... I've never seen a good quality shot or a shot not attributable to MCDD... so it is possible this is all from Airbrushing/touch ups which McDonnell Douglas did alot... There was another DC9-30 not for EA (Test registration and very thin light blue cheatline over windows, maybe modified SAS) did wear the full "Douglas DC-9" titles though.