Runway length for DC-9?

Date:         18 May 98 16:03:05 
From:         jcastleANTISPAM@eden.com (Joe Castleman)
Organization: Gyrofrog Communications
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Greetings!

The other day as I was driving to work, I watched a TWA DC-9 take off from
runway 17/35 at AUS.  This runway is only 5006 feet long, and I had
believed that jet aircraft always used 13R/31L, which is 7269 feet.  Is a
take-off from such a short runway possible for a DC-9?  Well, evidently it
is, but I sure wonder what the circumstances might have been...  I can't
imagine that the pilot tried that with a full load of passengers; not so
much because of weight, but because of the steep climb, excessive G-force
etc.  I think a lot of people would get scared and complain.  (I myself
would have liked to have been on that plane).

Up until now, I thought that SNA was the shortest runway currently used by
jet airliners (ca. 5800 feet).

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Joe Castleman   (to reply, remove "ANTISPAM" from my address)
Gyrofrog Communications   http://www.eden.com/~jcastle
Austin, Texas  U.S.A.
"I was always frightened of strange people" --Andy Warhol