Runway length for DC-9?

Date:         18 May 98 16:03:05 
From: (Joe Castleman)
Organization: Gyrofrog Communications
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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).

Joe Castleman   (to reply, remove "ANTISPAM" from my address)
Gyrofrog Communications
Austin, Texas  U.S.A.
"I was always frightened of strange people" --Andy Warhol