Re: Runway length for DC-9?

Date:         29 May 98 02:43:40 
From:         "Mihir Shah" <>
Organization: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
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Joe Castleman wrote in message ...
>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, if a 757 is designed to take off from runways as short as 5000 feet,
then it's not inconceivable for a DC-9 (which is much smaller) to do so.  It
is possible that the payload may have been less, too, as you suggested.

Mihir Shah