Date: 29 May 98 02:43:42 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen H. Westin) Organization: Program of Computer Graphics -- Cornell University References: 1
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jcastleANTISPAM@eden.com (Joe Castleman) writes: > 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... Here in Ithaca, New York (ITH), "the circumstances" are every day. USAir runs regular DC-9 flights here, and the sole runway is about 5000 feet. > Up until now, I thought that SNA was the shortest runway currently used by > jet airliners (ca. 5800 feet). Remember that the DC-9 (and the 727, for that matter) was designed to extend jet service to smaller airports, in an era when many airports were quite small, indeed. -- -Stephen H. Westin Any information or opinions in this message are mine: they do not represent the position of Cornell University or any of its sponsors.