Re: Runway length for DC-9?

Date:         29 May 98 02:43:44 
From:         "S.L." <look@the.sig>
Organization: Applied Research Laboratories - The University of Texas at Austin
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Joe Castleman wrote:
> 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.

Wow. The biggest thing I've seen using that runway in the past 10 years
was a B-17 :-)

> Is a take-off from such a short runway possible for a DC-9?  Well,
> evidently it is,

I've always assumed that the DC-9 and 737 were originally *built* for
that size runway, but all the really short runways around the country
had just gone away over the years. I do remember flying into Baton Rouge
many years ago (on a 727) and being aware that the runway there was even
shorter than AUS.

Just out of curiousity- which direction was the takeoff? If it was to
the south, I imagine the people along Airport Blvd. down toward the
river got an unusually good dose of JT8D noise.

Stephen Lacker
Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin
PO Box 8029, Austin TX 78713-8029
512-835-3286 (Remove the extra 'x' to mail me)