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Delta retires the last DC-9-31/32 from scheduled service

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has retired the last Douglas DC-9-31/32 from scheduled service. The last flight was flight DL 2106 from Detroit to Manchester, NH on September 6. A few aircraft will be retained through October as operational spares and as charter aircraft.

Previously Delta retired the type in June 1975 but inherited the type again with the merger with Northwest Airlines.

The DC-9-41s (still unpainted) and DC-9-51s (repainted) continue to operate on scheduled Delta routes.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. DC-9-31 N8929E (msn 45866) prepares to land at Minneapolis/St. Paul hub. None of the DC-9-31/32s were repainted in Delta’s colors due to the impeding retirement.