The Douglas DC-9 is a classic airliner. It was designed and entered service in the 1960s as a medium range jet airliner.
After passing through a number of versions in the MD80 series, it is still in production today as the Boeing 717.
Douglas began design work on the DC-9 in the early 1960s to fill a niche in the new range of jet airliners, with a capacity similar to the Boeing 727 but shorter range to fly along the United States east coast and in Europe.
Construction began in July 1963 and the first DC-9 flew on 25 February 1965.
This short DC-9-10 series was not very successful but the stretched DC-9-30 series became extremely popular and sold in large numbers around the world, including in Australia where both Ansett and TAA used them for many years.
This model represents a DC-9-10 in early TWA livery.
Aurora 1/72 kit completed by Leigh Edmonds in December 2002.