For the plane of the week this week I have chosen the Douglas dc-9 as it holds a true place in commercial aviation history. The aircraft was designed to supplement the long range dc-8 in the lineup. The dc-8 was a long range aircraft therefore the dc-9 was designed to be a smaller short range aircraft. Douglas approved to produce the dc-9 in the year 1963. It had a two person cockpit instead of one with three which was very advanced back in the day. It has two fuselage mounted Pratt and Whitney JT8D turbofan jet engines. If you look in the cockpit of the dc-9 you may notice that it is not a glass cockpit like most modern airliners, in-fact the only “glass” you will be seeing in this cockpit is the stuff that covers up the approximately 40 gauges on the aircraft. I apologize for the short post this week. I hope that you still learned about the dc-9 and its importance in commercial aviation history.