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Title Douglas DC-9 Tail Section
Collection Aircraft Parts & Furnishings Collection
Object Name Component, Aircraft
Catalog Number 2013.62.1
Description Douglas DC-9-10 tail section painted to resemble the tail of Delta's first DC-9, Ship 204 (N3304L) Delta Prince in 1965 when it was delivered to Delta. Delta was the first airline to fly the DC-9 in 1965.
Provenance Former Northwest Airlines "Red Tail" DC-9 tail section from Douglas DC-9-15, N9348, Ship 9138, Serial 45787, flown by Northwest Airlines, Republic Airlines and Hughes Airwest, and others.

MSN 45787 (Manufactured April 27, 1967) Ship “9138” operation history:
The aircraft was delivered new to Swissair and registered as HB-IFE. Douglas purchased the aircraft a year later and briefly registered it as N1793U.
Douglas leased it to Germanair. Germanair operated it as D-AMOR until returning back to Douglas on April 28, 1969.
Kenya Airways bought the aircraft in November 1979 and re-registered it 5Y-AKX.
Hughes Airwest bought the aircraft on December 14, 1972, and was registered as N1793U, and was re-registered by Hughes Airwest in 1973 as N9348.
The aircraft continued to operate via the merger of Hughes Airwest and Republic Airlines in 1980.
Following the Northwest Airlines merger with Republic, Northwest also utilized "Ship Number 9138" to indentify the aircraft (for internal purposes) in January 1986. It operated for Northwest Airlines until it was retired and placed in long-term storage in Marana, Arizona.

Search Terms Delta Air Lines
Hughes Airwest
Republic Airlines
Northwest Airlines
Douglas DC-9-10
Credit line Delta Air Lines