We’ve received this picture of the rare Douglas DC-9-21 operated by Skydive Perris which shows it possibly being prepared for flight again after a long period of being grounded.
This is a unique aircraft, being the only remaining airworthy DC-9-21 (a variant originally developed for SAS), and the only commercial jet airliner being used for skydiving operations. This particular frame, N127NK, also flew with Spirit Airlines, Valujet and Allegiant Air.
Fans of flying on rare aircraft types will no doubt love this news.
As far as we’re aware no special flights are available on the aircraft, but you should be able to book yourself on a skydive trip where at least you’ll get to experience a takeoff in the DC-9, if not a landing!
You can find out more about Skydive Perris, which is located in Riverside County to the east Los Angeles, CA, and book skydives from their website here: http://skydiveperris.com/
With any luck, we’ll be able to add the Perris DC-9-21 to the next update of our book, Last Chance to Fly, which lists all of the known opportunities to fly on rare and historic airliners. From wartime pistons to modern jet airliners of which few remain in service, this book is the ultimate guide to special enthusiast flights. Grab your copy here.
Thanks to Ben Conatser for sending the picture in.