THE BIG BUNNY

In this edition of Belly Ache we have to say that the subject matter was quite accidental and we must apologise up front for what could be construed as sexist – we prefer to think of it as a journey into pop culture history.


THE BIG BUNNY


THE BIG BUNNY. In this edition of Belly Ache we have to say that the subject matter was quite accidental and we must apologise up front for what could be construed as sexist – we prefer to think of it as a journey into pop culture history.

It all started as we were busy writing up the news on Delta Airlines retiring their last DC-9 in early January. We thought a nice photo might be just the ticket, considering the ‘historical’ nature of the rather geriatric aircraft and well, one thing led to another.

To be honest, the more we Googled, the more we got excited about the DC-9. It turns out that it has quite an interesting pedigree! In fact the DC-9 is credited with helping to open markets and spark mass jet travel as commercial aviation moved from propeller aircraft to jet engine aircraft. The fact it could do short landings and takeoffs as a result of its rear mounted engines and longer wing flaps, which enabled the jet to connect smaller airports to the major hubs, was also a key factor in its success. By the time it hit its popularity peak in the 1970s there was a whole new social strata in the making – the ‘Jet Set’ – comprised of upwardly mobile individuals who would think nothing of a quick weekend getaway to Paris, Rome, Acapulco, Nassau, or the French or Italian Riviera.