Flying the World's Oldest Passenger Jet
I happened upon yet another YouTube channel from an aviation enthusiast recently. Sam Chui of the United States seems to be quite busy travelling the world and making new videos.
The particular video that caught my attention is from 2014 and shows what, at the time, was the oldest passenger jet still in operation. Registration 5Y-XXA (now stored) is a DC-9-14 built in 1966. It was operating this flight for Fly SAX (East African Safari Air Express) from Nairobi to Kisumu.
When researching the aircraft's history, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was originally delivered to Air Canada in February 1966 under registration CF-TLE (Fin # 704). Its was DC-9 production line # 19 built in Long Beach, California.
It did not remain in the AC fleet for very long as it was sold to McDonnell Douglas in September 1968. It remained in constant service in the United States, Finland and finally Africa for another fifty years.