Continental Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
N521TX (c/n 47521)
When Frank Lorenzo's re-started Continental
was born in 1982 out of the merger with the smaller
International Airlines, the latter carrier had a swag of DC-9-32s
liveries. (See my
note at the foot of the DC-10 entry regarding The First Bankruptcy).
of them . This machine was originally delivered new in 1971 to Austrian
Ellis M. Chernoff caught it in this typical pose at at Jacksonville
in May of
1983. Continental went on to purchase more of this "second
generation" DC-9 model
other sources, notably New York Air in
the later 1980s. By this time the airline's main oper-
base had been
moved to Houston (TIA's old center).