“Late afternoon action at John-Wayne Airport.” [x]
From front to back.. my least to most travelled airlines.
MD-80s and 737s have always been the most common type at SNA, given how small the airport actually is. 757s have served the airport in more plum times. The largest aircraft able to operate in and out of John Wayne is the Boeing 767, but not without load restrictions.
N321RC, crashed today 25 years ago as Northwest 255.
It was scheduled to takeoff from Detroit-Wayne Metropoliton Airport to John-Wayne Airport. The pilots failed to retract the leading edges of the MD-80, N321RC crashed shortly after takeoff.
In this picture, it still is in the teal-striped Republic Airlines livery, but with Northwest titling and without Herman the Duck on the tail. When North Central, Southern, and Hughes Airwest merged, Republic Airlines took most of it’s corporate identity from North Central (aside for their later period with the “Mary Tyler Moore” livery).