Retired fairly recently from production, the 717 has its roots all the way back to the DC-9 airframe. After the Boeing purchase of McDonnell-Douglas, the 717 was the longest running carry over airframe from the MD family, which is testament to its importance as a regional airliner in the spoke and wheel route structure. The last two 717 rolled off the Long Beach assembly line in 2006, making this modern jetliner historic.
Wonderfully modeled for Flight simulator 2004, I took HJG’s 717 for a spin from St. Louis to New Orleans in TWA colors. While I couldn’t stop thinking that the cockpit looks like the Space Shuttle, the B717 eye candy kept me interested. Both ground handling and flight dynamics were impressive.
Head on over to HJG’s website and grab the B717 in your favorite livery.