Print from Airliners.net discussion forum
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5719652/

Topic: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!
Username: woodsboy
Posted 2013-03-20 16:41:05 and read 10411 times.

Everts Air Cargo's first MD-80 (MD-82) freighter arrived this afternoon at FAI. I knew it would be getting here soon but was taken by surprise while coming out of Safeway on University Avenue around 2:30 today. I thought initially it was one of Everts DC-9-30Fs but as it got closer I saw that indeed it was the long awaited MD-80. It is indeed the first MD-80 conversion to enter service and appears only once in the database as N73444 in Miami during flight testing. It is in full Everts Air Cargo colors and looks great. I got one shot of it on the approach but was unable to get a shot of it at the Everts hanger as it was not visitble from the nearest road. Im sure I'll be seeing it regularly and I promise I'll get a better pic!

Everts Air Cargo MD-82F arriving at FAI (PAFA) for the first time, March 20, 2013

Topic: RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!
Username: N62NA
Posted 2013-03-20 16:46:57 and read 10384 times.

Thanks for posting - and clicking a photo too!

Topic: RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!
Username: ASMD11
Posted 2013-03-20 20:22:18 and read 9721 times.

Saw it taking off from GEG this afternoon on its way up, but wasn't able to snap a pic of it, she looked good though.

Topic: RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!
Username: BryanG
Posted 2013-03-21 12:16:12 and read 6585 times.

Does anyone know how much structural modification work the freighter conversion required?

Of course, I assume it received a proper cargo door (not like Airborne Express).

But, in addition to that, did it require any structural strengthening? Given how strong Douglas overbuilt its aircraft, I would be curious to know.

Topic: RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!
Username: woodsboy
Posted 2013-03-21 12:30:53 and read 6373 times.

According to Aeronautical Engineers, the Miami company doing the conversions, this is what they are doing to the MD-80SF
**
"The AEI MD-80SF cargo conversion consists of the installation of a 85"x136" cargo door on the left side of the fuselage and modification of main deck to a Class E cargo compartment. After conversion the aircraft can carry 12 88"x108" or eight 125"x88" unit load device (ULD) or eight 125"x96" ULDs. In comparison, the 737-400SF includes 10 88"x125" pallets and a 53"x88" pallet."

They also stated that there not need to be any flight performance tests for FAA certification as the conversion would not be modifying flight systems. I can only assume this is why certification was so fast and the first example has been delivered. (first flight Sept 28, 2012, FAA certification, end of October, 2012)

Topic: RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!
Username: KELPkid
Posted 2013-03-21 13:08:06 and read 5860 times.

Any info on the serial # of the conversion aircraft? Just curious as to where it came from  

Topic: RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!
Username: vatveng
Posted 2013-03-21 13:24:42 and read 5636 times.

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 5):
Any info on the serial # of the conversion aircraft? Just curious as to where it came from

It's this one:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ozell Stephens Jr
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Randall Johnson

Topic: RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!
Username: lollomz
Posted 2013-03-24 23:26:20 and read 2844 times.

How many MD-80 Cargo will join the Everts fleet? Who ordered the other 5 converted ex AA planes?


The messages in this discussion express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of Airliners.net or any entity associated with Airliners.net.

Copyright © Lundgren Aerospace. All rights reserved.
http://www.airliners.net/