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717/MD80/DC9 Door Question  
User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

Hey there,
I have a question for anyone who knows about the doors on these aircraft. Why is the door on 1R alot smaller than door on 1L. Everytime I'm in HNL and am flying a 717, and I see the caterers, I always see the agent ducking to get in the aircraft at 1R, so I guess I would just like to know why the 1R doors are so small?

[Edited 2004-03-18 04:53:05]


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User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

Great question! When I have to work the DC9 I love when I get one of the old Eastern A/C..they have the larger 1R


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User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1878 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

Regardless... I've heard that the main cabin doors on the DC-9/MD-80/717 series aircraft are really light and can be opened very easily as apposed to say that of a 737. I can see why, they seem to be "hinged" at the bottom, making the top part of the door heavy, and with more momentum, that probably assists in the opening of the door, however closing it might be a different story.

NWAFA: How much larger are the doors on the aircrat you spoke of (1R)


User currently offlineIahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3449 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2637 times:
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Being used for catering purposes only, Douglas decided the smaller door was a better choice in terms of design structure. If memory serves, I believe the 1R door on the 737 is also slightly smaller then the 1L.


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User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2635 times:

FlyBoy

They are full size..just like 1L



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User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

NWAFA,
do u have a pic of this so called aircraft with the same size door, if so could u please email it to me?



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User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

CO

I dont have a pic of it...I know ship 9989 is a former EA with the larger door.



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User currently offlineIahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3449 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2602 times:
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Speaking from 15 years experience, I can definantly confirm MD80 doors are much lighter and easier to open and close than their Boeing counterpart.


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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2584 times:
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It's the same with a CRJ. I seen them use the 1R door for the catering truck. I think that Douglas and Bombardier are the only ones that do this


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

When I worked for NY we had DC-9-30s MD-80's and 737-3T0s and let me tell you the DC-9/MD80 doors were a piece of cake.

Only problem was standing by them when the plane was de-iced. You could very easily get wet from it as it seeped in.

As a side note, Boeing also made the service doors on many of the 707 series a/c smaller.


User currently offlineKKMolokai From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

The 737-800 doors are not that hard to open/close at all. In fact, although S80 doors effortlessly swing closed, they are in my opinion harder to "lock" closed. 737 doors lock quite easily.



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User currently offlineIflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2470 times:

The forward starboard side door on the DC-9 family was available in a couple different sizes...the standard, smaller size and then the larger sized door that airlines like Eastern ordered. The door is used for catering as that is where the forward galley is located.

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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

I can definantly confirm MD80 doors are much lighter and easier to open and close than their Boeing counterpart.

This is true. At AS the R1 door is used strictly for catering needs. That is not an exit from the a/c. Those doors are pretty cool actually...they look cute. Ive never really been through those doors but Ive opened one on N979AS and that was very very easy to open. All AS MD-83s have the small R1 door.



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User currently offlineIflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

How are people getting that personal comment line at the bottom of their messages? I feel like I've shown up at the Southwest ticket counter two minutes prior to departure and have (successfully) missed the flight.

Can someone help me out?

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User currently offlineKKMolokai From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

Iflewrepublic ... you'll find the tag line in your profile settings.



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User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

Iflewrepublic,

Click on "profile" on the bar near the top of the page, log-in, then look for the line that says signature... type in whatever you want to, then save...


User currently offlineIflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

Thank you so much!

Iflewrepublic.



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