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This Iberia Plane Is Not As It Seems...  
User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

Sitting at LHR yesterday I photographed the following Iberia aircraft.

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Nothing unusual, until I zoomed in and noticed it says 'MD-87' on the engine. This aircraft is clearly an MD-88 (inherited from Aviaco I believe, who didn't have any earlier MD-80 variants), so I'm wondering what the hell's going on here. I very much doubt that this is an MD-87 engine as the thrust would need to be greater for use on a stretched aircraft. Could it simply be the cowling from an MD-87?

Any answers, anyone?

Karl

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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

That is indeed an MD-88, but it may just be a replacement engine cover from a different plane.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2707 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

If you look at the cowling, it is much cleaner than parts around it, I would concur.

User currently offlineStil From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 345 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3312 times:

Iberia's M87 and M88 uses EXACTLY the same engine
Both are P&W JT8D-217C

Stil

[Edited 2006-09-22 19:05:45]


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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

Same engine physically but surely uprated due to the extra weight?

And yes, that part of the cowl does look a lot newer.

Karl


User currently offlineStil From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 345 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3114 times:

Only fuel control is different, M88's engines are slightly overpowered, but you can change one into other with a screwdriver. Anyway, is only to let you know. I'm sure iberia didn't have another spare engine cowling (or maybe the mech wrote a wrong part number  Wink )

Stil



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