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Why Are MD's Called Mad Dogs?  
User currently offlineAustralia1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6978 times:

Heard this a few times, but not sure why?

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User currently offlineGeotrash From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6971 times:

The "MD" prefix is the same as a notorious and cheap American wine, labeled MD 20/20 but commonly known as "Mad Dog 20/20". It offers a mighty mean buzz for the money. It's wine for folks who like to keep the bottle in the paper bag while they drink it Big grin

If you attended college in The U.S., there's a very good chance that your first experience with drinking waaaay too much was with "Mad Dog" MD 20/20.

Dave


User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9367 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6946 times:

Quoting Geotrash (Reply 1):
If you attended college in The U.S., there's a very good chance that your first experience with drinking waaaay too much was with "Mad Dog" MD 20/20.

try junior high.



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User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6779 times:

I've always wondered who got the nickname first, the plane or:



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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2601 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6574 times:
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O.K. so by the same token, why are MD-11's called "Mighty Dogs".

Bigger bottle of 20/20?



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13114 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6433 times:

MD was a shortening of the name of the manufacture, McDonald-Douglas after the merger in the 1970's/early 1980's. Not long after the merger, they began to use the MD designation for their aircraft model designations. Probably the MD-80 series were the first where the MD term was used in public. Then some clever people at MD and elsewhere, perhaps inspired by the nickname for the MD 20-20 wine, began to use it in reference to the MD Aircraft.
As to the wine, I recall it back in my college days in the 1970's. The MD meant the first initials of the original producers company name of this wine, Morgan David Co.. The 20-20 means this is what we call in the USA a 'fortified' wine, that is cheap, nasty, low grade wine with additional wine brandy added to make the alcohol content 20%. It has been a popular choice of 'winos' or street alcoholics due to it's cheap price and kick for the price. Enough of it can make you a 'mad dog'.


User currently onlineEXMEMWIDGET From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6318 times:

At AA, the MD-11's were referred to by some as the MD-911 because of the aircraft's propensity to break down and their need for MX help to get going again.

User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6104 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6318 times:
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Quoting Geotrash (Reply 1):
If you attended college in The U.S., there's a very good chance that your first experience with drinking waaaay too much was with "Mad Dog" MD 20/20.

When I was in college I used to see the bums down by the railroad yard drinking MD and other similar wines.

Quoting STLGph (Reply 2):
try junior high.

Most definately Jr. High. Other great staples of cheap "wine" are Boone's Farm, Thunderbird, Night Train, Brass Monkey, and my personal 9th grade favorite Purple Passion, which came in a plastic 2 liter pop (soda in STL) bottle.



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User currently offlineUlfinator From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6307 times:

My friend's dad who works in AS operation calls the MD-80, Maintenace Delay 80 Minutues. They sure are glad to be getting rid of theirs.

User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6858 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6258 times:

It looks like a hot dog with wings, handles like a dog, and climb like a mad dog chasing God knows what!

Mandala499



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User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6232 times:

Perhaps it was a little more of a proper name than Long Beach Sewer Pipe...my personal favorite moniker.


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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6207 times:

The MD-11 are referred to as Mega-Dogs by DL flight crews. I heard this at a coffee shop at CVG among DL cockpit crews.
I like the name...
Mega for big
Dog for thats what the MD 11 is....a dog in performance, though not as a freighter.
safe



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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5163 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6188 times:

Quoting Ulfinator (Reply 8):
AS operation calls the MD-80, Maintenace Delay 80 Minutues. They sure are glad to be getting rid of theirs.

Amazing, then, that the aircraft have been so reliable for AA, DL and others. What is is about what Alaska does with/to these aircraft that has caused such difficulties?

Or is he just saying that they can fix anything at all that is broken on the aircraft in 80 minutes or less? That used to be the reputation.


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6104 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6177 times:
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Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 9):
It looks like a hot dog with wings

A hot dog with wings is that 747 that will transport 787 parts.



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User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6858 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6148 times:

Fallstaff,
Since the 744LCF, yes its true... but since you guys call sausages dogs... well, you know what I mean... *grin*

Mandala499



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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5163 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6137 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 5):
The MD meant the first initials of the original producers company name of this wine, Morgan David Co..

Good synopsis, but FWIW it's Mogen-David as opposed to Morgen David. See www.bumwine.com for more information. According to Bumwine, the one that really gets you demented is the fortified wine called Cisco, which used to have a slogan (that the FTC made them drop !!) of "Takes You By Surprise". The cited site could be considered to be very funny and is worth a look.


User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6118 times:

I've heard the 747LCF is called the "Pickle" down at BFI.


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User currently offlineEmSeeEye From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6068 times:

Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 12):
Amazing, then, that the aircraft have been so reliable for AA, DL and others. What is is about what Alaska does with/to these aircraft that has caused such difficulties?

Its what they "didnt" do thats the problem...  duck 


User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2613 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5998 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 5):
MD was a shortening of the name of the manufacture, McDonald-Douglas after the merger

I take it you mean McDonnell-Douglas


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5951 times:

MD=mad dog (MD-80)
DC=death cruiser (DC-10)
L-1011 (late 10 out of 11 times)

and so on....



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5619 times:

Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 15):
According to Bumwine, the one that really gets you demented is the fortified wine called Cisco, which used to have a slogan (that the FTC made them drop !!) of "Takes You By Surprise". The cited site could be considered to be very funny and is worth a look.

That is a good site, and that is true about Cisco (AKA Liquid Crack), but that's for a thread in Non-Av.

Mad Dog is a great nickname, but I've also heard DL folks refer to the MD-88s the Lawn Dart.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6385 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5493 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 4):
O.K. so by the same token, why are MD-11's called "Mighty Dogs".

Just hazarding a guess here, but there was a dog food in the USA by that name in the late 1980's/early 1990's...the MD-11 definitely climbed like a rocket!

If Airbus started using AB- as their model prefix (instead of just A), would be start calling Airbii "Atta Boy?" (this is yet another American dog food...)  spin   silly 



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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3956 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5480 times:

While waiting in DEN back in the late 80s for my CO MD80 flight to LAX, I was talking to a CO F/O who was dead heading (his word not mine) back home to LA. He dropped a few more unflattering monikers for the "Mad Dog";

"Mega Death"
"Skidbuggy"

I rather got the impression that he and many of his colleagues at CO were not in love with this aircraft.

Thomas



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User currently offlineMD80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5351 times:

Ahhh, the sweet sound of jealousy. I love it!

User currently offlineAustralia1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5162 times:

Heard that MD80's are very thirsty or more precisely their engines. Did all MD80's have same brand of engine?

25 Mandala499 : Australia1, Yes, JT8D-200s.... MD80 = Mad Dogs MD90 = Mega D*cks (thanks to the IAE engines) LOL Mandala499
26 MCOflyer : Yes the P&W JT8D-217/219 The DC-9 has the JT8D-7B/9A/11/15A,C MCOflyer
27 We're Nuts : I heard it was because the MD-80 is a "bitch" to fly.
28 Post contains images TrijetsRMissed : Interesting comments, I have heard both good and bad comments from pilots who flew MD-80s so I guess it just a matter of opinion. CO MD-81s were amon
29 Post contains images AirframeAS : I heard the same thing when I was working there. Its a good thing I never touched an MD! They kept me on the 737's. It was very difficult for us to m
30 Access-Air : I always thought it was a spotter's term for the MD-80 just like they call the 747 a Lump....or the 737 a Fat Albert....or DC9s are Diesel 9s.....or D
31 Freedom747 : If you've ever worked in the bins, your knees and back get a good work out. I hated them because the MD-88 sounds like a tin can soaring thru the air.
32 LMP737 : It was also called the "SCUD" becasue you never knew where it was going to land.
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