Geotrash From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 7579 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
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.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13470 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 7041 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'.
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.
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 6815 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.
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5559 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 6745 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.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6227 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.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4158 posts, RR: 26
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6088 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";
I rather got the impression that he and many of his colleagues at CO were not in love with this aircraft.