TWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3100 posts, RR: 4 Posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1417 times:
Both of these Airplanes are MD-80s. My question is why does the TWA one have a 'pointy' end and the CO one a 'smooth' end? Is this like the difference between and 82 and 83? By the way i took this pic at Chicago-O'Hare on October 17 2000.
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Astrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
the pointy end is the older model, like it used to be the DC 9, but they figgered out the "smooth end" has better aerodinamic performances.
Notice the 777, it is the same case.
Some airlines modified the older DC 9 super 80 to the new end like Alitalia.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5644 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
That upgrade was made starting with the MD-87. The -80, -81, -82, and -83 all had "rounded" tail cones, -87, -88, -90, and the new 717 (MD-95) all have flat pointy ones. I didn't know that about it flopping around after deployment, that's scary.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1263 times:
This mod is not restricted to the MD87 series and above. More correctly, it was installed on all MD80's produced after a certain date, which is why we see it on this MD83. it can also be retrofitted to earlier MD80s, although i'm not sure it would fit on a DC-9.