BC-12D From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1213 times:
Can anybody tell me an easy way to tell the difference between a DC-9 and the MD-80 series? I was looking at an Airborne Express DC-9 today and somebody asked how I knew it wasn't an MD-80. I had no good answer other than that I knew it was OLD.
Dash8 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2005, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1212 times:
Another can't miss is that the top of the tail fin of a DC9 has a straight transition from the leading edge to the top of the fin. If you look at an MD-80's tail fin, the transition between the leading edge to the top of the fin isn't smooth. First the leading edge goes a little vertical before the curve starts towards the top of the fin. This is one of the very few ways you can tell an MD-8x appart from a DC-9 if you have nothing else to compare it to. For example against a backdrop of solid blue sky.
Another way is to look for the "strakes" (blades) that stick from the side of the fuselage - under the cockpit windows - and on the engine cowlings.
Look for example at picture #38979 in airliners.net. From this foto you can see the tailfin is from an MD-80 and not a DC-9.
Sr184 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1216 times:
In reference to the post of size from ual1636, you can find facts about each commercial airplane here on airliners.net on the home page, just click on the aircraft stats and history and there ya go, wala.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29948 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1211 times:
And to throw a little more confusion into the mix....
The MD-80's where originally designated DC-9-80's
Also the early MD-80's also came off the line at Long Beach with the curved DC-9 tail rather then the chiseled MD-80 tail. A good number of the early MD-80's have since been retro-fitted with the chisel tail.
Probably the best way to spot the MD-80 is from the larger diameter JT8-200 engines. Somebody might want to check me on this but on the MD-80 there are three belly compartments on the right side vs. two on the DC-9. One behind the wing and then on or two forward.
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