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AA MD-82's Difference  
User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1409 times:

Hello, just wanna know the difference between the "cone" in the back of the plane near the tail.


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Notice it is longer then the second picture.



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And this is short like a pointed cone.

Thanks

K. Cook/Arlington, VA/DCA



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User currently offlineGregg From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

The 1st (longer one) has an air-stair emergency exit. The 2nd one has an emergency cone that is blasted off in an emergency.

User currently offlineTupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1372 times:

Wasn't the 1st one a modified version of the 2nd one?

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2903 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1372 times:

The first one is the newer "screwdriver" tailcone. The shadow from the horizontal stabilizer is blocking a complete view. The screwdriver cone was installed on new aircraft produced after a certain date, and was retrofitted to older models. It has a 1 or 2 percent better fuel burn result than the older DC-9 style tailcone, which is pictured in the second image.

Hope this helps

T.J.



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User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

Why didn't Continental modify its 66 MD80's with the scredriver tail?? All of them have the old-style one. I
guess it does not matter now, since the MD80's are
very slowly being phased out in favor of 737-800/900
aircraft but I'm just curious. Continental went to
great lengths to revamp its aircraft interiors so why
not change the tails too? Too expensive probably.

ContinentalEWR


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