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World's Most Flown MD81 Finds Final Home In Museum  
User currently offlinedcajet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 432 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14965 times:

Good news from Argentina for all Mad Dog lovers. LV-WFN, an MD81 (technically a DC-9-81) has found a final resting place at Argentina's National Aeronautics Museum, located in the city of Moron, in the western suburbs of Buenos Aires and adjacent to SADM. This airframe was delivered to Austral Lineas Aereas on January 8, 1981 and went on to have a spotless career with the same employer until March 16, 2012. Over those 31 years, it logged close to 70,000 hours and slightly over 60,000 cycles - more than any other MD81. Upon retirement it was the oldest Mad Dog in service.

Since retirement it has been stored at SACO and was seen this past weekend doing some engine and taxiing runs in preparation for her final flight to SADM.

Here's a walk around this beauty - http://youtu.be/fOGjY65T-WY

And her last - to date - landing in SACO last year as she joined Cordoba Airport retirement corner:

http://youtu.be/1qAWz57ggBk

[Edited 2013-02-19 12:23:07]


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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5816 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 14597 times:

Thanks for posting.

Out of curiosity, is that a high number of hours/cycles for a DC-9 airframe?
I don't know much about DC-9's, or their expected service life.


User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2353 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14453 times:

Thanks for sharing, dcajet. I'm glad to see Argentina recognize the significance of this aircraft and preserve its history.

Quoting dcajet (Thread starter):
Over those 31 years, it logged close to 70,000 hours and slightly over 60,000 cycles - more than any other MD81.

Very impressive. It goes to show the MD-80 frame can far exceed the 50k cycles the FAA has certified it for.



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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3254 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14117 times:

Soooooooo is there a line number where we go from xxx DC9-80 and xxx+1 is an MD80?

User currently offlineabrown532 From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 13798 times:

Quoting dcajet (Thread starter):
located in the city of Moron

Made me giggle a bit, great news for Mad Dog Lovers!


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6293 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 13680 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 3):

No, all MD-8-/-82/-83 are officially DC-9-8x. The MD-88 is just an MD-88 though.



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User currently offlineDCAjet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 13335 times:

Quoting abrown532 (Reply 4):

Made me giggle a bit, great news for Mad Dog Lovers!

I know... Technically and more importantly grammatically correct it is Morón, that acute accents makes a world of difference.

As per the city and county of Morón website:


No consensus exists among historians as to the origin of the city's name. Possible namesakes include: Diego Morón, whose widow, Isabel Torres Briseño, was one of the area's landowners in the 18th century; Pedro Morán, another local landowner; the town of Morón de la Frontera, in Andalucia, Spain, from which many of the town's first residents originated; and San Pedro de Morón, the patron saint of a local doyennne at the time.


[Edited 2013-02-19 21:12:34]


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6204 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13178 times:
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Great news. I flew on it in 1985.


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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5033 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13177 times:

For some reason when I think of Austral I think of Australia even though I know the airline is Argentian. What is the reason for the name. Does it mean something special & aviation related in Spanish?


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6204 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13092 times:
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Quoting type-rated (Reply 8):
Does it mean something special & aviation related in Spanish?
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/austral



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User currently offlineDCAjet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 12871 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 8):
For some reason when I think of Austral I think of Australia even though I know the airline is Argentian. What is the reason for the name. Does it mean something special & aviation related in Spanish?

Actually the word also exists in English, it comes from the latin word "australis" meaning south (the opposite being "borealis" i.e. north). Austral is an airline that was founded in the 50s to fly to Patagonia and it really does not get any more Southern than Patagonia hence the name. The word Australia shares the same root as Austral Lineas Aereas. Of course, the use of austral and boreal as modifiers to a noun are much more prevalent in Spanish than in English - suspect that is due to the latin roots of the Spanish language.

Rds,



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5033 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 12028 times:

Hmm I never knew that, makes perfect sense. Thanks!


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User currently onlinesuperjeff From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8622 times:
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Quoting skipness1E (Reply 3):
Soooooooo is there a line number where we go from xxx DC9-80 and xxx+1 is an MD80?

No. The airplane was certified as a DC9 (DC9-81/82/83/88). But McD sure built them well!


User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13114 posts, RR: 100
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8009 times:
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Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 1):
Out of curiosity, is that a high number of hours/cycles for a DC-9 airframe?

Its a good number; the record holder is N669HA from HA with 95,132 cycles (probably low hours due to island hoping).

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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7546 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 13):
Its a good number; the record holder is N669HA from HA with 95,132 cycles (probably low hours due to island hoping).

Lightsaber

One of the ex-AA/TWA birds that DL just bought for parts had over 70,000 hours on it. IIRC some of the older NW -9s had numbers near 100,000/100,000



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User currently offlineexFWAOONW From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5383 times:

You mean DL didn't buy it?   


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User currently offlineDCAjet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3834 times:

Quoting exFWAOONW (Reply 15):
You mean DL didn't buy it?

I am sure it could keep on going... but that beauty will suck any airline dry just on fuel costs. They served Argentina well for 31 years - What started as a shy 5-airframe order in 1978 went on to be 37 strong over the years. Upon retirement last year, 15 of them were left in the fleet.

Together with the BAC 1-11 in Austral,and the Boeings 737 classic and 727-200 and F-28s in Aerolineas Argentinas, the Mad Dogs brought jet service to every corner of Argentina.

I believe there is one ex-AU BAC 1--11 airframe at SADMO, either LV-MZM or LV-OAX - not in the Museum though, but used for some form of training. Firefighters perhaps?



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User currently offlineNWAROOSTER From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1088 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2414 times:
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Quoting Spacepope (Reply 14):
Quoting lightsaber (Reply 13):Its a good number; the record holder is N669HA from HA with 95,132 cycles (probably low hours due to island hoping).

Lightsaber
One of the ex-AA/TWA birds that DL just bought for parts had over 70,000 hours on it. IIRC some of the older NW -9s had numbers near 100,000/100,000

Northwest Airlines had several DC-9-30s that flew over 100,000 cycles. About 103,000 cycles. The FAA limited the DC-9 to 100,000 cycles or the next major check, unless an aft preasure bulkhead "mod" was completed. With that many cycles, it was not cost effective to perform the needed work to keep the aircraft in service. So the aircraft were retired, like me.   


User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2353 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2209 times:

Quoting NWAROOSTER (Reply 17):
Northwest Airlines had several DC-9-30s that flew over 100,000 cycles. About 103,000 cycles. The FAA limited the DC-9 to 100,000 cycles or the next major check

Interesting that you note this information. I do recall that the FAA granted NW 104k cycles (no joke) provided the DC-9s had no impending airworthiness issue at 100k cycles. This won't be found in general FAA docs. It was specific to NW - the only applicable carrier.



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User currently offlineDCAJet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1629 times:

LV-WFN flew today the last ever MD81 flight in the colors of Austral as she was ferried from Cordoba SACO to Morón SADM to her final resting place at the National Museum of Aeronautics.

Like a homesick angel, she took off for the last time in true Mad Dog style -

http://youtu.be/US8QZHZs1QQ



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