Areopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2234 times:
Yeah, unfortunately. Anchorage to Seattle on a nice clear day, which gave the other passengers a spectacular view of the scenery. Major frustration. Engine noise was pretty bad, too. If you get to sit forward on an MD-80, it is nice and quiet, and the small wings don't block your view as much as other planes.
Sabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2213 times:
I also had a place just for the engine, and to be honnest, I didn't like the engine sound of the MD88 of Onur Air. But we had a good window view...
(The row after us had more problems to look outwards, we were lucky).
BWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days ago) and read 2144 times:
It's nasty. You get a view of the engine and nothing else, and the seat didn't recline either. The noise was awful, also. Ever since that flight, I've gone out of my way to avoid DC9/MD80 planes. I know its just those last couple of rows, but it just put a very bad taste in my mouth for MD planes.
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days ago) and read 2128 times:
In my non-rev days on American Airlines it seems that I always got that seat. No view and very loud. I'd get them in the Fokkers too, but at least they were slightly quieter compared to the MD-80. Every time I got off an MD-80 I always had a headache. I'd always wonder if I would be a goner if the engine had a catastrophic failure...
SQ325 From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 1452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days ago) and read 2104 times:
I sat not in the last but in the row where only the half of the window is covered by the engine.
DL MD83 CVG-TPA!
Was a great flight especially the noise during engine start is cool and I had the feeling that you can feel better than in the front of the AC how powerful the MD83 is during take off.
SJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2078 times:
MD80's are weird planes, like two different worlds. If you sit in the back behind the wings, it's loud and you cannot see much. Sit forward of the wings and you can barely hear the engines and you get a spetactular view. I took 1st class last night on AS from SEA to SJC and I could not hear the engines spool up, cut off, or anything. It was like I was in a glider...weird.
Chrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2133 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1991 times:
I've sat there, it's not bad actually. The noise is a fairly constant hum once you're at cruise. Row 33 on Alaska is the "sub" row, but it's no different than the "sub" row on 737s, or 757s or whatever.
Oh and Mark, if the engines do blow up, you're gone.
I actually think it's a fun ride back there...nobody goes back there anyway...
Sxmarbury33 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1981 times:
Ive sat there and it got me wondering is there any special protection for an uncontained falire. I believe this happened on a fokker jet a few yrs back parts came in through the side wall killed a passenger or was that a sabb?
Ryefly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1976 times:
I have been back there many times. I always thought the painters should paint a fake skyline, brick wall pattern, or just a big "HAA HAA cheap ass!" sign.
Nothing is worse then to get a window seat and then see your row has none. Then on top of that add ear shattering noise, and no seat pitch. All you can ask for is a screaming baby for the other ear. I can honestly say I have had all of the above on one particular flight. Once the baby spit up onto my leg on taxi out I had to look out to the engine and just laugh.
Easily the MD-80/DC-9 are the worst on the last row, but the Fokker 28/100 and 727 are a very close second and third. I have had the luxury of seating there on all of the above more then once.
Oh yeah, the last row on the 737-200/300/400 L1011, 757, and 767 are not the best seats either, once again been there, done that often. The only benefit is your close to the bathroom if you need to go.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3240 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
I have never sat at the back row on the MD80 but I have been close and yes that engine noise is something. Yet indeed, sit fore of the wings and the plane is absolutely silent - I noticed that on a flight to KIN when I sat far fore on the BWIA MD83.
Still a great plane overall but BWee has cut its fleet to just 2, down from the 9 they once had.
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1899 times:
There have been times when I've had to sit there. It usually makes me uncomfortable though because if the engine explodes, I'm right next to it. This happened a few years ago in Pensacola and killed the person sitting in that seat. Besides, I can't see anything and it's boring.
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
TWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1866 times:
The last few rows of seats on an MD-80, or DC-9 are pretty noisy. I don't think they should take out the seats or windows though. It's not that bad. The noise level is similar to sitting next to the wing on a 737.
Two A-4's, left ten o'clock level continue left turn!
Boeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1834 times:
The last two rows on a MD88 are known as the decapitation zone on Delta's jets. Remember the incident in 1996 in Pensicola, Florida involving N927DA. Two people were killed when engine debris from the front compressor front hub (fan hub) of the #1 (left) engine penetrated the left aft fuselage.
Ever since then I like to sit a little further towards the front.