AA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 903 times:
It is my understanding that the MD88 was built specially for Delta Airlines. It has certain features like carpeting in the cockpit(easier on bare feet), extra cup holders(for your dip cup), knobby tires on the mains, mud flaps with Yosimite Sam saying "Back Off" and they all came with little nacelle stickers showing Calvin pi**ing on a ValuJet airplane .
Sorry, MD88Captain and Doug Taylor, I couldn't resist...TC
FBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7 Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 873 times:
The MD-88 was the first variant of the MD-80-series to appear with EFIS cockpit,later,all MD-80's had this layout.
The real diff. between the MD-88 and the other variants was that the -88 was designed to be readily available for conversion to the planned Propfan engines being tested during the late -80's.This,however,never materialized.
The -219 engine is an option for all -81's and -82's,as well as being standard on the -83.
In SAS,we've got -81's,-82's and -83's,all with the EFIS cockpit,-217C/-219 engines and all have the screwdriver (or beaver) tailcone.
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1698 posts, RR: 38 Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 851 times:
The propfan conversion was known as the MD-80UHB program. It utilized Allison propfans. The idea never really took hold, and the airlines thought it to be more economical to stick with the -217's/-219's. The only MD aircraft with screwdriver tailcones are the MD-83, MD-87, MD-88, and the MD-90. The DC-9-80, The DC-9-81, and DC-9-82 all have the conical tailcones.
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FBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7 Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 734 times:
The screwdriver tailcone appeared on the construction line during 1986 and was fitted to every MD-80 series plane built after that point in time.
The first screwdriver tailcone delivered to SAS was LN-RLR,an -82.We took it for it's first commercial flight ever on a round trip of Northern Norway.
Drag characteristics were found to be favourable,fuel efficiency increased in the region of 1,5% to 2,5%,depending on C.G. location.Consequently,the 10 or 12 or so planes already delivered were converted to the new tailcone.
Swissair was one operator who didn't find the savings of sufficient interest so they left their's unmodified.SAS leased 8 of these in the latter half of the -90's,still with the old,pointed tailcone.