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User currently offlineRooinc From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 123 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

Quickly, I am a fairly new aviation buff, so new to airliners.net as well. You guys are so full of info it boggles my mind. Thanks for all the info, I've spent hours reading posts.

My question: there are fond feelings towards many of the older aircraft out there, but I don't remember seeing anyone loving the md80 series of planes. What makes these different to fly and why don't they seem to have a special place in pilots/aviation buff's hearts, especially considering at least a few airlines have a large number in their fleets?

Thanks, you guys really rock.

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User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

I can't say I agree with your perception. Many people I work with are fiercely loyal to the DC9/MD80 series. It all depends who was brought up on what: AMTs that cut their teeth on Boeings will regard Douglas as "brand x" but will concede to the Douglas guy's points that the DC9/MD80 is solid, simple, easy to work on, and reliable. -- Part of the reason you may perceive the MD80 as a wallflower is their ubiquitousness...and they're not quite old enough to be considered classics. In this industry, a 20 year old plane is just broken in  Smile

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

I really love the DC9s I used to fly on them all the time.
I will NEVER forget the DC9s!

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineJT-8D From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

People all over must love the dc-9. Its been around since the early 60s, and is still in production as the 717. The first plane I worked on was a 30 series so it holds a special place in my heart. Some people dont like it because its not "new" technology. Neither is the dc-8, and they used those to carry parts to us to fix MD-11s. It was, and is a great plane. Just like the dc-3, the dc-9 will also be around for a long, long time.

User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1544 times:

I just posted a topic in the "civil aviation" forum regarding the MD80. I have never flown on it and will be in August from ORD-DFW. I received several good responses. Some negative, but most had positive things about the MD80!

Check it out!


DC-8 61/63/71 DC-9-30/50 MD-80/82/83 DC-10-10/30 MD-11 717 721/2 732/3/4/5/G/8/9 741/2/4 752 762/3 777 A306/319/20/33 AT
User currently offlineFBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

DC-9's,MD-80's,MD-90's and 717's belong to one of the most successful airliner families ever made.
If the numbers for the whole family are added together,only the DC-3 and 737 have been built in larger numbers.
All these planes are a delight to fly,both as a passenger (if you are seated a little bit forward of the engines) and as a pilot.The cockpit is so quiet that we in SAS do not have to use headsets during flight.
The MD-90 with it's fully hydraulically operated elevators and V2500 engines is even better in most respects.It is probably the quietest airliner around.
Great planes!

"Luck and superstition wins all the time"!
User currently offlineCdfmxtech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1341 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

Every Pilot that I have ever talked that flew the thing - Loved it. 90% of the technicians that I know hate the thing. The interesting thing about it is most techs that started on the -80, like it. Those like myself, that didn't start on it, but started on other aircraft (Boeing) hate it. Let me rephrase that. I don't hate the thing...I just hate working on it. Not very Maintenance friendly at all - (see Air conditioning system.)
Smooth ride though - I will say that. Just stay away from the rows aft of the emergency exit...then it becomes an earache.

User currently offlineN521NA From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

As an aviation enthusiast, I love the MD80 (aka DC9).


User currently offlineRooinc From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1450 times:

I didn't realize that the md80 was a continuation of the dc9. All makes sense now.

User currently offlineExitrowaisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

Probably the reason most people dont regard the MD80 with "affection" is because there are so MANY of them! They are today's equivalent of the 727. Continental, Delta and American all have huge fleets (AA over 260 MD-80s). Along with the 737, they are the workhorse of the U.S. domestic fleet. They are very good planes, but not especially remarkable. Give them another 15-20 years, when they are being phased out, and the nostalgia will start.

User currently offlineDeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Personally the MD-88 is my favorite narrow body jet. It flies very smoothly and takes turbulence really well. It flies alot like the MD-11, which is also great. I don't exactly understand why people like the old 727s and L1011s so much, but then again I too am a fairly new aviation buff.

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