Excellent info of this subject, for us non flyer's, thank you.
I film/photo daily at SJC in AM (630am - 740am) until spring...video and print, usually looking for the freighters and the AA white boys, as I figures they won't be around for too long a period,,so thanks for the good input.
As a sideliner(someone without ramp access and a 30yr+ photographer at SJC) I've notice the MD-90 to be very smooth on the take-offs from my vantage point, and since the new parking lot has opened north of the tower at SJC, I've noticed a real smooth humm from the engines as you guys climbout from 30L. IT IS a very quiet plane. I've always thought it to be very reliable, as I rarely see one at the SJC remote area, and if there was, I figured it as a RON(remain over-night) a/c.
When RenoAir had the open house in April 97? when they had the Inaugural MD-90 open house, SJC-SNA, I went to ACM aviation and took the tour.
I've only been in 2 cockpits, once in 1960 at SEA when United had a DC-8 that my dad flew out on when I was 6yr,,and April 97 for the MD-90. The cockpit is small, though I am 6'3" and 300lbs, I qualify most cockpits are small for me
. I was able to video the MD-90 cockpit and it looked very nice. I have no idea how to fly one, but it looked sharp.
One of my questions to you is: Why did the paint "Super 80" titles on all the ex-Reno a/c? the MD-87's and the MD-90's have these titles, up by the cockpit,why'd they do that?
Thanks in advance