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This Iberia Plane Is Not As It Seems...

Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:19 am

Sitting at LHR yesterday I photographed the following Iberia aircraft.

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Nothing unusual, until I zoomed in and noticed it says 'MD-87' on the engine. This aircraft is clearly an MD-88 (inherited from Aviaco I believe, who didn't have any earlier MD-80 variants), so I'm wondering what the hell's going on here. I very much doubt that this is an MD-87 engine as the thrust would need to be greater for use on a stretched aircraft. Could it simply be the cowling from an MD-87?

Any answers, anyone?

Karl
 
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RE: This Iberia Plane Is Not As It Seems...

Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:24 am

That is indeed an MD-88, but it may just be a replacement engine cover from a different plane.

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RE: This Iberia Plane Is Not As It Seems...

Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:52 am

If you look at the cowling, it is much cleaner than parts around it, I would concur.
 
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RE: This Iberia Plane Is Not As It Seems...

Sat Sep 23, 2006 2:04 am

Iberia's M87 and M88 uses EXACTLY the same engine
Both are P&W JT8D-217C

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RE: This Iberia Plane Is Not As It Seems...

Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:06 am

Same engine physically but surely uprated due to the extra weight?

And yes, that part of the cowl does look a lot newer.

Karl
 
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RE: This Iberia Plane Is Not As It Seems...

Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:29 am

Only fuel control is different, M88's engines are slightly overpowered, but you can change one into other with a screwdriver. Anyway, is only to let you know. I'm sure iberia didn't have another spare engine cowling (or maybe the mech wrote a wrong part number  Wink )

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