Take a look at this picture, taken off the TWA web site. Examine the tail rudder. Is it just my imagination, or does it actually look like a chunk of it was bitten off by some implacable prehistoric beast?
Well, I guess the updated forum won't let me post a link, so here's how to get to it.
1. Go to http://www.twa.com
2. In the upper right hand cortner, select "about TWA"
3. In taskbar, select "our fleet"
4. Select "DC-9"
5. See for yourself.
The rudder tab on the DC-9/MD-80 is a balanced control surface; it cannot be painted on the A/C. This tab is probably a leased item and probably will be replaced by a TWA unit or removed and painted at a later date.
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
... but for average page visitor looks rather strange. I think a picture of an aircraft should be chosen carefully as it is still the image of airline. And, again, why is it "Boeing DC-9"?! There was a topic here discussing this, and some strict explanations were found why it can be "Boeing DC-9" (and how about "Boeing DC-3"?), but still...