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First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!

Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:41 pm

Everts Air Cargo's first MD-80 (MD-82) freighter arrived this afternoon at FAI. I knew it would be getting here soon but was taken by surprise while coming out of Safeway on University Avenue around 2:30 today. I thought initially it was one of Everts DC-9-30Fs but as it got closer I saw that indeed it was the long awaited MD-80. It is indeed the first MD-80 conversion to enter service and appears only once in the database as N73444 in Miami during flight testing. It is in full Everts Air Cargo colors and looks great. I got one shot of it on the approach but was unable to get a shot of it at the Everts hanger as it was not visitble from the nearest road. Im sure I'll be seeing it regularly and I promise I'll get a better pic!
Everts Air Cargo MD-82F arriving at FAI (PAFA) for the first time, March 20, 2013
 
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RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!

Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:46 pm

Thanks for posting - and clicking a photo too!
 
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RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!

Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:22 am

Saw it taking off from GEG this afternoon on its way up, but wasn't able to snap a pic of it, she looked good though.
 
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RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!

Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:16 pm

Does anyone know how much structural modification work the freighter conversion required?

Of course, I assume it received a proper cargo door (not like Airborne Express).

But, in addition to that, did it require any structural strengthening? Given how strong Douglas overbuilt its aircraft, I would be curious to know.
 
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RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!

Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:30 pm

According to Aeronautical Engineers, the Miami company doing the conversions, this is what they are doing to the MD-80SF
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"The AEI MD-80SF cargo conversion consists of the installation of a 85"x136" cargo door on the left side of the fuselage and modification of main deck to a Class E cargo compartment. After conversion the aircraft can carry 12 88"x108" or eight 125"x88" unit load device (ULD) or eight 125"x96" ULDs. In comparison, the 737-400SF includes 10 88"x125" pallets and a 53"x88" pallet."

They also stated that there not need to be any flight performance tests for FAA certification as the conversion would not be modifying flight systems. I can only assume this is why certification was so fast and the first example has been delivered. (first flight Sept 28, 2012, FAA certification, end of October, 2012)
 
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RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!

Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:08 pm

Any info on the serial # of the conversion aircraft? Just curious as to where it came from  
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RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!

Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:24 pm

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 5):
Any info on the serial # of the conversion aircraft? Just curious as to where it came from

It's this one:


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RE: First MD-80 Freighter Arrives In Fairbanks!

Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:26 am

How many MD-80 Cargo will join the Everts fleet? Who ordered the other 5 converted ex AA planes?
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