I am booked for next week on both the MD-88 and MD-90 for multiple flights. This will be my first flight on a Delta MD-88, though I have flown on many MD-82, MD-83 and MD-90s.
I plan to put together a serious documentary in acknowledgment of the MD-80 family of aircraft. Anyone interested, feel free to reply. You can look me up on youtube under my channel name: airportek. I am interested in videos, photos and stories. I plan to interview my retired friends at MAC-DAC for this to get some unique insights from the designers and others.
FYI: I have worked in aviation since 1998 and have loved it since 1988. I grew up on military bases (USAF) into the 1990s. I'm a maddog fan to a fault. I remember the day the maddog captured my loyalty: 1989 Spokane International Airport Blue Concourse (B Concourse Gate 8). Alaska MD-82 N933AS. A year later, Alaska debuted their new livery in the movie Kindergarten Cop with air-to-air of N946AS (which they acquired from British Island Airways), the second aircraft painted in the new livery. In fact, they only painted two with the old 1980s stencil for the tail rather than the stencil used on their 737 and 727 fleets at the time.
I think this might be my first post in 10 years since I joined. Most of the time I just enjoy the comments and photos.
You have great passion. I'll need to watch Kindergarten Cop again for this plane. I loved the look of AS planes back in the early 90's.
It is your first post, its noted under your name.
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I thought I would post my reply with a link to the clip from Kindergarten Cop that I mentioned in my post since this is a special occasion. It was 30 years ago today N946AS entered service with Alaska Airlines. Here is the rare clip of the air-to-air footage:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhrty2FI5bk
I will remember the North American maddogs fondly since I have many photographs and videos I've collected since my childhood. I'm thankful and excited I get to fly out to Atlanta from California just to participate in the last few operations to multiple cities. This plane has made quite an impression on me. I still haven't gotten it out of my system 30 years later.
I plan to request a special announcement from the crews during my flights if they haven't already planned to do so anyway. Also, my custom when I fly is to request maximum performance climb and/or static takeoff. I've never flown on a maddog that did this. Pilots rarely grant this when I ask, but let's see if I will have success on this occasion. Either way, I plan to record my flights.
"Parting is such sweet sorrow [Maddog]."