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tomaheath
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MD88 Where To Sit.

Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:21 pm

I planing a trip to PNS. My flight would most likely be MHT-ATL-PNS-ATL-MHT all on Detla MD88s. Obviously Would not want a middle seat I'm thinking near the front on the first leg of each flight just for a piece of mind to get of the plane quickly to get to the the gate. My main question is sitting near the back it is worth having a window seat near the engines or is it just too loud is there any must have rows? Thanks.
 
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:39 pm

I tend to take a window seat a couple of rows forward of the engines when I'm on an MD80. Love the sound!
 
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:36 pm

The best seat on Delta's MD-88s is 33A. This is a window seat in the back, at the L2 door. There is no seat 32A, so you have plenty of leg room. The view out the window is great, you can see the engine inlet cowl, and have a good view of the wing without it blocking the ground below.

It is a bit noisy at the back, but anything forward of the wing will be quieter than your average 737 or A320.
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:50 pm

If the plane has tail mounted engines, put me in the back with them. I have no problem sleeping to the humming sound of a jet engine during cruise.  
 
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:32 pm

Quoting Lapper (Reply 1):
I tend to take a window seat a couple of rows forward of the engines when I'm on an MD80. Love the sound!

  

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 2):
The view out the window is great, you can see the engine inlet cowl, and have a good view of the wing without it blocking the ground below.

It is a bit noisy at the back, but anything forward of the wing will be quieter than your average 737 or A320.

  

A window a few rows before the engine is the place to be on the MadDogs  

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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:59 pm

Back of the plane it is. Thanks!
 
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:18 am

I'd recommend experiencing the engines at the back of the plane at least once, but any seat before the wing are absolutely silent (which is nice)
 
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:40 am

Just forward of the engine, window seat. I know on AA seat 31(?) is kind of a bulkhead. 32 is completely blocked by the engine. Can't speak for Delta.
 
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:25 pm

The people on this forum are insane enthusiasts. The engines are deafening on the MD80s when you are in the back. My head would ring for hours. The last red rows are seriously load. I hate the back. Try to sit forward of the wing.
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:30 pm

One option I do is sit right in front of the wing on some occasions. Because then you get to hear the hydraulic sounds with watching the slat and flap movements, have a good view, still hear some of the engine noise without it being loud. I find the slat hydralic sounds to be a unique characteristic for the MD.

Quoting rta (Reply 6):

I agree. For me as a general rule its better off trying the back on a shorter sector with earplugs in hand. ATL-PNS fits the description.
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:40 pm

Quoting roseflyer (Reply 8):
The engines are deafening on the MD80s when you are in the back.

Maybe I suffer permanent hearing damage courtesy of years and years of attending heavy metal concerts, but honestly: I was disappointed a bit by how loud these engines actually were. From the comments here I was looking forward to an '80ies flashback with full roar and thunder down at the back, but in my experience it was nothing like that. Louder than your average modern airliner, yes, absolutely, but deafening and for insane enthusiasts only, no.

My seat was 33E on both DL MD88 flight I've logged, and very content with my choice of seats. Good view of the engine (love to see the blades spin up), unobstructed view downward, and on the 2-seat side of the plane. 34E would also have been ok, but missing the view of the spinning blades. Rows 35 and 36 have their windows blocked by the engines.

You're asking advice about an MD-88. Sit in the back and enjoy while you still can. Just my two cents.
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:07 pm

Quoting Zombus (Reply 10):
My seat was 33E

I've also sat in 33E on my most recent DL MD88 flight. The engine sound, you eventually tune it out, but it's not every day you hear the MD-88 engines in real life, and with how airlines are retiring the type, enjoy it while you can.
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:05 pm

Quoting rta (Reply 6):

I'd recommend experiencing the engines at the back of the plane at least once, but any seat before the wing are absolutely silent (which is nice)

I like the front. It makes it feel as if the aircraft is being accelerated by God's own hand and not engines. The silence is eerie and pretty cool as you rocket down the runway.
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:33 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):
The silence is eerie and pretty cool as you rocket down the runway.

This is more pronounced in the MD-90 series, though.

Either my hearing is sensitive or those JT8Ds are as loud as everyone makes them out to be. I've sat up front and still heard the engines. They're easier to tune out in the front, but it's still there.
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:33 pm

Quoting roseflyer (Reply 8):
The engines are deafening on the MD80s when you are in the back.

If you thought that was loud, you should have sat in the back of a 727 during a powerback. Not only was the noise deafening, the back end of the plane shook as well. Too bad we will never be able to experience anything like that again.
 
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RE: MD88 Where To Sit.

Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:35 pm

I agree with many of the previous responses:

on the MD-88 my favorite seats are 33A or 33E. I think seat 32E is also a good seat.

tomaheath, if you should end up on an MD-90, seats 36A and 36E are similar to 33A and 33E on the MD-88. 36A is my favorite seat on the MD-90.

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