Who likes the MD-82?


#1

Who still rates the MD-82 (if you ever did) as being a great aircraft?

Smoky MD-82 Departure Manchester Airport…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS9wnEAzaSI

A classic aircraft in my humble opinion, but what do you guys think!


#2

Have ridden one in many years.

I think it’s a good aircraft.


#3

Despite alot of pax hatred for the MDs, that airplane brings back alot of memories. As a kid I can remember going to STL and seeing the Ozark 80s, and later TW. When I started working at TWE, we’d get diversions from STL regularly, and as an 18 year old punk, I thought it was pretty cool getting all this heavy metal in, and I get to park it, climb around like I know what I’m doing etc.
I’ve always thought it was one of the nicest shapes flying!


#4

It’s still being used… I guess it’s a good aircraft. :wink:


#5

I’m not sure why all the hate for the Mad Dog. They are quiet, since all the seats are in front of the engines. Most have 2-3 seating, so as a couple traveling neither of us have to sit in the middle (as opposed to the 737). They really don’t have that bad of a safety record. Is there something that I just haven’t experienced that makes them a bad airplane?


#6

There’s just a group of younger people who think if an aircraft isn’t in production then it isn’t a good aircraft. They don’t understand the beauty of a MD80 or 727. They seem to think if it isn’t a wide-body then it’s not worth flying.


#7

Hard to believe people think that…


#8

I’m more of a fan of the MD-88 than the MD-82 (yeah, I know it’s the same plane on the outside). Work with the Maddog everyday but Delta is slowly starting to give us DC-9-50s. I use to dislike the Maddog but I’ve grown attached to it and whenever Delta retires them (probably 10-15 years from now), I want to be on the last flight.


#9

Who doesn’t like it?


#10

Fine A/C unless you happen to be seated in the back with the engines out of sync! Several times I’ve sent notes to the cockpit to “try the other synchronizer”.


#11

The M80 line of aircraft are great machines and the JT8 engines purr like a Timex and roar like a tornado. Pain in the butt to work from a ground handling and load planning perspective but overall not bad.

My first MD-80 ride was on TWA, N902TW 12-1-83 CVG-STL-PDX. Crap I’m getting old!


#12

Yes, very quiet up towards the front. But in back by the engines…it’s uncomfortably noisy!


#13

Just have to stay out of the last two rows. I have flown from that position once, and wouldn’t do it again. But other than that, it is pretty quiet up front.


#14

I wouldnt kick one out of bed… :slight_smile:


#15

Other than this I guess it’s a good aircraft :laughing: :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJhUJ_BYvGE :open_mouth:


#16

i absolutely love flying on the lawn dart . yes this is what they called the md 80 series they called them lawn darts


#17

No, they didn’t.

Seriously, stop posting. It’s clear you are some 12 year old pretending to be some sort of pilot/expert and doing a very bad job of it.


#18

I found a couple of references to MD-80s being called "lawn darts"
airliners.net/aviation-forum … in/221627/
kingwoodunderground.com/topi … d=11545001

You should do a little research before calling “bullshit” on someone. :wink:


#19

I head the DC-9-80 series called the “lawn dart” for the first time many years ago.

I didn’t fly on too many -80’s; the rides I did have were great. I love the long cabin.


#20

Many other aircraft have been called “lawn dart” too as lots of aircraft are long and thin. It’s not a very unique nickname and not one that’s really used in the industry much as it implies the aircraft crashing.

The one used most often these days is “Mad Dog”.