McDonnell Douglas MD-80
By Patrick Mondout
The MD-80 series of aircraft are really just variations on the
In the late Super70s, McDonnell Douglas continued to stretch the length
and range of the DC-9 and announced the DC-9-80 in August of 1977. The
'80' designation referred to the year it was supposed to go into service.
Likewise, the DC-9-81, DC-9-82, and DC-9-83 also carried years as part of
In June of 1983, McDonnell Douglas finally dropped the 50 year old DC
(Douglas Company) designation altogether and the aircraft became the
MD-80, MD-81, MD-82, and MD-83.
A shorter version came in 1987 and was named, you guessed it, the
N479AC, an AirCal MD-82
seen in Montana, November 1983.
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The MD-82 (DC-9-82) first flew on January 8, 1981 and entered service with
Republic Airlines in August of
The MD-83 (DC-9-83) first flew on December 17, 1984 and entered service
Airlines in February of 1985.
The MD-87 first flew December 4, 1986 and entered service with Finnair
in November of 1987.
The MD-88 first flew August 15, 1987 and entered service with Delta
Airlines in January of 1988.
The larger MD-90 series debuted in November 1988 with its first flight
on February 22, 1993.