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McDonnell Douglas MD-83

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21st December 1988
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Aircraft Data

The MD-80 series is a mid-size, medium-range airliner, the design was the second generation of the DC-9 with two rear fuselage-mounted turbofan engines, small, highly efficient wings, and a T-tail. The aircraft has a distinctive 5 abreast seating.

The MD-83 is a longer range version of the basic 81 series, it has uprated engines to cater for increased weight and greater fuel loads.

Summary data for McDonnell Douglas MD-80 MD-83
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA19842762502130 - 172


2 x Pratt & Whitney JT8D (16000 - 20000 lbf) turbofan engines.

Uses the 21000lb thrust JT8D-219


Dimensions for McDonnell Douglas MD-80 MD-83
Length147 ft. 10 in.
Wing Span107 ft. 10 in.
Height29 ft. 10 in.
Empty Weight80,563 lbs.
Max Weight160,000 lbs.


Performance of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 MD-83
Max Speed588 mph
Cruise Speed504 mph
Ceiling37,000 ft.
Normal Range1,800nm
Max Range2,500nm

Updated 26th November 2008

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