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McDonnell Douglas MD-88

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30th April 2023
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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-88 is similar to MD-82 but with advanced EFIS cockpit displays and windshear warning system.

Summary data for McDonnell Douglas MD-80 MD-88
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA19871581582130 - 172


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

Uses the JT8D-217, rated at 2000lb


Dimensions for McDonnell Douglas MD-80 MD-88
Length147 ft. 10 in.
Wing Span107 ft. 10 in.
Height29 ft. 10 in.
Empty Weight77,980 lbs.
Max Weight149,500 lbs.


Performance of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 MD-88
Max Speed575 mph
Cruise Speed510 mph
Ceiling37,000 ft.
Normal Range2,055nm
Max Range2,175nm

Updated 26th November 2008

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