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McDonnell Douglas MD-81

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19th January 2019
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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-81 was the initial production variant,

Summary data for McDonnell Douglas MD-80 MD-81
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA197984502130 - 172


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

JT8D-209 engines rated at 18500lb thrust.


Dimensions for McDonnell Douglas MD-80 MD-81
Length147 ft. 8 in.
Wing Span107 ft. 8 in.
Height29 ft. 8 in.
Empty Weight77,900 lbs.
Max Weight14,000 lbs.


Performance of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 MD-81
Max Speed577 mph
Cruise Speed504 mph
Ceiling37,000 ft.
Normal Range1,350nm
Max Range1,570nm

Updated 26th November 2008

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