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MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-88

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MD88
Aircraft
Name MD-88
Manufacturer MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail T-tail
WTC Medium
APC C
Type code L2J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Both sides of rear fuselage
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4


Manufacturered as:

BOEING MD-88
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-88


MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-88

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-88 MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-88 3D

Description

The MD-88 was the the last variant of the MD-80 which was launched on January 23, 1986 on the back of orders and options from Delta Air Lines for a total of 80 aircraft.

The MD-88 is, depending on specification, basically similar to the MD-82 or MD-83 except that it incorporates an EFIS cockpit instead of the more traditional analogue flight deck of the other MD-80s. Other changes incorporated in the MD-88 include a windshear warning system and general updating of the cabin interior/trim, however these detail changes are relatively minor and were written back as standard on the MD-82/83. In fact the windshear warning, was offered as a standard option on all the other MD-80s and has been made available for retrofitting on earlier aircraft including the DC-9.

Technical Data

Wing span 32.78 m107.546 ft
Length 45.06 m147.835 ft
Height 9.02 m29.593 ft
Powerplant 2 x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 (93,41 kN) series.
Engine model Pratt & Whitney JT8D

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
Descent
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
Approach
V2 (IAS) 140 kts IAS 170 kts IAS 290 kts IAS 290 kts MACH 0.74 TAS 450 kts MACH 0.76 IAS 250 kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) 130 kts
Distance 2050 m ROC 2700 ft/min ROC 2800 ft/min ROC 2200 ft/min ROC 1500 ft/min MACH 0.76 ROD 1000 ft/min ROD 2300 ft/min MCS 210 kts Distance 1585 m
MTOW 6781567,815 kg
67.815 tonnes
kg
Ceiling FL370 ROD ft/min APC C
WTC M Range 20552,055 nm
3,805,860 m
3,805.86 km
12,486,417.332 ft
NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving MD88

  • MD88, Groningen Netherlands, 2003 (On 17 June 2003, a crew of a Boeing MD-88, belonging to Onur Air, executed a high speed rejected take-off at a late stage which resulted in overrun of the runway and serious damage to the aircraft.)
  • MD88, New York La Guardia USA, 2015 (On 5 March 2015 a Boeing MD88 veered off a snow-contaminated runway 13 at New York La Guardia soon after touchdown after the experienced flight crew applied excessive reverse thrust and thus compromised directional control due to rudder blanking, a known phenomenon affecting the aircraft type. The aircraft stopped partly outside the airport perimeter with the forward fuselage over water. In addition to identifying the main cause of the accident, the Investigation found that exposure to rudder blanking risks was still widespread. It also noted that the delayed evacuation was partly attributable to inadequate crew performance and related Company procedures.)