Post by hornit - HJG on Sept 29, 2020 18:48:02 GMT
Delta flew its last 88's and 90's to the boneyard, Blytheville, AR. on June 2nd of this year. I was on one of them. I flew ship 976's last flight and last revenue flight from KATL-KPHL on June 1st. An era has ended here. I am non current for the first time in my career! Awaiting training sometime this fall or winter on the 767/757. Ill post some pics shortly.
Would be interesting to see a MD-90 freighter conversion. The MD-80s are so much more plentiful and they're having a hard time getting conversion contracts for them. Being that certification of a cargo conversion is (at minimum) a 5 year process typically, I'd be surprised to see the MD-90s going to Prime. It'd be more likely to see them going to Atlas or iAero and operated as PAX Charter aircraft.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Jan 1, 2021 21:18:58 GMT
Anything's possible Chris .... and one should probably never say "NEVER" .... but .... until it actually happens (with such an aircraft actually entering service), then, there's' probably not much incentive to do it.
I remember a couple of queries re freighter configured MD-80's after we launched Nick's 3D model flight line of these around 2009/10 .... or thereabouts. That was before any MD-80's had ever been freighter configured .... but which later happened .... followed by our then representing these too (in both MD-82SF and -83SF form) once there was some real world liveries to justify doing so.
My biggest priority for our MD's though is resolving their "resistance" to rotating (whilst at/near MGW) at speeds of less than 150 KTS". I "DO" now have a solution for this (I've resolved the problem .... the solution for each one being slightly different by necessity due to their weight and power variations) as per my recent and following-linked thread ....
The only issue confronting me that's influencing release of these MD upgrades (and from which our B717-200 should also benefit too) is both "TIME" and "PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES" .... but .... we'll get there eventually
Yes it will come an end to the DC 9 MD 80 B 717 families BUT: The DC 9-20 the hotrod among the DC 9 family will resurrect with everthing modern and fancy from high power engines to fly by wire onboard. So it will be able to serve to the highest airports in the world like ZUDC, which for the moment is served by AB 319.