From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ray Watters) Organization: Ridgecrest Community Television Date: 10 Jul 95 16:36:59 References: 1 2
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In article <airliners.1995.892@ohare.Chicago.COM>, email@example.com (Robert Dorsett) wrote: > The DC-9 does not have arstairs. You are confusing it with the 727, which > lowers airstairs out the back. Actually, the DC9 does have rear airstairs...at least the older models. > The reason you see the 727 stairs down all the time is as a counter-balance, > so the airplane doesn't rock back on its tail with a light fuel load. You > will often see a supporting rod as well You are correct, however it is most important on the 727-200 series. On a light load, an extra 5000 pounds of fuel would be put in the center tank. Further, coach passengers would be moved to first class.