Re: What's in a model number? (MD-95 Structural Specs)

From:         jpstrain@netcom.com (Jim Strain)
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Date:         18 Dec 95 15:26:13 
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In article <airliners.1995.1901@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Stefano Pagiola
<spagiola@worldbank.org> wrote:

> bareynol@cca.rockwell.com (Brian A. Reynolds) wrote:
> >
> >DAC uses the year of launch (or projected launch) as their model
> >numbers for the twin-jet series.
>
> Not exactly.  When the DC-9-80 was launched, Douglas skipped the series
> numbers between -80 and the preceding -50 as a marketing ploy: "Super 80
> for the Eighties."

Yeah, that sounds right.  Back in the late 70's I worked on a huge
subcontract proposal to MDC (McDonnell had just taken over) for its new
version of the DC9, the "Model 55."  At some point it became the DC9-80.
Marketeers.
. . .jim strain in san diego.