Re: MD-88 Tail Cone (Delta)

From:         James Buongiovanni <>
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Date:         26 Jul 96 10:59:13 
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Steven Macom wrote:
> In several pictures of the Delta MD-88 in Pensacola, the tail cone is
> missing.
> What's accessible through the tail cone?  (The cone doesn't "fall off"
> to open a chute, does it?!?)

     The Tail Cone of the DC-9/MD-80 aircraft can be jettisoned to allow
the inflation of the evacuation slide. There is also a door at the
bottom of some  of the Tail Cones depending on the model, to allow
maintenance it the tail area. Air Cycle Machines among other things are
back there. Also the Flight Data Recorder.