MD-80: Lawn Dart or Efficient Design?

From:         Dave Benjamin <dbenj@slip.net>
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Date:         04 Aug 96 16:44:54 
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Let me say up front that the MD-80 is among my favorite airliners to fly
in -- very quiet up front (not so in the rear, but I can normally avoid
the aft rows), good T/O and climb performance, POWERFUL flaps.

But I can't get over the far aft positioning of the wings, negative
incidence of the stab, and positive incidence of the thrust.  How do all
of these combine to make the MD-80 an efficient flying machine (or do
they not)?