Re: MD-80: Lawn Dart or Efficient Design?

From:         faurecm@halcyon.com (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
Date:         08 Aug 96 12:11:53 
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In article <airliners.1996.1559@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Dave Benjamin
<dbenj@slip.net> wrote:

> 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)?

I've had MD-80 pilots for an airline that will remain nameless say that
under certain c/g conditions, they run out of elevator up-trim on final
approach.  As a result, they have to physically horse the nose up for the
flare, such as it is.

C. Marin Faure
   author, Flying a Floatplane