Re: MD80 v MD88

Date:         04 Sep 99 11:38:31 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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>>The MD-88 is simply an MD-82 (or, in the high-gross-weight version,
>>an MD-83) with an updated, glass cockpit instead of the old round
>>gauges of the MD-81/82/83.

>The MD-88 also has an onboard windshear detection system

I imagine that can be retrofitted to most airliners, though perhaps it
became standard as part of the MD-88's updated avionics as opposed to an
option.  It might also have just been something Delta specified and thus
it appears on most MD-88s.

>and increased use of composites in the airframe, compared to earlier MD-8x.

Boeing doesn't mention it, and even if true it's undoubtedly something
which can be applied to any of the earlier MD-8x models -- Delta's first
eight MD-88s were built as MD-82s and converted, and it seems unlikely
that such an airframe improvement wouldn't be offered across the board.

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