Northwest1988
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American MD-80 tailcone question

Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:56 am

Hello all,

I know it’s been discussed that American modified all of their tail cones in-house on their MD-80 fleet. I’m wondering how it was done?

Did they physically modify the original pointed tailcone to the flat screwdriver style or did they build all of their own from scratch?

Also, the flat design became common on all variants of the MD-80 from then on. Did McDonnell Douglas follow the design from American or did it go the other way around and American followed the manufacturer design?

On a side note when was the last time any of the old style tail cones flew on any MD-80s with American? I believe 2007 I saw one in DTW but I could be mistaken.

Thank you all!
 
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Re: American MD-80 tailcone question

Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:20 am

Northwest1988 wrote:
Hello all,

I know it’s been discussed that American modified all of their tail cones in-house on their MD-80 fleet. I’m wondering how it was done?

Did they physically modify the original pointed tailcone to the flat screwdriver style or did they build all of their own from scratch?

Also, the flat design became common on all variants of the MD-80 from then on. Did McDonnell Douglas follow the design from American or did it go the other way around and American followed the manufacturer design?

On a side note when was the last time any of the old style tail cones flew on any MD-80s with American? I believe 2007 I saw one in DTW but I could be mistaken.

Thank you all!

I'll try to find out for you... my dad and my brother are both mechanics at the AA mx base where it was completed at. If I recall, they were orders of magnitude more expensive from McD.
 
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Re: American MD-80 tailcone question

Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:45 am

CNBC did a "Day in the Life" documentary on American Airlines. When they covered the maintenance activities at Tulsa, they talked about the tail cone mod. McD / Boeing originally designed the beaver tail for production, and offered it as an STC for retrofit. When AA inquired, they decided the OEM price was too high, so they did their own mod.

The "Day in the life of American Airlines" was a good episode. Covered all aspects of the operation.

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