MD-88 tailcone airstairs

So, I was doing some research on the stars on the rear of the MD-88. It’s really cool, it’s like a secret entrance.

Does anyone know why there are stars here? Have you ever used them? Why do you think other planes don’t have them?

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The tailcone stairs were used for boarding and deboarding, espepcially at airports with no jetbridges. I think the DC9’s also featured these, if I’ve not mistaken myself ;)

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No, on an article I read it said that the DC-9s are lower to the ground, so they don’t have room.

Here is PH-DNO, seen with the stairs at the back. PH-DNO was a dutch registred DC 9-33.

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I’m pretty sure you ment the 717s not the dc-9

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The Boeing 727 had this too! It’s a pretty cool feature!

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Yep those are fun to look and go on :D

The 727 is basically a md series but Boeing bought them out then thus 727

I am guessing it’s on the Boeing 717? I remember a delta 717 engine caught on fire and someone opened the tail cone but there weren’t stairs just the cone dangling on the tarmac.

It looks more like a 737 to me

I think you mean the 717, but no worries, I made the same mistake earlier:-)

Ooooh lol I see xd

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The Boeing 727 had these as well.

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Almost all the non regional T tail aircraft have this because you cant have emergency exits in the back because of the placement of the engines.

Do the llyushin T tails have them?

The Russian ones do not have a tail exit, but then again those Russian aircraft didnt have automatic oxygen mask systems either. I should have been specific almost all NA T tail aircraft.

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The only one that doesn’t have it is the 717.

That’s wrong. The 727-100 was a product of the early 60s and was a trijet. The DC-9 came out in 65 I think and it was a much smaller twin jet. The 727-200 could carry 189 passengers, as many as the modern 737-800 and A320. The DC-9 ranged from 90-150 passengers. The MD-80 was a larger version of the DC-9, also called the DC-9-81 through DC-9-88 and eventually -90 series. The 717 was a failed attempt by Boeing to eliminate MD-80s from the world’s fleets. The reason it failed was because it did a much better job of replacing 737-300s than MD-80s, and the project was put out of production in 2007. This is just a short history of the Douglas/Boeing rivalry, for those who did not know, and I see you acknowledged your mistake already.

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Someone told me I was wrong anyway… lol but thanks for sharing :D

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What a feature! I love it!

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