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When I was at the airport a month ago I spotted a McDonnell MD-80 and took a picture of it and was very interested in this historic aircraft. I looked up the specs and this is what turned up. The MD-81,82,83, and 88 models all have the same fuselage length(147ft 8in) except for the 87 model(130ft 4in). They all have the same wingspan at 107ft 8in and the 81,82,83,88 carry 172 on a one class cabin except for the 87 which carries 139 on a one class cabin. So is there any way to tell the difference between the 81,82,83, and 88 models?enter image description here The picture I took of the MD-80?

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  • $\begingroup$ Couldn't find any good tags for this one could you maybe change them to something that sound better than plane-Identifying. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Ethan Jan 22 '16 at 1:17
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    $\begingroup$ Did you get a picture of the aircraft registration number? If so, you can just look it up. $\endgroup$ – Greg Hewgill Jan 22 '16 at 1:51
  • $\begingroup$ As @GregHewgill said, if you have the N-Number you can look up the aircraft info here, on the FAA registry. $\endgroup$ – J Walters Jan 22 '16 at 1:59
  • $\begingroup$ This thread has info that can at least partially answer the question. $\endgroup$ – J Walters Jan 22 '16 at 2:02
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    $\begingroup$ Given that the MD-80 series was manufactured until 1999 and there are around 400 still in airline service, I wouldn't say it's particularly "historic". $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Jan 22 '16 at 3:32
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For Delta, it's either an MD-88, or an MD-82 reconfigured as an MD-88. The differences between the 81/82/83/88 are engine, fuel, and flight deck options. MD-87 is visually shorter than the others.

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