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An American Airlines MD-80 in the maintenance hangar. (Photo: Ryan Patterson/@diecastryan)

The Quest for One Last Flight: An Ode to the MD-80

Once a mainstay at the country’s major airports, the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 is one of the most recognizable aircraft in the world. Flying for the likes of Trans World Airlines, Delta Air Lines and, most notably, American Airlines, the aircraft is best described as a workhorse, performing the short-medium haul routes necessary to maintain the hub-and-spoke system employed by so many of the world’s airlines today. [caption id="attachment_25204" align="alignnone" width="1024"] An American MD-80 after being pushed back at Dallas-Fort Worth…