The history of the Aviationtag American Airlines MD-82 N922TW
American Airlines and Aviationtag worked together to bring you this officially licensed Aviationtag of the MD-82 “Mad Dog”. American Airlines once was the largest operator, with well over 300 aircraft of this type.
This McDonnell Douglas MD-82 with serial number 48013 was delivered to Swissair on 4 September 1981. It received registration HB-INO and the Swiss carrier christened her “Bellinzona”. On 24 June 1997 it was re-registered to N922TW when Trans World Airlines (TWA) took over the aircraft where it would fly until 2001 when TWA merged with American Airlines.
On 15 April 2003, the Aircraft was withdrawn from use and stored at the Roswell Industrial Center in New Mexico. There it had to wait to June 2020 to be dismantled and become part of the Aviationtag family.
Own a part of the Mad Dog and American Airlines history with this Aviationtag!
Please be advised: Owning an Aviationtag, is owning a piece of history. During the airplane’s long life, the skin has developed some unique properties which make each tag different. Depending on the aircraft and what part it’s manufactured from, tags may show differences in material, color, thickness, and finish. For example, small scratches and flaking paint are perfectly normal, and these imperfections reflect on the long history of the aircraft. They give the tag its unique look and make it an excellent aviation collectible!
This MD-82 has led a long life and has been stored for some time in the New Mexico Desert. Therefore, this tag has really strong marks, including scratches and flaking paint on the back. Because the front of this Aviationtag is just bare aluminum, the tag is printed and not engraved. Caution is required, as this makes the tag more prone to damage. If you are not certain if you would be happy with that, and would like a more new-looking tag, please choose a different variant.
When using the Aviationtag as a keychain or luggage tag, we strongly advise using the original Aviationtag cover to preserve the finish.
History of the MD-80
The successor of the DC-9, the McDonnell Douglas MD-80, made its first flight on October 18, 1979. Swissair put the narrow-body jetliner into service on October 10, 1980.
The aircraft, powered by the Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofan engines, was designed to compete with the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. It’s nicknamed “Mad Dog” by pilots, because of its rocket like climb and noise. There are different variants (MD-81/82/83/88) which include a longer fuselage, different engines, and updated avionics.
McDonnell Douglas ended the production in 1999, after 1,191 aircraft. The last MD-80, an MD-83, was delivered to TWA. The Aircraft is still in use today with some operators.
If you would like to fly the Mad Dog in X-Plane, Rotate has a fantastic MD-80.