Boeing 717 Airliner


Boeing 717-300  (Boeing Photo)

The Boeing 717  is a twin-engine aircraft designed for short-range  short-field operations. It was originally started as the McDonnell Douglas MD-95 in 1995 and was renamed the Boeing 717 after the Boeing Company and  McDonnell Douglas merged in 1997. A standard 717 carries 106 passengers.
The tailplane and elevators are mounted to the top of the vertical fin, rather than the more common location on the fuselage at the base of the fin. This tail looks like a T when viewed from the front, hence it is called T-tail.   Since the tailplane is kept well out of the airflow behind the wing, it gives smoother air flow and better pitch control. 
The T-tail arrangement permits the  rear fuselage to be used for the aircraft's engines.  This is why the T-tail arrangement is also commonly found on airliners with rear mounted jet engines.  The Boeing(McDonnell Douglas) DC-9, Boeing 727, Vickers VC-10, Hawker-Siddeley Trident and BAC1-11 all used the T-tail for this reason.
AirTran Airways,  a carrier flying to destinations throughout the eastern United States, has 50 Boeing 717s in regular service.  More than 100 Boeing 717s are in service in addition to AirTran Airways.  Other operators include
Hawaiian Airlines, Midwest Express Airlines, Bangkok Airways(Thailand), Olympic Airlines(Greece), Aerolineas Baleares (Spain) and QantasLink(Australia).

YouTube Video Clip

Hawaiian Airlines B717 on a short flight from Kona to Honolulu. using SGA 717/MD-95 with sounds.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
By DBotelho84

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