More than 1,100 MD-80s have been delivered since it
entered service in 1980. It features commercial
aviation's first digital flight guidance system and is
available in five models: The MD-81, MD-82, MD-83,
MD-88, MD-Super 80, and the smaller MD-87.
McDonnell Douglas designs and produces a variety of
aerospace and defense products. It is one of the
world's largest space and defense contractors and the
third largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft.
The corporation was created in 1967 with the merger of
the McDonnell Company of St. Louis and the Douglas
Aircraft Company of Southern California. Located in
Long Beach, the Douglas Aircraft Company is the
commercial aircraft componant of the McDonnell Douglas
Corporation. It was founded in 1920 by Donald W.
Douglas, and has since delivered more than 45,000
aircraft, including the long line of Douglas
Commercial (DC) and McDonnell Douglas (MD) models. The
Douglas Aircraft Company employs approximately 11,000