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Nice Paint: FIFA And Coke MD-83 (Or Is It A DC-9-83?) 

 In response to the CARS picture request, Charles Thompson sent this pic he took a few days back of this / Coca-Cola MD-83 as it was passing thru Belfast.  It technically doesn’t fit the ‘Ramp’ part of the CARS (Cool Aircraft Ramp Spotters) feature, so I’m just posting on its own cuz it’s got some cool graphics.  The aircraft is on an 86 country promotional tour to stir up interest in the World Cup of football (soccer) which starts in June 2010 in South Africa.

 It helps to bring up another point too… is this an MD-83 or a DC-9-83?  I thought for it to have an ‘MD’ designation it would have to have the flat, slab-sided tail cone, but maybe I’m wrong.  I did some research on the internets and saw MD-83 and DC-9-83 used together to describe the same aircraft.  I know there are some airliner plane spotters/historians sharper than I am that could clear this up.  Anybody know for sure?

 Regardless of the proper designation, it’s a dandy pic of some sweet graphics… thanx Charles for sending it in.


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