A Tribute to American’s MD-80s, Visual Approach Style

The end of an era is little more than a month away.

The last MD-80 flight is scheduled for September 4th. The once work-horse of the American narrow-body fleet has been slowly reducing flying the past decade in preparation for its inevitable retirement. This week, we’ve built a moving map showing the past 28 years of MD-80 flying in American’s colors.

Granted, our available data only went back to 1990, but you can clearly see the growth… and retirement of the venerable “Mad Dog”. The map is interactive, so feel free to pause, zoom, rotate, and explore the historical map of American’s MD-80s.