DELTA®- MD-88 N982DL



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The early retirement of Delta’s trusty Mad Dogs ended an era, but the memory of these iconic aircraft will live on! MotoArt has created lasting mementos from the original skin of N982DL, and allowed it to be preserved long after the remaining MD-88s are gone. Add the McDonnell Douglas MD-88 PlaneTag to your collection today and join us in honoring the storied Mad Dogs!

Additionally, for each PlaneTag purchased a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Delta Care Fund. The Delta Care Fund was established in 2007, and operates completely on employee contributions. The Fund’s goal is to help current employees, retirees, and their survivors in the event of financial hardship, catastrophic events, or assistance for continuing education at an accredited college or university. 


On June 2, 2020, Delta’s tireless Mad Dog departed on its final scheduled revenue flight. DL88 took off from IAD at 8:41 a.m. and landed in ATL at 9:56 a.m., marking the end of 33 years of service for the MD-88s. Between 1987 and 2020, Delta operated a total of 120 MD-88s. MotoArt is honored to celebrate the legacy of this workhorse, and welcome the famed Mad Dog into the PlaneTags Encyclopedia of Aviation History.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-88 is a twin-engine, single-aisle airliner derived from the DC-9-55. It featured an Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) instead of the traditional analog cockpit. Delta Air Lines was the largest operator of the MD-88 and used it for short to medium routes across its domestic network. N982DL joined the Delta fleet June 22, 1991 and flew exclusively with Delta until being retired and stored June 30, 2019 at Arkansas International Airport, Blytheville, Arkansas. Read more about it on our blog.

DELTA®️ - MD-88 - # N982DL


  • Manufacturer: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
  • Tail #: N982DL
  • Capacity: 142 Pax, 5 Crew
  • Empty Weight: 77,976 lb
  • Wing Span: 107 ft 10 in
  • Length: 147 ft 11 in
  • Height: 29  ft 7 in


  • Max Takeoff: 149,500 lb
  • Range: 2,051 nmi
  • Max Cruise Speed: 437 knots
  • Ceiling: 37,000 ft
  • Rate of Climb: 2,700 ft / minute
  • Engine: 2 X PW JT8D-219


MD-88® and DELTA® are registered trademarks of others. MotoArt is not affiliated with, connected to or sponsored by The McDonnell Douglas Company or Delta Airlines.

PlaneTags are Handmade Aviation Tags

  • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
  • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
  • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
  • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.

- Please Note: Due to limited quantities, combination colors you may receive will vary.

*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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    Anthony S.
    United States United States

    MD-88 Twins

    The MD88 and MD90 were great to be released and my brother loves it! Theyre pretty much sibling airframe tags and it represents it well in your hands!

    Logan P.
    United States United States

    Love them!

    Great tags! Super clean and many awesome variants! Great job on this release, they're awesome!

    Isaac L.
    United States United States

    Great Buy

    This wonderful tag was acquired at PlaneTag fest III. The Delta blue looks so great on the tag and in the rest of my collection. Will buy more Delta tags to keep the collection going.

    Dave F.
    United States United States

    Delta MD-88

    Oh, how I miss these beautiful T-tails. I grew up watching them at CVG, and they were literally everywhere at ATL. Their unmistakable high-pitched engines were wonderful- unless you were sitting in the back of coach and not into jet engines. I never minded it though. I loved how powerful they were when they spooled up to full power. And the 2-3 seating was the best. I was fortunate enough to fly on many DL MD-88s.

    Josh S.
    United States United States

    Took Me To Its Eventual Final Destination (MD-88 Blue/White)

    This plane took me to my family's vacation home in Florida in 2007; a piece of it retired there years later. This was my first combo piece and I was very impressed; led me to buy more combos!

    Chayce H.
    United States United States

    The tag that started it all

    This was the first Planetag I purchased. I've had it (and the many others I've purchased since then) on my keys, carrying history around in my pocket. Working on the airport ramp has left them covered in dust from the aircraft, and while some people may think this lowers the value, I feel they're more authentic than ever. They make an excellent story piece around the break room table, and the first thing my coworkers ask is where they can buy one for themselves!

    Neil S.
    United States United States

    A Part of Aviation History!

    I am really glad to have this piece of a Delta MD-88! My early career at Delta was very much involved with the MD-88 Fleet and helping maintain aircraft safety through structural projects and programs. I flew many times on an MD-88, especially back and forth to my hometown airport (RDU). In fact, Delta flew me down to ATL in the summer of 1994 for my Co-Op Interview, and that is what sparked a career full of amazing opportunities so far! So for me, it is a very special item to have!

    Ed P.
    United States United States

    T-Tails Are Great Aircraft

    I love these tags. They are a great way to identify your luggage or backpack. You even get a chance to meet other people who have worked on this type of aircraft.

    United States United States

    LOVE IT!!

    It was a gift for my hubby and he is a Lead Tech, he is so happy with the way it is done

    Andrew S.
    United States United States


    Price seems a little high but the tags are very nice.

    Michael J.
    United States United States


    Great service, thanks!

    Casey A.
    United States United States

    Great product and service

    Great always is. I have ordered several

    Laurie K.
    United States United States

    So many memories!

    My husband flew the MD 88 for years! This was the best “stocking stuffer” I’ve ever purchased… He flew this particular aircraft MANY times, and recognized the ship number immediately. He was very moved by the sentimentality of the gift, so much so, I bought his favorite F/O a set for a gift also. Thank you…like they say, "sometimes it the smallest things that mean the most".

    KERRI P.
    United States United States

    Nice Memorabilia

    Loved this tag and all of my PlaneTags. I got one for myself, my sister, and my mom because this was one of the planes we flew on frequently when we visited our grandparents. Now that they are both gone, the tag is a nice reminder of our family travels.

    Eddie S.
    United States United States

    Mad dog

    Looks great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    William J.
    United States United States

    Another Great Tag

    So glad there has been a series of DL aircraft. Another great release and extremely pleased. Excellent quality and great service!

    Ray M.
    United States United States

    Love the Tags

    You’re the best love the tags and keep them coming!!!!

    richard i.
    United States United States

    Great engraving

    Beautiful engraving on this release!

    Cindy F.
    United States United States

    Great customer service.

    I ordered the Blue MD88 tag. They sent me the white one by accident. They quickly sent me the correct one and sent a mailer for me to send back the white one! All quick and easy. My husband flew the MD 88 for 14 years and lived the tag when I gave it to him.

    ralph s.
    United States United States


    love them they go everywhere with me