Northwest inherited a fleet of eight MD81s with the merger with Republic Airlines in 1986, plus acquired one additional ex-Muse air frame in 1987. Most were initially operated in different hybrid schemes, then most were finally repainted into the “Bowling Shoe” colors prior to their removal from the fleet in or around 2002. We have completely updated our NWA MD80 art for this decal including double-striking the white ink to keep it opaque.