So, I thought it was time to get sentimental. What are some of your DC-10 memories?
My first DC-10 flight that I can remember (I think it was my first anyway) was on Sun Country from MSP-MCO. I don't remember it well, but I do remember the old HHH terminal not having any windows.
My first flight without my parents was when a friend and I were about 7 or 8 and we went to visit another friend who had moved to Seattle. We were seated in the second to last row of the aircraft on the HJ side. I remember the movie was Dave on the MSP-SEA flight and that the flight attendant didn't like us very much. On the return flight, also a DC-10, the movie was Homeward Bound and the meal was pretty crappy so we made weird concoctions with the salad dressings.
My first trip to Hawaii was when I was 9 and we flew a NW DC-10 from MSP-LAX-HNL. I remember those flights like it was yesterday. The breakfast was like an egg mcmuffin, and the movie to LAX was Heavyweights and from LAX-HNL the meal was a Hawaiian chicken, and the movie was Outbreak. I remember that my mom and dad said I was too young to watch the movie. I remember that the 5 hour flight to HNL seemed to take forever. On the return flight we flew HNL-SEA-MSP on a DC-10. I remember that it was my first red-eye flight ever. I think I slept most of the way home on both flights.
My first long haul flight was on a UAL DC-10 from ORD-HNL. That was about 6 years ago. I don't remember much about it but except that it ended up being 10 hours non stop and thought it was really boring. I also remember it being one of the last UA planes in the old orange and white livery.
My last DC-10 flight was last year from HNL-MSP. Unfortunately it is not a good memory, and sad that it could very well have been my last DC-10 flight. It was ruined by bad seating, poor service, and rude crew.
IslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4204 times:
I flew CO Micronesia DC10s to Hawaii and Guam several times during 2000 and 2001 before they were replaced by the 777s. The interiors were pretty shot by then. The whole interior shook and rattled and buzzed on takeoff, and many times the reading lights didn't work and/or the sound system was kaput. One time a ceiling panel fell down when we landed and barely missed hitting someone's head! DC10s were magnificent planes, but the time had come for them to retire.
On the other hand I always enjoyed the flights because I knew I was headed to the island where I lived for a couple years: Pohnpei, Micronesia (PNI).
Solnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 889 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4187 times:
**SAS DC10-30** (CPH-SEA)
ca 10 hours of pure relaxation
and no turbulence, classy f/a,
great food, seats of B-class on
DC10 was the best in SAS-fleet!
I wished they got MD11, but no....
cuz of the ETOPS they bought B767´s!
PeachAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 369 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4140 times:
My very first flight ever, was in June 1974 on board N1810U a United DC-10 - from LAX to IAD in the stars and stripes livery. I can remember that flight as though it were yesterday.
It was so shiny and new, and I can remember getting off the airplane at Dulles an walking off the stairs down to the shuttle vehicle or "Porta-loungers" (I don't remember them raising to the plane back then).
I also remember distinctly a flight that I took in either 1975 or 1976 from LAX to ORD to BUF (N101AA). It was a through flight and I remember being an unaccompanied minor (13 yrs old) so I sat on the plane and watched all the airport activity at O'Hare while the cabin service people cleaned the plane. I thought of how cool it was to see the Southern DC-9's, North Central Dc-9's and Eastern DC-8, DC-9's - something I never saw in my early interests in aviation at LAX. I remember thinking how weird it was to see aircraft taking off and landing on the many different cross/intersecting runways. LAX only had the straight parallel runways - so I'd never seen crossing runways before. It really was the flight that got me in to spotting!
Ntspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4137 times:
Being delayed 5 1/2 hours in BOS waiting for a replacement oil pump to come in on the next flight NW from DTW. I remember my friend going "The thing has three engines, so who cares if one doesn't work?" The customer service folks didn't seem to like that comment.
What a way to start a spring break trip to AMS...
United 717 heavy, you're facing the wrong way. Any chance you can powerback to get off of my deice pad?
Mav75 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4138 times:
Unfortunately, I've only flown on a DC-10 once. UA 11 from EWR - LAX. The flight was actually supposed to be operated on a 762 but there was an aircraft swap. I'd been on the L-1011 several times up to that point, so imagine my happiness when I knew I'd be able to experience the other widebodied trijet.
When I visited the cockpit, I was surprised that you had to step up to get inside, and then again to sit at the Captain's and F/O's seats. The cockpit was very roomy and I remember there being a very good view of the outside since the windows were huge.
Taxiing out and listening to channel 9 (I wish every airline had that channel!), I was amused to hear that we had to stop so the S/O could help fix a jammed overhead that wouldn't close. When we actually took off, the flight was great. This was 1992, when airlines actually served real meals. I think I had some kind of hot chicken dish with metal silverware. The movie was Lethal Weapon 3. Most of the way out there, I listened to channel 9, getting a mental picture of the traffic around us. A Continental 747 was told to reduce speed from Mach .86 to .84.
The landing was good...nothing eventful. I never got to fly on a DC-10 again. I had hoped to fly on a CO DC-10 before they were retired, but never got the chance. My first aircraft model was a 1/250 scale UA DC-10 in the red, orange and blue livery to remember my only flight on a DC-10. I'll miss them!
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 41
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4112 times:
I have only flown one round trip on a DC-10 way back in 1981 when I was just 7 years old. We flew Air Florida on LGW-MIA-LGW on holiday (before the days when all the British tourists landed at MCO or SFB).
I still think the Air Florida colours looked great on the DC-10.
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4079 times:
Hmmm... let's see:
My first-ever DC-10 flight was DFW-LAX and return on American Airlines back in 1986 on my way to Los Angeles for Spring Break. I remember that AA operated only four DFW-LAX flights a day then, all on DC-10 equipment. On the return trip I was really late for the flight and they were about to shut the door when I came running up to the gate. I got on the flight, but lost my assigned seat and wound up sitting in the dead center of the middle area in the SMOKING SECTION!! Yuck. The woman next to me had smuggled some whiskey on board, though, and kept feeding it to me on the way over to DFW, which took a bit of the pain out of the situation.
Other DC-10 flights I've taken include:
American DFW-HNL (my honeymoon!!)
Continental Micronesia AA), Japan">NRT-GUM
Continental HNL-EWR (apparently an ex-SAS plane - the F/A intercoms still had the SAS labels on them).
Oh and I almost forgot - I used to load them on occasion when I worked for FedEx in Memphis. I normally got sent out to load 727s after the sort, so it was a treat when I got a DC-10 assignment. Standing underneath one of those beasts was truly impressive.
Skyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4078 times:
My first experience was on an AeroMexico DC-10 flying the Mex-GDL-TIJ route. AM used to send the 10's on high density routes like TIJ, CUN, GDL and MTY. I remember that in TIJ we used the stairs to exit the airplane, since TIJ did not have jetways back then. Being in the tarmac watching this airplane was absolutely amazing... and helped develop my hobby!!!
My second experience was a Mexicana DC-10 flying TIJ-LAP. Mexicana flew the 10's on the Mex-LAP-TIJ route for a long period of time. Since I was living in Los Cabos, we did not get seats on the TIJ-SJD flight so we flew to LAP instead. One interesting thing was that MX DC-10 was configured 2-4-3 which was a lot better than AM DC-10's 2-5-2.
My final experience on a DC-10 was on American Airlines flying Mex-DFW. AA did not send the 10's on a schedule basis to Mexico City, but only when load factors were high. This time we were flying to YYZ for a summer camp via DFW and we were a group of 100 people. I found out that I was flying on a DC-10 when I got to the gate, since this flight was schedule to be a B722.
Luisinho From Portugal, joined Nov 2000, 230 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4022 times:
Well, I don't have many good memories from DC-10.
A few years ago, a DC-10-30 from Martinair crashed in my airport, Faro LPFR, killing 56 passengers, several injuring 175 and just injuring the rest of them.
The Weather that day was a bit though, heavy winds but good visibility and a little of rain. The pilot approached runway 10, missed the aproach and went around. Then he tried again... But go around again, on third try he went again to runway 10, but this time made a very strange approach, he was to high, and when he was close to runway then, near 100 feet high, captain cutted power and let the speed fall to near 130 knots and less and the aircraft with full flaps didn't holed and stalled. That time heavy crossed winds were blowing over the runway.
he touched the runway with only one boogie... the right one, and then then with the ailerons we tried to center the aircraft but it was to much aileron and the left wing touched ground and splited off from the aircraft, and then aircraft started to zig-zag on the runway, and then he turned hard right. With the turn the fuselage was not designed to hold that forces and broke in the middle section.
Terrible tragedy... the last mortal body removed was a baby boy... with no more then 3 months old found in the middle of left boogie of landing gear.
I cried like a child when I saw it... I think I will be traumatized for the rest of my life... I think I will never enter on a DC-10... blergh....
Turk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
Always loved the "growl" the DC-10 makes at takeoff power - the 747 classics sort of make the same noise but the 10s always seemed to do it...
I remember DC-10s of Northwest Orient and National when I lived near TPA as a kid.
First DC-10 trip was on AA - last row and it was cool to look back and see the horizontal stabilizer from the cabin window. Big cabin windows by the way...
Also loved the wardrobes - had a little elevator mechanism the lifted the coats inside of it them.
Was on a UA DC-10 once too - very nice.
And! I remember the Wardair interior on the DC-10 especially...
Areopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1378 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3952 times:
I was on a UAL DC-8 taxiing out to depart BOS bound for DEN on my way to SJC, when the captain pulled out of line and ran some tests. After some time, he annourced that the flight was being cancelled due to a failing thrust reverser, and taxiied back to the gate. I was rebooked on a DC-10 bound for ORD, with a connecting flight by 727 to SFO. The Ten was configured 2-5-2, and I got an aisle seat in the right group (don't remember what letter that is), a little ahead of the wing engine. Every seat was taken. The FA announced that the flight had been delayed for the benefit of us refugees from the cancelled flight, but in their haste to depart, they not been able to upload the additional meals; she'd appreciate volunteers to forgo the meal.
We took off into the night with strong acceleration and a fast climb, the engine fans making a loud buzz-saw noise.
Near the end of food serving, a man seated in the center seat of the center section began yelling, "I paid for a first-class ticket, and you stuck me in the middle seat of coach, and I didn't even get dinner!" Man, was he steaming!
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3907 times:
"Taxiing out and listening to channel 9 (I wish every airline had that channel!), I was amused to hear that we had to stop so the S/O could help fix a jammed overhead that wouldn't close."
Channel 9 is indeed cool, but in my post above I forgot the best part about my first-ever DC-10 flight on American: I believe they, too, had cockpit audio at that time and went one step further with a camera in the cockpit that captured the pilot's view forward. The image was shown on the movie screens during takeoff and landing.
Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3882 times:
Two particular DC-10 memories come to mind.
1. 1980. I flew YYZ-FRA on a Lufthansa DC-10. My parents were very late in
getting me to the airport, which meant I was SOL for a window seat. I sat in the centre seat of the middle section (2-5-2 configuration) and talk about claustrophobic! I also recall the great cabin crew and the delicious German Schnitzel for dinner, mmmmmmm!
2. 1983. My first flight on the Wardair DC-10-30 (YYZ-BGI). As soon as we stepped on-board this aircraft, it was "Woooooooooo!" due to the, ahem,
colourful interiors (seats and sidewalls; see photo above). My oldest brother remarked a few times that flying the WD DC-10-30 interior was like taking LSD and flying inside an Easter Basket, LOL. Actually, I loved the DC-10, and the WD seats were tres comfy. Also recall the delicious breakfast served enroute to BGI; a large ham (Black Forest) and cheese omelette, warm fresh crossaints, cold assorted fruit bowl of pineapple, strawberry and kiwi, and fresh Columbian coffee.... On the way back......filet mignon and scalloped potatoes, asparagus, salad, and.....hmmmm, I think Black Forest cake for dessert. God.......I'm hungry!
747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3848 times:
Most of the flights I flew on was on AA DC10. My first flight was on an AA DC10 when I was round one years old. My parents told me that, while the other baby was crying, I was jumping and laughing. Even I of the pilot said will number something something (I had on a lakers shirt with Karem number on it) get ready for landing. This was a nonstop from LAX to ORD. I also remember one flight with my mom and sister my father could not come and my bother was not born yet. The flight was from LAX to DFW then DFW to ORD on another DC10.
I remember a flight that my whole family even my bother and father was traveling on. I remember my bother had to sit on my mother lap. My father show me some sites out the window. The dinner was lasagna or beef tips I do not like lasagna and they ran out of beef tips so I did not eat my sister was sitting next to me and she ate the lasagna and lost her lunch 15 minutes later. We landed at DFW and transferred to an American Eagle commuter plane that was flying to Texarkana where my mom family live. My last flight on a DC10 was a night flight from LAX to ORD in 1991. It departed LAX at around 11:00 pm midway into the flight I went to sleep and in the mooring we landed. Every flight I ever took on a DC10 was with AA, and they was ether between LAX and DFW, LAX and ORD and once DFW and ORD. Because of the DC10 I thought all plane had twin ailes until I flew on an AA MD80. The only other widebody I ever flew on was a DL L1011 Tristar from DFW to LAX. Thank You DC10 for all those great flight when I was a child.
A330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3846 times:
I remember taking the DC10 only twice in my life...from LAX - HNL - LAX in the summer of 1997, on Sun Country Airlines. I remember the layout being like that of a 747, with a seat configuration of 3-4-3. The seats were not too generous...that's all I remember of this old bird.