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Why Does Everyone Love The DC-10?  
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5644 times:

OK, I've noticed that a lot of you guys love the DC-10. I'm curious as to why. What is it about the old bird that you guys love so much?

Me personally, I can't stand it. I think it's an old, uncomfortable, ugly monstrosity; but that's just me. I much prefer a 767 over a DC-10 anyday. But that's just my 2 cents. What about you guys?

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User currently offlineWbryce From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5617 times:

i dont know mate, im just new here...

but i can say ive been on a DC10, hard to say if i liked it or not, cause i love flying hehe, and i was only 15 at the time, heading from manchester to Jamica (although it was supposed to be a A330 but that had broken down)

Wasn't the comfort of flights ive been on tho.


User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 961 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5559 times:

Only flew on a DC 10 once, AA HNL-ORD back in 2000. Although it was a little tight, it was a pretty good flight. It's such a beautiful aircraft to look at.

User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4411 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5548 times:

For me, it's because it was one of the first planes I was on as a kid that I actually remembered. Must have been about 11 years old and it was on National Airlines, MIA-EWR. I was thrilled at all the space inside. To a little kid, it seemed HUGE!

As an adult, I still admire the D10s unique look - always liked it more than the 1011. But that's just me!


User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5533 times:

Well N62NA, I guess maybe you're right. I'd forgotten about this, but I think a DC-10 was my first aircraft as well. (I flew as a baby, but that of course doesn't count.)

My first flights that I remember was SEA-ORD-SEA in 1990 (I was 8), on UA DC-10's. So I guess that does bump it up a little bit on my list. But it's still so dated, especially the NW's. I really wish NW would replace them.


User currently offlineAr385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6129 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5471 times:
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The DC-10 was the first widedbody I flew, it was a Western Airlines DC-10-10 out of Mexico City back in '79. For me what makes it a beautiful machine is the raw power you felt on it, specially at take-off. Those GE engines really kicked butt and I loved that old rumbling sound. Over the years I flew on the '15 and '30 on various airlines. One memorable time was a 1 min 10 sec TO run in Rio on a hot, humid day on a CO DC-10. A non-rev flight attendant next to me mumbled a curt "boy, this plane is heavy" when we finally lifted off.
I for one am sad they've been retired almost everywhere in North America. It is a great bird.



MGGS
User currently offlineBobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5464 times:

The size, the look, the engine in the tail....any cool aviation enthousist loves the old tri-jets. Me personally i have a lot of memorys going to work with my dad back at DFW in the AA hangers that brings be back to the DC-10. I fell asleep in the cockpit of those things so many times its not funny (my dad worked at night and while the guys worked on the planes i would spend HOURS in the cockpit) the DC-10 was my favorite because it had more nobs,switches and gauges then any other aircraft in there fleet at the time. Its been about 8 years since the last time i went to work with him and i wish i could go with him here at ORD but the damn terrorist ruined that for me.

The DC-10 is noisey and powerful too, that is another reason why i like it. Most of it is beauty....VERY sexy aircraft.


User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5444 times:

Bobs89irocz -

Any cool aviation enthusiast, huh? Does that make me uncool? lol  Big grin


User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5395 times:


Its so beautiful and powerful looking!!! I love its agressive lines!!!


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User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

The DC-10 has a special place in my heart. I have flown on AA, UA, and NW DC-10's. I just love that "old time" feel to them and that whine coming from the CF6 engines (except the -40 which is PW powered). I think it is one of th emost attractive birds in the sky from an exterior point of view. That big tail engine just looks awesome mounted up there. Not to mention that thing just takes off like an old mother goose in the worst of winds and weather. Sturdy, and reliable. What more can one ask for?

Bryan



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User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5344 times:

I personally prefer the L1011... But, that's just me. I suspect the reason many aviation enthusiasts like (or love) the DC-10 series is because of it's handsome lines. It's a very photogenic aircraft, in my opinion. Don't think I've seena bad picture of one, yet... although, with so many in the database, I doubt I'll see them all :-]
As a side note - Some aquaintances of mine who have flown on several, several types of airplanes said their favorite ride was in an MD11. It too is a looker. I assume those who really like the DC10 will also have a similar fondness for the MD11.

a.w.


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1603 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5326 times:

Fantastic plane, all tri-jets are a bit special me thinks!

I dont fly on it though, as a) it deos not fly on the routes I fly, and b) even if it did, its an old bird, and I fly where there are PTV's and gizmo's!

would love to fly on it again though having said that...........

Rich.


User currently offlineLaddb From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5291 times:

I've never written that I love it, but I do. I'm coming out. I love the DC-10. Probably cause, like many others, it was the first airliner I'd flown. You always have a special place in your heart for your first - car, plane, girl. I flew a National Airlines DC-10 from MSY to MCO via Tampa, to go to DISNEY WORLD back around 1978 when I was 9. It was pretty empty and the stewardess took me to the cockpit. But I liked the DC-10 even before that flight. My room walls were covered with airliner photos. And I like it better than the L-1011 too. I got to fly one of the last AA DC-10s back in October 2000 from DFW to HNL and back.

I don't think the DC-10 looks that dated. The 707 - now that looks old. But I admit, I'm not a big Boeing or Douglas lover, but all their planes look good to me. The 727, 747, DC-10 are all unique looking planes. The A340 does nothing for me - but that is mainly due to the engines. Anyway, before my tangent goes too far....


User currently offlineAr385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6129 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5289 times:
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Awspicious:

You are right, the MD11 is a looker. But there is something about that shorter look of the DC-10 that I prefer. As of being on board, it feels almost the same, but I'm wary about the smaller rudder authority on the MD11. Hong Kong and EWR come to mind...



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User currently offlineB777FA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5278 times:

I loved the DC-10 as it was the first plane that I flew on ever (Air Florida) and also when I started my career as a flight attendant it was the only plane that I flew for the first 2 years.......I'll never forget the takeoffs out of LGA...building the engines up whilst the brakes were on and the sudden "launch" as they were released!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

I only flew on the DC-10 once- in July 1999 with AA from HNL-LAX. I love the DC-10 because it is a real looker. I have a soft spot for tri-jets and the DC-10 in certain liveries such as AA looks downright sexy  Smile I especially love the front-on shots of the DC-10 when you are looking straight into that tail engine.

User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5200 times:



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User currently offlineNtspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5193 times:

Do I love DC-10's? Not really. I don't know they're just not as sexy as a 747. (I guess people on these forums are the only ones that would call a plane sexy.) But, It's an awesome plane, at least to me. Has taken my more places than I could have imagined and let me see a lot more than some kid growing up in a corn field in Illinois would usually see. Besides, the tail-mounted engine just makes it look pretty bad ass.

NS




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User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5183 times:

I've only been on one CO EWR-CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO but man CO but a lot of work into those DC-10's. Those were great on CO. Trust me, they are great to look at, but most are old as hell. NW's DC-10 from pictures do not look to appetizing, but there was a forum going about how great they are.


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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1624 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5138 times:

For one, I LOVE the good old DC-10. My first flight in one was in 1997 in a NW one. Since then, I have flown four more times on it , all NW. I have had nothing but good flights with them and have to say their power is amazing. Nothing beats the acceleration on take off coupled with that classic CF6 buzzsaw noise.
I also love the DC-10 for its looks. I will always think of it as the classic three-holer. For some reason it has the best looking nose in my opinion, and the humungous flaps (I think they extend 50 degrees) look really awesome at full deployment.
I hope that I'll have a chance to fly one again in the near future before NW decides to retire them all. I'd love to see them in the new livery as well. I guess I should get off my soapbox now...

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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1960 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5108 times:

Though it is not my favorite airplane, I do like the DC-10. I have flown in DC-10s of United (-10), Trans International (-30CF), Laker (-10), and Air Florida (-30CF). They are the quietest planes I ever flew in, with the exception of my one flight on a Schweitzer glider. Even with ten-abreast seating, they were exceptionally comfortable aircraft. Two special DC-10s I flew on 20 years ago still grace the skies: Laker's Southern Belle, which is now the Orbis plane, and Air Florida's 1035F, flying with Fed Ex as Alison. Two fine ladies, as dignified as ever.


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User currently offlineBenjamin From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5081 times:

Not too great if you're in the dreaded middle middle seat in the 5-row in coach! I think it's the only airliner that has this, no?  Confused

User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1486 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5042 times:

Because it is a TriJet . . .
Because it has great proportions . . .
Because it was very roomy compared to airliners of that vintage . . .
Because it takes off like a rocket . . .
Because it looks so good from just about every angle . . .
Perhaps also because it was one of those airliners that suffered so much from media paranoia (when some accidents were not linked to design shortcomings) . . .

Only regret is that the only few times I have flown on the DC-10 are those of Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Japan Airlines (but will soon add Northwest DC-10 to the list).

It is a plane that I could never tire of photographing and ogling . . . long live the DC-10 and all wide-bodied TriJets.

KC Sim
Bangkok


User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5005 times:

Benjamin: The 777 has 5-across seating in economy as well, at least in some airlines.

User currently offlineAviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4950 times:

Not only does it look good, sound good, and even smell good...but I had my first flight on a SY DC-10 back in 1995. One of, if not my favorite birds in the sky.

~TJ


25 Post contains links and images Kevi747 : Excuse me?!?! View Large View MediumPhoto © Don Boyd How can you NOT love that bad-boy?!? Come on now.
26 IMissPiedmont : Preference to looks and the fact that it was a first flight are all valid. I love the DC-10 because every flight I've been on has been perfect. Whethe
27 Kdonohue : Because it looks so cool. In my mind, a DC-10 will always beat a 767 or 757, or even a A-340 on looks. There is just something about having that jet s
28 JGPH1A : I think the DC10 is great because it is not the standard tube-with-engines-on-the-wings. The looks are different, and impressive. I have a soft spot f
29 Post contains links and images Eham : last year I especially booked my LAX to LAS flight on a Hawaiian DC-10-10 (N152AA) just to get the opportunity to fly this legend bird the current sta
30 Sushka : DC10s are very cool. Yesterday I saw a Fedex MD10 at SLC and just sat and admired it for a long time. They were they very first jet aircraft I ever fl
31 Post contains images Airbazar : Not so much for looks. Personally I like the looks of the 777 or 747 a lot more, but the DC-10 has the best jumpseat window of any airplane I've ever
32 ElectraBob : It's hard to believe that American Airlines used to fly the DC-10 between Detroit Metro and Buffalo. The one thing I will always remember about the D1
33 Post contains images FlagshipAZ : The DC-10 is a special aircraft to me as well. IMO it'll always be American Airlines flagship aircraft even tho they don't fly it anymore. If you ever
34 Benjamin : Benjamin: The 777 has 5-across seating in economy as well, at least in some airlines. Really? I have always seen 3-4-3 configs on the 777.
35 Ual747 : Unless you are flying BA or EK, you don't see 3-4-3 on ANY US based 777. 2-5-2 and 3-3-3. UAL747
36 Ariegel : On a recent flight from Osaka to Honolulu (NW 747-200) I looked down in the middle of the flight (also in the middle of the night) to see the faint ou
37 Post contains links and images Motech722 : Like so many others here, I love tri-jets, especially the DC10. Not sure why exactly, but the asthetics of the airplane are fabulous. That number 2 en
38 DC-10 Levo : Never flown on one, but I think they look great. I love the sound as it takes off. It sounds like a rocket! DC-10
39 Sabena332 : I flew four times on the DC-10 (DUS-JFK-DUS on LH and DUS-IBZ-DUS on DE), the flights were comfortable and I am glad that I flew on this plane but now
40 Post contains links and images Worldoftui : Can't help but like it. I think all of the "old 3 holers" have something about them. Never flew 727 - too late now I guess L1011 - beautiful aircraft,
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