VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 42 Posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4286 times:
While looking through some photos, it stuck me that Doors 1L and 1R are narrower than the other doors (Doors 1 appear to be single lane exits as opposed to the others being dual lane). What was the reason for this? Was the DC-10 designed with the concept of 2L being the main loading door?
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4482 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4230 times:
I'm pretty sure it was designed with 2L being the primary boarding door. This brings the airplane closer in to the terminal in "tight" situations, thereby giving other aircraft a little more "room" in the back...
FA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4208 times:
One of many odd quirks about the DC10!
kinda like the escape slide over the wing, how it's so long and in two parts and takes forever to inflate...
or the fact that on UA and other carriers they had the main galley for the entire plane in the cargo hold and everything was dependant on one elevator to work...
or the fact that the power assisted doors in a power failure/emergency situation weigh about 3 million pounds and are nearly impossible to open without getting a few people to help...
yeah, this aircraft was put together without thinking of flight attendants at all!
Door one R and L are single lined (enough for one person to jump at a time) compared with the other doors. It was always part of our silent review to triple check what door we were at and what commands we would shout. (either: form double lines, come this way form double lines; or come this way, come this way)
May the DC10 and 727 never see UA colors again! (IMHO)
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
COAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3643 times:
If your flying a DC-10 and your flying to an international city, ie NRT, HNL, etc where there is an airport utilizing dual jetways both 1L and 2L doors will be used for passenger boarding/unloading. 1L for business class and 2L for economy class.
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Edina From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 3457 times:
On BA's (originally BCal's) DC10-30s ALL doors were opened electrically during normal operation and pneumatically/CO2 when the slide/rafts were armed. Additionally all 8 doors had a "disarm plus" mode which would lift the door pnematically without deploying the slide. Each door also can be lifted by 2 people in any mode by means of the lifting bar.......done it too, it's hard but possible. ALL 8 slide/rafts on BA's aircraft were dual lane, those at doors 1 & 3 held 25 pax in raft mode whilst those at 2 & 4 held up to 66 pax.
All this info direct from the BA DC10 Safety Equipment & Procedures manual.
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Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7386 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 3389 times:
The reason the 1L/1R doors are smaller is because either of the doors would not be able to open due the contour on the fuselage, hence the narrow. At NW, the BF/Goodrich Aircruiser slide raft is single lane, it might be different at other carriers. Also,I was taught in FA training that the both of the 1 door are not to be opened at the sametime due to possibly damaging the doors when the open. There is a safety bumper between the doors stopper, but wears down rapidly.