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DC-10 Fatigue Life  
User currently onlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3391 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Though it has been said on here that Douglas aircraft are "built like tanks", I was curious what kind of fatigue life is expected of them. DAS Air Cargo is currently offering a DC-10F for lease with 120,000 (!!!) hours on it. I have also seen a former CO bird with 115,000 on it. Just curious since 100,000 seems to be the magic number on te 747 before wing spars come due for an expensive replacement.


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User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 531 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2042 times:

Just to add here, atleast a couple of Korean Air 742F are well over 105,000hrs on the clock.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14968 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

If I remember right an instructor told us that as long as you do the regular checks and comply with service bulletins and AD´s there is no lifetime limit on wings, stabilizer and fuselage of a DC-10 or MD-11.
Douglas used to build their planes to last.
The B-17s you see today are almost all licence built by Douglas during the war. They built them to commercial aircraft quality specs, with full corrosion proofing, unlike Boeing, who used to build them "quick and dirty"


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User currently offline3lions From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

I think a sabena 747 was over the majic mark too

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

Douglas aircraft are "built like tanks

I think that's a true statement. I guess that's why there are still so many DC-8's, DC-9's and DC-10's still flying.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1770 times:

It's not the Hours, but the Cycles that are the big 'killer' to an airframe.

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
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