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DC-10 Fatigue Life  
User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2898 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1928 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.

T.J.


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User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1748 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, 13968 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1654 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"

Jan


User currently offline3lions From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1574 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 (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1520 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, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

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


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