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DC10. More Than Three Decades  
User currently offlineHugojimenez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3994 times:

Next August 29th DC10 lovers like me, will celebrate another anniversary (34) of this sometime controversial bird. First launched for AA and UA, I think it was an aviation icon.

May I know your DC 10 experiences?

How do they perform according to you?

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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3901 times:

With the very questionable safety record, I've always avoided them. Same with the MD-11.

User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1977 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3886 times:

For Many years the DC-10 was one of my favorite burds to fly on...IMHO it offered superb comfort and convenience for its time. If I recall correctly AA its' DC-10's set up for 232 pax in the early 70's...great room in coach! I probably flew about 50 DC-10 flights in the 70's thru the early-mid 90's. I did have the opportunity to catch one on AA the last month or so before they retired the type.

Yes, the DC-10 has had its' share of controversy...However...its' utility in the avaiation world continues to be proven with many units flying cargo and some still in pax service around the world.

I would easliy predict many more years of DC-10/MD-10 service just as the stretch DC-8's are still flying cargo almost 40's years after their initial flights.

User currently offlineRA-85154 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 618 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3866 times:


I believe, despite the negative publicity in the 70ies, they are fine and popular aircraft. The fact that they are still operational today adds to this opinion I think Smile
I myself never flew one unfirtunately,but my parents did: to Kenya on a KLM DC-10, but they sat center row (four seats) so comfortable is was not really.

But anyway, I like the DC-10, a good looking and a still unique design.

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User currently offlineGrrtvc From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 311 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3839 times:

My first trip on DC10 was by accident. It was first flight as an NWA employee and therefore knew nothing of aircraft. I booked myself on a DC9 to MSP from DTW. When I arrived at the gate the DC9 flight was oversold. Being a good NEW employee I volunteered my confirmed seat to a customer. (I quickly learned when you have a seat keep it.) Anyway the agent was very thankful and said she would take care of me on the next flight.

The next flight was about an hour later. Not realizing it was a DC10 nor where seat 1H was I had no clue what I was in for. When I walked on I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. I quickly found my seat and realized I was in (at the time) first class. For a 20 year old who had only flown a handful of times before it was a huge deal. There was only about 10 other people in the front with me.

Loved the plane ever since.

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 8100 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

Although getting the "DC-10-15's" was a very bad idea for AM and MX from a commercial standpoint, the birds became an icon in their fleets and they are greatly missed. It would have been so nice if AM had acquired MD-11's rather than 762ER's for its flights to Europe (although I like the 67's) but, hopefully, 772's will join AM's Mad Dogs, 73W's and 767ER's soon!!!

Next flights: MEX-JFK-MEX AM 788
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3772 times:

Never been on one but I love the DC-10. It's a great looking aircraft and I've got to fly on one before they've all gone!


User currently offlineNworlnsbearcub From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3777 times:


My first love! This gorgeous thing will always be my favourite aircraft... I miss them greatly. My first impression upon boarding the DC10( JU JFK-ZAG) in 1987 was pure awe. It was a building on wheels....(boy was I in shock for my first 747 flight....a -300, no less!).

I'll never forget them. It almost brings a tear to my eye to know that they are basically gone from passenger service. Seeing them @ MSY with AA... those were the days!


p.s. Funny this subject comes up, because earlier this morning, I paid a visit to my parents' home, and found a die-cast AA model of the DC10 that I had as a kid... Needless to say, it came home with me!

Long after the thrill of low price, lingers the bad taste of low quality..
User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3767 times:

I flew 10's several times in the 70's and early 1980, all times on National.

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On a side note: I wonder if one of the animators for "The Simpson's" is a 10 fan. I can think of a couple of episodes, i.e. "Marge vs. the Monorail", where the airliner shown is a 10.

If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

My DC10 Flights

Airline: Northwest
Flight: Unknown
From: Memphis (MEM)
To: Seattle (SEA)
Seat: 24J
Ship: Unknown
Reg: Unknown

Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW925
From: Seattle (SEA)
To: Honolulu (HNL)
Seat: 33C
Ship: 1227
Reg: N227NW
Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW89
From: Honolulu (HNL)
To: Nagoya (NGO)
Seat: 19C
Ship: 1232
Reg: N232NW

Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW58
From: Nagoya (NGO)
To: Guam (GUM)
Seat: 23G
Ship: 1232
Reg: N232NW

Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW57
From: Guam (GUM)
To: Nagoya NGO)
Seat: 18G
Ship: 1228
Reg: N228NW
Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW90
From: Nagoya (NGO)
To: Honolulu (HNL)
Seat: 18G
Ship: 1228
Reg: N228NW
Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW924
From: Honolulu (HNL)
To: Seattle (SEA)
Seat: 11C
Ship: 1235
Reg: N235NW

Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW925
From: Seattle (SEA)
To: Honolulu (HNL)
Seat: 18A
Ship: 1153
Reg: N153US
Airline: Continental
Flght: CO1
From: Honolulu (HNL)
To: Guam (GUM)
Seat: 24A
Ship: 048
Reg: N68048

Airline: Continental
Flight: CO2
From: Guam (GUM)
To: Honolulu (HNL)
Seat: 24A
Ship: 046
Reg: N64046

Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW946
From: Honolulu (HNL)
To: Seattle (SEA)
Seat: 14A
Ship: 1152
Reg: N152US

Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW163
From: Minneapolis (MSP)
To: Seattle (SEA)
Seat: 18B
Ship: 1153
Reg: N153US

Airline: Northwest
Flight: NW925
From: Seattle (SEA)
To: Honolulu (HNL)
Seat: 18J
Ship: 1235
Reg: N235NW

So these are my DC10 flights

Continental Micronesia: "Fly With The Warmth Of Paradise"
User currently offlinePl4nekr4zy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3644 times:

I flew a few times on Continental DC-10s back in the mid-late '90s. Back then I wasn't even aware of the "controversy" or the safety issues they had. I don't think it would've bothered me anyways, I know it wouldn't today. I doubt I will get another chance to fly a 10, but if I do I'll deffinately take it. Very attractive plane and I'm glad I did get to fly them a few times. In fact, the DC-10 was the first wide body that I flew on that I can remember. I flew a few times on Airbus A300s when I was little, but I have no recollection of those flights at all.

"Don't forget to bring a towel!"
User currently offlineBoo25 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

I used to work on them when we had them at BA.

I sort of liked it, but was more nervous on that plane than any other, was quite often tech!!

I prefer to look at one rather than travel on it !

Saw a DAS cargo DC-10 land at LGW this afternoon , i couldnt believe/remember how nose-high it was/flew on final approach, came in rather fast too!

User currently offlineFunFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3616 times:

Well thanks guys, just scare me, Im going to HNL on a DC-10 from MSP, so Thanks again  Big grin


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

My first DC-10 trips were on AA from ORD to ACA in the early and mid-70's. We had numerous mechanical issues each time we went over the Christmas holiday for five years in a row.

Next, was a UA DC-10 from DTW-SFO (non-stop) in those days. Great service.

Since then I have flown, SR, LH, and of course NW.

The last time I took a UA DC-10 was pre 9/11 on the DTW-ORD run.

Great plane, spacious, and a classic.

User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3551 times:

I have many fond memories of the DC-10. My first flight was in Jan.'72, AA#185:LGA-ORD-LAX and Milton Berle happened to be on board. I was thirteen years old and remember it like yesterday. Also flew AA: ACA-DAL-LAX and TUS-LAX and many red-eye's LAX-JFK-LAX on the DC-10 and once on NA:LAX-MIA and NW:DTW-FRA. One of my favorite features of the DC-10, were the big windows. I miss them. I'm glad NW is holding on to theirs a little longer. Big grin

Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineArgento From Argentina, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3533 times:

First flight on AA from SJU to JFK back in the 80's.I think it was a DC10-10 series.

My other flights were on RG DC10-30,and PLUNA(EX RG)DC10-30.
From EZE to GIG,GIG-JFK,MIA-GRU,GRU-EZE,and the last one on dic 98 from GIG to MIA.
beautiful plane,outside and inside.Great interiors designs.

User currently offlineTano From Argentina, joined Nov 1999, 59 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3478 times:

Great tri-jet!

In the early 70´s when SAEZ was the country of old -8´s and 707´s, it was the first widebody I saw. It was an Iberia DC-10, standing next to a Pan Am 707. It was HUGE, the long nose gear stood taller than the 707 fuselage! Now THAT was a widebody!

Then I could fly on an Alitalia DC-10 from SAEZ to LIMC in the cockpit, from startup to shutdown. The panel seemed uncluttered, with big nice instruments, and the windows were really big, compared to the older planes.

Back, it was the first time I was in a modern cabin, with good flood lights that made me feel in a kind of space vehicle. Nice experience for an aviation nut teenager!

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

My first airline flight in August of 1980 was on a DC-10, UA, EWR-LAX and return. I have been on them at least 10 times, fully or partially across the US, and NYC area to Europe. They are an excellent riding plane, well designed, tough, quiet and a pleasure to ride on. I remember back in 1967, on the front page of a major NYC Sunday newspaper (no longer around) about the DC-10 and how you will be able to go coast to coast for $99 - a prediction that came true. Yes, the did have some flaws that almost destroyed it, but they were resolved and became a mainstay aircraft for many years. We will probably never see another new design 3 engine a/c again. It's is too bad they and the MD versions are in the later part of their useful life as pax aircraft.

User currently offlinePsa53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

Loved the DC-10. Wouldn't think twice about getting
aboard one again.Took UA's DC-10's.

I think it got a bad rap.Air New Zealand,Western and
American crashes were not the DC's fault.

Tuesday's Off! Do not disturb.
User currently offlineHugojimenez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

Thank you guys for sharing your experiences and love for the DC 10!!!!!!!!

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User currently offlineEastbay From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 211 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

The DC-10 is, IMHO, the most beautiful airliner around. Might be a bit biased though- it's the first jet I piloted as a Captain...

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User currently offlineANA777Master From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

Beautiful airplanes, but time to retire them.

User currently offlineRedtailmsp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 208 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

First time in a DC10 was an NWA DC10-40 SFO-SEA in 1979, then a Wardair DC10-30 flight YYZ-NCL-LPL and return in 1984 or 85, I think. Definitely one of my favorite aircraft right from the start. After starting work for NWA, I had the good fortune to be able to ride on the DC10 numerous times, both as a passenger and as a jumpseat rider in the cockpit. This absolutely has to be the best seat in the house, right behind the captain with an enormous window right next to you. I would often ride jumpseat rather than in the cabin just because of view. The DC10-40 was a real dog and was never intended for international use by NWA. But, in their infinite wisdom, they did operate it internationally, and it was a nightmare to operate due to certified take-off weight limits...we often had to severely cut into the payload. In some perverse way, I did enjoy the challenge. The DC10-30, on the other hand, is a very capable beast and does a great job for the airline. It certainly remains one of my favorite airplanes.

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4945 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 21 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

I doubt I'll ever get another chance to fly the DC-10, but it and the L-1011 rank as my #1 and 1a aircraft. Luckily I got to fly an L-1011 for the first time (and also probably last time) this year. On both aircraft just the sound experience on takeoff is amazing. Totally different from modern airliners.

The DC-10 had its faults initially and this led to crashes, no doubt. But when you compare it to other aircraft of its day the safety record, espescially of the later 10-30 and 10-40 models is exemplary. Lets not forget that the aircraft was designed in the 1960s. Even as a whole the accident record is similar to the A300 and superior to the 747.

Greg, you might as well avoid cars, pretzels and other such things because they are far more dangerous to your health. You won't have many more chances to take a -10 and pax -11s are going out of style too...so don't miss out  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 832 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (11 years 11 months 21 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

Those NWA's DC10-30s are great! I enjoy each of them MEM-AMS flights.

The Widget Air Line :)
25 Post contains links and images VHTAE : My favourite bird. View Large View MediumPhoto © Georg Funke
26 Lgbguy : What can I say, I'm from Long Beach were these beautiful birds were built, saw the first DC-10 make her inaugural flight when I was a kid. I love this
27 Post contains images Captain.md-11 : My last DC-10 flight ended just this morning when I stepped off NW 32 at LGW. The DC-10 is a great airliner and I have enjoyed all three flights that
28 Spike : In it's (our) day, the DC-10 in coach was the only aircraft that had 2-4-2 seating. Everything else started with 3-someting-3. So, you had two seats b
29 Roberta : sod the 7e7 boeing make a dc-10ng, it aint too late, you know you want to, . we've all had enough of these boring twinjets.
30 DC10type : I had to respond. I've flown several other heavies, but the DC-10/KC-10 is by far my favorite. Plenty of power, payload, range and very reliable. All
31 Spike : For the record: Spike's DC-10 flights - British Caledonian - London to Jeddah KLM - Jeddah to Amsterdam Bangladesh Biman - London to Bangkok Northwest
32 DouglasDC10 : I grew up with the DC-10, flying every two years with VIASA and LH DC-10-30s from Frankfurt to Caracas. This led to my passion for DC- aircraft, not o
33 Post contains links and images Ryan h : I have a soft spot for the DC 10. It was only in Sydney this year that I saw one in real. MyAviation.net photo: Photo © Ryan Hothersall
34 CMK10 : Our family used to take trips to Hawaii in the late 80's through mid 90's. At first the trips would be 4 AA DC-10's, JFK-LAX-HNL-LAX/SFO-JFK, then 762
35 LVZXV : I flew on VARIG DC-10s when I was very young. My memories are faint but I remember the cabin was very spacious, and I vaguely remember a cockpit visit
36 Indio66 : AA used to do a D-10 at night JFK to LAX. For some reason, every time I took this flight (maybe a half dozen times) it was very empty and I could spre
37 747400sp : The Dc10 was the first airplane I ever flown on and I do not think I have on any plane more times than a Dc10 or 737. Dc10 was very a lot of space. It
38 Post contains links and images 965004 : One of the best landings I ever experienced was on VARIG DC-10-30 PP-VMV flying from JFK to GIG just before X-Mas 1996. The take off was at an amazing
39 Henpol747 : One of the best airliners ever!!! Some 10 years ago an IB DC-10 captain (who had also flown boeing aircrafts)told me this: I´m sorry to write it in
40 Post contains images Flying-b773 : After such a long time i finally had the chance to be on a NW DC10. The flight isnt that bad... had a very steady cruise.. however, on 1 night flight
41 Jsmith : My first and only DC10 experience was in Feb 1999 on Canadian's C-GCPE from YVR - HNL. Flight Number was CP133 if I recall(?) It was a great flight wi
42 MSYtristar : I've been on just a few DC10 flights, and every time I enjoyed the ride. I will always consider the DC10 to come in a distant second to the L1011 as f
43 Warren747sp : If SQ did not cancel their order in favour of the A340. The MD11 may still be around today. it is too bad the old MD sales man try to sell the MD11ER
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