Tan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1882 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3407 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.
RA-85154 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 618 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3387 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
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.
Grrtvc From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 273 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3360 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.
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7437 posts, RR: 44 Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3351 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!!!
Nworlnsbearcub From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 166 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3298 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..
Pl4nekr4zy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 465 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3165 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.
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3072 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.
Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
Argento From Argentina, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3054 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.
Tano From Argentina, joined Nov 1999, 59 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
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!
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12695 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2945 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.
Redtailmsp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 206 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2744 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.
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4761 posts, RR: 25 Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2716 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