CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 790 times:
DC-10-10 was the initial version, and all DC-10s have an identical passenger capacity (max 360 I think but am not sure) the -40 was a higher gross weight version for JAL and NW, that had a slightly longer range. It was also the first type with the 3 main landing gears, which the -10 did not. The -40 is also the only version without GE CF6 engines. The -40 has P&W JT9s instead.
Next was the -30, which was a long-range version, it too, has the 3 main gears. The -30ER was an even longer range version, with a extra fuel tank in the tail, but few were made.
The final version is the -15, of which 7 were made and all delivered to Aeromexico (5) and Mexicana (2). These jets were 'Hot and High' versions, capable of operating from high-altitude strips, like Mexico City at the cost of range. I believe the -15 is the version with the shortest range. (again, I may be wrong here) The -15 also has 2 main gears like the -10.
Other versions include the DC-10-60, which became the MD-11, the KC-10A and DC-10-30CF and -30F versions. Hope this helped.
Iflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 763 times:
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Mlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 760 times:
the DC-10 15 series actually makes no sacrifice in range when operating from a non high-altitude airport. From a standard airport, the range exceeds 5500 miles, mostly as a benefit from having the improved wing of the -40, a lighter-weight fuselage with the length of the -10, and increased fuel capacity. Six of these -15s are still inservice with Sun Country airlines today
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Sammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1686 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 748 times:
The request to be called the -40 was made by JAL, not Northwest, although, you may be right too, I am not sure what the opinion of NW was, maybe both didn't want the -20 moniker. JAL did not want to have a "lower" model number (the -20) compared to the -30.
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2451 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 727 times:
You're right on that one about the naming DC-10-40 instead of the DC-10-20. JAL requested this specifically because the Japanese felt that "DC-10-20" sounded like an inferior plane compared to the DC-10-30! NW didn't object, as maybe it sounded better to customers, especially at a time when the DC-10 was getting such a bad rap in light of the AA DC-10 fatal crash in '79 and other accidents including cargo doors opening in midflight, one of such incidents which killed 346 people in a THY Turkish DC-10 in '74.