Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3968 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5906 times:
Quoting Magyarorszag (Reply 2): How about you visit the following two pages. You'll find there many details regarding both aircraft, thus allowing you to discover how the MD-11 is different from its older brother.
One thing these pages don't mention is the MD-11's smaller horizontal stabilizer, designed to save fuel. Some pilots have said this makes the MD-11 a little touchy to maneuver at certain speeds.
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LTU932 From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2006, 14231 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5874 times:
The MD-11 also had two engine options from the start (GE and PW). The DC-10 only offered the GE CF6 engine for the Series 10 (CF6-6), Series 15 (downrated CF6-50) and Series 30 (CF6-50), and Pratt & Whitney JT9D engines for the Series 40. On the MD-11, the MD-11, in any variant, was available with GE CF6-80 engines or with Pratt & Whitney PW4400 Series engines. There was also a plan to make a Rolls Royce Trent 700 powered MD-11. There was a customer for that aircraft, Air Europe, but eventually the RR model never happened.
Before I forget, there is a conversion programme for DC-10s which gives an avionics upgrade to a Douglas EFIS flightdeck like on the MD-11 and reducing the flight crew from 3 to 2. It's called the Boeing MD-10 programme.
So far, FX is the only airline operating these MD-10s. It gives them a great advantage, allows pilots to acquire a common type rating for both DC-10s with MD-10 conversion and MD-11s, reducing training costs. However I guess other airlines didn't go for it because of either Union issues (the reduction of the flightcrew from 3 to 2 to be exact) or because it's simply too expensive.
Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5339 times:
How about the MD 10 ? In how far is it different to fly than the MD 11 ? Any Fedex pilots here ?
Also why did no other Cargo carriers rebuild their Dc 10s into Md 10s ? Are the costs so high that there are no real benefits from it ?
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong