Blink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3680 times:
I was there too, I got to the gate before the flight arrived . I was a little emotional as I was leaving, I just could not leave. I wish they would put that DC-10 at the C.R. Smith museam.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3656 times:
This is very sad for me as well.
This is like a piece of my childhood going away.
I've flown American DC-10s many times as a kid. Mainly ORD-LAX routes in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. This is a beautiful aircraft!
BTW, Why is American getting rid of there MD-11s so soon?
That would only give them about 10-12 years in service. Thats a pretty short life span with a carrier , don't you think?
Jderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1763 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (15 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3654 times:
i was not there..but i wish i could have been...my dad's cousin flies...or flew rather...the DC-10-30s on the HNL route...Capt. Jeff Gibbons..i doubt he had the honors of flying the last flight because he isn't at the top of the seniority list, but you never know...anyway..did they give the DC-10 the water cannon salute?? it is so sad to see these birds go...i suppose the first and last time i will ever be on one is when i took a hangar tour at DFW last summer with Jeff and Jonathan Birdwell...ahh well...he's going to fly the MD-11 so maybe i can go to frankfurt or sao paulo!!!
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6247 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (15 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3630 times:
American is retiring their MD-11's so early because they were a HUGE dissapointment right from the start.
Without writing an essay, McDonnell Douglas was pretty much broke at the time of the launch of the MD-11 SO they couldn't put the engineering into it that they wanted to. They gave it new engines, winglets, and new avionics. That's pretty much it. They promised more economical performance than the DC-10, but American and Delta and others quickly found out that the plane did not live up to it's promises. American cancelled its orders after taking delivery of only about 15, and now only has eight in the fleet.
That is truly sad, to think of the Legend that could have been carried on, only to be hampered by lack of funds.
The MD-11 also proved difficult to fly, with some sort of strange envelope that I don't understand too well.
It does, however, make a great freighter. Lufthansa took delivery of the last few MD-11's as freighters, and FedEx bought all of AA's DC-10's AND MD-11's to be converted to freighters.
That is why the MD-11 is, to a large degree, unsucessfull. Don't get me wrong, I love that airplane, it just wasn't what it could have been.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4571 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (15 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3586 times:
I wish I were there. I was not in the Dallas Fort Worth area unfortunately.
Yesterday was indeed a special day at DFW, the flagship of American Airlines now being retired for good. I've flown on it several times, mostly domestic, in the late 80's and early 90's. I wonder if there were festivities yesterday at DFW, there should have been. Water cannon being sprayed out towards the aircraft when taxiing to the gate, flowers being given to each of the crew members, flowers at the gate...the end of this handsome silver bird is so emotional to me that while I'm writing this post I feel like I'm gonna cry...I wonder how many passengers were on flight 8 yesterday, did they receive certificates for being on the last DC-10 flight, did they receive anything special? Many airlines organize a party or a special event when they retire an aircraft type that has been in operation for a long time.
When Sabena retired its last 747 one year ago, they had a "good-bye" flight around Belgium for one hour, anyone could buy a ticket for that special flight, it was not just for crew members and employees. It was also an exciting and emotional day. When the Sabena Jumbo landed in Brussels, the threshold of the runway was full of spotters. I'm curious to know what has been going on yesterday Nov 22nd 2000 at DFW.
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7659 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (15 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3572 times:
I too am saddened by this,I was supposed to fly on a United DC10 to SEA last month,but they changed it to a 757-200.United too will be retiring all DC10's by April.DC-10-10's were retired last month.DC-10-30's are next.I am disapointed because I wanted to fly the DC-10 to Las Vegas in June,but they'll all be retired by then.
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