ORDGUY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2072 times:
On January 27th, 2000 I was on United Airlines flight 721 from Chicago to Las Vegas. This flight was special to me because it was my last flight on a United Airlines DC-10. Since I am a Premier member on United, I was able to upgrade to First Class. The flight was pleasant, overall. The only exception was that the reading lights would turn on and off intermittently during the flight.
I spoke briefly to the captain after our flight landed at LAS. After his last DC-10 flight, he will fly the Boeing 777 for 6 months then retire. I told him that I was probably one of the few passengers who enjoyed flying on the DC-10.
United’s last passenger DC-10 flight arrives into Chicago O’Hare on February 15th, 2000 from Hawaii in the early morning. This will be the end of the long relationship United had with Douglas. United will not have any Douglas aircraft left in it’s fleet.
At least I was able to travel on a DC-10-30 one final time. I have many fond memories on the DC-10 and will miss them. I did get a bit teary-eyed as I disembarked the plane. I looked out the window in the airport terminal and for the last time saw a DC-10 in United’s colors. That was my way of saying “good-bye.”
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1932 times:
I know how you feel. My last flight on a DC-10 was from DFW to LAX a few years back. It was also an -30.
N145AA. Hope you have a tail number to remember that last flight. But doesn't UAL still have 4 DC-10-30 that were converted to freighters for it cargo operations?
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1853 times:
I'm goint to try to hop a ride on one before they are all gone. Aircraft 3056 days are numbered. It leaves sunday. Sold to FedEx. Aircraft#3057 and 3058 leave on 2-25-01. They too will become cargo planes with FedEx.
UAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2148 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1854 times:
Ship 3056 was parked out on the hangar line last nite. I did a nice thorough walkaround. Everything was shut down, even the APU, so it was very quiet. It was rather depressing knowing that this great bird will be gone in less than a week. I take every oppertunity I have and go up in the DC-10 cockpits at work. I know they won't be around much longer
Chris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1775 times:
I'll miss those planes, last flight was last august, ORD-HNL
The Dc-10's were always my favorite..
hey do you work weekends? i'd like to come up to ORD maybe for a day next weekend and get some pics of that plane... Also im going to DEN this weekend, of course i go through ORD, maybe i'll have some time....
send me a quick email if that could work out>> firstname.lastname@example.org
Pecoua From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1769 times:
Just had to comment on the DC-10. I am a United flight attendant and I am based and live in Las Vegas so I have worked 721 many times. I am really glad to know that you enjoyed the DC-10. Our Premiers and 1Ks loved it because it was usually pretty easy to get an upgrade...especially on the -30 which had 10 more fc seats than the -10. I personally hated working it because so many things didn't work. It is an old plane and really is ready for retirement. I must admit, though, she is absolutely beautiful to watch...especially in our gray paint scheme. That I will miss. I hope you have a replacement favorite...my pick for my frequent fliers is the 777...FC and even BC will help you forget the DC-10.
Happy flying and look for me in the Friendly Skies.
Kellmark From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 696 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1747 times:
Folks, I hate to say this, but I won't miss the DC-10. It was one of the worst designs ever produced. Just ask the folks who were on the following crashed DC-10s.AA at Chicago, UA at Sioux City and Turkish at Paris. All of these were related to the aircraft design. The rudder was always too small, and the systems had less redundancy than the competition. And the follow on design, the MD-11, has its own problems.I say good riddance from passenger service. On the other hand, its replacement, the B777 seems to be a great a/c.
Mikeybien From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1677 times:
I have fond memories of flying dc-10's all over out den. Used to travel on them all of the time den-ord. That was back when they still flew with the old livery (maybe its just nostalgia talking, but i still think the old livery looks better).
oh well, at least i get one last trip on the dc10 when i fly nw in april
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1693 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1669 times:
My last UA DC-10 flight was 1/13/00 from ORD to HNL, aircraft N1858U. It was a great flight, and I hate to see the DC-10s go. But since then I have flown on Northwest and Hawaiian DC-10s, and I hope to be able to continue to fly on them for a long time. I doubt if Hawaiian will get rid of theirs any time soon as they are still acquiring them. And you know how NW is with old planes. They keep them forever.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4214 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1664 times:
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My last DC-10 flight was with American. It goes way back in 1993 when I flew on one from DFW to Raleigh-Durham NC which was still a hub at that time. I also liked the DC-10 a lot, I've taken quite a few domestic flights with it on American between 1988 and 1993. American retired its last DC-10 two months ago.
Next week I'm taking a flight with American on a 727 from Newark to DFW. That will probably be the last time in my life I will fly on a 727. American will be "727 free" in three years from now at the latest.
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7565 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1664 times:
I will too miss the UA DC-10. I saw a couple when I connected through ORD in October. I was originally supposed to take a DC-10 from ORD-SEA (flight # 333)
But it was switched to a 757 (still good).I saw at least 6 or 7 UA 10-10's stored @LAS when I was there in June. I'll never forget when I left LAS to fly to DEN,then onto ORD-When I left LAS the -10 from ORD hadn't arrived yet. I flew United Shuttle to DEN,then when I was on the 767 fromDEN-ORD,I was listening to channel #9 (from the cockpit) The -10 was flying behind us to ORD from LAS. Unfortunately when I go to LAS in June the -10's will be all gone
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Aa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1637 times:
I have never been on a UA DC-10 my self, but I have flown a bunch of AA and NWA -10s. I was kinda pissed at UA over the summer when they cancelled my DEN-SFO flight which was a DC-10. At least I go rebooked on a 727 flight into SJC, and I have only been on a few 727s before.
ORDGUY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1640 times:
I wanted to thank all of you for your posts on this discussion thread. It's great to hear all of your stories. Thanks for taking the time. If anyone has any other great stories or photographs, please share them with me. Thanks, Brett Malon
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 49
Reply 25, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1625 times:
My last UA DC-10 flight was in early 1990 SEA-ORD on the way to LHR on BA (back when UA and BA were an alliance). I remember the aircraft being packed.
My most memorable DC-10 flight on UA was SEA-HKG back in 1983. The aircraft, a Series 30, was leased from CP Air (the walls had canadian images all over the place-maple leaves, beavers, etc. along with standard UA seats), and the flight was 12 1/2 hours. They called it Royal Pacific Service back then and was very nice. The food was good, and the service very helpful and attentive. I couldn't wait to arrive though the flight was so long and boring... Ah, those were the days!
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