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FedEx Retires Last DC-10  
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16621 times:

FedEx retired and ferried its last remaining 3-man DC-10 N315FE off to the desert ending 29 years of service with the model on April 6th.

71 converted MD-10s remain in service.


From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
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User currently offlineMMEPHX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16296 times:

who is still flying DC10s? We must be close to seeing the end of these venerable beauties plying the skies on a regular basis.

User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5337 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 16081 times:

World Airways has several DC10 passenger and DC10 freight birds still flying, with the passenger aircraft mostly on military charters.

And with 71 MD-10s flying for FedEx, the DC10 is in fact still very much in the air, just with a 2-man cockpit in that case.


User currently offlineN747PE From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15809 times:

I would not close the book on the DC-10 just yet. Business is slow and it does not make sense to fly an extra pilot around, however if things pick up, the DC-10s will be flying again. Big grin  Big grin

User currently offlineCgagn From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 15432 times:

We get a DC10 nightly here in YYC during the week courtesy of Kelowna Flightcraft. Always a beauty to see...and hear!

C-GAGN



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User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4164 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 15388 times:

Here in Manchester (NH) we had a DC-10 in place of the normal A300 on April 4 (Flight 913). So it was N315FE that did the duty? FlightAware is very good about distinguishing between the MD-10 and the DC-10.

User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 15358 times:

Well, the MD-10 is a DC-10. Nobody wont notice but the pilots!
Its amazing that Fedex has some 38 year old birds in its fleet and that until recently they even converted such flying grannies! 71 in Fedex fleet still, wow. Are any scheduled for retirement due to the crisis?
Here in FRA though a DC-10 is a rarity now.


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7809 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15045 times:

Any scope for further MD10 conversions?

User currently offlinePatches From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14931 times:

How come this retired DC-10 was never converted to the glass cockpit and made in to the MD-10?

User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14587 times:

My favorite shot of N315FE while in MEM back in 2007. She will be missed!!!

FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-10-30F (N315FE)



Nashville, Tennessee KBNA
User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2505 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 13304 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Thread starter):
FedEx retired and ferried its last remaining 3-man DC-10 N315FE off to the desert ending 29 years of service with the model on April 6th.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/FDX9010



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User currently offlineFX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11435 times:

Is FedEx getting rid of any of the older MD-10-10's?? When I drove through VCV the other day and one of the planes that was all patched up and getting ready to be moved out to the dirt was N68056 and it was an MD-10. I know that it is one of the very old CO birds that FX acquired as some of the first DC-10's.

FX1816


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11376 times:

Perhaps time for some KC-10 convertions?

User currently offlineKL5147 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10888 times:

Quoting Lexy (Reply 9):
She will be missed!!!

   I could not stop myself from making this remark .....
She??? It is obvious carrying the name Kevin   

sorry Lexy, it is not ment personal

[Edited 2009-04-08 10:15:44]


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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7809 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10574 times:

FX1816

That MD10 was operational as recently as May 2008, are you that you have the right one?.


User currently offlineFX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10104 times:



Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 14):
FX1816

That MD10 was operational as recently as May 2008, are you that you have the right one?.

Umm yes it was parked right up against the fence with the registration clearly visibile. What exactly does it being active as of May of 2008 have to do with seeing it at VCV on Friday April 3rd, 2009????

FX1816


User currently offlineLHRlocal From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10008 times:



Quoting MMEPHX (Reply 1):
who is still flying DC10s?

Do Biman Bangladesh still use them? We had them fairly often last summer at LHR, haven't seen them over the winter though, i really hope they are back over this summer, will make a nice change to seem them again instead of all these A380s flying around  Wink


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7809 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9886 times:

FX1816

Just that it is an MD10 (rather than a DC10), and was flying quite recently.

I was surprised that it had gone from operational to "all patched up and getting ready to be moved out to the dirt" in less than 12 months.

Sounds from what you say that it may not see out 2009.


User currently offlineFX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9403 times:



Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 17):
I was surprised that it had gone from operational to "all patched up and getting ready to be moved out to the dirt" in less than 12 months.

Getting patched up and moved out to the dirt can take less that a week here at the airport in VCV. We had a CX cargo 744 BCF (the first BCF) that was put out in the dirt 2 days after arriving here.

FX1816


User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9041 times:



Quoting MMEPHX (Reply 1):
who is still flying DC10s? We must be close to seeing the end of these venerable beauties plying the skies on a regular basis.

World Airways, Centurion Cargo


User currently offlineBigBill From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7934 times:

Doesn't Omni Air International still fly DC-10-30's as charters?


BigBill
User currently offlineWrenchon727 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7471 times:

N315fe Will fly again as an MD10-30 early 2010 after conversion in VCE Sep09

User currently offlineSashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7247 times:



Quoting MMEPHX (Reply 1):
who is still flying DC10s?

Not sure, but SU may still have some that are due for replacement by MD-11s.



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User currently onlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2983 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6927 times:



Quoting BigBill (Reply 20):
Doesn't Omni Air International still fly DC-10-30's as charters?

Yep, had one through here this weekend. Routed McGuire- Colorado Springs (nightstop)- Lackland AFB.



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User currently offlineRampGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6355 times:

All of you can call it what you want. But just last night (April 7-8, 2009) at the FedEx night sort at the Indy hub, there was several DC10's, just as there are every night. They were DC10's when they were passenger configured, so just because you gut the passenger cabin and take out of the seats, gallies, lavatories and install rollers and cut a big hole in the side and make it into a cargo door, it's still a DC10. So please don't say your goodbyes to FedEx's DC10s.

25 Lexy : HAHA!! Hey, you never know. In today's society, that may be a cross-dressing airplane! LOL!!!
26 Lexy : Omni Air International World Airways BIman Bangladesh Arrow Cargo Kelowna Flightcraft Centurion Air Cargo Aeroflot Cargo These are jsut a few of the D
27 FX1816 : Technically they are the last DC-10's as they were the last with the 3 man flight deck. The rest are actually MD-10 with the 2 man flight deck. So ye
28 413x3 : what you were looking at were fedex converted MD-10s. Not DC-10s
29 RampGuy : Oh no you didn't just go there!!!! lol
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