SJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 911 times:
For the past 5 weeks straight, I have been taking the redeye out of LAX to DTW on NW, then the 9:05am to SEA and then home, all this to fly on the DC10 which I cannot seem to get enough of. Do any of you other airline employees do stuff like this or am I just out of my mind? I use to just do the little hops on my days off, now I'm going somewhat long haul...what do you all think, anybody want to join me one of these days?
Nightcruiser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 825 times:
How in the world do you enjoy DC-10 flights? I nearly died on a NW DC-10 flight in 2000 from IAD to AMS! I'd rather dive into a boiling pot of acid than fly in one of those jets. Still, I'm glad that Northwest will replace those jets in the coming years.
CMB320 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 402 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 808 times:
Of course not. We all have our favorite aircraft that we can't seem to get enough of. And although the DC-10 is not my favorite, it sure is a great and beautiful aircraft. Have a great time flying it as much as you can while it's still around.
LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 789 times:
When I first started working for the airlines I thought how cool it would be to fly whenever you wanted. After a couple of years though the novelty has worn off. The hassle has taken the pleasure from it. That and you feel like your still at work even when your flying somewhere on your days off or vacation.
To be honest I sort of miss the DC-10's. It's much harder to non-rev to Hawaii on a 767 than a DC-10.
Ual777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 761 times:
i do think your weird,the DC-10 is a pretty nice plane for the most part.i do take little day trips and sometimes the overnighter but when i fly i try fro the 747's and most off the 777's.i check loads the night before if we are going on a little trip and if the city isnt supported by any widebodies then working for UNITED has it's advantages.we ALWAYS have to fly through a hub to get anywhere these days,we are so close to DEN that we dont fly from COS anymore we drive to DEN hop on a wodebody and go.
i always plan the trip arounf a 777 first and a 747 second,if all else fails then we will fly the 767 but never really taking in the whole experience.
and about that weird comment,you are weird and so am i.i do the same things in my own little way.you got the benni's use'em
CMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 732 times:
No your not, your a good man in my books. If i had the means and the funds i would take all the DC-10's i could. I used to fly them 4 times a year, then 2 times now its hard to find them .
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
Janne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 728 times:
Talking about DC-10's. I can't get that image out of my head.
The DC-10 that lost an engine right after take off and crashed, I think
upside down, of course killing everybody onboard.
Was it O'Hare? Was it American Airlines? I don't remember.
Kjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 713 times:
No you are not weird. Almost all of my upcoming trips are on a DC-10 just to fly it before they are all retired. In two weeks I am going to Washington DC. I am going MSP-DTW-DCA and DCA-DTW-MSP just to take the DC-10 on the MSP-DTW and DTW-MSP segments. Long Live the DC-10!!!
Kestrel From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2002, 93 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 677 times:
I think the DC10 is a fantastic aircraft - when I was younger, it was always my hope that one day I would have a career as Cabin crew; a friend of my mothers was a stewardess at Dan Air for many years, and it was her fascinating tales about flying (on the Comet 4,727,BAC1-11 etc) that made me realise that was the job I wanted. When I began flying 10 years ago on the DC9-83 (at the tender age of 19) I hoped that one day I would get the chance to work on DC10's (or TriStars). As the years went by, it looked more and more unlikely - until we acquired a DC10-30! By this time I was a No1 (Purser), and as we obtained a 747-200 at the same time, there were very few of that volunteered to transfer to the DC10. I jumped at the chance, and have never regretted it. Having never even flown on one as a passenger, I vividly recall our aircraft 'familiarisation' visit during our training course. The aircraft was in the hangar having an overhaul, and my initial impression was of it's size (even though I flew 767's) and onboard the feeling of space - in the cabin, the galleys, toilets and Flight deck. As the aircraft had flown for a number of companies (Originally Singapore, but also Wardair, Minerve,AOM,Air Martinique,Air Guadalupe,Dominicana and TAESA), each had added their own little quirks to it, the most unique feature being the 'wallpaper' in shades of green and gold featuring the most bizarre combination of Autumnal leaves, Fishing boats, Horse & Carts, Totem poles, Polar Bears who were holding mirrors and looking at their reflection! Sadly, when this aircraft went in for a 'C' check 2 months ago, the airline decided to replace the artwork with standard airline off-white, despite many protests from the crew!
4 years after our first DC10 came, we now have a fleet of 4:the DC10-30 as well as three operational DC10-10's, two more DC10-10's that are leased out long term overseas and sadly our 'non flying' DC10-10 which is stored at BOH, UK and is slowly being scrapped for spares. However, the fleet has a good future ahead of it; they are going to fly for us for atleast another 5 years, and most have just had, or are about to have, major overhauls. A large number of additional cabin crew have just been trained for the fleet, and more pilots have just joined us(many of our Captains are ex-BA who were in the process of retiring their DC10's as we acquired more, others have chosen to transfer from our own 757/767 fleet)as well as additional Flight Engineers - not too easy to find these days!
If you asked any of the crew that fly on the DC10, they will all tell you it's their favourite aircraft (even when attempting to serve drinks/wine, a hot meal with tea & coffee and Duty Free goods to 379 passengers on a 1 hour 45 minute flight!). In all my many flights (touch wood!) I have never have a major safety incident(unlike the other types I've worked on) and I feel much safer crossing the Atlantic with 3 engines. Having a Flight Engineer onboard is a god send! I think that we are the only passenger airline in Northern Europe to fly the DC10-10, and certainly the only UK passenger airline to operate any DC10's. I feel very lucky to have the chance to work on such a classic aircraft when the vast majority of airlines of pensioning off their tri-jets!