KDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 825 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2124 times:
I have noticed that Northwest Airlines has DC-10-30ER's, denoting extended range. However, I have never been able to find out what kind of range increase the DC-10-30ER's have over the regular DC-10-30. Could anyone shed some light on this unique aircraft model? It seems only 9 of these special models were ever produced according to
QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2054 times:
Straight out of Jane's All The World's Aircraft:
"Series -30ER. Developed version of Series 30, with range extended
still further by installing auxiliary fuel tank in rear of cargo
compartment. More powerful (240.2 kN; 54000 lb st) CF6-50C2B
engines. First order (for two) placed by Swissair in July 1980,
plus kits to convert two of its existing DC-10s to Srs 30ER
configuration. Other customers include Thai Airways International
and Toa Domestic Airlines of Japan."
That still leaves the question of by how much exactly the range was increased, which I unfortunately haven't been able to find out. Sorry.