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Thu Sep 05, 2002 7:40 am

I was wondering if the DC-10 had individual lights for passengers?- especially DC-10's that do not have the central overhead storage bins. I looked at cabin shots of DC-10, and the center portion of the celing looks plain (especially when compared to the light fixtures and panels in the L-1011) and doesn't appear to contain any of the reading lights or air vents of passengers. Does anyone have any information on this?
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RE: DC-10

Thu Sep 05, 2002 7:45 am

I took DC-10's from 1989 to 1996, all on AA and they always had reading lights.
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RE: DC-10

Thu Sep 05, 2002 7:51 am

yup the all had reading lights
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RE: DC-10

Thu Sep 05, 2002 8:17 am

All of the seats have their own reading lights. For the two seats along the windows, the reading lights are underneath the overhead bins. For the center seats, if you look more closely at the database photos, you'll notice the reading lights run along a panel in the ceiling above the aisles, not the bins. If you sit in the center section, and you don't know where to look, it seems like the light comes from nowhere! However, one of the drawbacks of both the DC-10 and the L-1011 are there are no individual fresh air vents. In the original DC-10 seats they were in the seat back, but no more. Unfortunately, you either freeze or bake on those planes. This is also true of the MD-11.
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RE: DC-10

Thu Sep 05, 2002 8:36 am

To refine the description by Exitrowaisle, the reading lights for the DC-10 center-section passengers are buried in that strip that runs down the ceiling, parallel to each aisle. That strip looks like a long waffle, and at each seat row, the indentation of the waffle contains reading lights, the other indentations (which is most of them) contain general illumination. The vanes of the waffles are set at an angle so that when you sit in the seat your eyes are not subject to the general illumination. This means that the ceiling strip looks different if you look aft vs. forward in the aircraft. I hope this makes sense, perhaps I can find some database pics that illustrate this.

The L-1011s did have air vents. There were little jets up there, under the stowage bins (window seats) and in the ceiling (center seats). The air was controlled by electric fans, and when you pushed a button in your seat you could adjust it from lo to hi. There would be a little click, like car a/c, when you went from one to the other. It was not a good design really, as you could never tell very easily what setting you were on. Also, it was impossible to reach up to the ceiling to aim the jets. Someone told me that TWA had a 'magic wand' that the f/a's could use to reach up there and adjust them. Another reason I love the Tristar! I did notice that Air Canada modified their system so that the amount of air was adjusted by screwing/unscrewing the nozzle instead of that goofy switch.

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