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So, I thought it was time to get sentimental. What are some of your DC-10 memories?
My first DC-10 flight that I can remember (I think it was my first anyway) was on Sun Country from MSP-MCO. I don't remember it well, but I do remember the old HHH terminal not having any windows.
My first flight without my parents was when a friend and I were about 7 or 8 and we went to visit another friend who had moved to Seattle. We were seated in the second to last row of the aircraft on the HJ side. I remember the movie was Dave on the MSP-SEA flight and that the flight attendant didn't like us very much. On the return flight, also a DC-10, the movie was Homeward Bound and the meal was pretty crappy so we made weird concoctions with the salad dressings.
My first trip to Hawaii was when I was 9 and we flew a NW DC-10 from MSP-LAX-HNL. I remember those flights like it was yesterday. The breakfast was like an egg mcmuffin, and the movie to LAX was Heavyweights and from LAX-HNL the meal was a Hawaiian chicken, and the movie was Outbreak. I remember that my mom and dad said I was too young to watch the movie. I remember that the 5 hour flight to HNL seemed to take forever. On the return flight we flew HNL-SEA-MSP on a DC-10. I remember that it was my first red-eye flight ever. I think I slept most of the way home on both flights.
My first long haul flight was on a UAL DC-10 from ORD-HNL. That was about 6 years ago. I don't remember much about it but except that it ended up being 10 hours non stop and thought it was really boring. I also remember it being one of the last UA planes in the old orange and white livery.
My last DC-10 flight was last year from HNL-MSP. Unfortunately it is not a good memory, and sad that it could very well have been my last DC-10 flight. It was ruined by bad seating, poor service, and rude crew.