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Restart Of DC-10 Programs?

Mon Feb 16, 2004 3:41 am

Will they ever restart the DC-10-Series Programs?

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RE: Restart Of DC-10 Programs?

Mon Feb 16, 2004 3:47 am

You mean actually start building DC-10s and/or MD-11s again? I doubt it - there are aircraft of a similar size that can do the same job much more efficiently, (except, perhaps, in the case of the MD-11F) and the cost of restarting the line would probably be quite high.
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RE: Restart Of DC-10 Programs?

Mon Feb 16, 2004 4:08 am

No, sadly. I also love the DC-10, but airlines seem to prefer either the twinjet concept for short and medium haul routes (and the ER versions for the long haul) or the 4-engine 747 or A340/A380.

I could be wrong, but I doubt we'll see a three-engine a/c anytime soon.
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RE: Restart Of DC-10 Programs?

Mon Feb 16, 2004 8:59 am

The tooling for these aircraft has almost certainly been destroyed.
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RE: Restart Of DC-10 Programs?

Mon Feb 16, 2004 9:10 am

Lufty tried to hard to get Boeing to reopen the M11F line... but didnt succeed.

M11SFs will continue to do their job well for years to come; and eventually be succeeded by 772LRFs, or so it's initially planned
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RE: Restart Of DC-10 Programs?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 1:10 pm

If they were to restart the DC-10 line, they'd have to do some major re-engineering because the systems and such are 30+ years old as designed. They'd probably start with the engines, and since they are much more efficient today than the original GE CF-6 they started with, they could hang two larger engines on it and do away with the third engine, saving a lot of fuel and maintenance cost. Then the wing would have to be redesigned because it just wasn't as efficient as the wings used today. Finally add new electronics for the cockpit, do away with the Flight Engineer's station, add new IFE, more efficient air conditioning units and.....

wait a minute...

we just designed a 767/777/A330 clone!

OK, sorry for pulling your leg just a little. The truth is, just as some of the previous posters said, the DC-10 was great for its time, but now there are simply newer and better airplanes for the offering. Airlines are businesses and don't get very sentimental about old aluminum (OK, maybe the Concorde, but that's it). They want what will cost them the least for getting the most people where they want to go.

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RE: Restart Of DC-10 Programs?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 1:39 pm

i remember watching a program about airline accidents and come to think of it they specifically critized the MD-11's b/c of the third engine. it had to do with the fact that the tail-fin is made of composites and are more prone to damage during a lightning storm. this may be me remembering badly, but i do believe the conclusion of the show was that it the danger of damage was the reason why that specific enigine/tail was taken out of production,

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RE: Restart Of DC-10 Programs?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 8:53 am


That sounds very odd.... almost all aircraft have composite tailfin nowadays, not just the M11. Are you maybe getting confused with the criticism the M11 has come under from some quarters for the small size of its tailfin, which can lead to a loss of control on some approaches?
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RE: Restart Of DC-10 Programs?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 9:02 am

What is the problem with the MD-11F? It was mentioned in near the top of this post.
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