I was just reading about Northwest retiring there DC-10 fleet by January 2007. It got me to thinking how this was the last major airline to fly the type. The DC-10 kind got a special place in my heart, it was the first plane I ever flown on. It was when I was a baby my parents and I went to visit my Aunt in Chicago. It had to be ether 1978 or 1979, but it was an American Airline DC-10.I was to young to remember what happened on that flight, but my parents said while all the other baby was crying I was bouncing around on my fathers lap, even the FA told my parents they know I was having a good time. Because my family and I flew to DFW and ORD many from LAX, it seem like I spent most of my child hood flying on AA DC-10. I remember one flight to DFW, the pilot show the passenger a video of the flight deck right before we took off. My last last flight on a DC-10 was in 1991 on an AA red eye to ORD. I remembered a Korean Air 747 400 took off before us, then we taxi to runway 25 right when then the engine power up (and made that high pitch noise that first generation wide body engine make). Then when we got off the ground the engines made this buzz saw griding like noise. During to flight there was a movie playing and I went to sleep, woke up and we was stating descent into ORD.
I know some people blame the DC-10 for the early retirement of the Concorde, and even I thought the 747 and L-1011 was better built wide-body, but this was the plane I ever flown on and I could not see them go a way with out giving them a good farewell.
PS: They was built near my home town also.