Just come accross this news article about the DC-10 and Northwest retriring them.
End of an Era at Northwest - TheStreet.com
It gives you a bit of an insight about the aircraft, with it being retired and how this will effect the airline and certain employees who fly this.
I never knew pilots over 60 in the US could be no higher than second-officers (flight engineers). This sounds a bit stupid and as long as the pilots are fit and well and under-go regular medicals, there should be no concerns about them flying as captains or first-officers.
Is there a similar rule in Europe, or would this be classifed as Age Disciminaton?
It also asks the infamous question about the DC-9's!