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NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:42 am

Here are some photos from NW for the final DC-10 scheduled flight, the good news, apparently the DC-10 will be doing more charters for a while much like the 727 series did, so all is not lost!

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:51 am

great shots.... Too bad there was no water cannon send off (do they even do that for retirement of a/c??) I would have like to have seen a Diesel 10 with the new paint on it but oh well...

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:57 am

Quote:
Over their 34 years of service, Northwest's DC-10s compiled a remarkable service record, completing more than 765,000 flights and covering more than 1.3 billion miles in the air, enough to travel to Jupiter and back – twice! – with enough left over to make sidetrips to Venus and Mars!

Maybe NW should be running the space program!!!
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Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:58 am



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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:08 am

Thanks for the pictures. They were great, but sad to a degree too. I hate to see such a graceful bird retired, but atleast they will still do charter work with it for a while.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:09 am

What an awesome way to bid farewell of the -10!! * sad too*

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:10 am

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:10 am

35 years for the fleet, 30 years for one type. That's impressive. And the thing about the DC10 was that it was always a comfortable jet to fly on as a pax. At least every time I have been on one.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:30 am

Thanks for the pictures. It is sad to see such an awesome bird fly off into the sunset, but it provided many good memories.

That cake with the picture looked almost to good to eat, although I could have probably had a piece. It looked good.

Again, thanks for sharing
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:34 am

Am I correct that NW is the only major DC-10 operator (of U.S. registered airlines) to never have had a fatal crash with the DC-10???
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:40 am

Quoting NW727251ADV (Reply 9):
Am I correct that NW is the only major DC-10 operator (of U.S. registered airlines) to never have had a fatal crash with the DC-10???

I don't recall Continental or Delta ever having fatal DC-10 crashes either.

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:43 am

Quoting NW727251ADV (Reply 9):
Am I correct that NW is the only major DC-10 operator (of U.S. registered airlines) to never have had a fatal crash with the DC-10???

I believe that is correct if we do not include DL an EA which both operated a small fleet of the type.



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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:47 am

Quoting AirEMS (Reply 1):
I would have like to have seen a Diesel 10 with the new paint on it but oh well...

If you weren't talking about on the retirement flight only, I saw plenty of them in the new paint:

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:28 am

Quoting SESGDL (Reply 10):
I don't recall Continental or Delta ever having fatal DC-10 crashes either.

One of CO's birds blew up and engulfed in flames at LAX. Footage and the accident report is used as a training tool for us in ART on egressing an aircraft in a fire. It' wasn't a crash but it was an accident/incident that resulted is a write-off.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:39 am

Ahhh NWA Moments. One of the many propaganda tools of the Steenland regime. In all seriousness, those were some nice shots. The one thing I have never liked about aircraft last flights is that they are always flown by guys who spend more time flying the desk than they do the airplane. Why not give it to some line guys?

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:31 am

Glad to see the bird on the final flight was wearing the bowling shoe...NW's DC-10s were one of the first planes I was able to pick out of the sky when they were regular visitors to SEA back in the 1990s. It was nice getting to see a few again when I stopped in AMS back in August '05. They'll be missed.
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:18 pm

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A good night to see the last Northwest DC-10. I will always miss them.
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Good bye DC-10. You were a good aircraft.

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:34 pm

Great pictures!

I was fortunate enough to fly on a NWA DC-10 three times: 2x to LGW ('97 and '00) and 1x to FRA ('03)
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:50 pm

I LOVE THAT CAKE! Oh man, why cant my birthday cakes look like that!!!???
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:53 pm

Nice tribute.
Great shots. I'd love to see a few of them in larger size up here on A.net!
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:31 pm

Quoting AirEMS (Reply 1):
great shots.... Too bad there was no water cannon send off (do they even do that for retirement of a/c??) I would have like to have seen a Diesel 10 with the new paint on it but oh well...

Dunno about Honolulu...but I don't think they'd try that in Minneapolis! Nothing like a DC-10 popsicle!
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:38 pm

I've flown on NW Dc-10's about 25 times in the past two decades. They always were one of my favorites.

However, now that I'm in the Air Force I might have a chance to fly them again, this time on ATA because of their frequent military charters.

I was lucky enough to see the final one take off yesterday just ahead of my flight. They will be missed!
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:46 pm

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:13 pm

It was so sad to witness the last NW DC-10 take-off from Honolulu's reef-runway (8R). Fourtunally I just made it to the end of Lagoon Drive here at HNL when the DC-10 was taxiing out for take-off. It was awsome to hear the rowing sound one time on the line-up.


The DC-10 will always be in my memorry and I did at least 10 flights on that type (all on NW) with the first one in July of 1996 from FRA to DTW and the last one in January 2007 from MSP to AMS.

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:27 pm

Man... this is really sad. Great photos though. It looks like many of us A.Netters will miss this beautiful jet. I give NW kudos for keeping the DC-10 in service for as long as they have. I wish they'd keep a token aircraft in service just for good old times sake!  slaphappy  Thanks everyone for posting pictures and thoughts.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:36 pm

RIP Northwest's DC-10's. But thankful so many have been picked up for freight and charter work !

Would be nice if SkyMarks, Flight Miniatures/Long Prosper could see fit to produce a model in 1:200 scale (thats available  cheeky  ) to celebrate the event - ESPECIALLY in the old colors !!

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:15 pm

Was glad to get photos of her arriving 08L from MSP with a nice dark sky (appropriate mood setting I guess). Also saw it take off for MSP as NW98. Will miss those DC-10s.
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:00 pm

Quoting AirEMS (Reply 1):
I would have like to have seen a Diesel 10 with the new paint on it but oh well...

i really think that this is the livery i wanted to see in the send off...i always liked the old NW paint...but i think it just captured the DC-10's presence as an old airplane that always gets the job done...even without new paint. i will miss riding that NW summer flight between DTW and SFO before it goes on to Hawaii on the DC-10. the ride always felt a little bit faster on the wide body. i hope we see a lot more DC-10 charters!!!!!
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:30 pm

wow, i just realized that my first and last ever DC-10 rides were both on Northwest, my first was in 1974, on my way to the world's fair in Spokane, Washington, i was 6 at the time, my last was september 2005 on ship 1234 from Amsterdam to Minneapolis, in between were 21 other great experiences on AA, HA, UA, MH and NW, Mr. Douglas did truly build a great airplane, it was fast, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to look at, in a world full of Fords and Chevies, the DC-10 was a ferrari, it will truly be missed, but at least a select few will continue their careers transporting the troops to the far reaches of the world, not to mention alot of frieght.

I also had the pleasure of flying on what must have been Northwest's highest time DC-10, ship 1232, i was rather surprised to learn that when it was retired in October of 2005, it had 103,000 hours. I never would have known it, it was immaculate inside and out.

Long live the DC-10, there will never be another airplane like it. too bad.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:38 pm

So are they off to the desert or are the NW DC10s spending their retirement carrying packages and mail?
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:43 pm

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 29):
So are they off to the desert or are the NW DC10s spending their retirement carrying packages and mail?

IIRC, some (7?) are headed to TZ.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:40 pm

Quoting DeltaJet757 (Reply 22):
Farewell to the DC-10. Farewell to a great airplane.

A great airplane? Just for a moment, why don't we think about about how many lives this plane cost? The DC-10 was developed far too quickly.
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:02 pm

Quoting BOAC911 (Reply 31):
A great airplane? Just for a moment, why don't we think about about how many lives this plane cost? The DC-10 was developed far too quickly

yeah, there were some design issues in the beginning, but considering the technology they were working with to design and test it, compared to the technology we have today, they did pretty well, how many of today's airplanes are still going to be flying 31 years in the future?
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:51 pm

Yup...........

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 32):
how many of today's airplanes are still going to be flying 31 years in the future?

Not many if the Varig 777-200 thats being scrapped/parted out (see another thread) is concerned, and its only 11 yrs old!.

I think its like cars............ Years ago they were made to last, now its like they have a "use-by date" ?

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Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:39 pm


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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:27 pm

National Airlines was a major user of the DC-10 and never had an accident with the type. My only flight on a -10 was National MIA-EWR in the summer of 1977. Sad to think I'll never have the opportunity to fly one again...  Sad  Sad
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:29 pm

Quoting NW727251ADV (Reply 9):
Am I correct that NW is the only major DC-10 operator (of U.S. registered airlines) to never have had a fatal crash with the DC-10???

As DTWClipper added, DL and EA didn't have fatal crashes with the -10...nor did National and Pan Am, IIRC.

Thanks for the fond memories, DC-10. As a NW captain quoted in a Star Tribune article (7 January edition), the DC-10 was like a '57 Cadillac, very smooth, stable and excellent in turbulence which precisely describes my perspective of the beast with a "mean" face.  Smile

Thanks, 1237, for coming in so gracefully on its final flight as I watched from atop the parking ramp at MSP with a fellow a.netter.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:36 pm

Quoting PennPal (Reply 35):
National Airlines was a major user of the DC-10 and never had an accident with the type

National had an uncontained engine failure on a -10 cruising over New Mexico. The cabin was breached (window broken) and a passenger sucked out. I'd call that an accident.
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:04 am

Did my honeymoon trip once on a NW DC10, AMS-BOS-AMS, "bumped up" to WBC by NWA for the occasion.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:08 am

DC10 rules !!!!

What a classy Lady !!!!

I feel lucky to have flown both on the D10 and M11...

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:13 am

Quoting Western727 (Reply 36):
As DTWClipper added, DL and EA didn't have fatal crashes with the -10...nor did National and Pan Am, IIRC.

Those weren't MAJOR operators of the DC-10 as I wrote in my original post. MAJOR indicates airline which operated LARGE FLEETS of the DC-10. DL & EA had relatively small fleets. And as pointed out National did have a fatal incident. But thanks everyone for confirming what I originally questioned.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:17 am

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 30):
IIRC, some (7?) are headed to TZ

At least 2 already have:

http://www.ata.com/about_ata/news/traffic_releases/2006_december.pdf

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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:22 am

Sad to see them go. Had some great flights in those birds  Sad.
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:23 am

Quoting N593HA (Reply 23):
and the last one in January 2007 from MSP to AMS

Not possible. Either the date or the routing is wrong, it's one of the two. Northwest pulled out the DC-10's two or three months ago from transatlantic routes. You can't have been on a Northwest DC-10 in 2007 from MSP to AMS.

I wish I were on the final flight. I will miss the 10's even if I have not flown on those for a very long time. I think the only major carrier still flying the 10 in pax hauling is Biman Bangladesh, excluding ATA which is acquiring ex Northwest DC-10's. FedEx will continue to fly those for years to come, of course in all cargo config.
My last flight on a 10 was with American from DFW to RDU back in 1993.

Long live the Douglas Commercial type 10!

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PS: Thanks for the pictures.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:29 am

Sad to see it go..I was fortunate enough to fly it 6x...all BOS-AMS in 03-04
 
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:39 am

Farewell to the majestic DC-10!! Sadly the only flight I had on one was on a Northwest DC-10-40 as NW100 PHX-MSP and return  Sad
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:43 am

Wow, those pictures of the last flight definitely made tears come from my eyes. I was once a flight attendant at the great Northwest Airlines, with the dream of becoming a Purser one day. Since initial training, all I could ever talk about is the DC-10, she was my girl, I loved it so much. Everytime I would get a trip on the it, I'd be the most excited crewmember, not to mention junior. It was a wonderful airplane. But now, three airlines later, I'm happy where I am, and have fell in love with my current airplane, totally opposite of what I expected. I didn't think I'd like it. But I did fall for it. I will be flying the E-170 until she retires.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:53 am

Well another chapter in commerical aviation has been written.

My very first flight ever was on a DC-10. It wasn't with NW. It was in August 1982 on LH from PHL to FRA. At the time I knew very little about airplanes. I just remember thinking how big it was inside the cabin. Okay, I was a bit younger then but still I was impressed none the less.

I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but after 30 years the time was right for them to go out gracefully. Over the years I flew NW's DC-10 quite often, usually between AMS and the US and noticed they were starting to show their age. Sort of like one's great aunt.....the beauty of younger years may have faded but a certain amount of class and charm was always there.
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:55 am

Quoting NW727251ADV (Reply 40):
Those weren't MAJOR operators of the DC-10

You're absolutely right, I stand corrected. Indeed, thanks everyone for confirming the facts. We all really dig this kind of history...  Smile
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RE: NW DC-10 Final Flight Photos.

Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:35 am

Quoting Western727 (Reply 36):
Quoting NW727251ADV (Reply 9):
Am I correct that NW is the only major DC-10 operator (of U.S. registered airlines) to never have had a fatal crash with the DC-10???

As DTWClipper added, DL and EA didn't have fatal crashes with the -10...nor did National and Pan Am, IIRC.

According to the Aviation Safety Network database both National and Western (who operated the -10 prior to merging with Pan Am and Delta respectively) had fatal accidents with the DC-10. The National incident is described above, Western had a crash in 1979 in MEX when a DC-10 attempted to land on the wrong runway in bad weather.

Also, there was a near miss between 2 NW DC-10's at MSP when one was given takeoff clearance at the same time another was given clearance to cross the same runway. The captain making the takeoff roll was able to rotate at a lower speed narrowly missing the other DC-10 by 50-75 feet.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19850331-0&lang=en

Looking globally, a number of airlines did have a good safety record with the DC-10 including Lufthansa, CP Air/Canadian, UTA, British Caladonian/BA, Finnair, Alitalia and Aeromexico among others.

Still, I also have fond memories of the DC-10 having flown her on a number of domestic and international destinations. My last DC-10 trip was in 1995 on a flight between SEA and MSP on NW.

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