McDonnell Douglas Delivers its Last MD-11 Airplane, Paper Says
Seattle, Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- McDonnell Douglas Corp. delivered the last commercial aircraft bearing its name to Deutsche Lufthansa AG today, 80 years after its founder flew his first plane, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Former McDonnell Douglas executives, engineers and factory workers will attend a ceremony at the plant's main hangar in Long Beach, California, to watch the delivery of the company's 200th MD- 11 wide body airplane, the paper said. Boeing Co. bought McDonnell Douglas in 1997.
The MD-11 is a modified version of McDonnell Douglas' DC-10 airplane, which in the 1970s, competed with the L-1011 airplane, build by what is now Lockheed Martin Corp., the paper said. The fierce competition hurt McDonnell Douglas financially, and caused Lockheed to quit the commercial aircraft business, the paper said.
McDonnell Douglas founder Donald Douglas flew his first plane on February 21, 1921. The company, which merged with military aircraft builder McDonnell Aircraft in 1967, built more than 45,000 commercial and military airplanes, the paper said.
(LA Times 2-22 Interactive)
Feb/22/2001 13:54 ET
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