SpaceshipDC10 wrote:At a time when United's rainbow DC-10s were a daily thing at LAX... https://youtu.be/JlzbHQiFOag
Those gorgeous DC-10s in that livery will always be etched into my memory.
tnair1974 wrote:tnair1974 wrote:Among somewhat more unexpected UA DC-10 destinations, add BDL (actually, BDL had rather routine UA widebody service through the 1990s) and also MKE, PIT and ATL (early to mid 1970s). OMA, SMF and COS have already been mentioned.
IIRC, PIT had UA DC-10 service to ORD, PHL during the early to mid 1970s. Maybe even DC-10s doing short hops like PIT-CLE/DTW even if these flights may have largely been the likes of UA 732s and 721s/722s. Anyway, UA's takeover of Capital Airlines during the 1960s gave UA a large presence at PIT during the 70s.
Turns out I can't find UA having any PIT-PHL service during the 1970s (perhaps the 1960s?), let alone with DC-10s. Other airlines such as TW and AL already flew the route during the 70s.
Anyway, UA DC-10 (and 747) service at PIT seems limited to the 1970s. TWA also used L-1011s at PIT.
SpaceshipDC10 wrote:dtw9 wrote:United’s last DC-10-10 delivery, N1848U, was a -10CF for the civil reserve air fleet (CRAF)
Indeed, and their last DC-10 to join the fleet was N1849U in March 1989 coming from DL. UA, contrary to the other large customer for the type (AA) only added that single second-hand series 10.
millionsofmiles wrote:United’s DC-10-10s were all factory delivered with the lower lobe galley, including the 5 which were purchased by DL as a stopgap against L-1011 delivery delays; sold to UA and then leased back to DL.
In the mid-80s, UA tore out the lower galleys, increasing cargo capacity, and replaced them with new main deck galleys featuring the “New Tech” system...which was also adopted by TWA around the same time and called, “Single Serve.” This ridiculous system cooked the meals...on the trays...within the carts..when they worked. Not one of UA’s best moves.
The -30s were all second-hand and retained the lower valleys.
SpaceshipDC10 wrote:millionsofmiles wrote:The -30s were all second-hand and retained the lower galleys.
Except for the three -30ERs lsf CP during the mid-80s. They had the larger forward cargo door.
flyer56 wrote:mga707 wrote:I would be almost certain that the shortest scheduled segment operated by UA's DC-10s during their 30+ years in service was COS-DEN.
Back in the 80s UA flew from IAD to BWI on either a DC10 or L1011, believe it was the DC10. It was the last flight into BWI and the first flight out the next day. Continued on to either LAX or SFO.
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