13 Facts About DC-10


McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is an American trijet wide-body aircraft manufactured by McDonnell Douglas.

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The DC-10 was intended to succeed the DC-8 for long-range flights.

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The DC-10 became McDonnell Douglas's first commercial airliner after the merger between McDonnell Aircraft Corporation and Douglas Aircraft Company in 1967.

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DC-10 was first ordered by launch customers American Airlines with 25 orders, and United Airlines with 30 orders and 30 options in 1968.

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DC-10 had two engine options and introduced longer-range variants a few years after entering service; these allowed it to distinguish itself from its main competitor, the L-1011.

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The 446th and final DC-10 rolled off the Long Beach, California Products Division production line in December 1988 and was delivered to Nigeria Airways in July 1989.

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DC-10 is a low-wing cantilever monoplane, powered by three turbofan engines.

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KDC-10 was an aerial refueling tanker for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

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DC-10 Air Tanker is a DC-10-based firefighting tanker aircraft, using modified water tanks from Erickson Air-Crane.

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On January 8,2007, Northwest Airlines retired its last remaining DC-10 from scheduled passenger service, thus ending the aircraft's operations with major airlines.

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The newer DC-10 was converted into MD-10 configuration, and began flying as an eye hospital in 2010.

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The DC-10 experienced no more major incidents related to its cargo door after FAA-approved changes were made.

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The DC-10 was designed without backup flight controls because it was considered extremely improbable that all hydraulic systems would fail.

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