This is by far one of the coolest looking aircrafts that i have known. Once can easily identify it by the Engine at its Tail :). It was built by the American Giant, McDonnell Douglas and put to commercial use in 1971.
The first DC-10 version was the “domestic” series 10 with a range of 3800 statute miles (6,112 km). The series 30 had a typical load range of 6,220 statute miles (10,010 km) or a maximum payload range of 7,410 km. The series 40 (mostly ordered by Northwest Orient and Japan Airlines) had a typical load range of 5750 statute miles (9,265 km) or a maximum payload range of 7,520 km. The series 40 was powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, whereas the series 10 and 30 engines were from General Electric. One of the main visible differences between the models is that the series 10 has three sets of landing gear (one front and two main) while the series 30 and 40 have four (3 mains), as an extra 2-wheel main landing gear (which extends from the center of the fuselage) was added to compensate for the extra weight.
The 446th and final DC-10 rolled off the production line in December 1988 and was delivered to Nigeria Airways in early 1989.
Despite its troubled beginnings, the DC-10 ultimately proved a reliable aircraft, much loved by engineers and pilots. The original DC-10-10’s notorious safety record continually improved as design flaws were ironed out and fleet hours increased. In fact, the DC-10’s lifetime safety record as of 2003 is comparable to similar second generation passenger jets. Increased inspections and modifications made the DC-10 among the safest aircraft for passenger travel. Nonetheless, because of its poor record in the 1970s, the DC-10 acquired an unfavorable reputation.
- Crew: 3 flightcrew
- Capacity: 250-380 passengers
- Length: 55.5 m (182.1 ft)
- Wingspan: 50.4 m (165.4 ft)
- Height: 17.70 m (58.1 ft)
- Wing area: 367.7 m² (3,957.9 ft²)
- Empty: 121,198 kg (267,196 lb)
- Maximum takeoff: 263,085 kg (580,003 lb)
- Powerplant: 3 General Electric CF6-50A turbofans – 218 kN (49,000 lbf), OR 3 General Electric CF6-50C turbofans – 227 kN (51,000 lb), OR 3 General Electric CF6-50C1/C2 turbofans – 234 kN (52,500 lb), OR 3 General Electric CF6-50C2B turbofans – 240 kN (54,000 lb)
- Maximum speed: 982 km/h (530 knots]]
- Range: 12,055 km (6505 nautical miles)Range with max fuel and no payload
- Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,400 ft]