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McDonnell Douglas DC-10

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The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was designed to meet the same American Airlines requirement as the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar and first flew in 1970.

A number of catastrophic accidents impacted the DC-10's service record in the late 1970's.  The faults were corrected and the DC-10 continues to operate reliably.

A modernized DC-10 (the MD-11) was first flown in 1990.

The U.S. Air Force operates the DC-10 as the KC-10 Extender tanker transport which first flew in 1980.  Boeing is modifying existing DC-10s to freighter configurations.

Specifications (DC-10 Series 30)





Type: Commercial
Capacity: 380 passengers maximum
Engines: three 51,000 lb (226 kN) thrust General Electric CF6-50C turbofans
DC-10: Douglas model number
MD-11: McDonnell Douglas modernized version
KC-10: U.S. Air Force tanker (named Extender)

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