8/05/1971: American Airlines Places DC-10 into Service

A Reliable Aircraft

The FAA subsequently grounded the DC-10. However, after its return to service, the type became a reliable aircraft, with a safety record comparable to its peers such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A300. 

American Airlines operated 66 DC-10s: 55 -10s and 11 -30’s. The last example was retired in October 2000.

Featured image: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, American Airlines. Photo:

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, American Airlines (AA) operated the first passenger flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in 1971. The inaugural flight, flown by N103AA, was a round trip between Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago (ORD).

The type was dubbed the “Luxury Liner.” AA was the launch customer, along with United Airlines (UA). The former initially ordered 25, with options on a further 25 on February 19, 1968.

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American Airlines had received all 25 DC-10s from its initial order by December 1972. Photo: JetPix GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons


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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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