8/29/1970: The Iconic DC-10 Takes to the Skies

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, one of the world’s most iconic airliners, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10, operated its maiden flight in 1970.

The DC-10 came about after a request from American Airlines (AA) in 1966 for an aircraft smaller than the Boeing 747 but able to fly similar long-range sorties. AA became the launch customer when it placed an order for 25 of the type on February 19, 1968, with options for 25 more. It was joined by United Airlines (UA), which ordered 30 airframes plus 30 options.

The prototype DC-10 seen at Lindbergh Field (SAN). Photo: McDonnell Douglas.

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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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