Technical Aircraft Information DC-10-30

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 General
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
Long range widebody airliner

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Program Milestones
Major assembly begin
January, 1968
First delivery
Launch Customer
American Airlines &
United Airlines

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Aircraft Dimensions
Cross Section
19 feet 9 inch (6,2 m)
Wing Span
165 feet 4 inch (50,39 m)
Stabilo Span
71 feet 2 inch (21,69 m)
Length excluding tail engine
170 feet 6 inch (51,97 m)
58 feet 7 inch (17,86 m)

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30/CF Weights

DC-10-30 CF6-50C Engines
Maximum Taxi Weight
558.000 lbs
Max Take-off Weight
555.000 lbs
Max Landing Weight
403.000 lbs
Max Zero Fuel Weight
388.000 lbs
Operating Empty Weight
266.191 lbs
Max Structural Payload
101.809 lbs
Max Cargo
4.618 Cubic feet
Usable Fuel
36.852 Gallons

DC-10-30CF CF6-50C Engines
Maximum Taxi Weight
558.000 lbs
Max Take-off Weight
555.000 lbs
Max Landing Weight
411.000 lbs
Max Zero Fuel Weight
391.000 lbs
Operating Empty Weight
268.751 lbs
Max Structural Payload
122.249 lbs
Max Cargo
4.618 Cubic feet
Usable Fuel
36.652 Gallons

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Seating
Seating Capacity One Class
380 (variable)
Mixed Class
250 (variable)

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Powerplants

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10CF

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40CF

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Range
6220 statute miles (10,010 km)

Prices all variants - ($ in Millions)
Model out of production - no prices current

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McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 General Information

Production of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 started in January 1968 in Long Beach, California. It was first delivered in 1971 to both American Airlines and United Airlines. In total, six commercial models of the DC-10 were developed all of which could accomodate from 250 passengers, in a typical mixed first class and economy arrangement, to 380 in an all-economy seating. Production of the DC-10 ended in 1989 after a total of 386 commercial DC-10s and 60 KC-10 tanker/cargo models were delivered. The DC-10 was launched during the same period Lockheed began assembling their own three-holer, the Lockheed L1011 Tristar. Although both aircraft were build as direct competitors, the Douglas DC-10 was way more succesful than the Tristar.

At that time the DC-10's General Electric and Pratt & Whitney power plants represented significant advances in engine performance and technology compared to earlier jet engines. The high by-pass turbofan engines yield lower specific fuel consumption and noise levels making it an ideal replacement for old generation turbo-jet aircraft. The DC-10 is an early generation tri-jet with two engines mounted beneath each wing and a third above the aft fuselage at the base of the vertical stabilizer.

The flight deck of the DC-10 is operated by three crew members with room for two observers. Larger windshields are characteristic to the roomy flight deck of the DC-10. The simplicity and efficiency of the flight deck provide a low crew load and together with its roomy appearance exeptional general awareness.

Just like the flight deck, DC-10 has a wide cabin interior resulting in roomy spaciousness. Two aisles run from the front to the aft of the cabin. Both the aisles and seats are wider than any other jet from this era and provided a level of passenger comfort which was revolutionary at that time. The aircraft has capability to have galleys installed on the lower deck or in a section of the aft cabin. The cabin incorporates an advanced air conditioning and pressurization system that ensure comfort for all passengers.