The DC-10 was a three-engine wide-body jetliner created by McDonnell Douglas, born from a lineage that included the most popular and important propliners of all time, including the DC-3 Dakota and the DC-8 jet (Douglas answer to the Boeing 707). It entered service in 1971 and was supposed to be a smash hit, but a series of accidents that were a result of design shortcomings made it a controversial aircraft in the eyes of passengers and the industry. Despite these setbacks, 446 were built and it became a pilots favourite. The Haynes McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Manual includes the story of the DC-10; a full description of the jets anatomy and its engines; the pilots viewpoint of what it was like flying the DC-10; a look at the DC-10s safety record; and the DC-10 in uniform. A series of text and photo box-outs also cover the hot rod DC-10-15s for Mexicana and Aeromexico; a comparison with its rival the Lockheed L.1011 TriStar; unbuilt variants - the -61, -62, -63; unbuilt orders - Air Force One; last flights with Biman Bangladesh; and finally the DC-10 in popular culture - novels, films, TV commercials. An appendix concludes the DC-10 story with a review of DC-10 specifications.
Charles Kennedy is the author of the Haynes Owners Workshop Manual for the Boeing 707, as well as six other aviation books - Jetliners of the Red Star, The Story of the MD-11, DC-8 and The Flying Tiger Line, Tiger 747, Air3 and Air747. He is a regular features writer for Airliner World, Aviation News, Airways and Flypast. He was the only passenger on the last ever DC-10 passenger flight.