Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
American Airlines issued a specification for a large-capacity civil
transport. Armed with
order for 25 plus an option for a similar quantity from American, and
an option for 25 from
United, the McDonnell Aircraft Company proceeded
with the design of this large tri-motored jet.
American received their first machines at the end of 1970 and they were
flying the routes from L.A.
to Chicago and on to New York by
the middle of 1971. N126AA, seen above at JFK in 1994 in
this shot by Joe Pries of the ATR Team, was the first of a second
batch and wasn't delivered until
1978. It was withdrawn from American service in 2000 and leased
to Hawaiian Airlines for two years.
it had been converted to an all-freighter (AF) version and now flies
Fedex as N562FE.