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How to Get Tickets for the Very Last Flights of the DC-10

Where: Bangladesh
January 17, 2014 at 7:18 AM | by | ()

It’s time to bust out the credit card digits, as the final DC-10 flight—this one is the real deal—is now scheduled and up for sale. Biman Bangladesh Airlines will be taking the ol’ bird up into the skies for its last voyage, as the plane and people travel from Dhaka to Birmingham with a little bit of a stopover in Kuwait. As you may recall from a few weeks back Birmingham—the one in the UK—will be the final resting place for the plane, as it’s going to do the retirement thing at an aviation museum.

For those that want to be part what they’re calling the DC-10 Farewell Tour it’s going to cost you, as the last flight will set you back between roughly $850 and $1000 depending on where you want to seat—they’re charging more for those next to the windows. February 20 is the date for the last commercial flight, but after that there’s a few scenic flights scheduled that might be a little more affordable.

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The DC-10 Has Flown Its Last Flight...Until a Special Farewell in February

Where: Bangladesh
December 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM | by | ()

From Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s to the smaller Bombardier CS100—we’re always interested in the latest and greatest in shiny new airplanes. However, we certainly can’t look forward without looking back, as we also have a soft spot for those aircraft which paved the way. That’s why we’re a little sad to say goodbye to one airplane in particular, as the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 just completed its last regularly scheduled commercial flight.

The plane’s Wikipedia article is a good read for while you’re waiting for your inbox to load this morning, and that’s where you can learn all kinds of fun facts about the plane, which first took to the skies in the early 1970s.

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When Economy Class Used to Have a Lounge (on the Plane!)

January 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM | by | ()

Here's something you'll never see again on a commercial airplane: lounges in Economy Class.

The above video is an ad from United, to promote their new DC-10 airplanes flying between San Francisco and Washington DC-Dulles. These cross-country flights meant advertising space to stretch out, hence the stress on the "big" seats in coach.

Sadly there's no peek inside the other cabins in this video, but we must mention that just as United is dealing with the troubles of the Boeing 787 right now, it's not like they don't have practice. The DC-10 was another problem plane, with both engine and cargo door flaws. Sitting in that "Friendship Lounge" however, a passenger's mind would only be on pretending to live the high life en route to the other side of the country.

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How James Bond's Omega Watch is Helping to Keep a DC-10 Flying

October 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM | by | ()

What's the oldest flying DC-10 airplane up to these days? The answer: it's the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, completely reconfigured (see below) to be a learning center for opthamologists in the developing world and a temporary medical center for those in need, wherever Orbis flies. Even the guys in the cockpit are volunteer pilots.

What's Daniel Craig (aka the newest James Bond) name as his charity of choice? The answer: you guessed it—the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.

The two have been working for a couple years now, raising the funds necessary for the DC-10 to get its jetfuel and get across the clouds to places like Ulanbaatar, Mongolia, where Craig came together with the crew to shoot an informative and touching mini-documentary (embedded below).

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