Although safety concerns dogged its early career, the big McDonnell Douglas jetliner went on to give excellent service to operators around the world. We present a snapshot of its career.



The third variant was the -30, an intercontinental version fitted with General Electric CF6-50 turbofans that had a range of 6,200 miles (9,978km). A total of 163 DC-10-30s were built and served with 38 operators, including British Caledonian Airways. The latter’s G-BGAT is pictured on approach to Gatwick in October 1984.AirTeamImages.com/Carl Ford

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