What’s the difference between the DC-10 and MD-11?

From a distance, the two trijets look very similar, but what are the main differentiating features of the pair? Key.Aero compares them to find out

The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and MD-11 – to the untrained eye at least – look fairly similar. The pair, with their iconic trijet design, were popular at a time before ETOPS enabled Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s could offer better fuel burn and uninhibited access to routes even over large bodies of water. 

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