While most planes’ careers take off once and land, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 has had two moments in the sun.
The DC-10 was McDonnell Douglas’ bid to capture the burgeoning market of commercial airline travel that came about in the mid-to-late 1960s. And despite being bigger, faster, and having a longer range than its sister the DC-9 and competitor Boeing 727, the DC-10 was also quieter. The company rolled out 447 of the giants until the last one was delivered to Nigerian Airlines in 1989.
The DC-10 hasn’t carried passengers of the two-legged variety since it cut ties with major airlines in 2007. That's when it caught its second wind.
Cargo airline FedEx Express stakes its claim as the largest operator of the DC-10, with 74 of the wide body jet airliners hauling deliveries to more than 375 destinations around the world.
Aside from the signature purple-and-orange paint job, you can spot a DC-10 by its distinguishing pair of giant turbofan engines under the wings, and a third at the base of the fin of the plane