On February 24th 2014 BANGLADESH BIMAN AIRWAYS flew the world's last scheduled DC-10 PAX service between Birmingham and Dhakar .... operated by DC-10-30 S2-ACR. The aircraft had operated the airlines final outbound DC-10 service to the UK (Dhakar/Kuwait/Birmingham) on February 20th 2014. Between these dates, and whilst at Birmingham, this aircraft operated several enthusiast flights as a last opportunity tribute to the DC-10 prior to this aircraft retirement from commercial service. The above linked production is a very well-constructed "1 hour 26 minute" video documenting each of these flights.
I was fortunate enough to have flown on DC-10's (-30's) on 12 occasions .... with both AIR NEW ZEALAND and UTA. With AIR NZ I always seemed to end up on the same aircraft .... ZK-NZM, -NZN, and -NZS .... and with UTA got to fly on F-BTDB, F-BTDD, F-GHOI (leased from SAS), N54629, and N54649 (twice).
My flight on N54629 was just 4 weeks before this particular aircraft was blown out of the sky, over the Tenere Desert, on September 19th 1989. At the time of this disaster it was under command of the same captain .... Georges RAVENEAU (a UTA DC-10 Check Captain) .... whom had flown me between Papeete/Tahiti and Auckland ....
UTA FRENCH AIRLINES captain Georges RAVENEAU
A little about this sad event in the history of the DC-10 and which has since become "the terrorist bombing (after Lockerby) that few seem to remember" ....
I always enjoyed flying on DC-10's. An aircraft that was "very powerful" .... and one certainly heard, and felt, that on TO. And with a 2/5/2 seating configuration definitely they're "the most comfortable" wide-body I've flown on too (among which include the A300B, B747, B767, B777, B787, and L-1011 TRISTAR). And whom could forget "the unique idle whine/tone" of those 3 GE CF6-50 series turbofans .... as evidenced from 6 minutes 52 seconds into the above-linked video (Benoit's captured this superbly per our DC-10-15/-50 sound packs). And among those whom flew on DC-10's "when conditions were right" (during a rough and strong crosswind approach to landing in particular) whom could forget "how strong/clearly obvious the interior whine of these same engines were" with major power adjustments during landing (always far more noticeable on DC-10's) .... as evidenced from 50 minutes 24 seconds into the above linked video .... just turn the volume "RIGHT UP"
A couple of my own personal memories of DC-10 flights with UTA .... and with whom I even got to ride in the FD Jump Seat ....
UTA DC-10-30 F-BTDB, AKL/PPE, July 10 1989, Under the command of captain Felipe BARLOY, with FO Jose CONROY and FE Serge SPICHER. PHOTOS: Mark R.CRANSTON
Every generation has its favourite aircraft .... of course. For me though these became the DC-8 and DC-10.
I've since regularly flown on bigger, even more powerful, and much longer ranging civil jetliners (and will again as soon as COVID subsides sufficiently) .... BUT .... "for me" (at least) the DC-10's were "UNIQUE/SPECIAL" ....
Unlike you I never had the fortune of even seeing a DC-10 let alone flying on one. The closest aircraft I've seen is a UPS MD11 at Dubai. It sure was a magnificient looking plane. Thanks to HJG, I can virtually operate and fly the DC-10 which i thoroughly enjoy. Your photographs are too good Mark. You've scanned the film at a good resolution. I love that fine grain. What filmstock did you shoot? I had gotten into analog photography lately and somewhat enjoyed it.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Feb 6, 2022 6:53:24 GMT
Those were all shot during the 1980's .... so .... it was standard/ordinary 100 ASA FUJI "colour print film" (no such thing as digital back then) and all shot at 500th of a second .... using a CANNON T-70 with a TAMRON 75-300 zoom lens (basic equipment for the period). Can't remember what the aperture values were, but, these would have ranged anywhere between f5.6 and f8 for the bright NZ lighting conditions, selected shutter speed, and film ASA rating.
I actually had the resolution of those images "reduced" .... to thwart image stealing and unauthorized reproduction which many of us have endured in the past, so, the full blown imagery is "EVEN MUCH SHARPER" than evident per these presentations.
Last July I was asked/invited to return my media oriented civil aviation photographic work .... BUT THEN .... we/NZ got hit with COVID-D, and now COVID OMECRON too, so, all that's now "on hold".