The new DC-10 Tri-jet Airbus made its first public appearance at a special showing in California on Thursday (23 July).
The new DC-10 Tri-jet Airbus made its first public appearance at a special showing in California on Thursday (23 July). Made by the MacDonnell-Douglas Corporation at Long Beach the giant passenger aircraft attracted the interest of Vice-President Spiro Agnew and other invited guests.
The DC-10 emerged from its construction hanger under its own power, surprising many in the crowd. Guests were given an opportunity to board the aircraft and see many of its features at close range.
Built at a cost of 15 million dollars (6,300,000 sterling), the aircraft can carry 345 passengers....in rows nine-abreast...and is powered by advanced-design Rolls-Royce RB-211 Turbo-fan engines.
Because it has been designed for medium-range distances the DC-10 is thought likely to be in heavy demand on American domestic services, and according to Vice-President Agnew, will provide work for an extra 100,000 people. Its public debut was nearly two months ahead of its nearest rival in America, and 12 airlines have already placed 214 orders.