Posts Tagged ‘McDonnell Douglas’

Know Better Your Failed Jetliners: MD-11 Above 1 Rincon – Made in CA in the LBC – Too Crashy for Passenger Use

Friday, February 28th, 2014

So most of these three-engine jets are now freighters.

Three-engined jetliners sort-of-made-sense back in the day, back when turbofan engines were less reliable and less powerful. But these days, in the era of the Big Twin, the only use for trijets is as a freighter.

As here, near the tall, tall Rincon 1 building in SoMa, a UPS Airlines freighter coming in to SFO from an unusual direction on account of the crazy wind we’ve been having:

Click to expand

Fundamentally, the MD-11 is an evolution of the ill-starred McDonnell-Douglas DC-10, which became a very unappealing aircraft back in the 1970′s. It was like girl you got a fat ass, girl you need a makeover. So she was made over. And the resulting MD-11 is indeed sexier, more appealing to operators, and that’s why you can still see them above.

But, as they say, mistakes were made. The tailplane was decreased in size for improved fuel economy however the MD11 became trickier to handle as a result.

And twinjets will always beat any fuel efficiency race with trijets.

Oh well.

OMG, It’s “Zeppelin Flight Timelapse: San Francisco, California!” – Video of Cruising Low and Slow Over the 415

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s what the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin looks like from San Francisco…

…and here’s what San Francisco looks like from the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin:

Ah, mem’ries:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal:

Kicking it Old-School With Allegiant Air Out of Oakland International – Super Old “Super 80″ Aircraft

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

There I was monitoring recent Zeppelin activity over the 415 and what do I see but an old-school Allegiant Air McDonnell Douglas DC9 / MD80 / MD85 / MD90 / whatever flying out of OAK.

See?

Click to expand

You can buy a used jetliners with ancient low-bypass engines for as cheap as $4,000,000 and then start up an airline? Did not know that.

Anyway, these kinds of planes are old, baby.

But you can fly to Phoenix, AZ for $32* so I guess that’s some consolation.

*Plus fees, baby. Lots and lots and lots of fees.

Down with the landing gear
Up goes the useless prayer 

A Remarkable Safety Record: No Passengers Have Died in an American Jetliner Crash the Past Ten Years – We Made It

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Well we made it. We’ve gone ten years without a passenger dying on a commercial jetliner flying above America, or coming to America or leaving from America. (Now that doesn’t include regional jets – I’m talking about jet airliners, narrow-body or wide-body, made by Airbus, Boeing,  Lockheed, or McDonnell Douglas.)

The last day passengers died was November 12th, 2001 on American Airlines Flight 587.

Of course, we’ve had some close calls since then, like with that shoe bomber guy or with Sully Sullenberger and his famous water landing.

Military flights, well that’s a different story. Capt. Christopher Stricklin punches out (and lives to tell the tale) 200 feet above Idaho:

Click to expand

(And this no-deaths record doesn’t include smaller aircraft like regional jets or turboprops or private airplanes.)

Needless to say, this streak of good luck hasn’t happened before. Back in the day, back in the 1960′s, 1970′s, 1980′s and 1990′s, people would die on big jets all the time.

But not anymore.

Hurray.