Re: A positive aspect of the DC-10?

From: (Robert Dorsett)
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Date:         13 Feb 95 01:44:21 
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In article <airliners.1995.135@ohare.Chicago.COM> writes:
>I had heard about a similar incident at Minneapolis, between two DC-10s.
>Apparently the pilot who was taking off had received special training
>about just this feature of the 10, and rotated early, again clearing
>the aircraft in his way.
>Followups to sci.aeronautics.airliners.  I'd like to hear more about this
>aspect of the DC-10.  It's not generally thought to be a very safe
>airplane, so hearing more about it would be interesting.

A FedEx mechanic told me that since DC-10 the ORD disaster in 1979, reference 
speeds for takeoff were pushed forward a few knots, resulting in
greater airspeed protection should there be another asymmetric slat retrac-
tion following engine failure near V2.  This results in a shallower takeoff
angle, and, presumably, a longer roll-out (note that contrary to what many
pilots think, there were no structural enhancements or changes to how the
airplane or its systems work as a result of that crash).  

If the crew chooses not to exercise this protection (from news footage of
KC-10s taking off for the Gulf a couple months ago, I assume the military
doesn't), it gives the airplane a little bit of kinetic energy which can
be traded for altitude or maneuvering capability.

Very little about this bird gives me any peace of mind.

>>to lift off with less runway than necessary.  That characteristic actually
>>avoided a runway collision in Detroit several years ago.  A 727 happen to
>>be crossing the runway in front of a DC-10 approaching take-off speed.  The
>>pilot of the 10 remembered this fact and rotated the nose and managed to 
>>clear the 727 by about 75 ft.  Not much of a margin but the captain was 
>>thankful about the feature.