Re: L1011 vs. DC-10

Date:         05 Jan 97 03:22:34 
From:         dorfman@netcom.com (Merlin Dorfman)
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Astracon (astracon@aol.com) wrote:
: It occurred to me recently that while L1011's are starting to fall to the
: scrap-man's torch fairly often these days, DC-10's (same generation,
: approx. same size) are soldiering on as long-haul passenger aircraft
: throughout the world, and in fact some are even being overhauled to start
: new lives as freighters.

: Is there a good reason for this? - plain old economics or did the DC-10
: airframe have a lot more "life" designed into it?

      I think the DC-10s still in service are more recent manufacture
than the original DC-10-10s from the early 70s.  A few 1011s were built
as late as 1980 or so but none since then; DC-10s were built much later.
     In other words, the DC-10s continuing in service are newer than
the 1011s that are being scrapped.
                                    Merlin Dorfman
                                    DORFMAN@NETCOM.COM