McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Material [Gerds]

Collection ID:
McDonnell Douglas Corp
bulk 1959-1971
Physical Description:
1.46 Cubic feet
(3 boxes)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of approximately 1.35 cubic feet of material relating to the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and its predecessor aircraft models DC-8 and DC-9. The material includes photographs, sketches, publications, and technical reports. Many of the photographs portray interior mock-ups or models, including concepts that were not built. The collection also includes two sets of lithographs depicting various McDonnell Douglas aircraft models.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is a three-engine jet airliner designed for medium to long range flights. Production began in 1968 and 368 commercial DC-10s were delivered before production ended in 1989. A total of six commercial models of the DC-10 were developed. The first, the Series 10, entered scheduled airline service for American Airlines and United Airlines in August 1971. Series 30 and Series 40 models with intercontinental range were introduced in 1972. The DC-10CF (convertible freighter) followed in 1973 and could be arranged to accommodate either passengers or cargo. In 1979, Series 15 was introduced with a combination of smaller airframe and more powerful engines for optimal performance in high-altitude airports in hot climates. Finally, Federal Express ordered the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Series 30F, an all-cargo aircraft, which went into service in 1986. The DC-10 family of aircraft were designed with roomy cabin interiors and sophisticated climate control and pressurization systems allowing for separate temperature controls in different parts of the aircraft. They were also specifically designed to use existing airport facilities and to have quieter operation. The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender was a military variant of the DC-10 and 60 of them were built and delivered to the U.S. Air Force between March 1981 and November 1988. Donald A. Gerds was a senior concept interior designer for Douglas Aircraft Company who worked on the DC series of aircraft.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donald A. Gerds, Gift, 2013

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Material [Gerds], Accession 2014-0013, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

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Repository Contact
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