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Farewell to the DC-10 with Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Discussion in 'Trip Experiences' started by charlest103, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. charlest103

    charlest103 Hangar Associate Member V

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    For once I actually planned on doing this before the flight, so hopefully there will be a few more pictures for you all to see! Please check out my video at the end of this to experience the sights and SOUNDS of this amazing aircraft!

    When Biman Bangladesh announced they were to fly their last remaining DC-10 to Birmingham (BHX) from Dhaka to operate a series of ‘Scenic Flights’ before the type’s retirement, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t book a seat on one of the flights. This would be the last chance to fly as a passenger on a DC-10, so as soon as the flights became available to book, me and a friend booked ourselves window seats for £150 each.

    The day started with the drive to Birmingham, an airport I had not yet flown from or visited. Upon arriving at the airport nice and early at around 08:45, we proceeded to check in desks 26-28 where there were already a few people being checked in despite Biman stating on their website beforehand that check in would open 2:30 hours before each departure.

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    After waiting for 10 minutes while the check in staff dealt with another passenger, we were quickly checked in and managed to select the seats we wanted. As the 11th and 12th passengers to check in, virtually the whole aircraft was available to choose from. I chose 15A to try and get a nice view of the engine and wing.

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    Our flight, BG004 on the departure board. It was odd seeing your departure airport as the destination.

    With just under three hours to kill before our flight, we decided to have a wander around the airport and check out the temporary Biman shop set up on the top floor of the terminal. On sale were various items of DC-10 memorabilia including these safety cards.

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    From this location great views could be had over some of the aircraft stands, taxiways and runway. From here we managed to watch the first of the DC-10’s scenic flights depart and arrive back.

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    S2-ACR taxiing to Runway 33 for the first of nine Scenic flights from Birmingham

    The first flight departed about 30 minutes behind schedule and subsequently landed around 10:30. As soon as the aircraft arrived back we headed down to security which was quick and efficient, no doubt helped by the fact the airport was pretty much empty at this time of day.

    Around 15 minutes were spent in the departure lounge before Gate 65 showed up on the flight information screens and we headed down to the gate.

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    The DC-10 sitting on stand 86C behind one of the many Ryanair 737's parked up at Birmingham.

    After arriving at the gate and a further wait of 15 minutes, boarding commenced and you could sense the excitement building in the air. We boarded the buses that would take us to the aircraft. There was no mistaking this for an ordinary flight, as everyone was armed with various pieces of camera equipment to capture every moment.

    Date: 22nd February 2014
    Flight: BG004
    From: Birmingham (BHX / EGBB)
    To: Birmingham (BHX / EGBB)
    Dep: 12:00 Scheduled (12:35 actual)
    Arr: 13:00 Scheduled (13:35 actual)
    Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
    Reg: S2-ACR ‘New Era’
    Seat: 15A

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    We arrived at the aircraft and were informed we would have 10 minutes to take pictures before boarding. As soon as the doors of the bus opened, we all swarmed around the plane. It was fantastic to be able to spend so much time wandering around and taking in the sight that is the DC-10. Until this point I had never seen this aircraft type up close before.

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    No mistaking the aircraft type we were flying on today

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    After taking as many pictures and videos as I could from a variety of angles, it was time to board!

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    One of the mighty General Electric CF6-50C2 engines that power this fantastic aircraft

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    Upon entering the aircraft I was welcomed by the very friendly crew and directed to my seat.

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    My seat, 15A

    I was really pleased with the view of the wing and engine from my seat. I used the forward window to take photos/videos as the rear one was so dirty hardly anything could be seen through it. In the background just by the tip of the wing you can see a Beech 99 (N899AE) being prepared for departure. This aircraft would be escorting our flight to conduct some air to air photography.

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    The very dated interior of the aircraft

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    The aircraft was definitely showing its age
     
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  2. charlest103

    charlest103 Hangar Associate Member V

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    After a look at the overhead bins, I realised that there was nowhere for oxygen masks to drop down in case of decompression. A quick look at the safety card showed that the oxygen masks were located in the seat in front, something I've never encountered and you don't see on other aircraft types these days.


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    Once everyone had taken their seats and the doors were closed, the crew conducted the safety demonstration and due to the APU on this particular aircraft being inoperative, one engine was started on stand before we pushed back.

    Once we had pushed back and all engines were started, we taxied to Runway 33 for departure.

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    After holding at point E1 while we waited for a few aircraft to land including a Swiss A321, we lined up on the runway and began our take off roll. Now I was expecting some great sound from this aircraft, but I wasn't prepared for how amazing this aircraft sounded!

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    Rotate!

    The take off was nice and powerful and throughout the climb you could feel the power of the aircraft

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    Whereas I believe the other scenic flights routed north to Scotland before turning around and returning to Birmingham, our flight headed over Wales, out of controlled airspace, towards Snowdonia where the air to air shoot would take place.

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    Once in the air, we were free to move about and explore the aircraft further.

    I didn't manage to get a photo of the Beech 99 from the air but I did manage to see it, it was predominantly situated on the opposite side of the aircraft to me. It was slightly unnerving to see another aircraft so close though!

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    The aircraft then circled in the air for the remainder of the flight making some great sounding power changes along the way, before heading back to Birmingham.

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    Circling for the second, maybe third time, I lost count in the end!

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    Towards the end of the flight the crew came round handing out one of these to each passenger
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    All too soon we began our descent into Birmingham and lined up with Runway 33 for our arrival.

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    After a rather firm landing, we taxied back to stand 86C that we had departed from an hour earlier.


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  3. charlest103

    charlest103 Hangar Associate Member V

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    We then had around half an hour to take more pictures of the aircraft.

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    The rear cabin

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    Emergency Locator Transmitter

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    Wing view

    Cabin crew emergency duties and equipment list shown at Door 3L (sorry for the poor quality photos here)
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    Before disembarking the aircraft, I briefly visited the cockpit
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    And that concludes my first and final flight on a DC-10. It was a fantastic experience and one I won’t forget any time soon! It's such a shame that the aircraft will be scrapped rather than sent to a museum!

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    If you made it all the way to the end, thanks for reading! :)

    Take a look at my video of the flight:
     
  4. Lee Ferrara

    Lee Ferrara Administrator Staff Member

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    Wow...this is simply awesome!! Gonna sticky this on the category and put it on the home page.

    GREAT WORK!!!
     
  5. Shawn White

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    It's cool that they gave you extra time to walk around the plane to take pictures. And you took a ton of pictures! nIcE!:p
     
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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VI

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    Awesome!! Thanks for sharing and for all the great pictures you took. This would have been one of those experiences that one would never forget. Again, thank you for sharing! :)
     
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    Brilliant-thanks for sharing your experience.
     
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    kc97drvr Hangar Associate Member IV

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    Great pictures and video. Love that buzz saw sound at full take off power. If this was the end of the DC10-30 will she be kept for display or dismantled? Where are aircraft dismantled in the UK or Europe? Thank you again.
     
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    One of a kind, great work. Thanks for sharing.
     

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