The DC-10: The Troubled Trijet

The second wide-body to enter service never achieved the glory and success of the first.

In 1970, commercial aviation teetered on the brink of transformation. The Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet” had just entered service in January, carrying two and a half times as many passengers as the largest existing airliners, and promised to bring affordable air travel to the masses. By the end of July, Boeing’s main rival decided it was time to unveil their challenger to the famed jumbo.