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  •  You're forgetting the MD-11 (11+ / 0-)

    The MD-11 is the real problem child - the DC-10 had some teething problems, sure, notably with a bad cargo door latching design that could indicate it was locked when it in fact was not - and it took two DC-10s bursting open, one with the loss of over 300 lives, before they fixed the problem.

    The MD-11 came on the scene in the early 90s as sort of a DC-10 "Advanced" - Take a DC-10, put a modern flight deck with electronic gizmos on it, stretch it, new engines, slightly modified wing and tailplane design - and you've got yourself a dog that failed to meet every single performance guarantee it promised, and shed over half its orders before the plane even flew.

    The MD-11 also has a marked tendency to be tricky to land in crosswinds, owing to an inadequately sized tail (too small), resulting in the loss of 8 frames (of 198 total built - that's a horrible loss ratio for any commercial jet).

    Such was a failure that McD had to sell itself to Boeing... and then the McD management took over, and we see the result.

    •  Well, McDonnell could have soldiered on ... (5+ / 0-)

      with the military business alone, but they had disastrous management decisions on that side as well.

      The A-12 debacle was the beginning. What the wikipedia article fails to mention us that there was a review of all four major aircraft development projects in mid-1990, with the thought that the worst off project might be canceled. McDonnell and General Dynamics management lied through their teeth to say how on-time the project was, and so passed the review.

      Only a few weeks later, they started to reveal to the Navy just how behind schedule the project was, leading to its eventual cancellation.

      After this, I believe that the Defense Department lost all trust in McDonnell management. They never won another airplane contract.

      Hopelessly pedantic since 1963.

      by admiralh on Mon Feb 07, 2011 at 10:33:07 PM PST

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