Aircraft of the Month: McDonnell-Douglas MD-11F

YVR was all abuzz last week when an extremely rare bird visited our runways on Friday and had some precious cargo on board to boot. The Lufthansa MD-11F touched down at about 10:30 and parked on by transborder where, one by one, Porsche prototypes vehicles were driven off the deck and lined up alongside the aircraft. We usually stick to aircraft, but it was pretty neat to see all those cool cars that can fly in a different way all set up by the airplane.

Speaking of the airpane:

The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 is a three-engine medium- to long-range wide-body jet airliner, manufactured by McDonnell Douglas and later by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Based on the DC-10, it features a stretched fuselage, increased wingspan with winglets, refined airfoils on the wing and smaller tailplane, new engines and increased use of composite materials. Two of its engines are mounted on underwing pylons and a third engine at the base of the vertical stabilizer. It also features a glass cockpit that decreases the flight deck crew from the three required on the DC-10 to two by eliminating the need for a flight engineer. The trijet style of aircraft isn't too common around these parts, not to metion the fancy cars, so it was a special treat to have the MD-11 visit!

Total length: 61.62 m (202 ft 2 in) with GE engines/61.24 m (200 ft 11 in) with PW engines
Fuselage length: 58.65 m (192 ft 5 in)
Fuselage width: 6.02 m (19 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 51.66 m (169 ft 6 in)
Wing area: 338.9 m2 (3,648 sq ft) including winglets
Tail height: 17.60 m (57 ft 9 in)
Service ceiling: 13,000 m (43,000 ft)
Max. Landing: Weight: 222,900 kg (491,500 lb)
Max Cruise Speed: 945 km/h (587 mph, 0.88 Mach, 520 kn)
Typical Cruise Speed: 876 km/h (544 mph, 0.82 Mach, 473 kn)
Service Ceiling: 13,000 m (43,000 ft)


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