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on 22 July 2011
...though I don't suppose many of them are still in service.
Actually, the fault that caused this crash - the first modern widebody jet disaster - was quickly found and cured, and this book is in fact much more than just a history of that terrible incident; it's most about how these things happen generally, when money and timing and engineering and carelessness coalesce to produce a freak outcome which could have been predicted, but wasn't. That's not just a DC10 problem, sadly.
The authors take us through the history of McDonnell Douglas, and the creation of the DC10 - a race with Lockheed to produce the 'airbus' needed for short and medium haul flights for which Boeing's 747 was not suitable. In the end, Lockheed's TriStar and the DC10 were both born and effectively killed each other, and Boeing and Airbus Industrie picked up the pieces. Fascinating and well-written.
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