St. Elmo's Fire

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Deviating around a large area of thunderstorms at 37.
00 put us in some highly charged air. The St Elmo's Fire on the windscreen was absolutely amazing! This phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge from a sharp or pointed object in a strong electric field in the atmosphere, in this case the pointed object is the nose of the plane.
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Aircraft Data

The DC-10 is a three engined medium to long range widebody airliner. It was the first of the trijet widebody airliners, and was built from 1970 to 1988. After some early crashes the DC-10 settled down to be a very reliable workhorse, built in many varian

The DC10-30 was the main long range version of the type, it had true intercontinental range, thanks to its more powerful engines, additional fuel tanks, and a third main undercarriage leg to take the extra weight.

Summary data for McDonnell Douglas DC-10 30
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA1972204503250 - 380


3 x General Electric CF6 (41500 - 69800 lbf) turbofan engines.

The -30 typically uses the CF6-50C rated at 51000lb thrust.


Dimensions for McDonnell Douglas DC-10 30
Length170 ft. 6 in.
Wing Span165 ft. 4 in.
Height58 ft. 4 in.
Empty Weight266,190 lbs.
Max Weight572,000 lbs.


Performance of McDonnell Douglas DC-10 30
Max Speed530 kts
Cruise Speed490 kts
Ceiling42,000 ft.
Normal Range5,500nm
Max Range6,220nm (max load, with reserves.)

Updated 2nd June 2011

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St. Elmo's Fire

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8th September 2013
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