Last Thursday I was one of about 30 passengers on the final scheduled commercial service of a DC-10 aircraft. The plane, operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, is being removed from service and as of today there are none flying in regular commercial passenger service. There are still a bunch operating as cargo freighters and a few in charter service but unless you list in the US Army or get a job with FedEx odds are you won’t be flying on the type ever again. The trip was amazing and I’ll have a full trip report with tons of photos and stories coming up soon enough; I still need to recover from the jetlag the 5-day RTW in coach left me afflicted with to be able to get that story to a coherent state.
But today – Monday, February 24, 2014 – will see the final flights for which Biman sold tickets. There are three scenic flights today departing Birmingham, UK then looping around for an hour or so before finally landing. The final flight sold out pretty quickly and I know a few people who are going to be on it. Alas, I’m in the office today saving up cash to pay for the next adventure so I won’t be there. But I had a ton of fun on the party flight I booked and collected a bunch of goodies whilst on board, enough to make a goodie pack to give away to one lucky reader. It includes some unique Biman DC-10 memorabilia not available anywhere else, plus one of the DC-10 models they were selling as part of the final flight celebration (more or less what’s shown in the photo, plus or minus a couple things as I finish unpacking).
So, if you want a chance to win just leave a comment below telling me one of your favorite memories of flying on an older wide-body plane. If you don’t have a memory which fits then come up with something else creative to share. Tell a short story of some sort. I always enjoy reading about the experiences y’all have had, probably even more than I love writing about my own. I’ll choose a winner at 6pm EST on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
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