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McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 - United Airlines

United Airlines is one of the world's biggest airlines. The airline was originally named "United Aircraft and Transport Corporation" and formed in 1929 by Boeing. The aircraft manufacturer merged its own Boeing Air Transport with Varney Air Lines (founded in 1926) and other mail transporting airlines.

In 2010 United merged with Continental Airlines. United is a founding member of the Star Alliance.

United Airlines was and still is a big user of widebody aircraft. It became a widebody operator in 1970, when it took delivery of its first Boeing 747. In 1968 United was among the first airlines that ordered the DC-10 with 30 orders and 30 options. The first aircraft commenced service with United on 16 August 1971. Most of United's sixty aircraft were of the domestic DC-10-10 version and eleven were DC-10-30s. The last DC-10-30 flight was on 16 February 2001, from Honolulu to Chicago. Today most ex-United DC-10s are in service with Federal Express as freighters.

The photograph shows a United Airlines DC-10-10 approaching Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Note the two legs of the main undercarriage.

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