The Mc Donnell - Douglas DC-10 is a medium- to long-range aircraft for maximal 380 passengers or up to 73 000 kg (161 000 lb) payload. The DC-10 was available in four main civil series and one military variant:

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Series 10

The first DC-10 were DC-10-10s which were built for the US domestic market and other medium-range operations. The powerplants are CF6-6D/-6K engines. On August 5th 1971, it entered service with American Airlines on the Chicago - Los Angeles route. Other variants of the -10 were convertible freighters. In the 1990s and 2000s, most of them were converted to full freighters or scrapped.
Total aircraft built: 131

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Series 40

The first long range version of the DC-10 was the DC-10-20, which was later renamed DC-10-40. It was also the only DC-10 series built with Pratt & Whitney JT9D engines (the powerplant which was used on all early Boeing 747). The DC-10-40 had a larger wingspan and an additional main landing gear in the center. The aircraft commenced service with launch costumer Northwest Airlines in late 1972. Later, Japan Air Lines (which was the only other costumer for the -40) ordered a heavier version of the long-range DC-10.
Total aircraft built: 42

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Series 30

The Series 30 was the most successful of the DC-10 series. The aircraft is very similar to the DC-10-40, but comes with General Electric CF6-50 engines. It entered service in late 1972 with its launch costumers KLM and Swissair. DC-10-30s were available as full passenger aircraft, convertible freighters, full freighters and extended range (only for full passenger aircraft) versions.
Total aircraft built: 206

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Series 15

For operations out of hot and high airports like Mexico City, Mc Donnell-Douglas offered the series 15. The aircraft is similar to the DC-10-10, but has the higher thrust engines from the DC-10-30. Only one variant of the -15 (full passenger) was built for Aeromexico and Mexicana. The DC-10-15 entered service with these airlines in mid-1981.
Total aircraft built: 7

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KC-10 / KDC-10

For the United States Air Force, the KC-10 tanker aircraft was developed. It is based on the DC-10-30 and entered service in 1981. In the 1990s, two DC-10-30F (CF) were converted to tankers / VIP aircraft for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. These were designated as KDC-10.
Total aircraft built (not including KDC-10): 60

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