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McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (N1751A)

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KSJC - Early 1990s shows American Airlines MD-11 N1751A *48420/451* at the hold bars at 30L for Tokyo-Narita for the apprx 1:00pm PST flight. Many times the NRT flight would sit here on the pad with engines turning for 30 minutes- only to go back to the gate and leave later. I never knew why - this all pre Internet days. photo from the old San Jose State Aviation School parking lot - I had an 8ft ladder in the back of my pickup truck to clear the fence line and GA planes parked in the foreground. N1751A was sold to FedEx in 1996 and this jet was converted to a freighter and still flying as such.

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C.W. Reed
Hi Tom!
I love these old shots of the "good old days"! Didn't know how lucky we had it! Keep them coming, my friend!:) 5 stars!
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Dave Sheehy
Nice Tom! Thanks for posting.
Tom VancePhoto Uploader
Thank you C-Dub and Dave - I ran some negatives through the scanner I'll be posting a few I can get to look halfway decent during editing...
Dale Tabat
I worked for Fedex in the 1990's. I was flying AA from Mexico City to Dallas when I was approached by the captain of my flight. He saw my Fedex bag tag and had a question for me about employment for his daughter, who was also a pilot. I remember the first thing he said to me was "Thank you for buying all those MD-11s". Not well liked by the AA cockpit crews apparently.
ROBERT MILLS JR
Got a friend who flew the FE converted DC-10 and subsequent MD-11.
He much disliked the aircraft and calls it "The Beast" claiming landing it is challenging, etc.
National Airlines was my first flight on a DC-10 in 1971 when I was 14, having paid for my own tickets by mowing lawns.
Thanks for bringing this old photo this forum!
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