Saturday, May 23, 2020

Freight Dogs - McDonnell-Douglas MD-11

Of all the freight dogs that ply the airways, I have to say that my second favorite (behind the Boeing 747-8F) is the McDonnell-Douglas MD-11.  I just love the lines of the aircraft and my first exposure to the MD-11 as an aircraft type was my move over from South Africa to the USA back in 1998 when I flew on a Delta passenger version from London-Gatwick to what was then the very busy hub of Cincinnati before flying on to Atlanta.  I just remember how smooth it was to fly in, but how powerful the takeoff was.  Since then, I have tried to get as many MD-11's caught in camera lens as possible, currently the one that I would really like to get is the UPS version (any of my connected friends that can get me a ride???? :) ).  They are becoming a rare breed of bird these days to, and I suspect that I am going to have to make a pilgrimage to Anchorage before long to be able to get them or Louisville and Memphis for the FedEx/UPS hubs.  In the meantime, here are some of the photos I have shot of the freighter versions over the years.

EVA Cargo after landing at Anchorage (my one trip there so far)

World Airways Cargo in full colors powering down the runway  at Miami

World Airways Cargo in hybrid colors lifting the nose wheel at Miami

Western Global plain white version landing at Miami

FedEx approaching Fort Lauderdale

SkyLease Cargo approaching Miami

Martinair after landing at Miami

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