FedEx Express has retired the world’s last McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F earlier this month. The last MD-10-10F flew its last flight from Memphis to Victorville for permanent storage on June 4, 2021.
The Memphis-based cargo giant FedEx retired its final four MD-10-10Fs this year, according to ch-aviation. FedEx reportedly retired one of its MD-10-10Fs in January, followed by two in May.
The last MD-10-10F operated its last revenue cargo flight from San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Puerto Rico, to Memphis International Airport on June 2nd. FedEx was the only operator of this variant.
This aircraft (MSN 46496) was originally built as passenger DC-10-10 but was later converted into dedicated freighters. It was initially delivered to American Airlines (with registration N126AA) back in February 1978 as a passenger aircraft.
The 43.6-year-old aircraft joined Hawaiian Airlines on lease from American Airlines after spending more than two decades with American. FedEx then acquired the aircraft in March 2003. It was re-registered as N562FE before converting it to DC-10-10 freighter.
While the last MD-10-10F is retired, FedEx still has 13 MD-10-30 in its fleet, which is not supposed to be retired until 2022.
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