DC-10 Farewell Tour

A historical event, on Thursday 20th February 2014, Biman Bangladesh Airlines flew in their last remaining DC-10-30 (S2-ACR) marking the end of the DC-10 in airline passenger service. Their final scheduled flight of the type flew in from Dhaka (Bangladesh) via Kuwait arriving into Birmingham at 18:10 as the BG1015.The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 made its maiden flight back in August 1970, entering airline service in August 1971. Biman took delivery of DC-10-30, S2-ACR brand new in September 1988 which was the last DC-10 built on the Long Beach, California production line.

PHOTO: Charles Cunliffe

During its stay at Birmingham, Biman operated 9 ‘one hour’ scenic flights which flew (approximately) 1,300 enthusiasts from 52 nations as well as attracting thousands more from around the world capturing every move. As an enthusiast myself, I was proud to of had the opportunity to fly on the aircraft and be a part of the event!

The big event has been captured on camera by thousands, view the many photos below from a selection of photographers.
My own photos are included. Check out the videos above! I hope you enjoy!


On short finals, arriving from Dhaka via Kuwait as the BG1015…
PHOTO: Rob Edson


…touching down on Runway 33 at 18:10.
PHOTO: Andrew Katsaitis


The aircraft spent the Friday (21st February) parked up after its arrival…
PHOTO: Matt Kidgell


…parked up in the sunshine on Stand 86C.
PHOTO: Matt Kidgell


A close-op of the tail mounted engine.
PHOTO: Matt Kidgell


A close-op of the tail mounted engine.
PHOTO: Matt Kidgell


Day 1, the first 2 flights of the day (BG002 & BG004) operated off Runway 33, seen here blasting down the runway…
PHOTO: Sandy Tweedie


On short finals for Runway 33, captured here from Sheldon Country Park.
PHOTO: Joanne Harvey


A smokey touchdown. Photo taken from the Elmdon multi-storey.
PHOTO: Sandy Tweedie


Taxiing along ‘Taxiway Alpha’ for a Runway 15 departure. Photographed from Marston Green Train Station.
PHOTO: Paul Fuller


Holding at ‘Alpha One’ for Runway 15 as the BG008. Views from Sheldon Country Park.
PHOTO: Connor Skidmore


Rotating off Runway 15 operating flight BG008…
PHOTO: Rob Edson