McDonnell Douglas DC-X-200 Project

And from NASA;
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19840020666_1984020666.pdf
 

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Artist impression of McDonnell Douglas DC-X-200 jet transport from The McDonnell Douglas Story by Douglas J. Ingells, Aero Publishers, Inc., 1979.

Proposed wide-cabin jet transport under study in Long Beach was designated the DC-X-200. A twin-engine aircraft, the DC-X-200 was proposed as a replacement for narrow-cabin short-to-medium range jetliners. As envisioned by McDonnell Douglas engineers, the twin jet would carry about 200 passengers in a cabin almost 19 feet wide, same as the DC-10. Fuselage would be 140 feet long, and wingspan would be 150 feet. Tail height would be 52 feet. Advances in the DC-X-200 would include a supercritical wing and advanced high-lift system. DC-X-200 would offer considerable improvement over narrow-cabin jets in terms of fuel economy, passenger comfort, and cost of operation.

The DC-X-200, or Model D-969N-18D/18F, was a smaller aircraft that was proposed when the DC-10 Twin was rejected by airlines as being too large and too expensive to operate. Airline surveys in 1972-1973 indicated that they were more interested in a wide-bodied twin with 180 to 200 passenger capacity. The aircraft was designed to compete against the Airbus A200B and replace the larger Douglas DC-9 and Boeing 727 aircraft.
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,4299.msg33972.html#msg33972


The DC-X-200 was aimed at the then airline capacity needs, with interior arrangements in a mixed class version for 18 first class passengers and 180 economy class, for a total 198. There was also a high density seating arrangement for a total of 226 passengers.


The cockpit, forward fuselage section, aft fuselage section were identifical to the DC-10. The DC-X-200 would differ in wings and engines to the DC-10. The supercritical wing would be brand new based on the development of the YC-15 Advanced Medium STOL transport. It would allow higher cruise speeds while at the same time having greater lift potentinal in the slow speed range. Greater lift would allow the DC-X-200 to operate at shorter airfields in smaller communities.
 

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Here are some manufacturer desk models of the DC-10 Twin and Lockheed L-1011-600 BiStar.
 

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circle-5 said:
Here are some manufacturer desk models of the DC-10 Twin (DC-X-200) and Lockheed L-1011-600 BiStar.

I presume that the Lockheed L-1011-600 BiStar was the 220-to-230 passenger medium range version of the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar. The DC-10 Twin had a seating capacity of 265, while the DC-X-200 had a seating capacity of 198.

In mid-summer 1978, Douglas announced it was canceling the DC-X-200 project. In addition to the 220-to-230 passenger medium range version of the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, Boeing had announced its 767-200 transport with orders from United Airlines and a sudden upsurge in orders for the Airbus A300 and its successor A300B.

Source: The McDonnell Douglas Story by Douglas J. Ingells, Aero Publishers, Inc., 1979.
 

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Greetings All -

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Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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NASA report detailing wind-tunnel testing of a DC-X-200 model fitted with high-lift devices after the 1978 cancelation date. (Model scale 4.7 percent of the real plane had it been built)

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19840020673_1984020673.pdf
 

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Graham1973 said:
NASA report detailing wind-tunnel testing of a DC-X-200 model fitted with high-lift devices after the 1978 cancelation date. (Model scale 4.7 percent of the real plane had it been built)

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19840020673_1984020673.pdf

Another report gives the DC-X-200 as the Douglas Model D-969N-21, and also provides the designations used for the NASA 4.7 percent scale model:

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19840025332_1984025332.pdf

The wind tunnel model was a 4.7-percent scale representation of the DC-X-200 airplane configuration. The model was designed and fabricated for testing at high Reynolds number conditions at the NASA Ames 12-Foot Pressure Wind Tunnel. The model designation was LB-486A for the Ames test and LB-486C for the NASA Langley V/STOL test.
 

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Hi,

here is a Douglas D-969 L-4 twin engined and D-969 M-1 three engined Projects.

http://archive.aviationweek.com/image/spread/19741028/25/2/zoom
 

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DC-X-200 Brochure

Good Day All -

On EPay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-McDonnell-Douglas-DC-X-200-Design-Features-July-1978-Project-canceled/272385525836?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D39243%26meid%3D6b319bce64fe4518bb22a248d19298f5%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D282187421060

The cover lists it is Model D-969N-21

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Re: DC-X-200 Brochure

That looks like a later iteration with a higher-aspect ratio wing; interesting to see how the main undercarriage is stowed at an angle to reduce the length of the main undercarriage bay. Did you win the brochure Mark?

Terry (Caravellarella)
 
Re: DC-X-200 Brochure

Hi Terry -

I'm passing in this - hope Scott obtains it.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 
I have recently been told that there exists a study into 'glass cockpits' that used this aircraft as it's baseline design. I have just finished searching the NTRS for it but could not locate anything matching the description. If anyone can help with pointers I would be very interested in finding it.
 
From Aviation magazine 1976.
 

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