# Do MD-11 pilots ever use flaps 50?

I'm curious if there is ever a purpose to use full flaps like that? Was it a bit of an overkill?

The MD-11 has one of the highest approach speeds, which is comparable to the 747-400 (Boeing), while having higher wing loading: 806 vs. 756 kg/m$$^2$$. In other words, the MD-11's wing is small, so flaps 50 is not an overkill.