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McDonnell Douglas DC-8

Series 54 AF
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Specifications & Limitations

Length 150.6 ft (45.87 m)
Wingspan 142.5 ft (43.41 m)
Range 4,160 nm (7,710 km)
Passenger Capacity 0
Freight Capacity 92,900 lbs (42,161 kg)
Cruise Speed 593 mph (954 km/hr)
Cruise Ceiling 35,000 ft (10,668 m)
Weight Empty 128,700 lbs (58,377 kg)
Max Takeoff Weight
315,000 lbs (142,882 kg)
Notes:

The all-Freighter version, without windows and passenger amenities.

The DC-8 is one of the earliest jet-powered commercial passenger aircraft. In the decade following its maiden flight, the DC-8 established commercial transport world records for speed, altitude, distance and payload.

From its inception, the four-engine DC-8 embodied advanced aerodynamic and structural concepts, as well as internal systems designed for maximum service reliability.

A capacity for improved power, payload and range capabilities was inherent in the DC-8 design. Four basic models were produced: the Series 10 through 50, in passenger, freighter and convertible freighter versions; and the Super 60 Series 61, 62 and 63, with freighter models of each. The last of 556 aircraft was delivered on May 13, 1972, marking the end of 15 years of production, at which time there were 48 operators in 28 nations.

 

Author Historic Jetliners Group
Painter Altair Virtual Airlines
Date Added October 19, 2002
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