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Douglas DC-8-33

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Aircraft Data

The DC-8 is a medium to long range 4 engined airliner. It was the first jet powered airliner from Douglas, and the USA's second successful jet airliner after the Boeing 707. It was developed into many variants of differing ranges and capacities.

The DC-8-33 substituted more powerful JT4A-11 turbojets, a modification to the flap linkage to allow a 1.5 degree setting for more efficient cruise, stronger landing gear, higher maximum weight. Many -31 and -32 DC-8s were upgraded to this standard.

Summary data for Douglas DC-8 33
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA196041n/a3132 - 176


4 x Pratt & Whitney JT4A (16000 - 17000 lbf) turbojet engines.


Dimensions for Douglas DC-8 33
Length150 ft. 6 in.
Wing Span142 ft. 5 in.
Height43 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight134,000 lbs.
Max Weight142,880 lbs.


Performance of Douglas DC-8 33
Max Speed588 mph
Ceiling41,000 ft.
Max Range5,400nm

Updated 26th November 2008

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