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Douglas DC-8-21

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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 series -21 was the second distinct version of the DC-8, it was a slightly upgraded version of the series 10, with more powerful engines that improved range and hot and high performance.

Summary data for Douglas DC-8 21
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA195834n/a3132 - 176


4 x Pratt & Whitney JT3D/TF33 (16000 - 21000 lbf) turbofan engines.

The -20 used the JT4-A3, rated at 15800lb


Dimensions for Douglas DC-8 21
Length150 ft. 6 in.
Wing Span142 ft. 5 in.
Height42 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight130,000 lbs.
Max Weight276,000 lbs.


Performance of Douglas DC-8 21
Max Speed559 mph
Ceiling41,000 ft.
Max Range4,600nm

Updated 26th November 2008

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