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Douglas DC-8-72

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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 70 series are conversions of the DC-8 series 60 aircraft, done in the early 1980s, by fitting new generation CFM56 engines. The -72 was a direct conversion of the -62, short fuselage aircraft, most are used as corporate aircraft today.

Summary data for Douglas DC-8 72
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers


4 x CFM CFM56 (18500 - 34000 lbf) turbofan engines.

Uses the CFM56-2C5 at 22000lb thrust


Dimensions for Douglas DC-8 72
Length157 ft. 5 in.
Wing Span148 ft. 5 in.
Height43 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight142,000 lbs.
Max Weight335,000 lbs.


Performance of Douglas DC-8 72
Max Speed433 kts
Cruise Speed480 kts
Ceiling35,000 ft.
Max Range6,700nm (In corporate fit)

Updated 26th November 2008

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