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Douglas DC-8-43

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June 1971
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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.

DC-8 Series 40 The first turbofan-powered airliner in the world, the -43 was essentially the same as the -33 but with Rolls-Royce Conway turbofans for better efficiency, less noise and less smoke. The 43 also had various wing improvements.

Summary data for Douglas DC-8 43
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA195929n/a3132 - 176


4 x Rolls Royce Conway (17150 lbf) turbofan engines.

Used Conway 12 engines.


Dimensions for Douglas DC-8 43
Length150 ft. 6 in.
Wing Span142 ft. 5 in.
Height43 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight137,700 lbs.
Max Weight318,000 lbs.


Performance of Douglas DC-8 43
Max Speed585 mph
Ceiling41,000 ft.
Max Range4,000nm

Updated 26th November 2008

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