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Douglas DC-8-32

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Pan American Airways

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.

For intercontinental routes, the three DC-8 Series 30 variants combined JT4A engines with a one-third increase in fuel capacity and strengthened fuselage and landing gear. The DC-8-32 had a further increase in weights.

Summary data for Douglas DC-8 32
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA19595n/a3132 - 176


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

The -32 used JT4A-9 engines


Dimensions for Douglas DC-8 32
Length150 ft. 6 in.
Wing Span142 ft. 5 in.
Height43 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight134,000 lbs.
Max Weight140,600 lbs.


Performance of Douglas DC-8 32
Max Speed588 mph
Ceiling41,000 ft.
Max Range5,400nm

Updated 26th November 2008

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