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McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71(F)

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19th October 1997
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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 -71 was a direct conversion of the -61, long fuselage aircraft, all finished up as freighters.

Summary data for Douglas DC-8 71
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA198153103180 - 259


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

Uses CFM56-2C5 engines rated at 22000lb


Dimensions for Douglas DC-8 71
Length187 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span142 ft. 5 in.
Height43 ft. 0 in.
Empty Weight150,000 lbs.
Max Weight325,000 lbs.


Performance of Douglas DC-8 71
Max Speed433 kts
Cruise Speed480 kts
Ceiling35,000 ft.
Max Range4,882nm (Max payload range)

Updated 26th November 2008

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