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Douglas DC-8-73F

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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 -73 was a direct conversion of the -63, long fuselage aircraft, survivors are all used as freighters

Summary data for Douglas DC-8 73
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA198150453180 - 259


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

Uses the CFM56-2C5, rated at 22000lb thrust.


Dimensions for Douglas DC-8 73
Length187 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span148 ft. 5 in.
Height43 ft. 0 in.
Empty Weight148,000 lbs.
Max Weight355,000 lbs.


Performance of Douglas DC-8 73
Max Speed433 kts
Cruise Speed480 kts
Ceiling35,000 ft.
Max Range4,830nm

Updated 26th November 2008

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