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Douglas DC-8-63

Date Taken:
October 1977
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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-8-63 was the final new build variant and entered service in June 1968. It combined the aerodynamic refinements and increased fuel capacity of the -62 with the very long fuselage of the -61, and had a range with full payload of 4,110 nautical miles

Summary data for Douglas DC-8 63
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
USA1968107233180 - 259


4 x Pratt & Whitney JT3D/TF33 (16000 - 21000 lbf) turbofan engines.

Uses JT3D-7, rated at 19000lb thrust


Dimensions for Douglas DC-8 63
Length187 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span148 ft. 5 in.
Height43 ft. 0 in.
Empty Weight146,000 lbs.
Max Weight350,000 lbs.


Performance of Douglas DC-8 63
Max Speed596 mph
Ceiling35,000 ft.
Normal Range3,907nm
Max Range4,110nm (Max payload with reserves.)

Updated 26th November 2008

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