Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Douglas DC-8

A DC-8 at Peterson Airforce Base, Thule, Greenland (USAF)

The Douglas DC-8 four-jet-engined narrow-body commercial airliner was manufactured from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched later than its principal competitor the Boeing 707, the DC-8 nevertheless had a strong presence in the airliner market, and remained in production until 1972 when it began to be superseded by much larger designs, including the DC-10 and Boeing 747. 556 were built. The DC-8's design allowed it to hold slightly more cargo than the 707.

Some were used by Air New Zealand, see the book The Aircraft of Air New Zealand and affiliates since 1940 for details.

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