Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New airplane: Douglas DC-8

The Douglas DC-8 is a four-engined jet airliner, manufactured from 1958 to 1972. Launched later than the competing Boeing 707, the DC-8 nevertheless established Douglas in a strong position in the airliner market, and remained in production until 1972 when much larger designs, including the DC-10, made the DC-8 obsolete. Relegated to second-line duties, details of the DC-8 design allowed it to hold slightly more cargo than the 707; dozens of re-engined examples remain in freighter service to this day, while commercial 707 service had largely ended by 2000.

The DC-8 Series 30 is a re-engined version built from 1960, with strengthened fuselage and landing gear, as well as a one-third increase in fuel capacity. A total of 57 DC-8-30s were produced, which could transport up to 176 passengers in economy class at a cruise speed of 946 Km/h.

The DC-8 Series 60 is a new modification made in 1967 to achieve high capacity transport for medium range. The fuselage was stretched 11 meters, for a total of 57.1 m. long. A total of 88 DC-8-60s were produced, which could transport up to 259 passengers in economy class at a cruise speed of 959 Km/h.

The real specifications for this vehicle are (taken from Wikipedia):
SeriesDouglas DC-8-30Douglas DC-8-60
Length45.87 m57.10 m
Wingspan43.41 m45.24 m
Empty weight60.8 t66.36 t
Power4 x 74.7 kN4 x 84.5 kN
Cruise speed946 Km/h959 Km/h
Capacity (typical)124180
Capacity (maximum)176259

Here are some pictures of this aircraft.

DC-8-32 of Overseas National Airways in Zurich, 1975

Air Canada DC-8-61 at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

DC-8-30 United Airlines / DC-8-60 Air Canada

Simutrans object data:

NameDouglas DC-8-30Douglas DC-8-60
Power9880 kW11135 kW
Max.Speed946 Km/h959 Km/h
Intro Year19591972
Retire Year19671980

You can download the addons in the original liveries at The Simutrans Boxroom.

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