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Douglas DC-8 Rollout & First Flight, May 30, 1958
Douglas DC-8 Passenger Cabin
Douglas DC-8 Manufacturing
Douglas DC-8-61 First Flight, March 14, 1966
MD-11 Preparations for First Engine Run
Douglas DC-8 Passenger Jet
San Francisco and Los Angeles Control Towers, 1960
North American F-108 Rapier Mock-up and Illustrations
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Design and Testing
B-52 Wind Tunnel and Wing Stress Tests, 1950s
F-15 SMTD Test Footage
C-118 Liftmaster Test Flight
San Francisco and Los Angeles Airports, 1960
Douglas DC-9 B-roll
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Assembly Line
Douglas Super DC-3 Airliner B-roll
Boeing YB-52 Stratofortress B-roll
Douglas DC-9 Factory B-roll
Douglas DC-7 in Various Air Line Livery
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
Douglas DC-8 Engineering Tests, 1950s
The DC-8 is one of the earliest jet-powered commercial passenger aircraft. In the decade following its maiden flight, the DC-8 established commercial transport world records for speed, altitude, distance and payload.
From its inception, the four-engine DC-8 embodied advanced aerodynamic and structural concepts, as well as internal systems designed for maximum service reliability, operational convenience and passenger comfort.
Four basic DC-8 models were produced: the Series 10 through 50, in passenger, freighter and convertible freighter versions; and the Super 60 Series 61, 62 and 63, with freighter models of each.
The last of 556 DC-8 aircraft was delivered on May 13, 1972, marking the end of 15 years of production, at which time there were 48 operators in 28 nations.
Powered by four jet turbine engines, the DC-8 was capable of speeds of more than 600 mph. In a test dive, it became the first commercial transport of any kind to break the sound barrier.
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