FedExHeavy From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1140 times:
I believe that the DC-8 hold less cargo than a DC-10, it seems to me that the good 'ol -8 is used on medium/High density routes over a medium range, it ind of fills the hole between let's say a DC-10 and a B-727,
That's what I think but I'm no expert !,
Woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1028 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1112 times:
They are CHEAP to aquire and maintain as they are very simple machines compared to todays fly by wire jets. The DC-8 airframe also turned out to be amazingly resiliant and tough, showing few signs of fatigue after many cycles and years of service. There are also alot of spare parts out in the desert that can be had CHEAP- this would not be limited to spare JT3D engines, but just any other part you can think of.
The DC-8 also has excellent range as it was designed as a long range airliner making it good for both medium and long range operation. Sometimes there just isnt much improving on a simple, rugged design. I think about half of the DC-8s mfgd are still out there w/ active registrations, compare that to a handful of 707s of which there were alot more to begin with.