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DC8 As A Freighter  
User currently offlineFedExIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 77 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

I've noticed there are still quite a few DC8's out there being used as freighters. What advantage is there to using a DC8 vs. a DC10? Does the DC8 hold more Cargo? What about the range? Fuel economy?

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User currently offlineFedExHeavy From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1165 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 Smile/happy/getting dizzy!,
FedExHeavy



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User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1150 times:

The DC8 and the DC10 dont compete for the same market share.

The DC10 holds considerably more cargo.

The DC8's only competitior in its class is the Airbus A300 which has less range but able to carry 22 pallets instead of 18 the 73 series can carry.

The 70 series DC8's with the CFM engines has a 20% increase in range over the 60 series.

The DC8 will be a profitable airplane to fly for many years to come. Operators are weary of the A300's maintenance requirments.

JET


User currently offlineFedExIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

What can the DC8 carry in the bellies in terms of containers. The DC8 isn't as wide as the A300 is it?

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

The DC8 bellies only hold bulk freight. Nothing is containerized.

The DC8 is a narrow body and the A300 is a wide body.

JET


User currently offlineWoodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1029 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1137 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.


User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2992 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1122 times:
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Most Dc-8s flying dont have JT3s anymore, but are -70s with CFM56 turbofans making them much quieter.

The Dc-8-70 is a very capable freighter, and one reason that it took off as the freighter while the 707 didnt is that the USAF buying up used 707s for parts forced the price up.



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