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Is This A DC-8-71?  
User currently offlineZebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 415 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

I saw this pic today and it is identified as a DC-8-71. I thought that DC-8-63's were renamed in the '70 series with the new engines. This looks more like it belongs to the DC-8-50 series. Any ideas?


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User currently offlineN102DA From United States of America, joined May 2002, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

Its a DC-8-72. The DC-8-62 was not as long as the -61/-63 series. Relatively few of these aircraft were re-engined.

Regards,

N102DA


User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1411 times:

Yep, that's a -72, and a good-looking specimen at that! N102DA is correct, very few were re-engined. I bet that plane is a rocket...


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User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

Zeb, just so you'll know...

All -70 series DC-8's have the CFM56-2 engines obviously. But here is an easy way to tell the difference.

A-71 has the stretch fuselage.

A -72 doesn't have the longer fuselage, but has a longer wingspan than the -71.

A -73 has the longer fuselage AND the longer wingspan.

Regards.



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User currently offlineN766ua From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8093 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1384 times:

Yes.. a -72. -71s are veerrryy long.


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User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1383 times:

Ummm I am very fimiliar with that aircraft, in fact I was the Lead/Supervisor and C-Checked that aircraft at Dee Howard in San Antonio. We then painted it with the livery you see before you. It has two APU's and under floor long range tanks and an awesome interior. I didn't like the plane because we had to wear those stupid booties when you worked on it but by far the best looking and maintained DC-8, I have ever seen! You can't really notice it in this picture but that tail design is 3D, when you look at the design it has an optical illusion and appears to stick out. ARAMCO spares no expense on the aircraft and it even has a MECCA indicator.

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User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

The main distinguishing feature between 61/71 and 63/73 series DC-8's are the engine pylons. On 61/71's, the pylon protrudes through the wing leading edge, on the 63/73 (and 62/72) it doesn't.

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Trident....

You're going to have to show proof to support your statment.

I can't see what you're describing.

JET


User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

Sorry - no facilities or knowledge to post pictures. In the shot of the 72 above you can see that the pylons are connected to the bottom of the wing only and no part of the pylon is visible from above the wing. On 61/71's, the pylons appear to be "inserted" into the wings and part of the pylon appears above the wing's top surface - a bit like on all Boeing 707's.

Hope that helps. I noticed the difference when building Revell's 1/144 scale DC-8 Srs 10 and DC-8 Srs 63. The 61/71 used the original style pylons design for the first DC-8 (Srs 10/20//40/50). The Series 62/72 and 63/73 used a new more aerodynamically efficient pylon design.


User currently offlineLjungdahl From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 903 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

Trident, I'm sorry, but I feel the need of correcting the info about the 61/71 pylons; the -61 indeed looks the way you've described (and so does the -50 series), but the pylons of ALL series -70 aircraft looks the same!!

...here, I show you what I mean...

DC-8-55:

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DC-8-61:

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DC-8-71:

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Brgds

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User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

Looks like McDD took the oportunity to modify the pylons on the 71 when converting them to carry the new engines.

User currently offlineLjungdahl From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 903 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1203 times:

No, they didn't!

The series -70 conversions were made by CammaCorp.

New engines (CFM-56), and new pylons.

If you look closely, it's visible that the series -70 pylons differs from all other models of the DC-8, they had to hold them up higher, because otherwise the engines would come too close to the ground (and increase the possibility of a podstrike in bad weather conditions).

Johan


User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1187 times:

71 series pylons are the same as 72/73 series pylons.

JET


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