CLT18R From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2797 times:
I know that the 727 was the first Boeing aircraft to have an onboard APU...but what was the first Douglas aircraft to incorporate them? I seem to remember the DC-8-50 series did not have one...mainly from stories of some DC-8's getting stuck at airports with out cart APU's and having to be "jump started" by another DC8 blowing it's thrust into it from in front.
Did the DC-8-60 or the re-engined DC8-70 have built in APU's? Have they been added later in life or was the DC-9 the first Douglas aircraft to have an APU?
Miamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2705 times:
The DC8 had a high pressure bottle that could theoretically start an engine then the bleed air would be used to start the other engines. I don't think I've ever seen a DC8 with an APU. The Spanish Air Force 707s have an APU in the rear of the fwd cargo compartment. The intake is on one side of the fuselage and the exhaust is on the other side.
BH From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
I know Kallitta had one DC-8F that had one (before the merger with KHA and all that bankruptcy stuff).And also there are couple of private 8's running around like the ARAMACO and the PRIVATAIR.They are just as loud as the one's that are on the U.S.A.F. 707's,and it takes up a lot of space in the front pit.
Dc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2650 times:
When Transamerica had their DC8-63's converted to -73's they had 2 ea. GTC-85 APU's installed in the back of the #2 lower belly, They where de activated after one exploded. UPS flies these airplanes now.
Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
Buzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
Hi CLT81R, Buzz here. At UAL i recall seeing the patches where 4 or 5 of our -61's had the APU for a while. By the mid 80's they were removed. Weight savings was one reason, poor access for maint. and not enough airflow to keep the pit cool was another. It was located in the fwd bulk pit, between the fwd cargo and the spar.
One of my NASA buddies flies the NASA DC-8, they have a good installation and they seem happy with it. At UAL they simply kept air starters everywhere the DC-8 was supposed to go.
Blow start one with jet blast? I don't think so... i'm thinking of the FOD damage, and getting enough air down the intake to get the N2 up to 25% or so. There was a "Jumper Hose" arrangement so you could fly a 727 in, drop the airstairs and have some good mechanics hook up the adapter, and a few lengths of air-start hose. It was useful where airplanes were stored and needed to be "brought to life" for a ferry flight to SFO to complete the process.
Buzz Fuselsausage: Line Mechanic by night, DC-3 Crew Chief by choice, taildragger pilot for fun
CLT18R From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2628 times:
Thanks all. Yeah Starlionblue, that is the article I remember from a while back. I guess I was confusing that article with a story relayed to me by my uncle who flew AC-130s in the USAF. I think he said they could jumpstart a C130 with prop wash. I'm not sure. We were having quite a few beers when he told me
I do remember my dad telling me about some kind of shotgun shell type apparatus he used while flying KC-135's (B707) in the Air Force back in the late 70's. They would use them to start one engine without an APU if they were on alert.