Posts: 343
Joined: Sun Apr 16, 2000 8:01 am

DC8 Freighters

Fri May 04, 2001 11:57 am

Ok folks,

What is the difference between a DC8-62 & 63? I know the 63 is an 18 pallet the 62 seris also? I have never seen a 62 & a 63 park together. I was thinking the 62 series was shorter and only 14 pallet position? Am I right?

Also...I see a 71 and a 73 series daily. Both are 18 pallet position. Whats there difference?

What is overall the best DC8 to have?
Posts: 6633
Joined: Tue May 18, 1999 11:10 am

RE: DC8 Freighters

Fri May 04, 2001 1:05 pm

Well, the Super DC-8s (-60s and -70s) all began with the DC-8-61.

The -61 was simply a strech of the -50, and was intended for short, high capacity domestic hops.

Then came the -62, which featured only a slighty strech over the -50, new wings, and a much larger fuel capacity along with other things as it was intended for long range operations.

The -63 combined the -61's long fuselage (exactly 30ft longer than the -62) with the -62's wings to create a higher capacity (than the -62) and longer range (than the -62) aircraft.

The -70s are -60 aircraft (61 -> 71 and so on) which have been re-engined with CFM56 engines. These provide for longer ranged, quieter, and more fuel efficient aircraft.

In most cases, the DC-8-73 is the ultimate DC-8. It has a long range with high capacity, putting it in the same class as the A310-300HGW and B767-200ER. In a few other cases, the -72 is the ultimate, as it has an enormus range (If I remember correctly, it is equal to, if not greater than that of the A340-200, B747-400, B777-200ER, and MD-11ER!).

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos