|Quoting happy-flier (Thread starter):|
For those who flew in Stretch DC-8s when they were still flying passengers -- can you relate what the famed fuselage flex was like for passengers on board? I've heard so many stories about this singular characteristic of the Stretch Eight as to make it easily the most often recounted DC-8 story of all time.
|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):|
I think that story about the fuselage flex is an exaggeration.
|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):|
I flew on dozens of DC-8-61s and -63s on half a dozen carriers, including several flights that were quite turbulent, and I didn't notice that.
|Quoting daviation (Reply 15):|
The DC-8-63s I was on (Capitol Int'l Airways
and ONA) used A LOT of runway during takeoff. I have no idea what flap settings they used, but I recall wondering if we'd ever get off the ground.
|Quoting happy-flier (Reply 16):|
4 x 19,000 lb = 76,000 lb / 350,000 lb MTOW
2 x 42,600 lb = 85,200 lb / 255,550 lb MTOW
|Quoting G650 (Reply 18):|
Many years ago I was on board a Delta Stretch 8 out of Atlanta during a t-storm. During climb, there was some turbulence and without a doubt, being seated in the rear of the aircraft I did see one of the doorways at the most fwd bulkhead twist left to right and vise verse. It was pretty neat to see. I'm thinking that if it didn't shift , it would really load up the structure and cause damage.
|Quoting ATLTPA (Reply 19):|
I disliked those "old" DC-8s back then, incidentally, and would have preferred to fly newer aircraft. How I wish that those DC-8s were back with the Delta fleet today, though! They beat a 757 any day!
|Quoting 747400sp (Reply 21):|
I think the 757 was the best 727 replacement ever made, because she a high performer like the 727 was.
|Quoting longhauler (Reply 17):|
With the loss of one engine 1 knot above V1, you are now faced with 57,000 lbs of thrust in a 350,000 lb aircraft in the DC-8, and 42,600 lbs of thrust in a 255,550 lbs aircraft with the B757. Although slightly, the ratio is better in the DC-8!
|Quoting DocLightning (Reply 20):|
When the 757 has been replaced with some sleek A320 NEO with sharklets or a 737RS, you will miss that 757.
In fact, in spite of how much I despise sitting on any plane for a long time (I know, heresy) I will very much miss the 757. The new planes just don't have the oomph.
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