Title: Douglas DC-8
Douglas submitted a bid for the USAF jet tanker project but this was won in 1954 by the Boeing 707 (KC-135). From that point, Douglas was always playing catch-up. The DC-8 was officially launched in 1955 and first flew in 1959 but never achieved the sales success of its rival. Two fuselage lengths were eventually produced, the standard length and the “Super DC-8’s” introduced in 1965. The DC-8 was able to be stretched further than the 707 due to its lesser wing sweep and the longest DC-8 seated 262 passengers, the greatest capacity of any airliner until the introduction of the 747. 556 examples were built, about half the number of the rival 707, but they had a greater service retention rate, largely due to their success in the converted freighter market.
This title contains two flight manuals for the Douglas DC-8. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.