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Name DC-8-60
Manufacturer DOUGLAS
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Regular tail, mid set
WTC Heavy
Type code L4J
RFF Category 8
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:





Long range, medium capacity airliner. In service since 1967. Stretched development of the DC-8-50 series. DC-8-61 with stretched fuselage, DC-8-62 optimized for long range operation with greater wing span. DC-8-63 combines the fuselage of -61 with the -62 wings. Production ceased in 1972. Today mostly used as charter and freighter. Series-62: Wing span: 45,2 m Length: 48,0 m MTOW: 151,900kg334,882.176 lbs
151.9 tonnes
. Series-63: Wing span: 45,2 m Length: 57,1 m MTOW: 158,700kg349,873.61 lbs
158.7 tonnes
. The DC86 is member of the DC-8 family of aircraft.

Technical Data

Wing span 43.4 m142.388 ft
Length 57.1 m187.336 ft
Height 12.9 m42.323 ft
Powerplant 61/62: 4 x P&W JT3D-3B (80.6 kN) or
63: 4 x P&W JT3D-7 (85.1 kN) turbofans.
Engine model Pratt & Whitney JT3D

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) 130 kts IAS 160 kts IAS 290 kts IAS 290 kts MACH 0.8 TAS 510 kts MACH 0.82 IAS 290 kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) 140 kts
Distance 3000 m ROC 2000 ft/min ROC 1500 ft/min ROC 1000 ft/min ROC 800 ft/min MACH 0.82 ROD 1000 ft/min ROD 3000 ft/min MCS 210 kts Distance 2000 m
MTOW 158700158,700 kg
158.7 tonnes
Ceiling FL410 ROD ft/min APC C
WTC H Range 55005,500 nm
10,186,000 m
10,186 km
33,418,635.195 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving DC86

  • DC86, Manston UK, 2010 (On 11 August 2010, a Douglas DC8-63F being operated by Afghanistan-based operator Kam Air on a non scheduled cargo flight from Manston UK to Sal, Cape Verde Islands failed to get airborne until after the end of departure runway 28 during a daylight take off in normal visibility. The aircraft eventually became airborne and climbed away normally and when ATC advised of the tail strike, the aircraft commander elected to continue the flight as planned and this was achieved without further event. Minor damage to the aircraft was found after flight and there was also damage to an approach light for the reciprocal runway direction.)
  • DC86, en-route, Narrows VA USA, 1996 (On 22 December 1996, during a post-maintenance airworthiness function flight at night in IMC, a Douglas DC8 operated by Airborne Express failed to recover from an intentional approach to the stall and loss of control without recovery followed leading to impact into mountainous terrain in the vicinity of Narrows, Virginia.)