Re: 707 airframes (Re: Date of Construction)

From: (Terrell D. Drinkard)
Organization: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group
Date:         01 Apr 94 13:11:48 PST
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In article <>,
John DiMarco <> wrote:
> (Terrell D. Drinkard) writes:
>>The DC-8 has shown much better economics over the long haul.  Fewer
>>ADs, fewer aging fleet maintenance requirements.  But, all of that came at
>>a price.
>I'm not quite clear exactly why this is so. What exactly about the 707 makes
>it less economical than the DC8? 

The 707 is a lighter airplane than the trusty DC-8, structurally.  That
means that it requires a good deal more effort to keep it airworthy.  The
707 is also subject to more corrosion than the DC-8.  Given the higher
costs of keeping the '07 in the air, and what may well be higher systems
maintenance costs, it doesn't pay to reengine it in most instances, for


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