Re: stretch DC-8 landing gear

Date:         30 Jan 97 00:36:24 
From:         "Kenneth Quek" <tilly@singnet.com.sg>
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Niels Sampath <niels@lofgren.demon.co.uk> wrote in article
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> Reading that the 767-400 will have to have raised main landing gear
> posts to avoid tail strikes on rotation makes me wonder: did Douglas
> do the same when they stretched the DC-8 to the -60 series?

Apparently, the early DC-8 series (-10 to -50) had main landing gear which
were tall enough to accommodate the stretch. This problem of needing to
extend the landing gear for a stretch was partly why Boeing abandoned the
stretched 707-700 competitor to the DC-8. Of course they were also already
designing the 747!