Re: Dumb Douglas: nee - DC-8s in service; no 707s?

Date:         21 Feb 97 01:10:42 
From:         rickydik@ix.netcom.com (RD Rick)
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In <airliners.1997.492@ohare.Chicago.COM> rparpatt@uniserve.com
(Thundercraft) writes:
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>Why did the 707 out-sell and out-last the DC-8???

Douglas killed the DC-8 to launch the DC-10.  They broke up the
DC-8 tooling and converted the factory to DC-10.  At the time, Flying
Tigers wanted to place an order for 25 DC8-6x to be delivered at any
rate DAC wanted to build them.  DAC refused, and FTL never bought
another new Douglas airplane.

Among Monumental Dumb Decisions, that ranks high.  They could still be
building DC-8s, with a modern cockpit and new autopilot.  UPS is so
taken with the DC-8 they spent big bucks to do just that.  It is
unprecedented for a new autopilot to be certified in an existing jet
transport airframe, but UPS did it.
rd