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

Date:         01 Mar 97 02:44:56 
From:         FilipPC.DeVos@rug.ac.be (Filip De Vos)
Organization: University of Ghent, Belgium
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RD Rick (rickydik@ix.netcom.com) wrote:
: In <airliners.1997.492@ohare.Chicago.COM> rparpatt@uniserve.com
: (Thundercraft) writes:
: >
: >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.

Was the CFM allready in the works then? I remember reading in a story
about SPANTAX, a Spanish charter airline, that they were planning to
re-fan their Super sixties, should the offer be made, but I think that
was with the JTD8? Memory is tenuous.

: 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.

In addition, the fuselage could have become a major part of a new
airliner with two modern, high-bypass engines, sort of a 757 avant la
lettre.
(There was talk about McDonnel-Douglass cooperating with Dassault to offer
the Mercure as a DC-9 replacement)

Add a DC-10 derivate with the central engine chopped off and the forward
fuselage shortened.....

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