Re: DC-8 spoilers

Date:         17 Jan 99 02:37:21 
From:         "Russ Farris" <russf@prodigy.net>
Organization: Prodigy Services Corp
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I noticed the discussion about DC-8 inflight reverse. As a former DC-8 pilot
with about 4,500 in type, I can count on one hand the times I used it! But
effective however. ALL series, from the -11 to the -73 used inboard reverse
inflight, not just the -50s and 60s. Since the DC-8 did not use wing
spoilers as speedbrakes, reverse was required to meet emergency descent
requirements. In fact with an inboard reverser inop, the MEL had an altitude
restriction for this very reason, which I can't remember off-hand (too many
airplanes flown since). Long live the mighty DC-8! Russ Farris