Date: 05 Jun 99 02:09:24 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Deja.com - Share what you know. Learn what you don't. References: 1
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email@example.com (George M. Gumbert III) wrote: > Does anybody know if Douglas ever considered making a shorter, lighter > version of the original DC-8 like Boeing did in evolving the 720 from > the 707? This could have swayed DC-8 operators like Eastern and > United away from the 720 as well as put even more pressure on Convair > (as if things were not tough enough for them). I don't recall any consideration of a shorter DC-8, unless you count the original DC-9 proposal, which was for a four-engined aircraft that looked very much like a DC-8 (I don't recall if it would have kept the DC-8's fuselage, and since I'm travelling cannot check Terry Waddington's excellent DC-9 book). In the early years of the DC-8, Douglas offered five different models, but all had the same fuselage length: DC-8-10 (original delivery version), -20 (higher gross weight), -30 (first longer-range version), - 40 (RR conway engines), and -50 (fan engines). Stefano Pagiola --- My opinions alone Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ Share what you know. Learn what you don't.