The McDonnell Douglas DC-8 54 55F is a medium-to-long haul cargo aircraft capable of transporting 41,000 kg via an internal pallet system. Cargo pallets require a high-loader to access its main deck.
Aircraft History and Features
As of July 2018, one DC-8 remains in commercial service. In addition, several DC-8s are in use as private aircraft along with one in use by NASA for air quality testing as of October 2017. As of 2017, Skybus Cargo Charters based in Las Vegas, Nevada lists three DC-8 Super 70 series aircraft in its fleet including a DC-8-72 in VIP passenger configuration, a DC-8-72CF combi aircraft capable of transporting both passengers and cargo on the main deck and a DC-8-73F cargo aircraft.
Disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, based in North Carolina, also operates a DC-8 for flying disaster relief supplies and staff.
Aircraft of similar role, configuration and era: Boeing 707, de Havilland Comet, Convair 990, Ilyushin Il-62, Shanghai Y-10, Tupolev Tu-114, Vickers VC10.