The Douglas DC-8 Super 62, the newest of the Douglas Aircraft Company's Super Sixty series of DC-8's, took off from the Long Beach Municipal Airport in Long Beach, California Monday (August 29) for its maiden flight.
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Background: The Douglas DC-8 Super 62, the newest of the Douglas Aircraft Company's Super Sixty series of DC-8's, took off from the Long Beach Municipal Airport in Long Beach, California Monday (August 29) for its maiden flight. The company says the plane is the world's longest rang commercial jet-liner.
The big red, an d white and blue jet took off from the field, climbed easily out over the Pacific Ocean and began a five-hour maiden flight that took it to a maximum altitude of 35-thousand feet and to speeds of up to 300 knots (mach.76 ) before it returned.
Basically, this plane is a modification of the company's DC-b jetliner and is designed to carry a full capacity pay-load of 189 passengers and luggage almost 6 thousand miles of 9-thousand-650 kilometres, greater than the distance from Los Angeles to Copenhagen, without stopping.
The most obvious design change in the new plane is in the engine pods and the pylons that attach them to the wings.
The first DC-8 Super 62 jet will be delivered to the Scandinavian Airlines System during the first quarter of 1967. SAS has ordered a total of six planes, while six other airlines including Alitalia, Japan Air Lines, Middle East Airlines, Panagra, Swissair and Union de Transports Aeriens have ordered 23 other 62's or the cargo counterpart.