Douglas DC-8 Flight Test


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In the late 1950s, Douglas Aircraft of Long Beach, made a significant marketing push to draw many of the world’s leading airlines to their new, revolutionary jet transport, the Douglas DC-8.

The Douglas DC-8 Flight Test went through a comprehensive development and flight test process, which captured on a series of promotional colour cine films that have distributed to prospective airlines between 1957 and 1959.

We were able to professionally digitize a number of these historic films to exclusively present in this show. The noted that the image quality on these 60 year old films not to the same standard that we used to in this modern age of HD. Also, some of the films experienced age related breakdown and shrinkage which were beyond our control. But we felt the historical value of the films the over-riding factor and its important that the films be made available despite their technical limitations.

These films cover all aspects of the Douglas DC-8 flight test program including ground runs, landing and take-offs, inflight fuel dump capability, stall handling, pilot handling and visibility, braking and runway handling to name just a few.

The Douglas DC-8 Flight Test prototype N8008D features prominently in all the films and to see this fabulous historic classic jet transport being put through the paces for the camera is fantastic! As an added bonus we’ve included a film on the roll out and first flight of the Douglas DC-8-61.

Douglas DC-8 Flight Test Film Includes:

Chapter 1) Introduction and Pre-Show

Chapter 2) Douglas DC-8 fabrication and factory roll-out
December 1, 1957 ( 7min colour)

Chapter 3) Douglas DC-8 runway trials and first flight
May, 1958 (15 min colour)

Chapter 4) Douglas DC-8 flight testing
October, 1958 (12 min colour)

Chapter 5) More Douglas DC-8 flight testing
October, 1958 (28 min colour)

Chapter 6) Douglas DC-8-61 roll-out and first flight
March 14, 1966 (6 min colour)

Chapter 7) TCA Vickers Viscount DVD Preview