Historical Fleet

Douglas DC-8-40|50|60|70

The Douglas DC-8 was one of the first commercial, long range jets manufactured.

When Trans-Canada Air Lines introduced DC-8's on transcontinental routes on April 1, 1960 and overseas on June 1, 1960, it cut flying time by nearly 50 per cent. The powerful jet aircraft was equipped with the latest navigational and radar technology allowing it to operate at altitudes of between 30,000 and 35,000 feet. Powered by four Rolls-Royce Conway engines, the sleek jet was capable of carrying a load of 133 passengers (including crew) at speeds of more than 550 mph across Canada.

Modifications to the original aircraft and subsequent generations made it possible for this airplane to remain an acclaimed member of the TCA/Air Canada Passenger fleet over a 23-year span to 1983.

In November, 1983 the first of six aircraft was reintroduced into service as a Cargo plane following re-engining to conform to new environmental specifications.

Technical characteristics

Douglas DC-8-40|50|60

Code de l'horaire 142
Period of use 1960-1983
Engines Four Pratt & Whitney JT3 D-7.
Seats (typical) 133 to 205 depending on model
Cruise speed 530 m.p.h. (853 k.p.h.)
Range (full passengers) 3375 Statute Miles (5431 k.)                

Douglas DC-8-70

Period of use 1983-1994
Engines Four General Electric/Snecma CFM 56-2
Seats (typical) Nil - Cargo only
Cruise speed 530 m.p.h. (853 k.p.h.)
Range (full passengers) 4000 Statute Miles (6400 k.)