Boeing 707 Douglas DC-8 and Vickers Vc10 (Legends of the Air)

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9781875671366: Boeing 707 Douglas DC-8 and Vickers Vc10 (Legends of the Air)

The sixth volume in the Legends of the Air Series, Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8 and Vickers VC10 studies in depth three pioneering long range jet airliners responsible for shrinking the globe, plus the military KC-135 members of the Boeing 707, an aircraft which paved the way for Boeing's commercial airliner success.

In turn this books looks at the diverse Boeing 707 family, ranging from the many 707 airliner variants, to the medium range 720 airliner, KC-135 Stratotanker (more than 700 were built) and the many 707 military developments such as the E-3 Sentry AWACS; the story of the Douglas DC-8, a very competent and well liked airliner but as a program one that nearly bankrupted Douglas and led to the merger with McDonnell; and the Vickers VC10, a considerable technical achievement whose sales were hamstrung by unique design requirements and poor timing.

Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8 and Vickers VC10 features around 70,000 words of text, hundreds of photographs, 48 specifically commissioned color sideview drawings, technical drawings, specification and production tables, and more.

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The First SST

A Conway powered DC-8-43 destined for service with Canadian Pacific (and painted in the airline's colours) made history on 21 August 1961 when it became the first transport aircraft to exceed the speed of sound.

In standard trim apart from the special test equipment installed for the flight, the DC-8 (which had the extended leading edges fitted) reached Mach 1.012 at 41,088ft (12,524m) during a dive from 52,090ft (15,877m) - itself a record for airliners - to 36,000ft (10,973m) where recovery was affected. The aircraft reached its highest true airspeed of 662.5mph (1,066.2km/h) during the recovery.

The flight was conceived and commanded by Douglas test pilot Bill Magruder (who had been in the right hand seat on the DC-8's maiden flight) and crewed by Paul Patten and flight test engineers Joe Tomich and Richard Edwards. It was accompanied by two 'chase' aircraft, an F-104 Starfighter with especially calibrated instruments and an F-100 Super Sabre from the USAF Flight Test Centre which acted as a camera ship. Ground tracking facilities were provided as the DC-8 performed its supersonic dive over the Askania Tracking Range at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Maximum power was used throughout the sortie including during pullout, and interestingly, there was no airframe buffet during acceleration through the transonic region. This did occur during the deceleration period, however.

The DC-8 suffered no ill effects from its historic flight and was delivered to Canadian Pacific in November 1961, with which it logged over 70,000 hours before it was retired and sold for scrap in 1980.

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