1946 DC-8 Skybus Commercial Transport Plane Magnet

Fridge magnet pictures aviation history magnet of an early DC-8 that wasn't built
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Magnet pictures a 1946 concept illustration of the Douglas DC-8, a plane that never made it to prototyping.  The DC-8 monoplane would have had twice the passenger capacity and speed as the decade-old DC-3 it was to replace.  The twin-engine DC-8 Skybus was designed to be equipped with 12-cylinder Allison V-1710 engines and to operate on the principle of push-pull or centerline thrust.  Among the advantages was reduced propeller noise and ease of control under a wide range of flight conditions.  It also allowed a very low wing placement that simplified maintenance and passenger loading.  An article by R. E. Williams on the DC-8 website offers a full description of this original DC-8.  Speaking of the DC-3, the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, formerly the Douglas Museum and Library, recently dedicated a DC-3 monument.  A model of the 1946 DC-8 Skybus was once housed at this museum; not sure if it's still on display.

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