DC-8

DC-8 flight engineer recalls when he and his pilot hand-flew the aircraft for 4 hours after its autopilot failed

DC-8 flight engineer recalls when he and his pilot hand-flew the aircraft for 4 hours after its autopilot failed

The autopilot An autopilot is a system used to control the path of an aircraft. It is often an integral… Read More

3 months ago

Concorde wasn’t the first Airliner to Break the Sound Barrier: how the DC-8 became the first commercial transport to go supersonic

The first airliner to go supersonic wasn’t the famous Concorde, which wouldn’t break the sound barrier until an October ’69… Read More

1 year ago

The story of United Airlines Flight 173, the plane crash that launched the crew resource management revolution in airline training

The crash of United Airlines Flight 173 led the airline industry as a whole to adopt Crew Resource Management (CRM).… Read More

3 years ago

The Story of the Concorde Supersonic Airliner that Chased a Solar Eclipse and set a World Record

Concorde 001 was specially modified with rooftop portholes for the mission, and is currently on display with the Solar Eclipse mission livery… Read More

4 years ago

That Time Tex Johnston Barrel Rolled Boeing 367-80 (AKA Boeing 707 Prototype)

Boeing’s 367-80, nicknamed the “Dash 80” was scheduled to perform a simple flyover, but Tex Johnston instead performed a barnstormer… Read More

5 years ago

Supersonic DC-8, i.e. the Concorde wasn’t the first Airliner to Break the Sound Barrier

Chuck Yeager, the first person to ever go supersonic in 1947, escorted the DC-8 during its supersonic flight in an… Read More

5 years ago