|N6162A Douglas DC-8-63
1/144 Scale Minicraft
|Airlift International was founded as Riddle Airlines by John Paul Riddle in 1945 in Miami,
Florida as a charter and freight airline. In 1965, it became Airlift International. In 1968, Airlift
Intl. expanded and acquired Slick Airways.
The freight schedule was augmented by charter flights to South America and the military but by
1981 Airlift International went into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy for reorganization. Following the
reorganization the DC-8-54, the Fairchild FH-227 and the Fokker F.27 were used.
Due to financial problems during 1990 and 1991, Airlift International ceased operations in 1991
|The Douglas DC-8 is one of the earliest jet powered commercial passenger aircraft. In the decade
following its maiden flight, the DC-8 established commercial transport world records for speed,
altitude, distance and payload.
The Series 63 was the final new build variant of the DC-8 and entered service in June 1968. It had
the long fuselage of the -61, the aerodynamic refinements and increased fuel capacity of the -62
and 19,000 lb (85.1 kN) JT3D-7 engines. This allowed a maximum take off weight of 350,000
pounds (158,760 kg) and a range with full payload of 4,110 nautical miles (7,610 km; 4,730 mi).
Like the -62 available as a cargo door equipped -63CF or all cargo -63AF. The freighters had a
further increase in mtow to 355,000 pounds (161,030 kg). Eastern Airlines bought 6 -63PFs with
the strengthened floor of the freighters but no cargo door. 41 DC-8-63s were built, plus 53 -63CF,
7 -63AF and the 6 -63PFs.