NASA’s DC-8 Returns to Flight

NASA’s DC-8 aircraft returned to the skies after more than a year of maintenance, which included an overhaul to all four engines. NASA operates the highly-modified Douglas DC-8 as a flying science laboratory in support of the agency’s Airborne Science program. On Monday, Jan. 18, the aircraft departed for San Antonio, Texas, where it will remain for planned periodic depot maintenance over several months.

 

 

DC-8 lifts off from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., at sunset. Credits: NASA / Carla Thomas