The Douglas DC-8 was one of the aircraft that brought long distance air travel to the masses. It made transatlantic air travel possible for a much larger group of people, thus making the world a much smaller place. Commercially it was successful up to 1972 when wide bodied aircraft like the B747 took over its place. There were many variants and once in a blue moon you still see the “Old Smokey” carry cargo. Old Smokey was just one of the many nicknames the aircraft was given by pilots that loved flying them. DC Late, Greasy8, Death Cruiser, Whiney Bird and Cigarette Jets were others.
For a long time, we lacked these important aircraft in our simulators but this add-on adds a version to your virtual hangar that is not only looking and sounding good, but also offers a good system depth. Every real pilot will enjoy navigating by VOR and NDB and manually managing the four finicky power plants. It is hard work but the DC-8 will reward you with great handling.
It’s time to forget about MCDU, FMS and FADEC and go back to real flying, complete with instruments with needles and a sturdy but steady hand on the throttles and stick.
- Simulation of a 50 series DC-8 passenger airliner with a focus on normal procedures
- 3D model of the exterior with animated flight surfaces, reversers, landing gear, four exits and two cargo doors
- Virtual cockpit model with detailed simulation of instruments and controls at the pilot’s, first officer’s, and flight engineer’s positions
- In-depth simulation of more than 10 aircraft systems
- Visual rain effects on cockpit windows using TrueGlass technology by TFDi
- P3D V4 version includes dynamic landing, taxi, and ground floodlights that illuminate objects
- Cockpit lighting including main panel, pedestal, and engineer’s panel floodlights, dome light, panel back lighting, and instrument gauge lighting
- Instrument gauge lighting has four selectable levels of intensity
- Engine and other sounds by Turbine Sound Studios including start-up external air cart sound
- Radar display showing terrain with three ranges selectable
- Loader utility to add and remove passengers, cargo and fuel
- Detailed engine simulation with accurate EPR readings to set power for takeoff, climb and cruise
- Detailed performance tables to determine V speeds, power settings, takeoff trim, manoeuvre and stall speeds, and more
- Custom icing code will cause airframe ice accumulation to increase drag and degrade lift while de-icing will gradually remove effects of ice
- INS waypoints may be manually inserted, or simply by loading a standard FSX flight plan
- INS simulation is very detailed with random drift, DME updating, realistic or fast alignment and more
- A cold and dark state is available at any time using the pop-up loader utility
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X (SP2), FSX: Steam Edition or Lockheed Martin Prepar3D V4
- Microsoft Windows 7 / 8 / 10 (64 bit)
- CPU: Dual-Core with 2.6 GHz (Quad Core highly recommended)
- RAM: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics card: 3 GB VRAM, DirectX 11
- Disk space: 1.1 GB free disk space (SSD highly recommended)
- Resolution: 1920×1080 (Full HD) or higher
- Download-Size: 350 MB (FSX/FSX:SE) and 410 MB (P3D V4)
Changes In V18.104.22.168 (Prepar3D Only)
- Added cargo model and associated liveries: United, Fine Air, LAC, AIA.
- Added gsx.cfg files for passenger and cargo versions in the DC-8_50 folder. You must rename the files to switch to the cargo version.
- Updated paint kit for cargo version.
- Further improved tank selection initiation.
- Fixed reverser animation so they will not animate when engine not running.
- Connected take off warning to engine three throttle in addition to engine one.
- Corrected fuel pressure gauges so boost pumps don’t create pressure from empty tanks.
- Fixed fuel flow gauges to not show fuel flow before valves turned on during start.
- Added pop-up for control of external air, external electrical power, and cargo doors. “Shift 5” to access.
- Updated loader pop-up to accommodate both passenger and cargo variants.
- Changed clocks from local time to GMT.
- Changed heading select coding to allow external nav apps to control aircraft heading.
- Fixed bug causing hydraulic problems when cold and dark flight saved.
- Corrected animation of PT probe heaters switch and associated text on overhead.
Note: Includes v1.00 for FSX and v22.214.171.124 for Prepar3D v4.
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