• Review: Aerosoft - Douglas DC-8

    Flight Dynamics

    The DC-8 was controlled with direct cable linkage and was a very heavy aircraft to control. This is nicely simulated in the Aerosoft add-on, and the result is an aircraft that can be rather sluggish to control at times. Its massive wings generated a lot of lift, and as a consequence, without proper trimming, you'll be left fighting the pitch!

    The DC-8 had no autothrottle, so pitch, speed and altitude management is key. The higher you climb, the harder it is to gain speed and as a result, increases the chance of a stall (something I found out the hard way!). Above 38,000 feet, I found the DC-8 almost impossible to climb at anything more than 200 fpm, and once at its service ceiling of 42,000 feet, it basically wouldn't do any more (not without speed becoming critically low).

    Aerosoft - Douglas DC-8     Aerosoft - Douglas DC-8

    When it comes to your first few landings, expect the aircraft to float before you get accustomed to its behavior. As mentioned above, the wings generate a lot of lift, and as a result, you need to time your flare perfectly, or else you'll find yourself gliding halfway down the runway! Speed brakes were not operable during flight, so to slow the aircraft down, you would have to operate the reverse thrust. While this would never get certified today, it was something that the DC-8 originally did as part of its speed management.

    Overall, the DC-8 gives you a different experience when flying, and is one that I have very much enjoyed!

    Opinion And Closing Remarks

    I have to say, I have very much enjoyed my time with Aerosoft's DC-8, as it's a fun aircraft to fly, even if it does seem overly challenging on the first few flights.

    Now that I have gotten the hang of many of its features, flying the DC-8 is very rewarding and fun! There's no FMC, no autothrottle, no altitude hold...yes...this is real flying, as they used to say!

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    Priced at $42.99, the DC-8 is also far from the most expensive aircraft add-on for FSX and P3D. Aerosoft have also kindly provided installers for both FSX and P3D, which is nice to see (doesn't make use of the infamous 'P3D tax' that some developers use). This fact alone, definitely makes the DC-8 a highly attractive purchase, especially if you enjoy flying this type of aircraft in both simulators!

    As I have said throughout this review, if you're into the early days of jetliners and want an aircraft which faithfully models the systems of the time, then this is definitely an aircraft worth exploring. Likewise, if you're a modern heavy metal flyer who's thinking about delving into something a little older, then here too, the DC-8 becomes highly attractive.

    Flying the Aerosoft DC-8 has been an absolute joy, and is an aircraft I highly recommend flying!

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    FlightSim.Com Award of Excellence
    Because of our reviewer's outstanding findings, FlightSim.Com gives the Aerosoft Douglas DC-8 our Award of Excellence

    The Technical Bit

    Minimum Requirements

    • Flight Simulator
      • Lockheed Martin Prepar3D V4
      • Microsoft Flight Simulator X
    • Operating System (64 bit)
      • Windows 7
      • Windows 8
      • Windows 10
    • Computer
      • 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: 1920x1080 (Full HD) or higher

    Review PC Spec

    • Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition
    • Windows 10 Professional
    • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 6700K Processor
    • 16 GB RAM
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 745
    Aerosoft - Douglas DC-8


    Michael Hayward

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    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Well done Michael; a highly informative review of an old classic!

      Thank you for making time in your busy schedule to write this one up, it's very much appreciated, and I hope you receive plenty of feedback regarding your findings.

    1. Metthos's Avatar
      Metthos -
      Thank you for this interesting review. I prefer modern jets but your evaluation makes me curious to try an old bird.
    1. AlyMac's Avatar
      AlyMac -
      Great review. The 8 was always one of my favourites.
    1. mscoull's Avatar
      mscoull -
      Would anyone know how this compares to the Just Flight DC8.They have a nice aircraft but the fuel system seems to play up when you get to about 50%..Hard to understand the cross fuel system..
    1. tailspin45's Avatar
      tailspin45 -
      DC-8 went supersonic in 1961 (on purpose) and also set an altitude record at just over 50,000 feet.

      Douglas press release and test pilot notes here.
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