Aviation - Avions NASA-Prototypes
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The NASA DC-8 in a right bank over the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains. The former airliner is a ''dash-72'' model and has a range of 5,500 miles. The craft can stay airborne for 12 hours and has an operational speed range between 300 and 500 knots. The research flights are made at between 500 and 41,000 feet. The aircraft can carry up to 30,000 lbs of research/science payload equipment installed in 15 mission-definable spaces. In this photo, the aircraft is shown in flight from below, with the DC-8 silhouetted against a blue sky.