NASA’s DC-8 Flying Science Laboratory Returns to Flight

The DC-8 has been the workhorse of NASA’s Airborne Science Program.
Credit: NASA

The flying science laboratory takes to the skies after major maintenance and will soon prepare for the Convective Processes Experiment – Aerosols & Wind campaign.

NASA’s DC-8 aircraft returned to the skies on January 6, 2021, after more than a year of heavy 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, January 18, the aircraft departed for San Antonio, Texas, where it will remain for planned periodic depot maintenance over several months.

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