Former Head of State Aircraft
Douglas S/N 46084, Fuselage 473
One of the most unique
and elite DC-8's ever operated. Due to a history of heart related
medical problems in the Royal family, the aircraft was purchased
and converted into a VIP hospital ship to fly non-stop from Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia to heart specialists in Cleveland, Ohio. The DC-8
complimented a Boeing 747SP that was also converted to a hospital
ship a few years earlier for the late King Khalid.
Equipped with dual
auxiliary 30,000 pound fuel tank in an aft cargo pit, beefed up
brakes, hospital equipment and the amenities of royalty, this was
the heaviest DC-8 ever to be certified. Maximum start of take off
weight was 362,500 lbs.
were taken at Dallas-Love Field prior to dismantling and
parting-out the aircraft (thanks Mike!)