Saudi Royal Family
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 APU's, an 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.

Photos were taken at Dallas-Love Field prior to dismantling and parting-out the aircraft (thanks Mike!)

Hospital Room:
Hospital Room (second view):
Overhead operating room lights:
Recovery Room (note glass chandelier):
VIP Cabin - Center Section

VIP Cabin  - Center Section

The King's Seat
Rear Cabin seating:

Forward Cabin seating:

Forward Galley:

Registration History:
1969 United Airlines N8972U ( DC8-62)
1973 Air Jamaica 6Y-JII
12/01/1982  Cammacorp N2547R Converted to DC-8-72 w/dual APU's
1986 Brightstar Enterprises N2547R Purchased for Saudi Royal Fleet - Configured with VIP and medical interior.
03/1987 Saudi Arabian Government HZ-MS11
10/14/96 Tristar Int'l Sales HZ-TIS Parted out at Dallas Love Field - 2004