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IceBridge - Aircraft: NASA DC-8 Airborne Laboratory

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NASA DC-8 Airborne Laboratory

DC-8 taking off

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NASA's DC-8 lifts off from Dryden Aircraft Operations facility in Palmdale, California. Credit: NASA/Tony Landis


NASA's DC-8, based at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California, is a modified jetliner that supports instruments used to collect data for field research. Some instruments on the DC-8 complement measurements made by satellites, providing a close up look at specific regions, while other instruments are intended only for aircraft.

The DC-8 has made Arctic and Antarctic IceBridge campaign flights in 2009-2010 and the Antarctic 2011 campaign. It will not be used during the Arctic 2012 March-May field campaign.

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Page Last Updated: March 14th, 2014
Page Editor: Holly Zell