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Eastern DC-8-61, -63 Usage (?)  
User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2080 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3678 times:

I don't suppose there is an Eastern AL expert here who can tell me how EAL decided on the use of their stretch DC-8s in the `70s? Which routes the -61s were used on and which the -63s? As a kid I used to fly on EAL stretch-8s but I have no idea if they were -61s or -63s.

[Edited 2004-01-21 12:47:23]


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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3654 times:


Hi!

The Eastern DC-8-61's was a natural choise for them and the increase of their capacity with this airplane. The DC-8-63 was different, Eastern ordered the version DC-8-63PF and that was a hybrid passenger/cargo option plane. Let's see the 63PF had the strong floor used in the cargo version CF but it didn't have side cargo door. The Eastern option was that one day they could convert these 63PF's in cargo version without spending much money to do all the modifications. If you look now closely all those PF's eventually were modified to cargo airplanes.
Regards


User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

As a kid I flew them a few times. I have flown EA's DC-8's on ATL-JFK and LAX-ATL and that was late 60's and early '70's.  Smile


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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3478 times:

Chances were that you flew on one of EAL's 17 -61s. The 6 -63PFs were built primarily as freighters with a passenger cabin. As CV990 pointed out, all 6 -63PFs were eventually converted into full freighters. UPS I believe has these airframes now. Regards.


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User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2080 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3445 times:

Thanks !... 17-6 odds (plus the -63s PF factor) does point towards my having flown on -61s.


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User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

The EA DC-8-63s were intended for the Pacific market. EA hoped to receive the Pac routes in 1969/70 but the CAB never awarded them the routes. So EA put the DC-8-63s to use elsewhere.

User currently offlineVectorVictor From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3347 times:

I'd really like tag my request on with the original poster...just curious to know whether Eastern ever used any DC-8 model into San Antonio. The 720s were common but I've never seen a timetable with DC-8s although I do have an airport postcard showing a -61 taking off over the terminal.

User currently offlineZebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 417 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

I also flew on an EA DC-8-6? from JFK-ATL and back sevral times growing up in the 70's & early 80's.


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6842 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

FWIW, Airport Activity Statistics show the following for the year ended 30June71:

EA departures from JFK included 2762 -61s, 1931 -63
from EWR 819 -61, 242 -63
from ATL 1063 -61, 431 -63
from MIA 3632 -61, 651 -63

Suspect the public timetable and OAG didn't distinguish between -61 and -63.

As for San Antonio, they saw 12 -20 departures in 1967 scheduled service;
In 1969, 123 -20, 16 -50, 2 -61 in sched svc;
Year ended 6/71, 14 -20, 35 -61, 192 -63.


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16285 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3187 times:

I recall seeing the EA DC-8-61/63 in YYZ in the late 60's on occasion. EA routes included YYZ-PIT/PHL/MIA.....which of these routes the DC-8-60 were used on I don't know....most likely YYZ-MIA I presume.

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User currently offlineVectorVictor From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

Wow, Timz thanks for that information! That answers the question that I've long wondered about.

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7413 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3142 times:
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EAL's DC8 were primarily used for MATS charters for the DOD. The frequently flew the WRI-FRF routes.


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6842 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3054 times:

Sure nuff, the 1969 EA timetables do show one DC-8 (unspecified type) nonstop to ATL from San Antonio.

User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1607 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3043 times:

The -63s were used primarily for MAC charters to Viet Nam and back.

User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

I recall EAstern bringing the stretch 8 into PVD on a few occasions, in the early 70s. All were charters of course, but what amazed me the most was the longest runway at PVD during that time was ONLY 6,466 feet! I remember sitting in my classroom in junior high and staring out the window....I about went spastic when I suddenly saw that stretch 8 coming in on final to runway 23! There was only one other fellow student who could relate to my excitement, everyone else probably thought I was nuts! Big grin

User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

Bumping this up for the history buffs.  Smile

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