Voodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2163 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4166 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.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4142 times:
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.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3966 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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VectorVictor From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3835 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.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3675 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.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3488 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!