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Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?  
User currently offlineTallguy14 From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 228 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4752 times:
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Wondering if there are any passenger airlines still flying DC-8s....would love to fly on one before they're all gone. My guess is an airline in Central America or South America.


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Or is it too late to find one?

Cheers--Jeff

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User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7195 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

I think it is too late, the only option is via a few airforces here and there.

User currently offlineBrido From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4644 times:

Air Transport International in the USA...ATI

They do lots of charter flying but most of it is military, I think...

Not sure if you have to be in the service to fly on these planes. They may do other kinds of flying but I don't know for sure...

Good luck!


User currently offlineAY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 505 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

I believe that some all-cargo airlines still fly the DC8. The DC8-62/63 series was re-engined some years ago (example UA and DL), upgraded to DC8-70 series with the new engines, and I think those are the ones flying the cargo routes now, even at that they may also have been phased out. They were a wonderful aircraft, about the same size as the Boeing 707, but the thing I like was the large windows. The window, at the bottom, was almost at a level with the armest on the seat. The only drawback to that was, I guess because it would weaken the frame to have more windows, the windows were fewer and farther apart, so a few rows would have no window at all, mostly in later years when airlines started putting in more seats.


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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5168 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4603 times:

I don't think ATI has any all-passenger DC8s left, but they do have at least two DC8-62s configured as combis, with 10 pallet positions in front and room for 32 coach passengers in the rear, behind a barrier. I know that these are used by the AMC (military), but I have seen some photos of at least one used on a rock group's world tour -- equipment up front, band and roadies in the rear, I guess.

You can find a bunch of interior and exterior photos of the combis under the "Photo Gallery" tab on ATI's web site at http://www.airtransport.cc/atimain.htm

They also have some fleet stats on the site. I notice that the difference in fuel burn between the -62s and the -71s is 300 gal per hour. No wonder that reengining seemed like a good idea for those DC8 freighters that fly a lot!


User currently offlineTallguy14 From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4396 times:
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Thanks everyone for the info!

Jeff


User currently offlineIDAWA From Italy, joined Aug 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4341 times:

Maybe Airevents.de will help us?

I-DAWA



Flown on: 319, 320, 321, 340, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC9, D10, M11, M80, 146, EM2, BEH, CRJ, DH8, L4T.
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4328 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4174 times:

Quoting IDAWA (Reply 6):
Maybe Airevents.de will help us?

They tried !
Early this year they had contracted a VIP DC-8-72 to fly, but it was quite pricy (around 500 euro/dollar a person) so they couldn't find the 80 persons needed and cancelled. Pity, a DC-8 flight would be a dream coming true.



nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineYULtoPEI From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4060 times:

Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 4):
You can find a bunch of interior and exterior photos of the combis under the "Photo Gallery" tab on ATI's web site at http://www.airtransport.cc/atimain.htm

very interresting
thank's a lot



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