HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1324 posts, RR: 17 Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6700 times:
I believe it was Hawaiian Airlines. I was a crew member aboard Hawaiian's last flight utilizing a DC-8 aircraft. It was a MAC charter flight from Diego Garcia (a tiny island in the Chagos archipelago in the Central Indian Ocean) to Los Angeles with stops in Singapore, Guam, and Honolulu. This was in April of 1993.
It was a sad day in my career, and I remember it well. I loved that airplane!
HNL-AKL Starts March 2013, HNL-SDJ starts June 2013, HNL-TPE Starts July 2013
StevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6640 times:
I'm pretty sure you're right, safe...it was '91 when the DC-8's left the UA fleet...a fine aircraft that will be sadly missed, along with the DC-10. But, the economics weren't there anymore, I'm afraid.
Many happy memories flying PDX-ORD, PDX-DEN, PDX-SFO on DC-8's. My first flight ever was late July 1973 when I was a mere three weeks old...a UA DC-8-62 from SFO-ORD. I've been hooked on flying ever since!
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3623 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6211 times:
Quoting American 767 (Reply 15): Didn't Delta also have DC-8's? They flew those for a long time, I don't know when the last one at Delta was retired, but I do remember they were still flying them out of ATL in the late 80's.
They retired the last of their DC-8s in 1988. I think a lot of their newer ones went to UPS.
Type-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4348 posts, RR: 20 Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6150 times:
Back in the 60's and 70's EA, DL & NW were the predominant carriers from ORD to Florida. Before the widebodies arrived DL used to advertise their "super jets" to Florida and at the bottom of the advert you'd see a DC8-63. For awhile there is was a very competitive market!
In 74' I flew on a stretch DC-8 to ATL from ORD for a job interview with DL.
NW flew 707's & 720's.
EA flew 727's and DC-9 Whisperjets.
I too miss those DC-8's. When you were spooling up for takeoff, you just knew that you were really going somewhere! Also, the last plane I was on to actually have curtains in the windows!
Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
B52murph From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 233 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6127 times:
There used to be pics (I thought on this website) of the last scheduled UA DC-8 flight....LAX to either KOA or OGG, not sure which, in 1991 or early `92. If I remember it right, the flight was delayed by some four hours for a mechanical problem.
Here's a big question...when did EA retire their DC-8s? I know they had them for most of the `60s and at least part of the `70s, but am pretty sure they went out well before DL and UA retired the type. Anyone know last flight info?
PGV From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 124 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6039 times:
My dad flew every version of the DC-8 for Capitol, United, and UPS racking up around 11,000 hours in them. Used to love to hear the stories of #2 / #3 reversers deployed for descent and no "big eraser" (speed brakes). Even after 12 years on every 747 model, he always considered the DC-8-71 to be the Ferrari in the sky, and the -61 was the underpowered "Lead Sled".
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1855 posts, RR: 7 Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5959 times:
Delta and United introduced the DC-8 in September, 1959. The DL flight between IDL and ATL actually took off first, so DL got to be the first airline to fly the Eight. Other US airlines that fly the regular length fuselage DC-8 were NW, NA, EA, PA, Panagra, and BN, as well as post deregulation carriers like QF. BN, UA, HA and some other late entrants operated the DC-8-62. The 61-63/71-73 were operated by UA, DL, EA, and NA. The eight was also flown by Supplementals such as Trans International, Oversea National, World, and Flying Tigers in charter service. United was the last major carrier to operate the Stretch 8, a -71, in 1991. Delta sold theirs to UPS a few years before. As we all know, UPS and other cargo carriers still fly the stretch Eight although I have read that UPS is in the process of retiring theirs. The last DC-8 was built in 1972, some 34 years ago. Not a bad record for an aircraft finished 2nd to the 707 in sales and never made money for Douglas.
777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2402 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5939 times:
Quoting B52murph (Reply 13): Quite correct....recent scan of AMC charters shows them used in the south pacific in a PAX/cargo config. No idea what the service is like...
I've seen the ATI MAC charter DC-8s here at HNL. It appears that the passenger "cabin" is located at the rear of the aircraft. No idea how many pax it could hold but, based on the number of windows (8 or 9), I'd say about 40-45 tops.
I, too, can recall the good ol days (mid 80s) of riding a UA DC-8 from ORD-LAX via LAS.