747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3569 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8652 times:
I was just looking at some old photos of UA DC-8 flying in and out of LAX in the 80's and early 90's. I remember seeing UA DC-8 also when I was a kid, I believe they all was 71 model, yes they was 71 model, because I remember how long they were. My question is what routes did UA fly there DC-8's on in the mid to late 80's and early 90's, and where did they fly to after they departed from LAX? Also did UA ever change there DC-8 62 to DC-8 72 or did they just sell the 62's?
Parisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 821 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8565 times:
hm yes I remember flying the very long DC8 of UA. At that time it was already rare, and I dont remember the route I flew with it (coudl it just be SFO to LAX) ? All I remember is thinking that it was a long airplane, the windows dont look like windows on other planes, the seatarms cannot be lifted...
RICguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8246 times:
I remember seeing a UA DC-8 in PIT back in the mid 80s. It was their late afternoon flight from ORD that arrived around 1630ish. UA operated from gates 7 and 8 on the east dock of the old Greater Pittsburgh International Airport Terminal. I saw the DC-8 several times while connecting on USAir as a child. I even recall seeing it listed in old OAG probably around 1987-88.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13070 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8180 times:
I believe my parents were on a DC-8 in the early 80's UA PDX-ORD. Their original flight was to continue to EWR, but due to the firing of the ATC people by then President Regean, they ended up at LGA, I believe on a 727.
I would suggest that they were used on major domestic trunk routes except for major transcon like from LAX, ORD, JFK.
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1995 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8135 times:
United flew the DC-81-61/71's all over the system in the 1980's, including all the routes mentioned above, and some others, including ORD-DFW after the Braniff demise. The conversions took place in 1982-84. And one of the last routes to see the 71 was LAX and SFO to OGG. The aircraft were sold by United to GPA Leasing Group, LTD during 1989-1991 and many were leased back for a short period of time, the last one being returned to GPA in January of 1992, ending 32+ plus years of DC-8 service. The short body DC-8's were retired in 1980. The -62's followed shortly thereafter. United operated the largest fleet of DC-8's, short body and the stretch. United operated 30 61/71's losing only one in an accident, all but one (which was bought used from JAL) delivered new by Douglas. They operated a total of 74 regular body DC-8's. 40 series 10 & 20's delivered originally, some of which were converted to series 50. All series 10 aircraft were either converted to series 20 or 50 except two lost in accidents, the mid air over Brooklyn and a landing accident in Denver. They received an additional Series 50's new from Douglas, and 15 Series 54 Jet Trader cargo aircraft without windows from Douglas. They also purchased 11 series 30's used, 9 from Pan Am, and 2 from SAS. Additionally, they bought 10 Series 62's new from Douglas, for a total of 115 DC-8's. Although United waited for the DC-8 and introduced them 8 months after American introduced the 707, by 1961, United was operating 38 DC-8's (40 less the two lost), 29 720-022's, and 20 Caravelle VIR's, and had the largest jet fleet of any airline in the Western World, and advertised that fact.
SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5399 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8066 times:
Quoting UnitedNRT (Reply 19): 1986-90 I used to see them when I flew the ORD-SAN/DEN-SAN stages.
Correct, plus SAN-IAD, an occasional SAN-LAX (tag-on to assorted long-hauls such as HNL and the East Coast) and, at some point in the late 70s thru late 80s, n/s SAN-HNL. Loved to see those beautiful Stretched DC-birds landing or waiting to roll on runway 27!