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What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8448 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?

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User currently offlineN174UA From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8442 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
My question is what routes did UA fly there DC-8's on in the mid to late 80's and early 90's

Usually between hubs and line stations. I for one flew PDX-ORD and PDX-DEN several times on DC-8s. NICE airplane!


User currently offline28thguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8445 times:

I remember SFO-IAD red-eye in 1988 or 1989.

User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2951 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8425 times:
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OAG August 1 1986 shows the following DC8s by United to LAX:

UA105 ORD
UA112 OGG
UA115 ORD
UA203 KOA-ITO
UA241 DEN
UA331 PHL-DEN
UA355 BOS-DEN
UA671 ORD
UA807 DEN
UA959 ORD
UA1109 SFO



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User currently offlineCOEWR787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 334 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8374 times:

I remember having flown on UA DC-8s from EWR to DEN several times in early to mid-80s.

User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1339 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8371 times:

I was a passenger on a UA DC-8 from Denver's old Stapleton Airport non stop to Honolulu back in the 80's. Can't remember the exact date though.
They were a common site here in Hawaii back then.

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User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 820 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8361 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...

User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8337 times:
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March 1987 flew UA DC-8 SFO-SJC-ORD, with about a 50 min turn in SJC and arrived ORD near 0500.


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User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1527 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8319 times:

They used them DTW-ORD as well in the 80's. I think even as late as 88.

I just need to add this.....GO TIGERS!!!! and congrats on your win over the Yankees!!!!

[Edited 2006-10-08 01:35:30]


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User currently offlineMats From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 610 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8196 times:

I flew on the United DC-8 from Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare in--I think--1987. The flight continued onward to Seattle.

User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8188 times:
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Quoting DTW757 (Reply 8):
I just need to add this.....GO TIGERS!!!! and congrats on your win over the Yankees!!!!

I'll second that.

My parents and I lived in Denver 1980-1990 and my dad and I flew on UA DC-8s to LAX several times.



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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6707 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8179 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
Also did UA ever change there DC-8 62 to DC-8 72 or did they just sell the 62's?

No airline flew DC-8-72s, did they? Anyway United didn't.

One surprising DC-8 route in the 1980s was LGB-ORD-- two a day as I recall.


User currently offlineQFSYD744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8125 times:

From personal experience:

November 1989~

Honolulu to San Francisco
San Francisco to Miami

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8092 times:

I flew one BDL to ORD.......


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User currently offlineRICguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8042 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.

User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4947 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8037 times:

Remember a DC-8 out of Vegas to either SFO or LAX. Or maybe it was out of SFO, LAX to PDX. Not sure though. I do remember the DC-8 out of Vegas for sure in the late 1980's or early 1990's.


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User currently offlineQFSYD744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8037 times:

Add the following routes:

Portland - Denver
Sacramento - Denver
Reno - Denver


User currently offlineKL642 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 350 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8019 times:

I flew a UA DC-8 in 1985 from DEN-JFK.

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8005 times:

ANC-HNL until 1989 I think . . . could be 88.

User currently offlineUnitedNRT From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 284 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7976 times:

1986-90 I used to see them when I flew the ORD-SAN/DEN-SAN stages.


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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12878 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7976 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.


User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1941 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7931 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.

User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5223 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7862 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!


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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7516 times:

Back in 1988 I flew ORD-SEA on a UAL DC-8.

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7476 times:

I think they were used on FLL runs as well as MIA runs.

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25 AirEMS : I see alot of DEN routes how was the 8 at taking off during hot & high conditions? Fly & Work Safe -Carl Go Tigers! (Since my Braves didn't make it th
26 Lijnden : I have flown the DC-8 many times. I always remembered that it was a spacious aircraft with a lot of legroom. Does anybody maybe remember the seat-pitc
27 Ilsapproach : DEN-MSP til maybe '86 approx. 6 pm arr @ MSP Mike @ MSP
28 Nycaross : I flew JFK to PDX with intermediate stop in SLC on UA stretch DC-8 in 1979.
29 SR 103 : July 1991 Boston - San Francisco My one and only DC-8 experience. SR 103
30 777fan : My first and only DC-8 (-71 I think) flight was from ORD-LAX via LAS in 1985 or so. Distinct memories include the ridiculously spread out windows and
31 AlanCHS : I remember seeing United DC-8s in San Francisco from our TWA 707 in May 1971. Those were the days...
32 UAL747 : I could be VERY wrong, but I swear to God that I flew a DC-8 from TUL-DEN/LAX back in the early 80's. Like around 1983. UAL
33 TVNWZ : My first flight ever was on a UA DC8 in 1974. Charter from MKE>PSP. I took a regular scheduled DC8 in 1976 from MKE>SFO>MKE.
34 Post contains links and images NWOrientDC10 : http://www.geocities.com/departing1983/index.html Here is some information about this. Good Day Russell
35 EWRCabincrew : I took one from MIA-FLL-DEN. Damn long ass aircraft.
36 Isitsafenow : Yep...and ORD-MCO too...flew the pencil a few times from ORD to Florida, DTW and CLE. safe
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