747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1202 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3143 times:
My curiosity was aroused when I saw this: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UPS9415
This UPS DC-8 was headed to Roswell Intl. Air Center this morning - I wonder why? Are they actually beginning to phase out their DC-8's? I know they're retiring their 727's, but I thought the DC-8's were going to be staying a bit longer, longer than the 747 classics, which are next down the list in terms of retirement.
747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1202 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2828 times:
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 1): Maybe they're going in for maintenance and/or a new paintjob? ROW has a paintshop where at least US frequently sends its Airbus for a new paintjob.
It maybe was maintenance, although I believe all of UPS' DC-8's have the newish livery (it flew practically right overhead, so I couldn't see the paint job); none of the 747 classics do, almost half of the A300's don't (some were delivered right before the new livery came out), and a couple 757's don't. I do know that they've shrunk their fleet of Super 70's a bit over the years down to about 32 from a high of over 50, so maybe they were retiring the particular bird that I saw takeoff at school this morning (I can't help but look up when I hear that distinctive growl of those 4 quiet CFM's). But hopefully it was just for maintenance, as it would be sad to see another DC-8 go to the boneyard!
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13555 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2659 times:
Don't forget they lost one of the DC-8's at PHL a year or so ago in a fire started by shorted computer batteries that were cargo. Lucky that happened just before landing there and went big after landing. It led to a total loss of that proud bird. Sometimes they visit EWR too. Something about those old DC-8's (and almost any DC/MD aircraft) that just looks good. They were also so overengineered that their lifespans can be measured in human generations, not just 1. Let's just hope that this bird still has a lot of hours left in it before that final too expensive check that will cause it to be wfu and become parts for other DC-8's or beer cans.