FAT5DEP From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 120 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5751 times:
Ahhhh, beat me to it!!! It's nice to reflect on the brighter spots in history given the current state of the industry.
Before a crowd of approximately 95,000 people at Long Beach, CA, Ship One roared into the air at an airspeed of 128 knots using only 3,250 feet of runway. N8008D was the tail number and spent 2 hours and 7 minutes in the air performing test mostly over the Pacific Ocean. Can anyone guess what the 2 planes were that accompanied the first flight? After 50 years the DC-8 has been stretched, modified inside and out and has had several engine changes and is still plowing the skies proudly.
From a personal recollection, one of my favorite memories was when my dad (who was a pilot for United and probably flew every DC-8 United had) and I flew on a DC-8 back in the 80's from SFO-BOS-IAD-SFO all in one day just for the sole purpose of flying on the DC-8.
So a round of beers for everyone and lets lift our glasses to the mighty DC-8 and to those who built them, maintained them and flew them and continue to do so. Longevity and endurance will remain the hallmark of Donald Douglas' first jetliner.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
LongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4564 posts, RR: 36 Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5679 times:
I have to agree.
My Dad flew the DC-8s as well, the -40s, -50s and -60s, but went to bigger planes before the -70s arrived. When I was 13, he had me issued a complete set of DC-8 manuals which I learned from cover to cover to cover ... shoot, what a geek!
To me it was the epitome of an era gone past.
Imagine a 16 seat First Class section with two lavs, a dedicated galley and a stand up bar and 5 seat lounge.
Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23221 posts, RR: 23 Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5357 times:
Quoting N6801 (Thread starter): But today does mark the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-8 and that has to be worthy of mention.
It's sad that the first DC-8 ("Ship One") wasn't preserved in a museum rather than being scrapped after spending quite a few years in the desert after being retired by AM, it's last operator.
After Douglas was finished with it, including coversion from -11 to -51 to certify the first turbofan model, it was refurbished and went into airline service. Apart from several short-term leases it spent about 12 years with DL and finally about 7 years with AM.
Photos of "Ship One" with several of its operators (National and Trans International missing). It was also the only passenger DC-8 to appear in LH livery during a 6 or 7 month lease in 1965.
The DC-8 has always been my favorite jet airliner. I feel fortunate to have flown on almost every model from the -10 to the re-engined -71 on about 10 airlines. My first DC-8 flight was on an AC (then TCA) DC-8-40 YEG-YVR in 1963 (my first flight on a jet) and my last flight was on a UA DC-8-71 EWR-SEA a year or two before UA retired the type.
JetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1421 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4716 times:
Did anyone notice on the 1st picture of this thread the Antennas? facing forward on each wingtip. I could not imagine them staying on without getting broken off.... But this was my favorite plane.. i can still feel the wings flopping in turbulence and felt safer in this plane than any others.. Dl i believe had the 63 model in the end. but i had an odd freight come in one day and it was a dc-55. I was not familiar with this plane but it had seen its better days and this was in the 80,s