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User currently offlineKDCA From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 132 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7497 times:

I've always been fascinated by these birds and their long service with UA both as -61s and -71s.

Does anyone recall the routes these aircraft flew, particularly as -71s before retirement in the early 90s.

Thanks

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User currently offlineENCRJ From Italy, joined Nov 2004, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7500 times:

I've flown one of them SFO-DEN in the summer of 1990. Very nice.  Smile

User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 6016 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7480 times:



Quoting KDCA (Thread starter):
Does anyone recall the routes these aircraft flew, particularly as -71s before retirement in the early 90s.

I was on quite a few SEA-ORD DC-8 flights.



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User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7438 times:

UA used them on the "Royal Hawaiian" flights ORD-HNL back in the 60's and 70's. They had special gates decorated in an Hawaiian theme and would park the plane sideways, rather than straight in so they could board through two jetways. These gates were back in the old UA concourse before the current building was built. They were right where the concourse divided into two.

User currently offlineJlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7395 times:
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Quoting ENCRJ (Reply 1):


I've flown one of them SFO-DEN in the summer of 1990.

I also experienced a trip from SFO-DEN on a DC-8.



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User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 751 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7396 times:

A UA pilot friend of mine loved the -8s except that the max bank angle during flare/touchdown was drastically reduced after the CFM-reengining (-71).


Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineFX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7305 times:

I know there was a time once in a while that I would see a UAL DC87 at ONT but I don't really know where it was going to or coming from, this was around the late 80's around the time that AA would fly DC10's into ONT during the summer months.

FX1816


User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2473 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7279 times:
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In '87 ,I flew a red-eye SFO-SJC-ORD.


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User currently offlineADent From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1390 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7280 times:

I flew ORD-HNL and ORD-PDX back in the 80's.

User currently offlineN49WA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7255 times:



Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 3):
UA used them on the "Royal Hawaiian" flights ORD-HNL back in the 60's and 70's. They had special gates decorated in an Hawaiian theme and would park the plane sideways, rather than straight in so they could board through two jetways. These gates were back in the old UA concourse before the current building was built. They were right where the concourse divided into two.

Were these the '-8's that had "Super 8 to the Aloha State" painted above the cheatline?


User currently offlineASE747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7180 times:

I was lucky enough to sit first class on IAD-SAN back in the summer of '90


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User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7178 times:

In 1986 I flew a UA DC-8 on a routing LAX-OGG-LIH.

User currently offlineIndyWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7111 times:

I was on one ORD-IAD in the late 80s I believe. I was routed MKE-ORD-IAD-SRQ

User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7061 times:

Kind of a weird route, but I flew a UA DC-8-61 GRR-ORD. This would have been around 1976 or so. The flight was MIA-GRR-ORD if I remember correctly. I remember this flight as it was the winter and the winds were really gusty at ORD. Just upon touchdown, a gust grabbed the right wing and I thought the left wing tip was going to touch the ground, came close, but didn't in the end.

User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2006 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7043 times:

They flew all over the system between major cities. ORD-BOS-LAX-BDL-SFO-LAS-DEN-PHL-IAD-JFK-EWR-CLE-MIA-DFW-FLL-HNL-KOA-OGG-LIH-SAN-PDX-SEA-SLC-SMF-LAS-DTW-PIT-BAL. I do not think they ever operated into DSM-MSP-MKE-TOL-FWA-SBN-CID-MLI-MEM-HSV-MOB-ATL-JAX-TPA-PVD. But I think they even operated in and out of GJT in the mid 70's on ski season flights.

User currently offlineSeaBosDca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5618 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7005 times:

I personally flew them on SEA-IAD and SEA-SFO.

User currently offlineSEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 6961 posts, RR: 46
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6932 times:

I flew one in the late 80's; I believe it was BDL-ORD. It was a business trip.


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User currently offlineJetdudetim From United States of America, joined May 2009, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6904 times:

I flew one from EWR to LAX and one from LAX to DAY. The later was the summer of 1980.

User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6858 times:

They flew them between IAD and DEN in 1990.

User currently offlineIndyWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6731 times:

I have a postcard somewhere in my storage unit with a -71 in MKE. It was the 80's so perhaps DEN/CLE-MKE?

User currently offlineFAT5DEP From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6689 times:

I remember in the 80's doing DEN-PDX and SFO-BOS-IAD-SFO. Also, in the 70's I believe there were some 61's doing FAT-LAX and FAT-SFO. The DC-8 is my all time favorite airplane!


Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
User currently offlineTAN FLYR From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1916 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6591 times:



Quoting Milesrich (Reply 14):
They flew all over the system between major cities. ORD-BOS-LAX-BDL-SFO-LAS-DEN-PHL-IAD-JFK-EWR-CLE-MIA-DFW-FLL-HNL-KOA-OGG-LIH-SAN-PDX-SEA-SLC-SMF-LAS-DTW-PIT-BAL. I do not think they ever operated into DSM-MSP-MKE-TOL-FWA-SBN-CID-MLI-MEM-HSV-MOB-ATL-JAX-TPA-PVD. But I think they even operated in and out of GJT in the mid 70's on ski season flights.

On charter service, the 61's did visit FWA. IIRC, UA had around 5 or 6 in an all coach configuration. A local travel agency at that time was always running "charter vacations", UA to LAS and HNL..and DL DC-8-51's to NAS..for tropical gamblers.This would have been from about 1974or 75 thru maybe 79 or 80.

One in particular, was a late Saturday nite arrival from LAS (maybe 11:30 PM). after all were off, etc. the manager arranged for us to visit the cockpit during refueling. Big stuff for a couple of 16 year old airplane nuts already! The FE was onboard as they refueled and took the time to explain everything to us. HE was a shining example of UA cockpit crew doing the PR stuff. As I recall they were going to deadhead to DEN to fly whomever was playing the Bronco's home Sunday evening.

The coolest part was the FE using the hi/low system to fire those Pratts up that cold winter (December)_nite. Never forget that unique howl as long as I live.

Yup..the DC-8..quite an airplane in it's time..and in today's time too. The 8's will always be one of my favorites also.


User currently offlineTZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1453 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6506 times:



Quoting IndyWA (Reply 19):
I have a postcard somewhere in my storage unit with a -71 in MKE. It was the 80's so perhaps DEN/CLE-MKE?

Yes, they most certainly did fly DEN-MKE in the mid 80's. I recall regularly seeing them on their approach as I grew up in the western suburbs of Milwaukee and over the flight path.



35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.
User currently offlineUSAFDO From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6495 times:

Why did UA's Stretch 8's have so many exits?

The early modles had 14 doors/window/auxilary exits....


User currently offlineGt1 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6400 times:

I've ridden on a DC-8-71/73 from SDF to ATL several times when I worked for UPS. Not sure who's airplane it was originally, but absolutely a blast from the past. Neat jet!

I remember the "over 60" FE who told me the emergency egress out of the airplane is the L1 door, and to forget about getting out the window. Guess that was a lesson from the UPS "Eight" that caught on fire in '06 between ATL and PHL.


25 GALLEYSTEW : I LOVED THE AIRPLANE!!!!
26 Legend11 : Never flew on any of these birds while in UAL service, but we did have 11 of them at Bax Global when they were converted to freighters. Did several tr
27 RayChuang : Were the DC-8-71's ever used on the flights between SFO/LAX and JFK? Or did UA use the DC-10 instead in this same period?
28 Falcon Flyer : United's 70 series were common in FLL during the 80s as well as the Delta DC8-70s.
29 M404 : I'd used the -61s and 71-s as you refer on the LAX/SFO to HNL-OGG routes and possibly a LAX-Kahalui one. Loved to sit in back and watch the floor way
30 LHRBFSTrident : Summer of 1990 I flew BOS-LAX on a DC-8-71 with an ID90 ticket and UA put me in F - best inflight breakfast EVER!
31 Tiger119 : - On a rare occasion they would fly into and out of IND but I do not know the city pair. This was in the mid-80s. I was a fire fighter at the time wi
32 HermansCVR580 : I flew on a morning departure to DEN from MKE. I want to say this was August 6 1986 because when we arrived in HNL I was watching CNN and they were sh
33 KC135TopBoom : I used to fly the -61s and later -71s between BOS-SFO. Didn't UA run a -61 out of gas and crash near PDX in the 1970s?
34 BOAC911 : Flew CLE-SFO and back in the Summer of 1973. On the outbound we sat in the last two rows, across the galley. These two rows faced each other. IIRC thr
35 Beechnut : If you ask me the original stove-pipe engine DC-8s are better looking! Flew on them twice, both times with CP Air. A -63 outbound to YVR, and a -53 on
36 Post contains links DesertJets : Yup United 173. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_173
37 Cschleic : I rode -61's LAX - SFO (yes, a commuter run, but it was fun). Also SFO - SEA. My last ride on a -71 was ORD - IAD just a few months before they were r
38 Milesrich : In charter service, they served many other cities including MLI. One night, I was out at the QC Airport (not "International" then), and one was depla
39 KC135TopBoom : DL had a lot of DC-8-61/-63/-71/-73s too. IIRC, DL did all their own conversions from the -6X series to the -7X series. Most, if not all of DLs Dc-8s
40 HangarRat : I used to see UA and DL -70s flying out of PHL in the late 80s and early 90s. The length made them instantly recognizable.
41 Milesrich : Delta purchased new, and operated 13 DC8-61's, all of which were converted to Series 71's by Delta. These aircraft were eventually sold to UPS, in De
42 Viscount630 : Nice aircraft! I flew DEN-EWR on a UA -73 and, despite the hour delay (to repair an OVEN!!!) thoroughly enjoyed it. I also flew on several KL -60s on
43 Timz : The ORD-HNL nonstop started in 1969, probably with a DC-8-62; by 1971 it was a 747, and widebodies were the usual thereafter, tho some DC-8s were sch
44 Viajero : I did ORD-IAD back in August of '89. I'll never forget the pre-flight announcement when the Captain informed us we on "the second longest sedan in the
45 Post contains images Viscount724 : Sorry, that's not correct. AC converted 6 of their -63F freighters (which had been converted from original AC passenger -63s) to -73Fs. One below bef
46 FX1816 : I'm not too sure but wasn't Flying Tigers also part of the orignal operator's group too?? Didn't they at least take delivery of some 63's that were la
47 Isitsafenow : In 1990 and1991 UA flew the stretch eight from ORD to DTW, MCO and FLL with me sitting in Y. thankyouverymuch. safe
48 Cody : There's a funny story about a United DC-8 that was beginning its takeoff roll one day at ORD. The runway was slick and when the throttles were advance
49 ADent : The trip I remember is 1984 going to SYD. Took the second ORD-HNL non-stop. The first was a 747 (UA 1/2), but at the time UA had two flights and the
50 Post contains links and images Viscount724 : Flying Tigers was the largest original customer for the -63 series with 17 delivered (10 -63CF convertible passenger/cargo and 7 -63AF pure freighter
51 FX1816 : Thank you, I didn't know that. I did get to work some of the older FT DC87's when I worked for Emery. Tails 791, 792, 795, 796FT. Also 793FT which wa
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