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DC-8's Still Flying?  
User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13040 posts, RR: 12
Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 16796 times:

With the retirement in recent years of a number of DC-8's, especially by UPS, I was wondering how many and who are still flying/operating them. Unforuntally I have some techinical difficulty using the airlinerlist website to do real research.

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User currently offlineMainliner From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 16757 times:

ATI still has some -73's, 71's, and -62's flying. I believe the -62's still have a small passenger cabin!

http://www.airtransport.cc/Gallery/ATI_DC8_CombiService.html

I would absolutely LOVE to fly as a passenger on one of these!   



Every flight counts.
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24906 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 16740 times:

This site, updated last March, shows 69 DC-8s still active.
http://www.dc-8jet.com/0-dc-8-present-day-summary.htm


User currently offlinefleabyte From Brazil, joined Jan 2010, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 16696 times:

I recall seeing this one being refurbished at Rio Negro a few years ago when I visited Tampa.
DC8


User currently offlinecvervais From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 610 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 16497 times:

I just took a picture of one leaving SJC yesterday.   It's a near daily occurrence there.

User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 16269 times:
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I see DC-8s around YIP from time to time. I know National flys them out of YIP.


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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 16260 times:

Meridian still has a DC-8F flying. It was in Sydney a while back picking up some horses to be transported overseas.

Incredibly smoky old plane.  


User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 16050 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 6):
Incredibly smoky old plane.

Except for -70 Series that have CFM56s & are quiet too!

HNL gets ATN flights almost daily.



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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13040 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 15854 times:

Thank you for the leads to that DC-8 speciality website, it answered my questions and beyond.

I think many of us here have a soft spot for DC-8. They are a connection to the first days of commercial jet aircraft yet still in everyday commercial use (unlike 707's almost all remaining ones with the US Military). They were overbuilt, they still preform economically to it's remaining cargo and mixed operators. We still see some operating while 747's and DC-10's/MD-11's are retired. Maybe the 8's are easier to maintain, they still meet a need for something not as big as a other frieighers, or maybe they just have great dispatch reliability. I guess they will finally stop flying when fuel prices go up muc higher and other newer a/c become available at economically low enough prices.


User currently offlineflywrite From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 15791 times:
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I saw 9G-AED of Air Charter International at East Midlands in the UK last Saturday.

User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3507 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 15766 times:

Astar was still operating DC-8 from NGU to Guantanamo Bay, just a few weeks ago.

User currently onlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2878 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 15629 times:

I think DHL still has one the goes in/out of JFK on a regular basis.

There are 2 showing on FlightAware (not DHL) right now:

http://flightaware.com/live/aircrafttype/DC87



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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1308 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 15568 times:

Astar, Meridian, Johnson's, ATI, ACI, National .... there's still quite a few Diesel-8 operators out there - and long may it last!


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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 15103 times:

We got them time to time this past year in ROC, although they're the DC-8-70s with the CFMs. I think they were operated by Astar or whoever flies as DHL now in the US.

-J.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24906 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14797 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 6):
Incredibly smoky old plane.

How many DC-8s have you flown on? Even the turbofan-powered DC-8-50 and -60 series models weren't unusually smoky, and the re-engined CFM56-powered -70 series certainly weren't.

The DC-8 will always remain my preferred 4-engine early jet. My first flight on a jet was on an AC (then TCA) DC-8-40 (Rolls-Royce Conway engines, also not notably smoky) in 1963, and my last DC-8 flight (of probably a couple of hundred on 7 or 8 carriers) was on a re-engined UA DC-8-71 in 1990 or so, shortly before UA retired the type after more than 40 years of DC-8 service. More than 20% of DC-8s built were operated by UA..

[Edited 2010-05-15 10:32:26]

User currently offlinevirginson937 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14451 times:
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There are some DC-8s flying cargo for the Royal Air Force out of LYE in the UK. They frequently fly over where i live nearby   great sights to see.

Will


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 13586 times:
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Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 11):
I think DHL still has one the goes in/out of JFK on a regular basis.

I saw a DHL DC-8 in ATL earlier this week by the old Airborne cargo stand. I really miss seeing the UPS DC-8s....those were classic airplanes gracing the ramp by their stubbier counterparts....it was like Audrey Hepburn standing next to a Kathleen Kinney....I'm certain Ms. Kinney's nice enough, but Ms. Hepburn was grace in motion....

My last passenger DC-8 flight was a beautiful round trip ride from Bermuda and back on DL. I caught a couple of rides on cargo birds since then, and would love to get the ride from Logan to Thule, if I can justify it sometime.



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User currently offlinejake712 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 13208 times:

ATI has at least a few DC-8 flights a week out of MCC.


Jake
User currently offlinefreeze3192 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 11621 times:

From Tuesday to Friday, TOL has about 15-20 DC-8 departures and arrivals every morning.


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User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1555 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 11379 times:

Quoting freeze3192 (Reply 18):
From Tuesday to Friday, TOL has about 15-20 DC-8 departures and arrivals every morning.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP_aE...aynext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=39



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User currently offlineFX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11108 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 14):
shortly before UA retired the type after more than 40 years of DC-8 service.

Not to be too nit picky but "more than 40 years of DC-8 service", with UA??? That's actually impossible given that the first flight of the DC-8 was May 30, 1956 and UA retired them by January 9, 1992 so that would make it just shy of 36 years at most. Just pointing that out.

FX1816


User currently offlinebullwinkle From United States of America, joined May 2010, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 10897 times:

My first flight on a jet was when I was a kid - July 19, 1969 United Airlines Pittsburgh to San Francisco via Milwaukee. I didn't know one plane from another then but became interested shortly thereafter. Have always assumed it was a DC-8 but could it have been a 720? I seem to remember four-abreast seating (but could have been five).

User currently offlineiluv727s From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 10823 times:

ATI flies the stretched, re-engined DC-8's in/out of DFW all the time. When they are there, they are parked on the West Side of DFW on the Cargo Ramps.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24906 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10704 times:

Quoting FX1816 (Reply 20):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 14):
shortly before UA retired the type after more than 40 years of DC-8 service.

Not to be too nit picky but "more than 40 years of DC-8 service", with UA??? That's actually impossible given that the first flight of the DC-8 was May 30, 1956 and UA retired them by January 9, 1992 so that would make it just shy of 36 years at most. Just pointing that out.

I think I meant to say "more than 30 years".


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10605 times:
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I spotted these today, 5-16-10, at YIP.

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/NWA747/YIP008.jpg

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/NWA747/YIP009.jpg

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/NWA747/YIP005.jpg



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25 aviateur : And there are those of us who wince every time we see one. I flew that beast for four years with DHL. A great plane in its day, don't get me wrong. B
26 aviateur : EN ROUTE ANGST. A DC-8 STORY Brussels, Belgium, 1998 At midnight at the Brussels airport, three men in olive uniforms stand next to me at a doorway. T
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