CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2319 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
I believe that Braniff used the DC-8-62s initially on South America routes. I am looking to try to determine which specific routes. By reading some old B-Liner employees newsletters I learned the following.
The five initial DC-8-62s were actually on order by Panagra (Pan American - Grace Airways) when Braniff purchased them on January 19, 1967. The first DC-8-62 was delivered to Braniff in August 1967. The other 4 in late 1967. Panagra had 4 DC-8-30s when Braniff purchased them.
LGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1120 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
Growing up in the TPA area one route I remember around the 1970-72 time frame was a DC-8-62 eastbound only DEN-DAL-TPA-MIA, came thru TPA early evening so it likely continued on to South America. I believe Westbound it operated MIA-DAL-DEN. During the era never saw a BN 727 at TPA until maybe 73 or 74. It was always a 707/720 plus the one DC-8, it was great !
FCKC From France, joined Nov 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2253 times:
A friend of mine told me , in the 80s he bought a Braniff pass , and flew SFO-LAX aboard a DC8-62.
Ouf of LAX , the 62s flew to BOG , SCL , BUE , LIM , GIG , SAO.
To know more about the 62s , and the story of BN , i highly recommend to buy a very cheap magazine ($ 8,95) , Airways Classics No 5.See some more infos on www.airwaysmag.com
This is a must about Braniff.
WA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2141 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days ago) and read 2110 times:
George Cearley's "Braniff 1965-1986" lists the complete schedules for all of Braniff's DC-8-62s as of 28 April 1968. At that time, BN had five -62s (more would be added later). These aircraft visited Panama City and all of Braniff's South American destinations. The only US cities they served were MIA and JFK - they did not (yet) serve SFO or LAX.
This book is long out of print, and on the rare occasions when it appears on Ebay, it often goes for $100+ (I was happy earlier this year to buy my copy for just $90), but it is well worth the expenditure.
WA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2141 posts, RR: 12 Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
Quoting DesertAir (Reply 7): Were these jets the Calder color jets? I loved the wild designs.
Only one DC-8-62 ever wore a Calder scheme. It wore the scheme 1973-1978. A 727-200 also wore a Calder scheme 1976-80.
Braniff planned to paint another 727-200 in a Calder scheme, which would have celebrated Mexico, but Calder passed away before the aircraft was painted. Fortunately, pictures of what the scheme would have looked like do exist.