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Only 36 DC-8s Still Flying?  
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11976 times:

According to AW&ST, there are only 36 DC-8s still flying throughout the world. There are only 6 still flying in the US, and of those, only 2 are of the Super-70 series (CFM-56 engines), there remaining 4 still have JT-3D engines. The 4 DC-8s that are flown by ATI are to retire early this year and will be replaced by B-757s.

http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.as...ee25ac-d410-4a4d-a2c7-fb26e09525b7

The DC-8 has been flying for 54 years, that must be a record, or close to a record. Are there still a few B-707s flying commerical flights in Iran? If so, the B-707 would hold the record, since it has been flying for 55 years.

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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7710 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11952 times:

Given that it's 2013, I consider that to be really quite a lot!


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User currently offlineHermansCVR580 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 509 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 11875 times:

Sad to see these beauties days coming to an end. I hope one or two are saved from the cutters torch. Glad I got to spend 10 years working on them in their twilight years hauling cargo.


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 11722 times:

As I said, AW&ST says there are 36 DC-8s still flying. But Wiki says there are only 14 that are still flying.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DC-8#Operators

Which is correct?


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7710 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 11692 times:

Does anyone know how many are in private hands as personal or VIP transport? I know I saw one at STN a few years back, is it likely to be still around and are there any others?


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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 11637 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Thread starter):
Are there still a few B-707s flying commerical flights in Iran?

Yes, still going strong with Saha Air.



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User currently offlineUnited727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 412 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11594 times:

How do you book with Saha Air? I've tried but seems difficult as an US Citizen.


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User currently offlineSpaceshipDC10 From Canada, joined Jan 2013, 1860 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11569 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 3):
As I said, AW&ST says there are 36 DC-8s still flying. But Wiki says there are only 14 that are still flying.

Airlinerlist latest edition shows 27, including VIP.



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8724 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11546 times:

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 5):
Yes, still going strong with Saha Air.

Interesting... I hadn't thought it would be this easy to find departure and arrival information for THR. The 707 is scheduled to fly to Mashhad, which is near the borders with Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

I'm just wondering how hard it would have been to find this sort of info back when those 707s were built.



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8724 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11503 times:

Quoting United727 (Reply 6):
How do you book with Saha Air? I've tried but seems difficult as an US Citizen.

I suppose that your best bet is walking up to the counter at THR and asking if the old lady is actually flying on that day.   And just to tease you, you can even see one of them on Google Maps.



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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11446 times:

Quoting United727 (Reply 6):
How do you book with Saha Air? I've tried but seems difficult as an US Citizen.

You can buy tickets at travel agencies in Iran and at the airport ticket desk, as far as I know.

Quoting aloges (Reply 8):
I'm just wondering how hard it would have been to find this sort of info back when those 707s were built.

Not so hard.  

Saha's current fleet:
EP-SHP: first flight 03Dec74, delivery 16Dec74 (to Iran Air Force)
EP-SHU: first flight 18Aug76, delivery 31Aug76 (to Iran Air Force)
EP-SHV: first flight 09Jun76, delivery 18Jun76 (to Iran Air Force)

They operated other frames as well, some are stored, some are w/o, some went back to the Air Force, etc...



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11268 times:

Looking at THR on Google Earth, there are at least 12 B-707s there, 11 with all four engines and one with two engines (#1 and #4), but it looks like it is in maintenance. I assume all of these belong to the IIAF.

User currently offlineADent From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1390 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11187 times:

NASA still has their DC-8-72 going. They are planned to fly until 2016 on its current mission for ozone mapping over the poles.

User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1779 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11118 times:

Wow. Until one or two months ago I used to see a DHL (don't know who the actual operator was) DC-8 with CFM engines on final approach to MEX every morning at 8:00AM. I was surprised to see a 767 a few days ago. Made me somewhat sad.

User currently onlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4341 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11065 times:

Quoting SpaceshipDC10 (Reply 7):
But Wiki says there are only 14 that are still flying.

Airlinerlist latest edition shows 27, including VIP.

the right number might be something between 14 and 27... I am from Airlinerlist and I admit 27 might be a bit optimistic as I didn't receive the confirmed wfu dates for the ATI fleet yet, so these seem active on the last version while they probably aren't by now.



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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10997 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Thread starter):
The DC-8 has been flying for 54 years, that must be a record, or close to a record. Are there still a few B-707s flying commerical flights in Iran? If so, the B-707 would hold the record, since it has been flying for 55 years.

What kind of record? there are a ton of DC-3s still flying revenue flights around the world. If you are asking about 707s still flying and the like - just look at your name - there are a ton of KC-135s still flying (true they are the original Boeing 717), but there are also the various E-3s, E-6s, EC-135s etc also.


User currently offlineamerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3866 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10899 times:
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Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 15):
If you are asking about 707s still flying and the like - just look at your name

I think he means civilian 707s. KC135s, E3As, and all of its variants are military 707s. If one was asking this question for the DC-10, I would answer: "The Air Force still flies KC-10s, but as far as civilian DC-10s are concerned most airworthy DC-10s still flying are flying with Fed-Ex".



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User currently offlinen471wn From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1561 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10878 times:
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I trust Aero Transport Data Base in such matters and they say 17.....

User currently offlinedoulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 551 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10849 times:

Out of the 36 DC-8s still active how many are ex Emery Worldwide planes.

User currently offlinemacsog6 From Singapore, joined Jan 2010, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10841 times:
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Quoting american 767 (Reply 16):
Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 15):If you are asking about 707s still flying and the like - just look at your name
I think he means civilian 707s. KC135s, E3As, and all of its variants are military 707s. If one was asking this question for the DC-10, I would answer: "The Air Force still flies KC-10s, but as far as civilian DC-10s are concerned most airworthy DC-10s still flying are flying with Fed-Ex".

The C-137 is actually the same airframe as the 707. The C-135 and it's variations are the slab-sided (5 across instead of 6 across) as opposed to the rounded 707/C-137 fuselage.



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User currently offlineAllee From Canada, joined Jun 1999, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 10480 times:

Quoting AM744 (Reply 13):

Astar stopped flying the DC87s at the beginning of June. AeroUnion A300s took over CVG-MEX until October when ABX 76Fs were available.


User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 541 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10291 times:

This list is quite accurate with recent updates:

http://www.aviation-friends-cologne.de/tag/DC8.html

It lists 22 active airframes.

Regards,
Loran



703 717 727 732-9 747 757 767 777 787 AB2/6 310 318-321 330 340 380 D8M D91/3/5 D1C M11 M81-90 L10 IL8/6/7/W/9/4 TU3/5/2
User currently offlineyyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16307 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7710 times:

Quoting n471wn (Reply 17):
I trust Aero Transport Data Base in such matters and they say 17.....

I agree. That's my source also. In addition to the 17 in service, ATDB reports another 82 in storage at least some of which can possibly be put back in service.



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User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13250 posts, RR: 100
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5907 times:
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I'm imporessed to see 22 active airframes. That is great for a jet!

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Thread starter):
The DC-8 has been flying for 54 years,

Amazing. While the DC-3 beats it, that is for an 'ambient pressure' design.

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 1):
Given that it's 2013, I consider that to be really quite a lot!

Yes!   

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 5):
Yes, still going strong with Saha Air.

and going... and going...

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 10):
EP-SHP: first flight 03Dec74, delivery 16Dec74 (to Iran Air Force)

Why she is only 38 years old!  
Quoting ADent (Reply 12):
NASA still has their DC-8-72 going. They are planned to fly until 2016 on its current mission for ozone mapping over the poles.

Very low cycle. While impressive, it is operated more like a military transport.

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5643 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 23):
Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 10):
EP-SHP: first flight 03Dec74, delivery 16Dec74 (to Iran Air Force)

Why she is only 38 years old!

Some DL DC-9-51s celebrate their 38th birthday this year, including this one that made its first flight in May 1975 and was delivered to OS in August 1975.


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25 Post contains images CO953 : Only have a bit of color to add to the thread - no technical knowledge.... I am 45 y.o. and flew the DC-8 once, when I was 11. I am pretty sure that i
26 Post contains links and images N14AZ : This is a great list. They have a similar list for the 707, which I often used. So it seems as if these DC 8s are still in service: I was happy to se
27 Post contains links viasa : We report only 15 DC-8s active: http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/air..._manufacturer=DOU&ac_aircraft=DC-8
28 RussianJet : Never flown one, but have seen a few up close and had a darn good look around on board one (VIP transport). One of my favourite visitors to STN ever
29 n471wn : So we have your 15 and the other poster cites airliner list at 22 and I am an ATDB man so I will stick to their number of 17 which consists of: 50's-
30 KC135TopBoom : It is interesting to see so few -70 models still flying compared to the -60s.
31 Spacepope : I have doubts about the number of -50s flying. For the past few years, the Congolese AF one was the only one flying, and even that was sort of sketch
32 n471wn : Yes ATDB says the last two 50's are both in the Congo....
33 Tan Flyr : well...I guess we can say the DC-8 story is pretty much in the last chapter..we just do not know the exact end date. While I missed the first generati
34 crj900lr : Flew on several with DL back in the day, the last one being a FLL-ATL flight that departed FLL around 18:00. Always enjoyed the ride on them.
35 Post contains images MrBuzzcut : I'm glad to say I had the opportunity to take some wonderful flights on ATI's DC-8 Combis (both 63 and 73 when the 70's were still flying) between HIK
36 n729pa : One of the highlights of a early morning at LHR in the very late 1980s was catching 2 DC8Fs coming in, a Burlington Northern one and an Air Canada one
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