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DC8 Pass. Srvc. Alive In U.S. !  
User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Posted (15 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

Flying into BWI the other day I saw a DC8 62 operated by ATI awaiting it's load of passengers through the jetway.

It was not a freighter because the windows were not blocked out, and there was no cargo door. it was surely a charter as they have no scheduled runs as far as know.

I couldn't believe it. It is surely the last of it's kind.

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User currently offlineF-WWKH From Taiwan, joined Jun 1999, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 960 times:

MAC charter? ATI used to fly these in Frankfurt for a while.

User currently offlineStarship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 939 times:


Did you perhaps take down this aircraft's registration number, ie. N21CX, N41CX or N786AL? ATI have a number of DC 8's that are listed as current. For what its worth 259 DC 8's are in service, 157 have been scrapped, 64 are standing or in storage and 76 have been written off.


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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4358 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Yes, this is VERY interesting. I dream of flying a passenger DC-8 for years. Applying for the US Military is one step too far, though...
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User currently offlineMAC_Veteran From Taiwan, joined Jun 1999, 726 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 901 times:

That is more than likely a US military charter using the "BWI gateway" for Air Mobility Command, (otherwise called MAC prior to 1993...Grin)

It's possibly the run from BWI to Lajes-Aviano-Sigonella-Incirlik or the Run to Mildenhall, UK or the run to Frankfurt. You may want to check the McGuire AFB website as they are the ones who operate this detachment I believe. They moved the "MAC Gateway" from Philly to BWI a few years ago and you'll see this type of aircraft in service.

In the Far East we had a similar run from Guam to Travis AFB in CA as well, it would originate at Travis-Hickam, Hawaii-Guam/Andersen AFB-Kadena-Guam-Hickam-Travis. That used an International CharterXpress DC-6-62 Combi, passengers in the back, cargo up front.

ICX used a very similar livery to ATI if I'm not mistaken so it's possible the same airplanes used in that service are the ones in this one. Are they boarding from the front doors or the rear?


User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 851 times:

They were boarding the aircraft from the front doors..


User currently offlineCoronado From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1212 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 846 times:
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Was ATI operating this back in '75?.

I recall flying a TWA 707 from JFK to Milan en route to a 2 year assignment at the 509th Airborne Combat Team based at Vicenza Italy.

In 75 at the conclusion of my tour I recall taking a charter from Aviano AFB to Mildenhall UK to McGuire AFB--would this have been an ATI DC8? I must confess when I boarded whatever I boarded I was certainly not legal to drive after a lengthy farewell celebration--I am still amazed I got up steps on my own power! I think I slept 90% of that flight!

Anybody know what I flew sometime in August 75 from Aviano AFB to McGuire NJ?? Maybe it was the stretch 8!

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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4358 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 831 times:

ATI wasn't in business back in 1975. Airlines like World Airways, Trans International etc. were often used in the seventies for MAC-flights. They both used DC 8-63s for long-haul charters. But it might have been almost anything, like a Pan Am jumbo or 707. MAC just charters aircraft of civil aircarriers. Braniff was often used in the Vietnam-era, like ATI is in the last ten years.

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