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707s And DC-8s  
User currently offlineDc863 From Romania, joined Jun 1999, 1591 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 443 times:

Anyone ever been on a 707 or DC-8. If so when was your last flight?

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User currently offlineLasbagman From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 387 times:

I was 10 years old in 1969 and flew AA B707 LAX to DTW. I last flew AA 707 LAX to SAN in 1979.
In between I was on TWA, Western 707's.
They were a great airplane.

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 366 times:

I agree, Lasbagman.

Back in the '60s, the 707 and DC-8 were pure magic. Though their interiors seem quaint by today's standards, back then they were truly state-of-the art, especially the 707 and CV-880.

My favorite was the KLM DC-8-63, gorgeous aircraft inside and out. I flew on the following:
United DC-8-11
United DC-8-62
Air India 707-437
Pan Am 707-321
Pan Am DC-8-32
Alitalia DC-8-42
Swissair DC-8-54 or -32
TWA 707-331
Swissair CV-990

Each one was an experience to remember. As a young lad then, I preferred the interior of the 707 but liked the DC-8 for its large windows. On one of my Pan Am flights I experienced my first inflight entertainment: black-and-white video monitors were fastened above the hat racks; audio was through a headset made up of hollow plastic tubes plugged into the seat armrest.

In the '70s and '80s, many airlines let these queens of the skies show their age. I flew on a Sabena 707-329C, a British Airtours 707-336C, and a Rich International (former Braniff) DC-8-62. They were quite ratty inside (though British Airtours had very good service).

The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 358 times:

Oddly enough, SIA kept their 707's in really nice shape right up to the end....the image was kept alive. Interiors neat, and the exterior very clean...mechanically, well...not too bad either.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 347 times:

I've been on 707s,720s and DC-8s many times. The last was a Southern World DC-8-63(F), N820TC in May or June 1991. Jump seats on test flights are fun.

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 6066 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 336 times:

AA 707's between DAL and LGA (late 60's, early 70's);

BN 720's DAL-LGA (I think?);

DC-8 BN MIA-Quito (via Panama) and Lima-Miami, December 1977 & January 1978. I also got to fly on a Fawcett BAC-111, and a SAETA Caravelle (eatcher heart out!) on that trip.

The BN DC-8's were, in coach, nearly as nice as First in many airlines to day, and the service? Well, it was Braniff- so it was exceptional.

...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineCoronado From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1343 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 326 times:
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Varig 707 (many times between 1966 and 1981)
Varig CV 990A Coronado (twice) in 1965 before they disposed of them
SAMIT Caravelle (Italy) 1973-75 (about 3-4 flights from Malpensa to Gatwick)
Tame Ecuador- Caravelle- 1979-80 Quito -Guayquil and returns- 3 or 4 times
BCAL VC-10 (British Caledonian)-London-Rio with stop in Recife.
Delta CV880
NW 720
World Airways DC8-62 (Charter from US to Italy)
Lufthansa 707
Spantax CV990 (1974!-Munich-Mallorca Spain Charter)
Numerous Panam 707's from Miami to Caracas.
Lan Chile 707
Braniff DC-8 (El Interamericano- to spots such as Panama City, Quito, Guayaquil, Lima, Asuncion. La Paz. Bs. As during between 1977 and 1981--about 6 or 8 flights per year-I think I flew all colors during the Alexander Calder design years under the Lawrences)

Tops of the list: 1984 747-SP Iraqi Airways Baghdad-Instanbul-Franfurt at time when US was selling food and stuff to Iraq which was fighting Iran at the time--
How things change!
1958- REAL Lockheed SuperConstellation 1049--our family had the whole rear 'family' compartment that wrapped around the rear bulkhead-amazing.

757's most remind me of the narrow bodies during those years.

The Original Coronado: First CV jet flights RG CV 990 July 1965; DL CV 880 July 1965; Spantax CV990 Feb 1973
User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 314 times:

two days ago, I have 84 Op Noble Eagle hours this month  Smile

Of course it is an E-3 which is kind of a 707  Smile

Ciao and Hook 'em,

User currently offlineDennys From France, joined May 2001, 1036 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 294 times:

I am a 707 fan , and like DC8-62. My last trip on 707 Air France was CDG-NCE in NOV 1980 . and the DC8-62 I tried was oboard UTA MRS-CDG in NOV 81 !

Short but great Flifgts !!

User currently offlineAlphaZulu From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 266 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 281 times:

The one flight that really sticks out was an SAS DC-8-63 flight from Copenhagen to Los Angeles (with stops in Bergen Norway and Seattle) in mid 1972.
As things go I was a young lad who had spent 2 weeks in Norway visiting my great uncle and aunt. I just had a wonderful time and everyone was so friendly, especially the girls...............
Ok, back to the topic......... Bergen was the most interesting airport of the trip. The BIG 63 landed in the early afternoon and we spent around 2 hours on the ground. The terminal was just one small room so the 200 + passengers were really cramped, to say the least.
Soon we were taxing out to the runway and then headed right down the center of it. I wasn't use to that but there wasn't any room for a taxiway in Bergen.
As the big jet reached the end of the runway she did a 180 giving me a great view of what laid ahead. The runway looked like a rollercoaster ride with dips and peaks in it.
As she nosed into position and came to a halt we sat silent for about 10 seconds. Slowly the captain throttled up the engines, the big jet held in place. As he released the brakes we started our roll. It seamed like an eternity until our rotation. As we lifted off the end of the runway immediately disappeared beneath us, as we had used up every inch of it.
I'm sure each and everyone of you out there has a flight that really brings back great memories, mine just happened to be on a DC-8.

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User currently offlineJustplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 731 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 276 times:

I flew on some of United's DC-8's in the summer of 1976. I know that one flight was PHL-ORD. However, that was overshadowed by flying a 747 of the same carrier SEA-ORD as part of the same trip.

"So many planes; so little time..."
User currently offlineHeinz From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 270 times:

Last 707 flight:
Argentine AF 707 TC91 on 22.04.97 and 23.04.97 from BUE-Ezeiza to Cordoba and La Rioja. Later we were treated to several flights on Arg.AF's F28s TC52 and TC53. Incidentally, TC53 has c/n 11020, was built in 1970 and must thus be one of the oldest F28s still flying (along with sistership TC54 c/n 11018).

Last DC8 flight:
LAP DC8-71 N8079U on 09APR91 ASU-DKR-MAD-FRA.
This a/c crashed later at Sacramento-McClellan on an Emery cargo flight.

User currently offlineSailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 260 times:

I only flew one aircraft of this kind:

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User currently offlineDC-10inLB From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 247 times:

My most memorable flights are on those 2 aircraft....I had the opportunity to fly on a 707-300B in 1987 when I was 13. It was a charter airline called Skyworld (Denver Ports of Call) LAX-SLC for a ski trip. Great ride, high and fast. Quite a rocket ride.

In 1991, some freinds and I went to SFO for a day or so. My buddy's and my prime motivation was to get on United's DC-8 super 70s before they were retired that same year. Again, another great flight, fast, huge windows too.

User currently offlineFlyHigh@tom From United Arab Emirates, joined Sep 2001, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 226 times:

Before the UN embargo my dad used to work in Libya and the normal type to be flown in was the Libyan 707 (very old a/c)

The last flight i made was somewhere in april 1990 from Karachi to Tripoli. it was 10hr flight with a stopover somewhere in Jordan i think.

LAA was never comfortable, but i had a great view as it was a day flight and the flight was only half full. i travelled alone at that time and was kid of 14 or 15 yrs...so i enjoyed every bit of it from my window seat just before the wings.

Great a/c 707  Big thumbs up...sadly never been in a DC8  Sad


User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 217 times:

Flew back from Tangier to Gatwick in 1977 on a British Airtours 707- 400 It being in charter configuration I remember it being quite cramped.However I had fallen in love with the 707 the previous year when we flew on one(Airtours again)from Heathrow to Malta (returning on a Trident 3).On the take off roll from Tangier one of the Conways shedded a few turbine blades causing an abort and a 14 hour wait for a replacement 707!

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User currently onlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30414 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 218 times:

My only DC-8 flight was from ANC to HNL on one of Hawaiian Airs examples back in 1991. Boy that was a fun trip all 6 hours of it.

User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 207 times:

Flew on a lot of Pan Am 707s in the 1960 and early 70s, and every flight was magic. Still remember the wing area, which seemed gigantic at that time, and the way the flaps and spoilers seemed to open up the whole wing on landing. Also flew on BOAC, TWA and Qantas 707s, but never had the chance to fly in a DC8, as they didn't have the trans-Pacific range. At one time, the Pan Am flight to London went (from memory), Sydney-Bangkok-Delhi-Teheran-Istanbul-Beirut-Frankfurt-London-New York in one direction, and Sydney-Nadi-Honolulu-Los Angeles in the other. One flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles, I sat beside Della Reese (Touched by an Angel), who, in those days was a big recording star, but not on TV. Always wondered what she was doing in economy, but she was a lovely lady. Bet she flies up front these days. Even managed to get hi-jacked in Beirut travelling Pan Am on one memorable occasion. Also did Los Angeles - London via Frobisher Bay, which was fun. The return trip was via Winnipeg, which still remains in my mind as one of the least interesting places that I have ever touched down...but maybe it's changed.

"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 18, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 199 times:

707 was the first plane I flew with.
I was 14, and it was in...1992 !

A return trip ORY-TLV, I can tell you I felt in love with that bird at once (hence my pseudo), I even built a model of an AF 707 a few years later.