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User currently offlineUSAir1489 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 364 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1244 times:

As I was heading home today from class, I spotted a very unusual aircraft on the holding pattern for PHL at around 11:00am. It was a four-engined jet that appeared to have a narrow fuselage (eliminates the 747 easily) but it was not a super-stretch. The engines seemed rather long and slender, eliminating the possibility that it could have been an A340. It would leave the 707 as a guess but it definitely was not a 707. However, from my vantage point, I had no way of telling what airline this plane belonged to. The paint scheme was very difficult to point out but it appeared to be a white or light grey fuselage.

I'm sure the earlier model DC-8s are gone or have been converted to freighters. Could this have been an early-model DC-8, an Il-86/Il-96, or what?



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User currently offlineJtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 658 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1229 times:

My guess a UPS DC-8. I know they used to fly them there quite frequently.


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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

thats my guess too, maybe a private dc-8? or even a 720?


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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4190 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

Dont forget Airborne Express


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User currently offlineUS AIRWAYS From United States of America, joined May 1999, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

I think it was definitely a UPS DC-8. I just saw one when I was down there the other day. There is always a chance that it could have been something else, but I'm pretty sure that's what you saw.



Jonathan



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User currently offlineUS AIRWAYS From United States of America, joined May 1999, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Oh yeah, forgot about Airborne Express. Depends all on what the paint scheme you think it was closest to.



Jonathan



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User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

All of UPS's DC-8's are 71's and 73's. ABX Air has DC-8-62's which are 20' shorter than the 61/71 and 63/73 airplanes and 8' longer than the series 10 through 50. I would think that the brown and white paint job of UPS would be easy to distinguish from the gray with red used by ABX Air.

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3979 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

Was the wing above or below the fuselage? If it was above the fuselage, could it of been a USAF C-141 Starlifter?


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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

we always get those going to wright patterson air force base... sounds like an a340/f100 taking off.


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User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1378 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

Well actually Broke the 61/71-63/73 are 30 feet longer than the 62, 187 feet vs 157 feet.USAIr the Il86/96 isnot a narow aircraft by any means and doesnt appear so in flight, most likely it was a DC-8 of some sort.


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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 986 times:

My guess would be a DC-8-62, but it would be a -50 series as well; there are still some of those flying on the east coast.

Steve


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 979 times:

Ill jump in and also say a UPS or ABX DC-8...most likely UPS since ABX only flies night operations really...

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User currently offlineDc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 920 times:

Could it have been a TU-95 ? or maybe a GU 11 or a B1 rd ????


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User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 827 times:

I don't think it would be BAX or UPS as their DC-8's have been converted to -70 series models and would not have "long and slender engines" as described. It would have to be a -50 or -60 series DC-8 (assuming the wing was below the fuselage and not above as pointed out by "Dragon-wings"). I used to fly on a DC-8-54F as a Flight Mechanic and it sounds like it could fit the desciption of this "unusual aircraft".

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