USAir1489 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 364 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1257 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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Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1151 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.
ATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1384 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1056 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.
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 840 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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