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Air Canada's DC-8s: What Were The Interiors Like?  
User currently offlineHappy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5574 times:

For a while now, I've wondered about the interior look of Air Canada's stretch 8s. The first time I ever entered an AC DC-8 was when I was a kid, and the jets had already been converted to freighters - this would have been circa 1982. Unfortunately, there is not one single picture of the interior cabin of an AC DC-8 on Airliners.net!

Here are just a few questions that I hope our senior members can answer:

  • What was the internal colour scheme?

  • What colour were the seats?

  • Did the -60 series aircraft have the later-style "closeable" overhead bins, or were they all "bus-style" open-concept?
Many thanks in advance.

[Edited 2004-12-06 22:53:35]

May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.
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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5630 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5490 times:

Air Canada's DC-8-40s and the early 54s, had the standard "early" DC-8 interior. That is they were equipped with Palomar seats. These seats has reading lights over-the-shoulder on the seat front, and more lights, f/a call buttons, and oxygen masks on the seat backs.

First class, had blue seats, with grey trim, and orange/blue curtains. Just behind the cockpit was a 5 seat lounge with a stand up bar. Behind that were 2 lavs on one side and galley on the other, then f class seats. Originally 24 seats reduced to 12 by the time the aircraft was retired.

Economy had grey/brown seats with grey/blue curtains.

The wall panels were a dark orange, as were the overhead racks. And remember with the Palomar seats there were no service units in the overhead racks.

The later DC-8-50s and the DC-8-61 and -63s had the second generation DC-8 interiors. And the -61 and -63 interiors were identical.

First class had red seats with gold trim, (as did the lounge/bar), economy had alternating yellow/blue and orange/blue seats. The walls were beige with window shades instead of curtains.

By the late 70s, the -40s and -50s were retired from passenger service. The -63s that remained in passenger service were refitted with 'wide-body' interiors with enclosed overhead racks and movies/music. 2 were in a 10F195Y configuration: F was brown, Y was red/blue, and 6 were in a 226Y used for Rapidair flights. In both of these configurations the forward lounge/bar and 2 lavs were replaced with 1 lav, carry on closets, and the galley was moved forward. The first row of seats therefore was 40" ahead of where it was in the earlier configuration.

Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night
User currently offlineHappy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5444 times:

Many thanks for those amazing details, LongHauler!

If there's only one regret that I have aviation-wise, it would have to be that I never got to experience takeoff in a Stretch 8!

May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4825 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5415 times:

Awesome detail there!

I wish I'd flown in many of the original jets... most especially the Comet 1 and the VC10, but the 707 and DC-8 are right up there as well  Smile


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
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