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707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:27 am

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

Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:30 am

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.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 11:16 am

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).
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 11:20 am

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.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 11:35 am

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.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 11:47 am

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.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 12:03 pm

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
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 12:28 pm

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

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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 2:10 pm

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 !

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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 3:02 pm

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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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 3:05 pm

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.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 3:37 pm

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.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 3:55 pm

I only flew one aircraft of this kind:

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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 6:26 pm

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.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 8:38 pm

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

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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 9:16 pm

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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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 9:26 pm

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.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 9:42 pm

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.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:15 pm

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.

RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:29 pm

In 1992...this flight must have been on El-Al rather than AF, I guess...?
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:37 pm

As for my last flights on these classic airliners:

For the 707, it was SFO-SEA-TYO-HKG in June 1971 on PA on a charter flight.

For the DC-8, it was OSA (Osaka's old airport)-TPE in June 1970 on JL.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:38 pm


right indeed. It was a Charter flight, Arkia outbound, and ElAl inBound.

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Probably this one with its perfectly ideous livery (as I said in another thread), but then, you always love your first.

At this time, I did not realised I was flying in such a old plane. Now, I'm just too happy to have had this chance. I don't think a lot of people of my age have flewn in a 707.
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:45 pm

My first flight was on a United DC-8 in 1973, CLE-LAX. I also flew on an American 707 on that same route in 1976. The 707 remains my favorite of all time. I think my favorite memory of the 707 was when I was spotting at CLE when I was about 10 and I saw two AA 707's taxiing out to depart at the same time. From the angle I was at the two 707's looked like one large aircraft joined at the wings. I wish my son could experience the power of those aircraft today. There was nothing like standing near the end of the runway watching that plane get bigger and bigger trailing the big wake of jet exhaust.....

RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:48 pm


I even built a model of an AF 707 a few years later

C'est quoi comme modèle?
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RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:58 pm


A standard Heller (at least I think it was Heller) model that my parents gave me for Christmas a few months after.

Unfortunately, I never was good with my hands, so I kinda.. blew up the model, and I no longer have it.

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This one (Chateau de Vincennes) was the one displayed on the box

RE: 707s And DC-8s

Thu Apr 11, 2002 11:12 pm

First B707 flight was in a BCal one (G-AXRS) from LGW-ROB in September 75; last 707 flight was in 1999 on a Skyair combi from BJM to SHJ.

First DC8 flight was in 1979 on Swissair - should have been a DC10, but they were all grounded after the AA ORD crash. The aircraft I flew in, HB-IDE, was later written off after an overrun at ATH.

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