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Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 4:30 am

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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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 4:36 am

My guess a UPS DC-8. I know they used to fly them there quite frequently.
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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 5:13 am

thats my guess too, maybe a private dc-8? or even a 720?
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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 5:17 am

Dont forget Airborne Express
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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 5:18 am

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.



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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 5:20 am

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



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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 5:48 am

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.
 
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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 5:57 am

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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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 6:20 am

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

Thu Nov 21, 2002 7:48 am

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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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 10:04 am

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.

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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 10:16 am

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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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Thu Nov 21, 2002 2:50 pm

Could it have been a TU-95 ? or maybe a GU 11 or a B1 rd ????
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RE: Unusual Aircraft Spotted

Fri Nov 22, 2002 12:19 am

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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