DC-8 Retirement

Sat Feb 19, 2000 11:13 pm

Does anyone know when United and Delta retired their DC-8s? I know they flew the re-engined 70s into the late 80's at least. Last year at the Columbus OH airport I noticed that the United gates still had DC-8 markings and got curious. Also, are any cargo operators still flying -60's and earlier models in the US?
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RE: DC-8 Retirement

Sat Feb 19, 2000 11:52 pm

the dc-8 that just crashed in calif. was an ex-untied -71 ... all of delta's -71's are at UPS and uniteds went to emery, southern air, and i don't know where else ...kitty hawk flys -62 series 8's and emery has some -62's too.... this past x-mas i saw some -55's but i'm wondering if thier all grounded now becasuse of the stage 3 noise rules.....
Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!

RE: DC-8 Retirement

Sun Feb 20, 2000 12:27 am

Yeah, I haven't seen any smokers in '00, but I'm now in PIT where you never saw them anyway. When I was in PHX in '96-'97, there were always a few around, but I never got around to checking them out. Now I'll die never having heard on old DC8 spool up.
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RE: DC-8 Retirement

Sun Feb 20, 2000 12:58 am

I think UAL retired theirs in '89- DL's went by '90/91 also. Hawaiian was flying -62's into the mid 90's as was Rich International, with -61's and -63's. I doubt there are any -50's still flying in the US, but MK Air over in Europe has some -55F's with the option of carrying 39 pax. DHL flies -63F's and I think that's it sadly...
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RE: DC-8 Retirement

Sun Feb 20, 2000 1:10 am

hey people -
bax global/ati still operate several -60 series dc-8's. and not too long ago bax chartered a dc-8-50-something from fine air...the ground crew forgot to put the chocks down, the engines were still running so the a/c started moving forward and wound up dragging a gpu and an airstart w/ it until the crew realized what was going on and applied there brakes! also - that a/c did have hush-kits on it - it was kind-of odd not being able to hear that thing from the other side of the field on departure.

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RE: DC-8 Retirement

Sun Feb 20, 2000 12:47 pm

If I'm not mistaken Fine Air out of Miami had some 8's on cargo service. They may have retired them by now. They claimed to be Stage III fitted.
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Dc-8's Alive And Well

Sun Feb 20, 2000 2:26 pm

Hi Everybody, Buzz here. PDX was the last "home port" for UAL's DC-8's. I'm thinking it was '92 when we parted with the last of our DC-8's. We had to trade them in when we bought the 757's. At the time we didn't think much of the 757, too lightweight, too many electronics, too much 'plastic". We enjoyed our very durable DC-8's, wish we had APU's on ours.
It was the first airplane i learned to taxi /high power run. It was good for going to Hawaii, we even ran them up and down the west coast. 200 seats meant you'd usually get aboard when flying space-A.
On the south side of PDX, in "Cargo Corner" we see BAX, and Emery DC-8's One morning i counted 3 ex-UAL ships. They have the "basket doors" on the belly for our cargo baskets that hoist up and in.
BAX DC-8's generally have Pratt JT3D-7 engines with hush kits. You can still hear them before you die JTB106...... g'nite
Buzz Fuselsausage: Line Mechanic by night, DC-3 crew chief by choice.

RE: DC-8 Retirement

Tue Feb 22, 2000 8:49 am

Sweet. Thanks to all!

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