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.