tallguy14
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Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:07 pm

Wondering if there are any passenger airlines still flying DC-8s....would love to fly on one before they're all gone. My guess is an airline in Central America or South America.


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RE: Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:47 pm

I think it is too late, the only option is via a few airforces here and there.
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RE: Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 2:48 pm

Air Transport International in the USA...ATI

They do lots of charter flying but most of it is military, I think...

Not sure if you have to be in the service to fly on these planes. They may do other kinds of flying but I don't know for sure...

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RE: Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 3:10 pm

I believe that some all-cargo airlines still fly the DC8. The DC8-62/63 series was re-engined some years ago (example UA and DL), upgraded to DC8-70 series with the new engines, and I think those are the ones flying the cargo routes now, even at that they may also have been phased out. They were a wonderful aircraft, about the same size as the Boeing 707, but the thing I like was the large windows. The window, at the bottom, was almost at a level with the armest on the seat. The only drawback to that was, I guess because it would weaken the frame to have more windows, the windows were fewer and farther apart, so a few rows would have no window at all, mostly in later years when airlines started putting in more seats.
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RE: Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 3:20 pm

I don't think ATI has any all-passenger DC8s left, but they do have at least two DC8-62s configured as combis, with 10 pallet positions in front and room for 32 coach passengers in the rear, behind a barrier. I know that these are used by the AMC (military), but I have seen some photos of at least one used on a rock group's world tour -- equipment up front, band and roadies in the rear, I guess.

You can find a bunch of interior and exterior photos of the combis under the "Photo Gallery" tab on ATI's web site at http://www.airtransport.cc/atimain.htm

They also have some fleet stats on the site. I notice that the difference in fuel burn between the -62s and the -71s is 300 gal per hour. No wonder that reengining seemed like a good idea for those DC8 freighters that fly a lot!
 
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RE: Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?

Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:39 am

Thanks everyone for the info!

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RE: Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?

Mon Nov 28, 2005 2:00 am

Maybe Airevents.de will help us?

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RE: Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?

Mon Nov 28, 2005 5:41 am

Quoting IDAWA (Reply 6):
Maybe Airevents.de will help us?

They tried !
Early this year they had contracted a VIP DC-8-72 to fly, but it was quite pricy (around 500 euro/dollar a person) so they couldn't find the 80 persons needed and cancelled. Pity, a DC-8 flight would be a dream coming true.
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RE: Passenger Airlines Still Flying DC-8s?

Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:14 am

Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 4):
You can find a bunch of interior and exterior photos of the combis under the "Photo Gallery" tab on ATI's web site at http://www.airtransport.cc/atimain.htm

very interresting
thank's a lot
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