Typically, post-peak operation, UPS will place several DC-8's and B727's into short-term storage to await activation for the next season. But, I would expect to see some of these come out a little earlier as UPS begins to intergrate the Menlo aquisition into its operations.
Keep in mind airlinerslist.com is by no means an accurite site. I have found and seen many inaccurate information entries on aircraft I have direct contact with. They said the aircraft was flying with airline 'X', when it was really with another airline. They said it was flying when it had been scrapped, and vise versa.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
From what I understand these UPS DC-8-71F/73Fs still have a lot of life left in them. They may simply be parked awaiting the next phase of carrying military cargo movements. These airplanes are part of the CRAF fleet.
Quoting EMBQA (Reply 2): Keep in mind airlinerslist.com is by no means an accurite site.
If you find something wrong in the database, send it to the responsible editor so it can be changed. We are dependent on reports from spotters and publications in magazines. When an owner change or status change is not reported to magazines which publish owner changes, it's not strange that info is not completely correct noted in the spreadsheet. Specially for older aircraft like DC-8, B-707/727/737classic.
So EMBQA if you have info available about aircraft you have direct contact with, why don't you send an update?
UPS has only taken 2 DC-8s off the books. Both were parted out. That leaves 47 on the books. As of October 2005, there were 25 in active service, 4 allocated to heavy maintenance, 12 operational spares and 6 in long term storage. UPS has NO plans to retire the DC-8. The ONLY thing that will eventually take it out of service is the lack of spare parts.
Good old Death Cruisers, I worked a few of them, and always loved it. The
DC-8 pilots say they'll be hauling the Airbus and Boeing pilots out when they park their planes in the desert, and at the rate they're going, that's what will happen.