I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to see the old 'eight five years ago; it was a wonderful experience to be able to walk around this graceful bird (though fences keep people from getting too close) and admire her from various angles as if I were just about to board her for a long flight. Unfortunately, there is access to the interior (I wish there had been!).
This DC-8 is a series 50, one of the "newer" turbofan-powered versions built in the mid 1960s; her name, appropriately enough, is "City of Los Angeles."
It is highly unlikely this aircraft could ever fly again, even assuming all systems are in place. First, the aircraft has occupied the same space since 1984. Second, the plane had to be dismantled to transport it to its display area, where it was subsequently reassembled.
Nevertheless, I am gratified to see a preserved specimen of my favorite childhood airliner; hopefully, some enterprising organization will offer Ship One, currently stored, the same treatment!
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery