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What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 6:29 am

I was just looking at some old photos of UA DC-8 flying in and out of LAX in the 80's and early 90's. I remember seeing UA DC-8 also when I was a kid, I believe they all was 71 model, yes they was 71 model, because I remember how long they were. My question is what routes did UA fly there DC-8's on in the mid to late 80's and early 90's, and where did they fly to after they departed from LAX? Also did UA ever change there DC-8 62 to DC-8 72 or did they just sell the 62's?
 
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 6:33 am

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
My question is what routes did UA fly there DC-8's on in the mid to late 80's and early 90's

Usually between hubs and line stations. I for one flew PDX-ORD and PDX-DEN several times on DC-8s. NICE airplane!
 
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 6:37 am

I remember SFO-IAD red-eye in 1988 or 1989.
 
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 7:06 am

OAG August 1 1986 shows the following DC8s by United to LAX:

UA105 ORD
UA112 OGG
UA115 ORD
UA203 KOA-ITO
UA241 DEN
UA331 PHL-DEN
UA355 BOS-DEN
UA671 ORD
UA807 DEN
UA959 ORD
UA1109 SFO
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80

Sun Oct 08, 2006 7:41 am

I remember having flown on UA DC-8s from EWR to DEN several times in early to mid-80s.
 
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 7:42 am

I was a passenger on a UA DC-8 from Denver's old Stapleton Airport non stop to Honolulu back in the 80's. Can't remember the exact date though.
They were a common site here in Hawaii back then.

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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 7:52 am

hm yes I remember flying the very long DC8 of UA. At that time it was already rare, and I dont remember the route I flew with it (coudl it just be SFO to LAX) ? All I remember is thinking that it was a long airplane, the windows dont look like windows on other planes, the seatarms cannot be lifted...
 
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:03 am

March 1987 flew UA DC-8 SFO-SJC-ORD, with about a 50 min turn in SJC and arrived ORD near 0500.
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:18 am

They used them DTW-ORD as well in the 80's. I think even as late as 88.

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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:52 am

I flew on the United DC-8 from Cleveland to Chicago O'Hare in--I think--1987. The flight continued onward to Seattle.
 
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Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:00 am

Quoting DTW757 (Reply 8):
I just need to add this.....GO TIGERS!!!! and congrats on your win over the Yankees!!!!

I'll second that.

My parents and I lived in Denver 1980-1990 and my dad and I flew on UA DC-8s to LAX several times.
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:00 am

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
Also did UA ever change there DC-8 62 to DC-8 72 or did they just sell the 62's?

No airline flew DC-8-72s, did they? Anyway United didn't.

One surprising DC-8 route in the 1980s was LGB-ORD-- two a day as I recall.
 
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Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:51 am

From personal experience:

November 1989~

Honolulu to San Francisco
San Francisco to Miami

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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 12:36 pm

I flew one BDL to ORD.......
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 1:19 pm

I remember seeing a UA DC-8 in PIT back in the mid 80s. It was their late afternoon flight from ORD that arrived around 1630ish. UA operated from gates 7 and 8 on the east dock of the old Greater Pittsburgh International Airport Terminal. I saw the DC-8 several times while connecting on USAir as a child. I even recall seeing it listed in old OAG probably around 1987-88.
 
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 1:22 pm

Remember a DC-8 out of Vegas to either SFO or LAX. Or maybe it was out of SFO, LAX to PDX. Not sure though. I do remember the DC-8 out of Vegas for sure in the late 1980's or early 1990's.
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 1:23 pm

Add the following routes:

Portland - Denver
Sacramento - Denver
Reno - Denver
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 1:28 pm

I flew a UA DC-8 in 1985 from DEN-JFK.
 
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Sun Oct 08, 2006 1:33 pm

ANC-HNL until 1989 I think . . . could be 88.
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Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:01 pm

1986-90 I used to see them when I flew the ORD-SAN/DEN-SAN stages.
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:02 pm

I believe my parents were on a DC-8 in the early 80's UA PDX-ORD. Their original flight was to continue to EWR, but due to the firing of the ATC people by then President Regean, they ended up at LGA, I believe on a 727.
I would suggest that they were used on major domestic trunk routes except for major transcon like from LAX, ORD, JFK.
 
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:36 pm

United flew the DC-81-61/71's all over the system in the 1980's, including all the routes mentioned above, and some others, including ORD-DFW after the Braniff demise. The conversions took place in 1982-84. And one of the last routes to see the 71 was LAX and SFO to OGG. The aircraft were sold by United to GPA Leasing Group, LTD during 1989-1991 and many were leased back for a short period of time, the last one being returned to GPA in January of 1992, ending 32+ plus years of DC-8 service. The short body DC-8's were retired in 1980. The -62's followed shortly thereafter. United operated the largest fleet of DC-8's, short body and the stretch. United operated 30 61/71's losing only one in an accident, all but one (which was bought used from JAL) delivered new by Douglas. They operated a total of 74 regular body DC-8's. 40 series 10 & 20's delivered originally, some of which were converted to series 50. All series 10 aircraft were either converted to series 20 or 50 except two lost in accidents, the mid air over Brooklyn and a landing accident in Denver. They received an additional Series 50's new from Douglas, and 15 Series 54 Jet Trader cargo aircraft without windows from Douglas. They also purchased 11 series 30's used, 9 from Pan Am, and 2 from SAS. Additionally, they bought 10 Series 62's new from Douglas, for a total of 115 DC-8's. Although United waited for the DC-8 and introduced them 8 months after American introduced the 707, by 1961, United was operating 38 DC-8's (40 less the two lost), 29 720-022's, and 20 Caravelle VIR's, and had the largest jet fleet of any airline in the Western World, and advertised that fact.
 
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:56 pm

Quoting UnitedNRT (Reply 19):
1986-90 I used to see them when I flew the ORD-SAN/DEN-SAN stages.

Correct, plus SAN-IAD, an occasional SAN-LAX (tag-on to assorted long-hauls such as HNL and the East Coast) and, at some point in the late 70s thru late 80s, n/s SAN-HNL. Loved to see those beautiful Stretched DC-birds landing or waiting to roll on runway 27!


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Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:50 pm

Back in 1988 I flew ORD-SEA on a UAL DC-8.
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:58 pm

I think they were used on FLL runs as well as MIA runs.

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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:35 pm

I see alot of DEN routes how was the 8 at taking off during hot & high conditions?


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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:44 pm

I have flown the DC-8 many times. I always remembered that it was a spacious aircraft with a lot of legroom. Does anybody maybe remember the seat-pitch? I have flown DC-8's with United, KLM, Martinair, Aero Mexico (XA-DOE), Air Bahama, Lofleidir Iceland, ALM (N903CL), Balair and some more airlines.
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:43 am

DEN-MSP til maybe '86 approx. 6 pm arr @ MSP

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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:27 am

I flew JFK to PDX with intermediate stop in SLC on UA stretch DC-8 in 1979.
 
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Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:36 am

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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:55 am

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 15):
Remember a DC-8 out of Vegas to either SFO or LAX.

My first and only DC-8 (-71 I think) flight was from ORD-LAX via LAS in 1985 or so. Distinct memories include the ridiculously spread out windows and length of the cabin. I don't remember if the stop in LAS was scheduled but think it was a result of terribly strong headwinds. The flight was very turbulent and at one point had the FAs practically running through the cabin collecting cups and glasses. The stop in LAS lasted about 4 minutes at which time some pax were let off the plane (again, I don't remember if it was scheduled) while we topped off the fuel tanks.

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Mon Oct 09, 2006 6:31 am

I remember seeing United DC-8s in San Francisco from our TWA 707 in May 1971. Those were the days...
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:09 am

I could be VERY wrong, but I swear to God that I flew a DC-8 from TUL-DEN/LAX back in the early 80's. Like around 1983.

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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:22 am

My first flight ever was on a UA DC8 in 1974. Charter from MKE>PSP. I took a regular scheduled DC8 in 1976 from MKE>SFO>MKE.
 
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Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:49 am

http://www.geocities.com/departing1983/index.html

Here is some information about this.

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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:24 am

I took one from MIA-FLL-DEN. Damn long ass aircraft.
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RE: What Routes Did UA Fly There DC-8 On In The 80's

Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:36 am

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 24):
I think they were used on FLL runs as well as MIA runs.

Yep...and ORD-MCO too...flew the pencil a few times from ORD to Florida, DTW and CLE.
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