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UPS DC-8 Retirement

Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:01 am

My curiosity was aroused when I saw this:
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UPS9415
This UPS DC-8 was headed to Roswell Intl. Air Center this morning - I wonder why? Are they actually beginning to phase out their DC-8's? I know they're retiring their 727's, but I thought the DC-8's were going to be staying a bit longer, longer than the 747 classics, which are next down the list in terms of retirement.
 
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RE: UPS DC-8 Retirement

Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:33 am

Maybe they're going in for maintenance and/or a new paintjob? ROW has a paintshop where at least US frequently sends its Airbus for a new paintjob.
 
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RE: UPS DC-8 Retirement

Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:39 am

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 1):
Maybe they're going in for maintenance and/or a new paintjob? ROW has a paintshop where at least US frequently sends its Airbus for a new paintjob.

It maybe was maintenance, although I believe all of UPS' DC-8's have the newish livery (it flew practically right overhead, so I couldn't see the paint job); none of the 747 classics do, almost half of the A300's don't (some were delivered right before the new livery came out), and a couple 757's don't. I do know that they've shrunk their fleet of Super 70's a bit over the years down to about 32 from a high of over 50, so maybe they were retiring the particular bird that I saw takeoff at school this morning (I can't help but look up when I hear that distinctive growl of those 4 quiet CFM's). But hopefully it was just for maintenance, as it would be sad to see another DC-8 go to the boneyard!  frown 
 
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RE: UPS DC-8 Retirement

Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:20 am

When we park the last A-300 at ROW years from now a DC-8 will ferry in to pick up the crew.

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RE: UPS DC-8 Retirement

Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:28 am

Don't forget they lost one of the DC-8's at PHL a year or so ago in a fire started by shorted computer batteries that were cargo. Lucky that happened just before landing there and went big after landing. It led to a total loss of that proud bird. Sometimes they visit EWR too. Something about those old DC-8's (and almost any DC/MD aircraft) that just looks good. They were also so overengineered that their lifespans can be measured in human generations, not just 1. Let's just hope that this bird still has a lot of hours left in it before that final too expensive check that will cause it to be wfu and become parts for other DC-8's or beer cans.
 
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RE: UPS DC-8 Retirement

Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:15 am

There have been at least two other DC-8 flights to ROW and two DC-8 flights out of ROW in the past couple weeks.

Could they have actually been carrying cargo, or picking up cargo?

9/18 - UPS9413 SDF-ROW UPS9044 ROW-SAT

(A UAL B752 and USA A319 also departed ROW on 9/18)

I didn't know that American Eagle was flying to ROW from DFW. That will be a much shorter drive to Carlsbad than Midland.

[Edited 2007-09-21 04:17:29]

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