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What Routes Did These ONA DC-8's Fly?

Mon Sep 11, 2000 3:07 am

A couple of my favorite DC-8's were N1776R and N1976P, these two bicentennial painted Overseas National DC-8-21
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and this DC-8-32
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Where were these DC-8's based and where did they fly? Were they only charters or regularly scheduled flights? I've seen a picture of these at LAS. Share your stories if you've seen these rarities!
 
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RE: What Routes Did These ONA DC-8's Fly?

Mon Sep 11, 2000 3:35 am

They mainly flew them on charters. Basically any place on Earth that could handle them. I believe the only scheduled service that ONA ever did was in the early 80's when they changed their name to National and took on 747's. Even then I believe it was strictly international out of JFK. ONA also did a lot of MAC work during Vietnam.
 
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RE: What Routes Did These ONA DC-8's Fly?

Mon Sep 11, 2000 4:02 am

>>>I believe the only scheduled service that ONA ever >>>did was in the early 80's when they changed their >>>name to National and took on 747's.

I think you have National mixed up with Capital, Cody.

Other than that, ONA was a lot like World, Tower, Arrow, Rich, and ATA. They lived and breathed off Military Airlift Command contract work. That was their primary MO. However, freed-up airframes took on charter work to, as Cody said, just about anywhere.

If I'm not mistaken, ONA and Capital DID merge in the early 1980s and flew some scheduled routes. One that I know of was ORD--MIA (about 1983 or so) and it was an '8.
 
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RE: What Routes Did These ONA DC-8's Fly?

Mon Sep 11, 2000 4:14 am

Belive it or not, ONA did change its name to National. it is the most unpopular of the National's. The first was the one bought by Pan Am, the second ONA, the third Private Jet, and the fourth is the one in Vegas. They never really had a paint sheme though. The planes were all white with Blue letters. It didn't last long at all. Maybe not even a few months. Capitol International was a seperate company that flew DC-8's, DC-10's, A300's and later 727-200's. It was based in Smyrna, Tennesee and was owned by George Batchelor who also ran Arrow Air. I am nto sure where ONA (Nationa) offered service to. Let me look it up.....but not tonight. I have to go to sleep soon.
 
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Wed Sep 13, 2000 1:41 am

Are these planes now broken up?