Have to agree on the old DC8! My first flight on a jet was AMS
on Canadian Pacific, I believe DC8-50 series in 1962, just as the Britannia was being phased out. That was the original seats, with the reading light built in the seatback, on the left. Also, there was an actual bulkhead with a door separating Y and F Classes. I flew on that type many times, still remember the large windows and the comfortable seats, at least until the 70's when the configuration changed and new seats were installed, and of course more rows. One of the things I liked most was hearing the sound of each of the four engines being started before pushback, always such an excitement for me. Always had to have a window seat on those flights, preferably behind the wing. I remember on the International flights, they had a dessert served from the trolley even in Y-class!
Also rode on UA
when they upgraded their coach cabin to 5-abreast seating.
Had quite a few flights on the stretch DC8's but the short one will always be my favourite.
The DC8-62 series, a slight stretch and new engines, was in use with AY
when I worked for them in the 70's. There were cargo pallets at the front, and usually 12F and 104Y, after 3 pallets. Sometimes all Y config, if I remember about 13 different possible configurations.
My next favourite aircraft is the Super Caravelle, which I flew on many times withing Europe while with Finnair. It was always super comfortable, smooth, quiet and reliable.
ps would love a ride in an old DC8 again!