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Air Canada's DC-8s: What Were The Interiors Like?

Tue Dec 07, 2004 6:53 am

For a while now, I've wondered about the interior look of Air Canada's stretch 8s. The first time I ever entered an AC DC-8 was when I was a kid, and the jets had already been converted to freighters - this would have been circa 1982. Unfortunately, there is not one single picture of the interior cabin of an AC DC-8 on Airliners.net!

Here are just a few questions that I hope our senior members can answer:
  • What was the internal colour scheme?

  • What colour were the seats?

  • Did the -60 series aircraft have the later-style "closeable" overhead bins, or were they all "bus-style" open-concept?
Many thanks in advance.

[Edited 2004-12-06 22:53:35]
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RE: Air Canada's DC-8s: What Were The Interiors Like?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 1:23 pm

Air Canada's DC-8-40s and the early 54s, had the standard "early" DC-8 interior. That is they were equipped with Palomar seats. These seats has reading lights over-the-shoulder on the seat front, and more lights, f/a call buttons, and oxygen masks on the seat backs.

First class, had blue seats, with grey trim, and orange/blue curtains. Just behind the cockpit was a 5 seat lounge with a stand up bar. Behind that were 2 lavs on one side and galley on the other, then f class seats. Originally 24 seats reduced to 12 by the time the aircraft was retired.

Economy had grey/brown seats with grey/blue curtains.

The wall panels were a dark orange, as were the overhead racks. And remember with the Palomar seats there were no service units in the overhead racks.

The later DC-8-50s and the DC-8-61 and -63s had the second generation DC-8 interiors. And the -61 and -63 interiors were identical.

First class had red seats with gold trim, (as did the lounge/bar), economy had alternating yellow/blue and orange/blue seats. The walls were beige with window shades instead of curtains.

By the late 70s, the -40s and -50s were retired from passenger service. The -63s that remained in passenger service were refitted with 'wide-body' interiors with enclosed overhead racks and movies/music. 2 were in a 10F195Y configuration: F was brown, Y was red/blue, and 6 were in a 226Y used for Rapidair flights. In both of these configurations the forward lounge/bar and 2 lavs were replaced with 1 lav, carry on closets, and the galley was moved forward. The first row of seats therefore was 40" ahead of where it was in the earlier configuration.
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RE: Air Canada's DC-8s: What Were The Interiors Like?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 3:42 am

Many thanks for those amazing details, LongHauler!

If there's only one regret that I have aviation-wise, it would have to be that I never got to experience takeoff in a Stretch 8!
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RE: Air Canada's DC-8s: What Were The Interiors Li

Thu Dec 09, 2004 9:40 pm

Awesome detail there!

I wish I'd flown in many of the original jets... most especially the Comet 1 and the VC10, but the 707 and DC-8 are right up there as well  Smile

I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!

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