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Meltshopmax
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Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:17 pm

This past Sat me and my kids made our annual trip to the Dayton Air Show. This year there was a KC 135 a KC 10 and Orbis MD 10..... As we where taking in our luck at having some cool classic multi engine big birds, I spotted a DC 8.... Its in fantastic shape and they claim its one of only 2 operational DC 8 72F in the US. How could it be cost effective to operate this old girl with parts Ann so on that has to be in short supply. Also its cargo up front and 32 pax seats in the rear.... Www.daytonairshow.com/Samaritans-purse-Douglas-dc-8/ sorry my phone didn't want to work with the link.
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:45 pm

It's an organisation that regularly clears $100 million in surplus each year. Running a DC-8 barely makes a dent. I don't much care for the organisation and its goals but I'm glad they like the 8!
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:54 pm

We where thrilled to see it. My boys had never seen one before and with the KC135 there also you could kinda see the beginning of the jet age in the US in one place... Orbis MD 10 with its generators and ac units was really good to see too. I think they need a few more DC 8s in there fleet.
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:44 pm

I photographed it in Ukraine a couple of months ago, the jet gets about!!
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:54 pm

Where do they find pilots to fly it?
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:09 pm

Interestingly enough, they also own other aircraft including a C-47/DC-3 and a helicopter. They do a lot of good and are completely transparent.
DC6 to 777 and most things in between
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:11 pm

Meltshopmax wrote:
This past Sat me and my kids made our annual trip to the Dayton Air Show. This year there was a KC 135 a KC 10 and Orbis MD 10..... As we where taking in our luck at having some cool classic multi engine big birds, I spotted a DC 8.... Its in fantastic shape and they claim its one of only 2 operational DC 8 72F in the US. How could it be cost effective to operate this old girl with parts Ann so on that has to be in short supply. Also its cargo up front and 32 pax seats in the rear.... http://Www.daytonairshow.com/Samaritans ... glas-dc-8/ sorry my phone didn't want to work with the link.


So jelly that you saw the Orbis MD-10 AND the DC-8. Two aircraft that are my motivation for a project I have.

Meltshopmax wrote:
We where thrilled to see it. My boys had never seen one before and with the KC135 there also you could kinda see the beginning of the jet age in the US in one place... Orbis MD 10 with its generators and ac units was really good to see too. I think they need a few more DC 8s in there fleet.


So glad!

flyingclrs727 wrote:
Where do they find pilots to fly it?


I think ATI? Not sure but the DC-8 came from ATI.
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:19 pm

They were doing many many daily round trips from NC to Puerto Rico after the hurricane.
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:14 pm

But why operate a DC-8? Don't get me wrong, i'm glad they do.
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:45 pm

AS I recall the Press release at the time, it was available for almost nothing, required less than others to get it ready to fly again, and plenty of ex-UPS guys in the Greensboro NC area..pilots, mechanics, etc..all to keep her in tip-top shape.
Yes, last fall, if you tracked her she did almost daily rounds trips to San Juan, and several other islands hauling hundreds of generators, gasoline and diesel fuel for them, hundreds of thousands of bottles of water and MRE's.
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:25 pm

IWMBH wrote:
But why operate a DC-8? Don't get me wrong, i'm glad they do.


Cheap acquisition cost, and its a combi.
 
Meltshopmax
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:51 pm

I used to see the DHL 8s all the time....now it's 90% 767s and a hand full of 747, 757s. Throw in a 737 and odd a300.....the pax ramp is all a320 737 and th now.... Still love the DC 8 and even more the supers. On a side note the Orbis MD 10 is really well set up and super cool. The boys had a blast.
 
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Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:19 am

nmdrdh787 wrote:
IWMBH wrote:
But why operate a DC-8? Don't get me wrong, i'm glad they do.


Cheap acquisition cost, and its a combi.


They don't fly it often, but its always available. That's where low capital cost is helpful.. Since iymts a combi, they can send essential personnel along with the freight.

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