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2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:29 pm

Yeah, I can't believe it either, but on planespotters.net, if you look at Samaritan's Purse fleet, there is apparently a DC-8-73 registered N873SJ that is due. The airline is a disaster relief company that is based in North Carolina I believe. Does anyone have any other info? I'd love to hear! Anyways, the thought of a DC-8 being brought back in 2020 and COVID-19 times is really surprising!
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:13 am

Not for Samaritan's Purse, but a DC-8-63 is being readied for a ferry flight out of YIP for a heavy check in OSC after not flying for ~9 years. N865F supposedly will be joining a couple more DC-8's for Part 125 cargo ops. I think 2020 has bizarre enough that we might actually see a few 50+ year old airframes take to the skies again to make some money. I'll believe it when I see it though...I do see the SP venture having the best chance at happening. It could be for spares though.
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:36 am

Boeing757100 wrote:
Yeah, I can't believe it either, but on planespotters.net, if you look at Samaritan's Purse fleet, there is apparently a DC-8-73 registered N873SJ that is due. The airline is a disaster relief company that is based in North Carolina I believe. Does anyone have any other info? I'd love to hear! Anyways, the thought of a DC-8 being brought back in 2020 and COVID-19 times is really surprising!


Very nice to hear on both the aviation side and humanity crisis response side. Samaritan's Purse has a wonderful history of going into horrendous situations and providing medical relief.
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:27 pm

tb727 wrote:
Not for Samaritan's Purse, but a DC-8-63 is being readied for a ferry flight out of YIP for a heavy check in OSC after not flying for ~9 years. N865F supposedly will be joining a couple more DC-8's for Part 125 cargo ops. I think 2020 has bizarre enough that we might actually see a few 50+ year old airframes take to the skies again to make some money. I'll believe it when I see it though...I do see the SP venture having the best chance at happening. It could be for spares though.



I thought n865f was preserved.
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:35 am

How does an organization justify using such old aircraft? Where does one even find pilots?
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:46 am

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How does an organization justify using such old aircraft? Where does one even find pilots?


Because the cost of acquisition is next to nothing, which is of primary importance to a non-profit charity organization.

Plenty of former cargo DC-8 drivers out there that could operate for SP.
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:52 am

According to:



N873SJ last picture was 2 years ago.

Last flight was done 11 months ago:

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N873SJ

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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:10 am

Boeing757100 wrote:
Anyways, the thought of a DC-8 being brought back in 2020 and COVID-19 times is really surprising!


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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:32 am

flyingclrs727 wrote:
Where does one even find pilots?


Pakistan? :duck:

Boeing757100 wrote:
I thought n865f was preserved.


I saw it parked at YIP a couple of years ago and it was, apparently, going to the Yankee Air Museum.


I first saw this plane operating for Seaboard World back in 1975. It was also a regular in he UK operating cargo flights for Loftleidir, Saudia and Air India cargo flights.
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:01 am

flyingclrs727 wrote:
How does an organization justify using such old aircraft? Where does one even find pilots?


There is still an active Level B DC-8 simulator in ILN I believe for training.

https://abxair.com/flight-support/fligh ... rcraft.cfm
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:43 pm

Boeing757100 wrote:
tb727 wrote:
Not for Samaritan's Purse, but a DC-8-63 is being readied for a ferry flight out of YIP for a heavy check in OSC after not flying for ~9 years. N865F supposedly will be joining a couple more DC-8's for Part 125 cargo ops. I think 2020 has bizarre enough that we might actually see a few 50+ year old airframes take to the skies again to make some money. I'll believe it when I see it though...I do see the SP venture having the best chance at happening. It could be for spares though.



I thought n865f was preserved.


Not really lol. I think it's been "stored" but either way I doubt it was taken care of in a way they thought it would actually fly again.
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:07 pm

n797mx wrote:
flyingclrs727 wrote:
How does an organization justify using such old aircraft? Where does one even find pilots?


There is still an active Level B DC-8 simulator in ILN I believe for training.

https://abxair.com/flight-support/fligh ... rcraft.cfm


There are several folks with ABX at ILN with extensive DC-8 experience that routinely volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse. Actually, one gentleman that I’m aware of is moving down to NC to help them in his retirement.
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:28 pm

Looks like this old former DHL -73 may be going to them or some outfit affiliated with them as well on this video that I found the other day of a recent test flt. It's last two digits of it's reg. is SJ (N805SJ) now as well, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qT77jaki6s
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:35 pm

I was not expecting this. Great news that a DC-8 found a new home.
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:40 pm

ATA L1011 wrote:
Looks like this old former DHL -73 may be going to them or some outfit affiliated with them as well on this video that I found the other day of a recent test flt. It's last two digits of it's reg. is SJ (N805SJ) now as well, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qT77jaki6s


This one is headed to SkyBus Jet Cargo, not Samaritan’s Purse. Currently painted and supposedly ready to go in the hangar at VCV.
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:41 pm

flyingclrs727 wrote:
How does an organization justify using such old aircraft? Where does one even find pilots?


I would be happy to renew my DC-8 rating!
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:44 pm

ATA L1011 wrote:
Looks like this old former DHL -73 may be going to them or some outfit affiliated with them as well on this video that I found the other day of a recent test flt. It's last two digits of it's reg. is SJ (N805SJ) now as well, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qT77jaki6s


A lot of stored airplanes in that video...
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:09 pm

Why not they get B737/A320 for replacement?
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:22 pm

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Why not they get B737/A320 for replacement?


A Super 60/70 series DC-8 is a lot more capable, not to mention cheap.
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:52 am

n797mx wrote:
flyingclrs727 wrote:
How does an organization justify using such old aircraft? Where does one even find pilots?


There is still an active Level B DC-8 simulator in ILN I believe for training.

https://abxair.com/flight-support/fligh ... rcraft.cfm

...and a DC-8 that doesn't appear to have been cannibalized (N41CX) out on the ramp at ILN. Not sure when its last flight was.
 
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Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:19 am

arcticcruiser wrote:
flyingclrs727 wrote:
How does an organization justify using such old aircraft? Where does one even find pilots?


I would be happy to renew my DC-8 rating!


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