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DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:15 pm

https://www.planespotters.net/operators/Douglas/DC-8


According to this link, there are 7 active DC-8s still flying.

Nasa- 1
Samaritan's Purse- 1
Trans Air Cargo Service- 3
Skybus Jet Cargo- 2


Does anyone know which routes and where these freight birds fly? Also, I've seen that SP got a 2nd DC-8 according to planespotters (N873SJ), but that is with Skybus now.
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1447589

N805SJ was listed as parked, so when was its last flight and when will it return to service? I've also heard from older threads on here that N872SJ had low hours.
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And also according to a comment on this video, N865F is being reactivated as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG1fHBX ... ppAviation

Man, is it ever so pleasing that this bird is still flying 50+ years on. (Sorry if this thread is repetitive or boring, the last thread about this was 3 years ago.)
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:27 pm

Any news about this Congolese Air Force DC-8 which was active as of December 2018?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9wfPMfK1RE
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:34 pm

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Any news about this Congolese Air Force DC-8 which was active as of December 2018?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9wfPMfK1RE




As per planespotters, that frame is now stored.
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:43 pm

We have been watching and covering the Skybus aircraft closely over at the "Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread". Also, reactivated 747-200Fs (!!) and interesting 747-400Fs. Come join us if you like! viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1456521
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:12 am

I thought Samaritan's Purse had a second one coming on-line?
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:38 am

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I thought Samaritan's Purse had a second one coming on-line?




Yes, I thought so too, but it was N873SJ, which is now with Skybus
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:07 am

I used to talk to the maintenance guys about the DC-8 and they swore it was the best frame in United's system and would take the abuse and punishment of some of the crews and still continue to fly.

On the other hand as a young ramper the container cable system was constantly jamming. Sometimes we would have to offload all the containers and start over.
I used to stand at the rear gallies and looking forward thought this was the longest cabin in the world. When 757 came out I thought it was an updated DC-8 with only 2 engines.

Miss the old girl, nice to see she is still around.
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:37 pm

>>>>Trans Air Cargo Service- 3<<<<

Saw one of these taking off at MIA last month.
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:41 pm

Regarding the video with N865F. I believe that is a different Aircraft than the one pictured in the post. I can't imagine a re engined DC8 going back to the original engines. Correct me if I am wrong
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:06 pm

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Regarding the video with N865F. I believe that is a different Aircraft than the one pictured in the post. I can't imagine a re engined DC8 going back to the original engines. Correct me if I am wrong

N865F is registered as a DC-8-63F (source), hence has the "original" engines: JT3D-3 or -3B.
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:36 pm

Ah very good I got a bit confused as the photo posted above is of VP-BHS. Is that beauty still flying?? If I recall it was up for sale a few years back.
I'd love to hear that old 63F spool up n roar down the runway .
Thanks for the clarification
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:51 pm

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>>>>Trans Air Cargo Service- 3<<<<

Saw one of these taking off at MIA last month.




Which registration? I thought it was a carrier in the DRC?
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:15 pm

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>>>>Trans Air Cargo Service- 3<<<<

Saw one of these taking off at MIA last month.

I am sure you mean Skybus of Peru, that was in MIA lately. The Congolese airline Trans Air Cargo and most other Congolese freighters don't leave its region, mostly seen in Congo and South Africa.
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:21 pm

Anyone have the status of 5Y-RCA? DC8-73AF
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:38 pm

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Anyone have the status of 5Y-RCA? DC8-73AF


Everything I can find says it's been at ILN since at least September 2016 in basic ATI colours with Ribway titles. I saw it there in May 2018.

Of passing interest, I saw the same frame when it was a proper DC-8 (pre-CFMs!) operating for Flying Tigers at Heathrow in 1976. :old:
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:47 pm

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ILNFlyer wrote:
Anyone have the status of 5Y-RCA? DC8-73AF


Everything I can find says it's been at ILN since at least September 2016 in basic ATI colours with Ribway titles. I saw it there in May 2018.

Of passing interest, I saw the same frame when it was a proper DC-8 (pre-CFMs!) operating for Flying Tigers at Heathrow in 1976. :old:


It is still at ILN. I saw a photo taken last month at ILN in which it appears.
 
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What will happen the the Dc-8

Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:13 pm

is the dc8 still flying or is if finally coming to an end? i know that douglas planes have a rep for lasting a long time, but how about the dc-8s?
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Re: What will happen the the Dc-8

Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:19 pm

There is a 53 year old DC-8 still flying.
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Re: What will happen the the Dc-8

Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:39 pm

Eventually to the desert, then to beer cans.....
 
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Re: What will happen the the Dc-8

Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:12 pm

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There is a 53 year old DC-8 still flying.

Sure is! Had a little mishap a couple of Days ago in Miami. https://youtu.be/H6gAoBRkLHw


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Re: What will happen the the Dc-8

Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:49 pm

Samaritan's Purse has one still flying. I "saw" it the other day over the top.going to Europe from NC. N782SP.
 
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Re: What will happen the the Dc-8

Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:56 pm

There’s a thread tracking this: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1458531

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Re: What will happen the the Dc-8

Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:12 pm

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There’s a thread tracking this: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1458531

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Thanks. I have merged the thread in the ongoing thread.
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:59 pm

NASA appears to have invested in heavy maintenance for their 1969 example:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasas-dc- ... -to-flight
 
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Re: What will happen the the Dc-8

Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:38 pm

MGASJO wrote:
Antarius wrote:
There is a 53 year old DC-8 still flying.

Sure is! Had a little mishap a couple of Days ago in Miami. https://youtu.be/H6gAoBRkLHw


Disagreement between the flaps handle and flaps indicator on departure. They wouldn't come all the way up to "clean". Perhaps a hydraulic issue, given the trouble with the brakes on landing.

This happened on 3/19/21. She was back in the air yesterday, Sunday, 3/21/21, for a multi-stop mission to Guyana and Suriname and return, and she's on the way now today for what looks like a round-trip to SAL.
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:47 pm

Given that the DC-8's are down to the one'sy-two'sy range is Boeing still supplying support for them? I guess with all the ones that were scrapped parts must not be an issue, but you probably don't sent them to a maintenance facility for overhaul .. such as the majors do. :scratchchin:
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:59 pm

I wonder if N805SJ or N872SJ will return to service? Also I wonder how often do the TACS DC-8s in the DRC fly? Also any other news on N865F and how the maintenance is going for re-entry to service?
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:08 pm

Wasn't DHL still flying DC8s? Did the old UA and DL DC8s fly for anyone else or did they head straight to the desert? When UPS retire theirs? Let me guess, the 757 Freighter was the replacement for UPS.
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:12 pm

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Wasn't DHL still flying DC8s? Did the old UA and DL DC8s fly for anyone else or did they head straight to the desert? When UPS retire theirs? Let me guess, the 757 Freighter was the replacement for UPS.


DHL (ASTAR Air Cargo) retired them in 2012. The former DL DC-8's went to UPS. Many of the former UA DC-8's went to Emery Worldwide and ATI (Operating for BAX Global/Burlington Air Express). UPS retired them in 2009 so since the 757 started entering the fleet in 1987 I hardly doubt that.
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:14 pm

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Wasn't DHL still flying DC8s? Did the old UA and DL DC8s fly for anyone else or did they head straight to the desert? When UPS retire theirs? Let me guess, the 757 Freighter was the replacement for UPS.




Yes, DHL indeed did fly DC-8 super 70s all the way till like 2011 or 12 (I don't remember). As per Planespotters, 9S-AJG was an ex United frame and is still in active service with Trans Air Cargo Service. The latest picture of it dates from late last year and flew for engine tests
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:12 pm

I had the opportunity to fly on the 50, 60, and 70 series. A great jet.
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:12 am

A clip of the active Skybus DC-8-73F (OB-2059-P) with a compressor stall on landing in Trinidad (POS)

https://youtu.be/Vj_spGg24Cc
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:28 am

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A clip of the active Skybus DC-8-73F (OB-2059-P) with a compressor stall on landing in Trinidad (POS)


You callin' my airplane a POS??? Why, I oughta...!

No big deal is right. Fixing the inop landing light might be nice, too. What I did notice in particular is the very-smooth landing. Smooooooth. (Like Captain Caneman!)
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:47 pm

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A clip of the active Skybus DC-8-73F (OB-2059-P) with a compressor stall on landing in Trinidad (POS)

https://youtu.be/Vj_spGg24Cc



Doesn't Skybus have two active? And like, 1 or 2 more stored that they could restore?
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:13 pm

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Doesn't Skybus have two active? And like, 1 or 2 more stored that they could restore?


We have been following Skybus for months on the cargo thread.

They have two operational, but only one actively in use. N873SJ came up to MIA in January, but so far hasn't been used on the Amerijet contract. All the runs have been done on OB-2059-P. We would of course love to see N873SJ working as well.
 
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Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:27 pm

wjcandee wrote:
Boeing757100 wrote:
Doesn't Skybus have two active? And like, 1 or 2 more stored that they could restore?


We have been following Skybus for months on the cargo thread.

They have two operational, but only one actively in use. N873SJ came up to MIA in January, but so far hasn't been used on the Amerijet contract. All the runs have been done on OB-2059-P. We would of course love to see N873SJ working as well.


Do we know if N873SJ is sitting idle in MIA or is it getting some work done on it?
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