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Air Canada DC-8

Mon Nov 22, 2004 1:14 pm

Are there any AC DC-8s left in the desert, or have they all been scrapped? I read (maybe here at Airliners) that some of the -73s went to UPS?


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RE: Air Canada DC-8

Mon Nov 22, 2004 1:45 pm

Five went to DHL. N801DH - N805DH One went to UPS N802UP.
 
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RE: Air Canada DC-8

Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:08 pm

Who better to answer than Dc8jet!

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RE: Air Canada DC-8

Mon Nov 22, 2004 11:37 pm

Last time I was at Marana, there were still a few (4 or 5) DC-8-54Fs, and a few L1011s too!

All of the DC-8-61s, -63s, -63F, and -73Fs have been sold.
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RE: Air Canada DC-8

Mon Nov 22, 2004 11:53 pm

Air Canada DC-8's have the strangest cockpit configuration of any DC-8's that I have ever seen.

From what I have been told, Air Canada tried to configure the DC-8's that they bought from DAC to a two person cockpit. So, many of the systems, that are usually on the FE's panel, are on the pilots' forward panels. There are so many additional gauges and switches there, that the radar indicators were on the outboard side of each pilot, instead of a single unit on the center console.

The flight engineer's panels was about half blank plates. Air Canada was not able to get the DC-8 approved for a two person operation, but continued with this unusual configuration.

The ex-Air Canada DC-8-73 operated by UPS went through an extensive cockpit modification to bring it into a more standard configuration with all of the other DC-8's that they operate. N802UP is still being flown by UPS.
 
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RE: Air Canada DC-8

Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:13 am

I'm surprised they haven't been scrapped (-54s). Wouldn't it be nice if AC brought back a DC-8 like they did with CF-TCA? Refurbish it and send it to the aviation museum maybe.

I would have really loved to fly on a DC-8. Such a nice looking aircraft.

 
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RE: Air Canada DC-8

Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:54 am

Yes, the DC-8 cockpit at AC was the source of a lot of grief. Not only were they almost impossible to sell, but we could not use any other airlines simulators, nor could any other airline use ours!

When other airlines did buy AC DC-8s, for example JM, they did not keep them long.
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