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United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:12 am

Forgive me if this is a dupe post, but I've always wondered about United's early DC8s, the -21 and 50 series in particular, that had "Captain WD Williams" or "Capt Henry Hucking" names by the nose. Maybe the -61 and-62s had them too.

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Were these named after actual current captains at United or former captains?

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RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:42 am

Yes, they were all early air mail pilots who flew for Varney Air Lines, Pacific Air Transport and Boeing Air Transport, which became United in the early 1930s . Most of them finished their careers in the Jet Age flying the DC-8. From open cockpit fabric biplanes to 600 mph jetliners in a little over 30 years; that's how quickly commercial aviation advanced. Hucking didn't retire until 1971!

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Here's a link to a complete list of United aircraft names.

http://www.aeromoe.com/fleets/ua2.html


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RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:45 am

That's neat tribute. Explains why they were only on the early DC8s
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RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:35 am

Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 1):
. From open cockpit fabric biplanes to 600 mph jetliners in a little over 30 years; that's how quickly commercial aviation advanced. Hucking didn't retire until 1971!

And what have we done since 1971? BORING...OK, the DC-10 and L1011 were cool, but after those two, I fell asleep!
 
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RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:04 am

Quoting crownvic (Reply 3):

You got that right!
 
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RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:22 pm

Is there a full list of the names?
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RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:41 am

Quoting Natflyer (Reply 4):
Quoting crownvic (Reply 3):

You got that right!

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RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:34 am

also 727-200 N7280U was named after Leon D Cuddeback,another pioneering pilot with United.Not sure if any other 727s were named.
 
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RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:49 pm

Here's the most complete list of United named aircraft I think you will find.

http://www.aeromoe.com/fleets/ua2.html

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