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More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:15 pm

I know this is sooo random, but on Planespotters.net, I was checking production list for DC-8, and 9T-TCN, 9Q-CJL, 9S-AJG, 9S-AJO, N817NA, 5V-TGF, N782SP, TT-DFJ, and OB-2059-P are the only active DC-8s. I know that they may not be flying regularly like A380, but more are counted as "active." Only A380s B-6137, B-6138, B-6140, A6-APD, and A6-API were counted as active. This is due to COVID. I know this MAY not be for long, but this was interesting definetly.
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:55 pm

Goes to show they flew with 4 engines in the 50s you don’t need 4 engines 70 years later.
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:29 am

Fascinating odd little catch there! It's probably been a little over a decade, perhaps more, since that was the last the case. Thinking 2008-2009ish when A380 production was in full swing and large DC-8 fleets such as 5X's were reaching final retirement. Never would have guessed I'd see that be the case again in my life. Now, while many A380s will be permanently retired enough should be reactivated in the coming months to reverse that again but that's still quite the marker of the durability of the DC-8 and the how niche the A380 really turned out to be. Thanks for posting!
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:24 am

Boeing757100 wrote:
I know this is sooo random, but on Planespotters.net, I was checking production list for DC-8, and 9T-TCN, 9Q-CJL, 9S-AJG, 9S-AJO, N817NA, 5V-TGF, N782SP, TT-DFJ, and OB-2059-P are the only active DC-8s. I know that they may not be flying regularly like A380, but more are counted as "active." Only A380s B-6137, B-6138, B-6140, A6-APD, and A6-API were counted as active. This is due to COVID. I know this MAY not be for long, but this was interesting definetly.


N865F soon to be added to the active DC-8 list, currently at YIP awaiting transfer of ownership to Global Air Leasing LLC and maintenance due at OSC to be used as a contract freighter around the world. Mind you it's also JT3D powered ;) as well.

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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:30 am

I'm betting that there are more active DC-3's / C-47's and the Turbo conversions (Basler BT-67, Conroy, etc.) than A380's as well.

I believe that the DC-3 and its variants will outlast the A380 and likely the 747 and many other larger commercial aircraft as well.

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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:32 am

How many passenger DC-8s are active?
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:43 am

cpd wrote:
How many passenger DC-8s are active?


Kind of depends how you count it I guess. If it planespotters is correct then a VIP DC-8 is still active for the government of Togo. The NASA DC-8 has still has passenger windows although it is used as an experimental aircraft. The Samaritan's Purse DC-8 is a combi that has a small pax section in the aft part of the fuselage. No "proper" pax DC-8s appear to be in service, however.
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:48 am

argentinevol98 wrote:
cpd wrote:
How many passenger DC-8s are active?


Kind of depends how you count it I guess. If it planespotters is correct then a VIP DC-8 is still active for the government of Togo. The NASA DC-8 has still has passenger windows although it is used as an experimental aircraft. The Samaritan's Purse DC-8 is a combi that has a small pax section in the aft part of the fuselage. No "proper" pax DC-8s appear to be in service, however.


Samaritan's Purse is also supposed to be adding a second DC-8 (Super 70). I do wonder if they might eventually switch to DC-10s if FX is willing to sell any -30s to them (they donated one to Orbis to replace their -10).
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:58 am

Is there any updates on that DC-8-50 that was flying this past year in the DRC? That last video of her taking off was amazing.
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:49 am

argentinevol98 wrote:
cpd wrote:
How many passenger DC-8s are active?


No "proper" pax DC-8s appear to be in service, however.


That's the answer I was after. I haven't ever seen one. I've only ever seen one freighter DC8 (Meridian I think it was operated by).
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:34 pm

Just goes to show what an odd set of circumstances we find ourselves in these days.
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:23 pm

I wonder how many DC-3s are still in service.
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:35 pm

So when the last A380 is retired, will their crews fly home on a DC-8? :duck:


(It's a joke, I know most DC-8s are freighters, most A380s are in Europe/China and no DC-8 flies there, yada yada)
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:54 pm

m007j wrote:
So when the last A380 is retired, will their crews fly home on a DC-8? :duck:


(It's a joke, I know most DC-8s are freighters, most A380s are in Europe/China and no DC-8 flies there, yada yada)


Same joke as when, years ago, we were talking about Northwest DC-9s flying forever.
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:13 pm

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Is there any updates on that DC-8-50 that was flying this past year in the DRC? That last video of her taking off was amazing.



What video? Which year?

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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:37 pm

argentinevol98 wrote:
cpd wrote:
How many passenger DC-8s are active?


Kind of depends how you count it I guess. If it planespotters is correct then a VIP DC-8 is still active for the government of Togo. The NASA DC-8 has still has passenger windows although it is used as an experimental aircraft. The Samaritan's Purse DC-8 is a combi that has a small pax section in the aft part of the fuselage. No "proper" pax DC-8s appear to be in service, however.

Isn’t there an ex-UA -72 VIP plane in storage that is flyable? Don’t know registration
 
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:59 pm

UA444 wrote:
argentinevol98 wrote:
cpd wrote:
How many passenger DC-8s are active?


Kind of depends how you count it I guess. If it planespotters is correct then a VIP DC-8 is still active for the government of Togo. The NASA DC-8 has still has passenger windows although it is used as an experimental aircraft. The Samaritan's Purse DC-8 is a combi that has a small pax section in the aft part of the fuselage. No "proper" pax DC-8s appear to be in service, however.

Isn’t there an ex-UA -72 VIP plane in storage that is flyable? Don’t know registration


Yup. N872SJ. Remember seeing it at IGM (Kingman, Arizona) a few years back on a road trip.
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:05 pm

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Is there any updates on that DC-8-50 that was flying this past year in the DRC? That last video of her taking off was amazing.

It only did this one flight, then never flew again. Too many technical problems combined with a lack of qualified crew.

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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:12 pm

Loran wrote:
crownvic wrote:
Is there any updates on that DC-8-50 that was flying this past year in the DRC? That last video of her taking off was amazing.

It only did this one flight, then never flew again. Too many technical problems combined with a lack of qualified crew.

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Which one? Is it the 1 for the Gov't or TACS? (trans air cargo service)
 
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Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:15 pm

I was referring to the one from the military, it is a DC-8-55F.
TACS has one -73F active, their -62F hasn't flown for over a year.

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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:35 pm

there are also more DC-9s, 727s, 707s, and DC-10s active than a380s.
 
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Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:49 pm

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there are also more DC-9s, 727s, 707s, and DC-10s active than a380s.


How are you counting the 707s? Military frames included, right? Otherwise I think the Omega tankers are the only civil 707s left if I am not mistaken.
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Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:23 pm

argentinevol98 wrote:
Boeing757100 wrote:
there are also more DC-9s, 727s, 707s, and DC-10s active than a380s.


How are you counting the 707s? Military frames included, right? Otherwise I think the Omega tankers are the only civil 707s left if I am not mistaken.



Military included. Also, Omega tankers aren't civil use I think.

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