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New DC-8 crew qualifications issued

For the first time in probably a long time, some DC-8 pilots earn their wings after some approaches during a check ride with the FAA Samaritan's Purse DC-8-72CF, N782SP take off, go around & landing at Willow Run, YIP 1-27-21 ( Plus d'info...

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Mike Boote 8
Weirdly, I miss the DC-8, but don't at all miss the 707. I don't know why. I thought it was a more elegant plane. The DC-8 stretches that seemed to be a city block long were just beautiful.
ImperialEagle 5
I miss ALL the old birds. Even the old windmills. My first flight was on a DL DC-3!
Alan Dahl 3
United DC-6 for me when I was one year old. To this day I have never flown on a DC-3, I've only toured ones parked at airshows. My dad was a DC-3 pilot back in the 1940s though and I would love to experience flying in one!

Surprisingly my late mother, despite being 20 years younger than my dad, flew in a plane before he did, in a Jenny in 1931 when she was 3 years old sitting in her mother's lap! Dad didn't get his wings till 5 years later at Pensacola along some guy named Pappy Boyington!
Mike Boote 3
I actually got to fly on a DC-2 once back in the 90's. It was a restored bird owned by the Douglas Historical Foundation. What a thrill.
John Shearer 6
Flew the 8 as EAL F/O back in the day. Went to DC-8 ground school, then flew the DC-8-63 simulator, then the DC-8-51 for flight training and finally flew the DC-8-21 on the line. The -63 was the stretch with big engines, the -51 was short airplane with medium size engines, and the -21 was the short airplane with small engines that had cable operated reversers that could be used while airborne. The anti-skid was a hole in each rudder pedal where a 'woodpecker beak' would rapidly tap on your feet when you were pushing on the brakes prior to a skid to remind you to ease up
, or else. Great ole airplane then and now!
jbermo 4
The B-707 and DC-8 may look somewhat similar, but they were built with a whole different philosophy of system design.
SmokedChops 3
would love to have been able to hear the original JT4A or Rolls Conway quartet disturbing the peace...
ImperialEagle 5
The -4's had a very distinctive "pitch" to them. I could tell them apart from the others instantly.
BUT, they sounded just the same on the -320's. When the -3D's came out, the sounds were different between the -8's and the -320's because of the different nacelles.
The Conways had their own unique "pitch" with a decided "crackle" from the exhaust, at high power.

All the pure jets were loud-----however------nothing compared to the distinctive sound coming from an original JT-3C powered C-135 WITHOUT sound supressors. Those are, to this day, the loudest transport aircraft engines I ever heard.
Russ Brown 2
DC-8 stretch - 38A favorite seat next to the Booze. Once SFO/IAD fully loaded hot day, on take off tail hit so hard knocked my glasses off. Circled and fly by tower for inspection kept on going, FREE DRINKS movie was Kramer VS Kramer
ImperialEagle 2
That was great. A beautiful sight. Hate to think about what it costs to keep the old bird going!
Lanny Word 2
It’s a little easier when you don’t pay taxes. But I have wondered why they haven’t found something a bit newer to use for their missions. I know they were gifted this ac years ago but surely the cost saving would be worth an upgrade. Sometimes free is more costly. Ask anyone who got a hand me down Ford Pinto. Lol.
glpowercruiser 2
Aside: Thank God Fords are NOTHING like that any more!!!
Lanny Word 1
Ironic other aside, I had a great aunt that had a Pinto and never did anything to it. She just put gas in it and that was it. One time, when she was having a problem with it, I checked it out. It hadn’t had an oil change in 48,000 miles. Didn’t have a drop of oil in it and the plug had popped out from the heat buildup. I put in a new plug and oil, it ran for another 30k+ miles, presumably without another oil change. So I guess Ford made one good Pinto.
Alan Dahl 1
From their website:

In 2015, Samaritan’s Purse added a DC-8 airplane to its fleet. Known as a “combi” aircraft, it is specially configured to carry up to 84,000 pounds of cargo and 32 passengers, significantly increasing the organization’s capacity to respond immediately in times of crisis around the world.

Since the organization first deployed it in April of 2016, the DC-8 has carried more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo on 139 missions to locations such as Puerto Rico, Haiti, Liberia, Alaska, Mexico, Jamaica, Togo, Colombia, New York, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Belize, and Mozambique.

In 2019, the DC-8 carried more than 1 million pounds of cargo on 22 relief missions.
Mark Harris 2
What a beautiful sight!
Mark Bullock 2
Back in 1970 I was in tech school for my powerplant license at Wichita Falls. They brought in a DC8-63F to transport registered polled Herford's to Argentina. Wichita Falls used the B-52 runways on Shepard AFB. The extra length allowed a heavier fuel load for that first hop to Central America.
glpowercruiser 1
Did my tech school for USAF IT at Shepard. Changed my whole life. Would not be where I am today without it! Life, family, profession, financial security.
This news has made my day.
Mark Ryalls 1
I rode a "stretch" 8 out of Travis Air Force base to Honolulu in 1971 on my way overseas. The airline was Trans International Airwways. Beautiful aircraft. I wish I had taken a picture of it.
Fred B Rillo 1
It's been said that Dc-8-63 was 100,000 loose parts flying in close formation!
Barry Byrne 2
The parts weren’t loose.

They were held together with miles of wire & cable. Lots of cable.
Alan Dahl 1
My father said that of the DC-3 he flew when he first started with United, I have never heard it said of later Douglas aircraft.
Alan Dahl 1
Nice to see a few of the old girls still flying! My dad was a United Airlines DC-8 pilot from 1959-1968 and it was always his favorite airplane. One time I even was able to take a flight when he was the pilot so I got to go up to the cockpit mid-flight, great times!
Nathan Cox 1
Cool. Not a lot of 4 engine jets still flying anymore. I’m fortunate enough to fly one of them though! :) I’m wondering why they went with that model of aircraft for their needs. That one has got to be hard to get serviceable parts for. It’s almost like the old 20 series Lear jets going to South America. It seems there is always a niche for old planes.
To warm up, the flight crew drove around an old garbage truck with no power steering and bad tie rods
That's the first re-engined DC8 I ever recall seeing. Does anyone know what engines those are, and how they impact performance/range/economy?
Dennis Ernst 5
My understanding is that the upgrade is for fuel economy, noise abatement, and getting rid of the "black smoke trail" (remember those). Anybody that could see that the only direction for fuel prices was up made the upgrade. The neat thing about those engines is that the thrust reversers could be deployed in flight. A long, long time ago I used to fly to Denver a lot, and United flew DC-8s on the this route (from SJC). The legroom was incredible, and when the flight crossed the Front Range they would deploy them and we would come down quick. It made a rumbling sound like a dump truck on a rock road, so they would always announce it ahead of time. We could then approach Stapleton (that's how long ago this was) from the north instead of flying 50 miles out into the plains to get down and turned around.
That feature alone adds a ton of economic advantages in that profile.
Mike Taylor 0
If I'm not mistaken I think the C-5A has that capability - at least that's what the pilot told coming in to HIK from SUU transporting a "package". It sure seemed like an elevator ride.
Okay, I’m officially embarrassed after doing a little research. There were 110 60-series converted to “70-series” by adding the CFM56 engines back in the 80’s. Can’t believe I didn’t know that – I’m sure I’ve seen them; it’s just been a while. This one appears to be one of maybe only six still in operation today (another is operated by NASA).
Edward Bardes 0
Does anyone even fly the DC-8 these days?
Mike T 1
The company in the video they were getting qualified on...

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