UPS Airlines Ends DC-8 Program:
Due to the shrinking world economy
and deliveries of new, more efficient aircraft, UPS has made the
decision to shut down it's fleet of classic DC-8's. The DC-8 was
used on the very first revenue flight for UPS Airlines in 1988.
For years, UPS operated the largest fleet of DC-8's in the world
with as many as 48 aircraft. The last UPS DC-8 revenue flight was
on May 12, 2009 from PHL-SDF.
Birth of a Jet. This rare treasure is a Douglas
Aircraft Company promotional film from the late 1950's introducing the
new Douglas DC-8 Jetliner.
The film features beautiful views of the prototype
8 flying over the Golden Gate bridge and showcases the state
of the art amenities available to passengers onboard Douglas' newest
airliner. This video was transferred from an original 16mm
Special thanks to Fred Cox at www.dc-8jet.com for
making this video available!
Flying High at Zero Altitude.
An illustrated article from the December, 1958 Popular
Electronics about the new state-of-the-art DC-8 flight
Swift, new planes like the Douglas
DC-8, the Boeing 707 and the Lockheed Electra will be “old hat” to
airline pilots when they go into service.
A DC-8 simulator is as realistic as the actual airplane. It
consists of a cockpit section, a scale model airport, a
closed-circuit television system, and a computer system and
servomechanisms to control the position of the cockpit section.
Museum Display. Have a seat in a restored DC-8-21
fuselage section at the Oakland Museum of California. Full story
and photos showing how this impressive exhibit was created.
piece of history! A restored fuselage section
salvaged from Eastern Airlines N8604 is available for purchase as
a museum piece or for a private collection. Learn more about this
item and it's interesting history.
Skybus - The DC-8 that never made it past the drawing
board! Read about this fascinating concept plane that was designed
in the late 40's. Article reprinted from "Douglas
Service" Magazine - Second Quarter 1984.
The "Diesel-8" -
Special thanks to artist Dennie Beicker, for giving
DC8.org permission to display his work. Dennie created this
marvelous cartoon of the "Diesel 8". He's been a mechanic on
the 8 for many years.
8's - These aren't your run-of-the-mill DC-8's! Take a
peek at some of the more unusual DC-8's,
past and present.
Most recent addition: The Saudi Royal Family
70 Conversion - Some interesting photos and information
about the conversion of the -61, -62 and -63 models. Located in
tour. The Java-based
tour lets you click any item in the DC-8 cockpit to learn it's
Magazine Fold-Out Cover - The cover of the April, 1959
issue of Popular Science features a five page full color
fold out "X-Ray View of America's Latest Jetliner".
Check it out in the Library.
News Flash - The Douglas DC-8
Breaks the Sound Barrier! Read all about this historic flight and see a souvenir
that made the journey. Located in the Library
Do you have a
vintage DC-8 ad, promotional flyer, or photo that you would
like to see displayed here? Send a 200dpi scan of the item,
saved as a JPG file, and I'll give it a home at DC8.org! Send