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Douglas DC-8 Website

Old 15th Mar 2021, 22:44
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Douglas DC-8 Website

Hi all

Around 6+ years ago I used to visit an excellent website that covered the DC-8 in great detail.

The website covered all the original operators, detailing numbers delivered, sub-types and registrations etc. It also had a section that detailed all the sub-types produced with weights, specifications and conversions etc. The website also had a history of all non original DC-8 operators plus a history of the production facilities at Long Beach.

It was a fantastic reference guide and had details and photos that no other DC-8 website that I've seen has.

Unfortunately I am unable to find the link. I think the website was produced in America but I'm not 100% sure of th

Does anyone know of this excellent website and please provide a link? (If it's still going)

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Old 15th Mar 2021, 23:20
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Could http://www.dc8.org be the website you were looking for? If so, no wonder you sadly could not find it.

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Old 16th Mar 2021, 00:07
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I always wanted to fly a DC-8.
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Old 16th Mar 2021, 00:24
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That's really sad. A lot of the information on such model specific sites are mainly due to the effort of an individual with 1. The passion for the aircraft, 2. The ability to convey his passion thru words and pictures and 3. The know-how to get it up on the web an accessible to all. Its when this individual is not able to keep up the website and shuts it down that we (belatedly) appreciate his efforts.

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Old 16th Mar 2021, 00:27
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A340600man.. the main page is deactivated but the other pages can be accessed from this address "http://www.dc8.org/library/index.php" Link below doesn't show the full link but it works.

www.dc8.org


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Old 16th Mar 2021, 09:43
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I too wanted to fly it after I did two sessions on the sim during sélection for SR.. Hardest bit of flying in my career and all raw data including duck and dive with stepped level offs using VORs with outboard engine out (and varying cross winds). Teamed up with an AirFrance 737 pilot for the first day who crashed in the second session and didn’t get the job. Large trim changes needed with every power change.
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Old 16th Mar 2021, 15:36
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Anilva & Union Jack

Thank you .. That's the website I was looking for. It's a shame it's not as fully detailed as I remember.

Regards

Len
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Old 16th Mar 2021, 18:13
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Try Jhieminga, he made an excellent VC10 site so with a bit of copy/paste he could cook up a DC8 version ... ?
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Old 23rd Mar 2021, 20:48
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http://www.dc-8jet.com
A great website by Fred Cox
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The site was archived many times and is not lost.
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I'm not sure of all of the numbers but the DC-8 was the first airliner to break the sound barrier, in a controlled dive out of FL 500

DC-8 was used to validate Einstein's theory of special relatively. It was flown with an atomic clock and compared to a stationary atomic clock, and the clock in the DC-8 was slower.

Since the reverse thrust doubled as a speed brakes. the DC-8 was chosen to determine handling capabilities of high bypass engines at thrust reverser deployment as part of the investigation of the Lauda disaster.
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Old 29th Mar 2021, 07:21
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Originally Posted by osborne View Post
Try Jhieminga, he made an excellent VC10 site so with a bit of copy/paste he could cook up a DC8 version ... ?
I appreciate the thought, but I don't think that's going to happen
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Did any British-registered DC8s carry passengers ? The only UK DC8s I can think of are the Transmeridian freighters at Stansted.
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Old 29th Mar 2021, 21:00
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No, all freighters except I think TMAC bought one passenger aircraft for spares (G-BETJ). IAS also had them at Gatwick.
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Old 29th Mar 2021, 21:53
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We had four DC8 freighters in IAS when I was with them. 3 - 54s and 1- 55, I seem to remember. Later, Transmeridian had a couple I think which joined the IAS aircraft when the two airlines joined together as British Cargo Airlines.
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Lloyd International had three D.C.-8 srs 63CF on order at one time, even got as far as issuing postcards of an artists impression of one. The order was subsequently cancelled I believe the became N616A, ‘62A and 63A with Airlift. I would be intrigued to know if any G- registrations were reserved ?
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Old 30th Mar 2021, 09:12
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Ref the Lloyd DC-8 registrations, I've never seen any mention - presume the order was cancelled before they got as far as registrations... wonder if they saw a list of ARB requirements for certification and thought "stuff that...!"

IAS: G-BDDE, 'DHA, 'IAS and 'SKY
TMAC: G-BETJ (33 for spares), 'FHW and 'TAC
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Thanks all. I kind of knew they were all freighters. I did once hear a rumour that British Midland were once considering buying the -70 series, and/or the DC10. Neither happened!
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the DC-8 was the first airliner to break the sound barrier, in a controlled dive out of FL 500
Indeed it was PA, story here.

https://www.airspacemag.com/history-...onic-27846699/
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​​​​​Thank you Megan, that's a very interesting article!
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