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NASA Is Replacing Its Aging DC-8 With A Boeing 777The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is preparing to say goodbye to its old but iconic Douglas DC-8. NASA has operated the Douglas quadjet for decades, first taking it in February 1986, and using it ever since as a flying science laboratory. (simpleflying.com) More...
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I flew the NASA DC-8 for some 7 years at Ames Research Center (tail # 717) until November 1997. I was its chief pilot. It was a wonderful airplane with CFM-56 engines and upgraded avionics as well as other specialized equipment. It had replaced the earlier Convair 990 that had been destroyed on takeoff at March AFB in July 1985.
Good to see long time ago co-workers on this site. You guys did some great work and a lot of hours flying that -8, Casey. Missing the lobster! John Browning
Good to see long time ago co-workers on this site. You guys did some great work and a lot of hours flying that -8, Casey. Missing the "Main" lobster! John Browning
I flew the "8" for 11 years. Just about the most difficult airplane I have ever flown and I loved every minute of it. LOL I understand why they're getting rid of it but I hate to see it go just the same.
As a non-pilot passenger my least favorite plane has always been the 8, and all its variants.
Boo to you !!
A beautiful aircraft and as tough is old boots