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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 film reel. 

Special thanks to Fred Cox at for making this video available!

Flying High at Zero AltitudeAn illustrated article from the December, 1958 Popular Electronics about the new state-of-the-art DC-8 flight simulator. Excerpt:

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