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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 position of the cockpit section.

DC-8-21 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.

Own a 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.
    DC-8 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 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.

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Crazy 8'sThese 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 DC-8!

Super 70 Conversion - Some interesting photos and information about the conversion of the -61, -62 and -63 models. Located in the Library.

Cockpit tour. The Java-based tour lets you click any item in the DC-8 cockpit to learn it's function. 

Popular Science 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 section.


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