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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

The DC-8:

DC-8s were not as famous as the 707s, but they were far more versatile. DC-8s were more easily stretched and they could be reengined and/or fitted with "hush kits" to meet noise regulations. Forty years after they went out of production, you can often still find one in the air, earning its keep.


bearsense said...

I got a kick from the "left-handed salute" just prior to run-up for taxiout.

LRod said...

I worked hundreds of DC-8s in my years. First, Easterns, Deltas, and Nationals (none of whom flew the 7-oh, to my recollection—in fact, it was very rare to see a 7-oh of anyone's in ZJX), and some lesser marques, as well.

When I got to ORD and ZAU, United, of course, with ORD being their home base, had zillions of them, but Flying Tigers flew them, too.

Re-engined indeed. United refit lots of them with CFM-56 high bypass engines. They developed so much thrust just at idle, that the age old choice controllers had to make—get down or slow down (lots of speed control within 150 miles of destination, and we did a lot of it) was magnified with the high bypass 8s.

Pilots don't like to use the speed boards (spoilers) as they cause a "rumble" throughout the airframe that they're concerned passengers find unsettling, so sometimes a little extra vector was needed to give them enough real estate to get down.

Oh, the memories.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

Sarah said...

Ah, that noise. Sounds like a 707 or 720 anyway.
At first I thought it may have been a famous JAL DC-8-62, ship JAL 8032.

Comrade Misfit said...

Ah, the "Shiga Maru".

LRod said...

I forgot to mention, we also referred to them as "Diesel 8s", a play on the "DC" (Douglas Corporation, if you didn't know) part of the contraction. Oddly enough, even though I probably worked just as many DC-9s, and a surprising number of DC-6s, we never referred to them as "Diesel Xes".

And if you're wondering why the gap between the DC-6 and the DC-8? I asked a DC-6 flight once why so many 6s flying and virtually no 7s. The answer? Fuel. The DC-6 used R-2800 engines which once burned 100/130 avgas, but can be made to burn today's 100LL. The 7s, on the other hand, had R-3350 engines, which burned 115/145—no longer available—and apparently aren't easily retrofitted to burn 100LL.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

LRod said...

P.S. EBM, did you get the Corry Climax image I sent (I used the email addy from our AT&T conversation)?

Comrade Misfit said...

LRod, I did get the image.

As for the DC-7s, one old pilot said that "DC-6s were four-engined airplanes with three-bladed props and DC-7s were three-engined airplanes with four-bladed props."