Words of Advice:

"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, March 5, 2017

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise


UPS retired their DC-8s in 2009.


New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Are those upgraded engines? Was the DC8 flying those back in the day?

CenterPuke88 said...

Upgraded. The original DC-8 had straight turbojets (JT3's and 4's) with almost no bypass. As a bonus, they could reverse the outboard engines to increase their descents and slowdown a bit...but it shook the hell outta the plane. The last ones were upgraded to CFM56's (high bypass).

Second bonus, the reason for those cabin curtains and dividers was allegedly that if you could see from front to back on the old B-707 and DC-8, you could see a slight fuselage bend when they turned!

Old NFO said...

Yep, definitely upgraded engines! SO much quieter... Try standing in the back of an A320 and you can watch the WHOLE fuselage twist in turbulence... SCARY!!! I'd take an old Douglas or Boeing bird any day!!!

LRod said...


Ah, yes, the old "slow down and hurry down" exercise. 707s could also reverse the outboards (and of course experienced controllers "never" got themselves into a situation when they needed that). But we knew they could and would sometimes ask. Pilots didn't like to because it jostled the customers. Hell, they often didn't want to use the speed brakes (spoilers) either for the same, although less pronounced, reason.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired