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Trip of the Week

PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:46 am
by David Reed
Flying this week's Trip of the Week- MIA-MSY-HOU-LAS-SFO in a National DC8

Here we are landing in New Orleans, two minutes ahead of schedule, in our DC8-31.
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In New Orleans, we switch to a -51 series, N8008D. This airplane was the very first DC8 ever flown. In 1960 it was upgraded to a DC8-51, the very first -50 series. This included new engines (JT3D-1), higher gross weight and various aerodynamic improvements. Here we see N8008D enroute from MSY to Houston.
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Re: Trip of the Week

PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:50 am
by David Reed
Next leg, Houston to Las Vegas! Oh yes, every seat filled. Here we are landing in Vegas
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After a quick turn, we taxi out for our last leg, to San Francisco. Next in line, waiting on TWA's old Connie
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Re: Trip of the Week

PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:42 am
by David Reed
Right here it was all looking really good. Vref +5, on glideslope. What could go wrong? Pulled the power off, started to sink more than I liked so I pitched up a little. Too much! Instead of slowing the descent rate, I stopped it. Work it back down, closer, closer (FE: "Here comes the end!"), plant it on, spoilers, max reverse, brakes, barely made the last turnoff. Looks like I need more DC8 time!
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