Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Jan 29, 2022 20:34:45 GMT
YEAH .... it's one of the better/more concise DC-8 history videos I've seen to date. And one of the first (if not the only one) to acknowledge the future of DOUGLAS commenced its slow downward spiral from the time it began developing the DC-8 .... and prior to its 1967 merger with McDONNELL.
As I briefly related within my last/recently posted history ....
(1) upon losing the KC-135 Tanker contract to BOEING, and being forced to develop a jet transport in order to remain a competitive market participant, DOUGLAS not only had to relocate from Santa Monica to Long Beach, Los Angeles, but, was also forced to construct an entirely new production facility as well as fund development of the DC-8 .... "all at its own cost".
(2) The B707's development having been advantaged (offset) somewhat by government investment/BOEING's KC-135 Tanker contract for the USAF
It's probably fair to assume circumstances that ultimately resulted in the 1997 McDONNELL-DOUGLAS/BOEING merger were set in motion from the 1950's too
love the dc8
I consider myself fortunate in that I got to fly on them (TE/NZ on -52's) .... a number of times throughout the 1970's.
My last ever DC-8 flight was on HA's SUPER 63 during January 1990 .... and during which I rode in the jump seat (normally a "NO NO" on US carriers, but, I knew the HA AKL Station Manager very well and on that basis the captain allowed it
I was planning on a long haul dc-10 flight for tomorrow but after watching the video my mind says DC-8 now. Let's see.