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Aviation Nostalgia Forum | The DC-8 howl
Aviaco used to send in their DC-8s on charter services to places like Palma, and these aircraft were cascaded from the Iberia longhaul fleet. The startup sequence of the DC-8 Super Sixty was like nothing else, an unearthly howl as pressurised air hit the turbine section to spin the engines up. CP Air would also send their stretched DC-8s in as well as a few charter aircraft to and from Canada. This vid of a Japan Asia Airways has excellent sound and brings back memories of the quad jet we used to think of as being the most exotic of them all.
The engine start begins at about 2.10
There was a new player in town using the old planes at third tier carriers called Airtours, aiming for the end of the market that Clarksons and the rest had operated in. Cheap and cheerful. I dropped some friends off one evening then went up to the top of the car park and was surprised to see their Aviaco flight was a stretched DC-8 for a two hour hop over to Palma. Nowadays you would kill to get on a trip like that....
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