Last chance ever to fly on a DC-8-62

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One the world's last DC-8-62 passenger aircraft, a 32 seat combi operated by ATI, will be retired shortly. An opportunity may exist to operate a last-ever enthusiast flight on this aircraft, and I am making this post to gauge the level of serious interest.

The flight would operate from Sacramento, most likely departing in the morning, flying to Las Vegas, and returning the same day. The approximate cost would be in the region of $1500-$1600 per seat (as the hourly charter rate is in the region of $25,000).

As the aircraft is a combi with seats in the rear cabin only with five rows, the charter could only accommodate 32 passengers, which makes the cost expensive. We'd draw lots for the window seats, and make sure that different people get them for the outbound and return. And remember, not all rows line up perfectly with a window.

At this point no date has been set. It could happen on short notice between now and early July. I would like to hear from you only if you are 90% interested in attending, irregardless of when this happens. If you have possible date conflicts, then please do not respond. Your calendar has to be completely open between now and early July for me to put your name on the short list of 32 people. Additional names will go on a wait list.

Also, this will require 100% pre-payment for the flight, once we set a date. If you can't make it on time to Sacremento, then you will forfeit the entire payment. Also, there is a chance we could all get to Sacramento and the aircraft could be unserviceable or delayed, so people have to be open to the possibility of a delay, and/or cancellation. Payments will be refunded in full if it is cancelled, but there would be no liability for travel expenses to/from Sacramento.

If I am able to assemble a list of 32 people who are 90% sure they can commit to this, then I shall explore possible dates with the aircraft owner. I need to hear from everyone by Friday, April 5 to see if this is viable or not, as time is very much of the essence.

If you are interested, and are in agreement with the terms presented above, just send an email to henrytenby at gmail dot com with the word "yes" .. nothing more... as I really cannot answer any more questions or provide more info at this time. It would be a fun day, and a unique last-ever chance to fly on a JT3 powered DC-8.

This offer is presented on this webpage:
http://www.henrytenby.com/DC-8charter.html

Cheers for now,
Henry Tenby, webmaster
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Oh, if I had the means...I'd dearly love a ride on the DC-8.

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On the subject of the DC-8, it had a fuselage cross-section of very similar dimensions to the 737.

The what-if question is; What if Douglas used the DC-8 cross-section on the DC-9, would it have been more competitive?