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15 Classic Douglas DC-8 Operators

by Matt Falcus

The Douglas DC-8 was one of the great early generation jet airliners to grace our skies.

This four-engine passenger aircraft emerged in the 1950s, only a short time behind the Boeing 707 and de Havilland Comet.

It would go through various changes, evident in the different variants produced which each offered different range, capacity, engine powerplants or other aspects to suit changing customer needs.

In all, some 556 Douglas DC-8s were built, between 1958 and 1972, when the last aircraft rolled off the production line at Long Beach Airport.

There were many different airline operators of the DC-8, but we’ve selected 15 classics here – carriers that were known for their DC-8 fleets and common at the world’s airports.


United Airlines

Bill Larkins, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Thai Airways

Thai Int'l Airways DC-8-63 HS-TGX

Delta Air Lines

RuthAS, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Braniff International

RuthAS, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons


Worldways Canada

WORLDWAYS CANADA DC-8-63 (C-FCPS?/367/45929)


Eduard Marmet, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

Japan Air Lines



Steve Fitzgerald (GFDL 1.2 <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html> or GFDL 1.2 <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html>), via Wikimedia Commons

Fine Air

Fine Air DC-8F-54; N44UA@MIA, January 1994/ AYH

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines DC-8-62 N1807 at Shannon in 1992

Emery Worldwide

N996CF DC-8-62H/AF Emery Worldwide Rochester NY 12.8.00

Zambia Airways

9J-AFL_0072 Douglas DC-8-71 Zambia Airways----Shannon 90s


SE-DBL DC-8-63 Scanair Heraklion May 1986

Capitol Airlines

Capitol DC-8-63

CP Air

Amsterdam Schiphol in the 1970s publicity shot by the runway tunnels featuring CF-CPQ DC-8-55 of Canadian Pacific and Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle 10R CS-TCA of TAP Air Portugal


Did you ever fly a DC-8, or do you remember seeing them at your local airport? Leave a comment below.



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MERVYN CROWE November 17, 2022 - 8:55 am

I loved my flights on the DC-8, a truly lovely aircraft to fly in, only two airlines sadly, with AIR CANDA and AIR NEW ZEALAND, many years ago. Have many photographs of them from when they first arrived in service.
Have completed loadsheets for them with CAPITOL, SATURN and MARTINAIR.


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