Ship One History


Fred
Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection




Douglas
Aircraft Company
Douglas Commercial # 8 (DC-8)

‘Ship
One’
& Early DC-8 Testing


DC-8
Ship One, registered N8008D, was rolled out of the Douglas Aircraft – Long Beach,
CA – Factory on April 9, 1958. The Prototype DC-8 made its first flight on May
30, 1958 in front of over 95,000 employees and spectators and flew for 2 Hours
and 7 Minutes on the initial flight. The next test flight occurred on June 4,
1958 and between June and late August Ship One accumulated 72 hours of in-flight
testing in a total of 22 flights. Ship One was later joined by Ship Two (N8018D)
a DC-8-21 in November 1958 and Ships 3 & 4 (N8028D & N8038D), a DC-8-12
& another DC-8-11 in December 1958 and January 1959 respectively, for further
flight testing and FAA Certification. Ship’s 2, 3 & 4 were all destined to
be delivered to United Air Lines. Ship 7 (N8068D) a DC-8-33, the first Intercontinental
Version of the DC-8 & destined for Pan American, joined the testing program
in February 1959. A total of 10 DC-8s were used in a comprehensive testing program
to permit the FAA Certification of all of the early DC-8 versions in a short period
of time. This enabled the DC-8 Series 10, 20, 30 & 40 all to enter into airline
service between September 1959 and March 1960 which substantially cut the lead
time that Boeing had with the introduction of the different versions of the 707.
Initially Douglas was 3 years behind Boeing in their jet program but through the
innovation and dedication of the Douglas Team the DC-8 entered service just 11
months behind the 707.
Please see the ‘DC-8 Technical Data’ Section for
more information on the different DC-8 versions that were made.

Ship
One was certified by the FAA on August 31, 1959. The first two DC-8 Series 11s
entered airline service with Delta Air Lines and United Air Lines on September
18, 1959. Delta beat United’s first DC-8 flight by only a few hours. In 1960 Ship
One was re-engined with new Pratt & Whitney JT3D Turbofan Engines which were
more powerful, fuel efficient and quieter than the older turbojet engines. The
aircraft was then used to certify the first Turbofan Version of the DC-8 – The
Series 51 – which first flew on December 20, 1960. The first Series 50 was FAA
Certified on April 28, 1961. Beginning in June 1961 Ship One entered into airline
service and ultimately was operated by six different airlines (see below – airline
operators are highlighted in red) until it’s retirement
in January 1982. This valuable & irreplaceable piece of aviation history sat
in the desert at Marana, Arizona for nearly 20 years and was never saved and preserved
by Boeing (who subsequently had acquired Douglas/McDonnell Douglas), any of the
airlines who operated the DC-8 or an aviation museum.
SADLY,
SHIP ONE MET IT’S FINAL DEMISE IN 2001 WHEN IT WAS SCRAPPED.

SHIP
ONE’s OPERATING HISTORY

MSN/LINE#
SERIES
REGISTRATION
SHIP
#
SHIP
NAME
DELIVERED
DISPOSED
REMARKS
45252/1
11
N8008D
5/30/58
—-
FIRST
FLIGHT OF DC-8-11 SHIP ONE

51
N8008D
12/20/60
—-
DAC
CONVERTED TO DC-8-51;
FIRST FLIGHT 12/20/60
"
51
N8008D
6/21/61
5/26/62
DAC
LEASED TO NATIONAL AIRLINES
"
51
N8008D
6/20/62
5/11/65
DAC
SOLD TO TRANS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (TIA)
"
51
N8008D
5/11/65
12/65
TIA
LEASED TO LUFTHANSA
"
51
CF-CPN
EMPRESS
OF SANTIAGO
10/2/66
10/1/67
TIA
LEASED TO CANADIAN PACIFIC AIRLINES;
REREGISTERED
N8008D UPON RETURN
"
51
N8008D
800
10/1/67
3/23/79
TIA
SOLD TO DELTA AIR LINES
"
51
N8008D
3/23/79
4/1/79
DELTA
AIR LINES SOLD TO
ITL INC. / FB AYER & ASSOCIATES
"
51
XA-DOE
QUINTANA
ROO
4/1/79
1/7/82
FB
AYER LEASED TO AEROMEXICO
"
51
XA-DOE
1/7/82
5/24/89
WITHDRAWN
FROM USE & STORED AT MARANA, AZ; REREGISTERED N8008D BY FB AYER BUT REGISTRATION
NUMBER WAS NEVER ACTUALLY APPLIED TO THE AIRCRAFT
"
51
XA-DOE

N8008D
5/24/89
1/7/92
FB
AYER SOLD TO AGRO AIR INTERNATIONAL AS N8008D BUT AIRCRAFT REMAINED STORED AT
MARANA, AZ AS XA-DOE
"
51
XA-DOE
N8008D
??
2001
FINE
AIR CARGO BOUGHT AIRCRAFT TO USE FOR PARTS; ARROW AIR ACQUIRED FINE AIR BUT HAD
NO USE FOR DC-8-50 PARTS
"
51
XA-DOE
N8008D
2001
2001
ACCORDING
TO ARROW AIR ‘SHIP ONE’ WAS SCRAPPED (AKA BROKEN UP)
AT MARANA, AZ SOMETIME IN 2001


 


USE OF ANY
IMAGES FROM THIS WEBSITE IS PROHIBITED WITHOUT CONSENT
FROM THE IMAGE AUTHOR.

 



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *