Ship One History








Douglas
Aircraft Company (DAC)

Douglas Commercial Eight
DC-8


History
of Ship One

& The Airlines Who Flew ‘Her’




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 blue
) 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
OPERATOR
SHIP
NAME OR NUMBER
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









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