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 IT’S FIRST FLIGHT ON MAY
30, 1958 IN FRONT OF OVER 95,000 EMPLOYEES AND SPECTATORS. THE INITIAL FLIGHT
LASTED FOR 2 HOURS AND 7 MINUTES. 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 2 (N8018D) A DC-8-21
IN NOV. 1958 AND SHIPS 3 & 4 (N8028D & N8038D) A DC-8-12 & ANOTHER
DC-8-11 IN DEC. 1958 AND JAN. 1959 RESPECTIVELY – FOR FURTHER FLIGHT TESTING AND
FAA CERTIFICATION. SHIPs 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 FEB. 1959. IN ALL
A TOTAL OF 10 DC-8s WERE USED IN THE TESTING PROGRAM TO FAA CERTIFY THE MANY VERSIONS
OF THE EARLY DC-8s. (SEE THE DC-8 TECHNICAL DATA SECTION FOR MORE INFORMATION
ON THE DIFFERENT DC-8 VERSIONS THAT WERE MADE). THIS MASSIVE TEST PROGRAM ENABLED
THE DC-8 TO ENTER SERVICE JUST 11 MONTHS BEHIND THE BOEING 707 (AFTER INITIALLY
BEING BEHIND BY 3 YEARS).

SHIP
ONE WAS CERTIFIED BY THE FAA ON AUG. 31, 1959. THE FIRST TWO DC-8 SERIES 11s ENTERED
AIRLINE SERVICE WITH DELTA AIR LINES AND UNITED AIR LINES ON SEPT. 18. 1959. DELTA
BEAT UNITED’S FIRST FLIGHT BY ONLY A FEW HOURS. IN 1960 SHIP ONE WAS RE-ENGINED
WITH NEW PRATT & WHITNEY TURBOFAN ENGINES WHICH WERE MORE POWERFUL, FUEL EFFICIENT
AND QUIETER THAN THE OLDER TURBOJET ENGINES. THE PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN USED
TO CERTIFY THE FIRST TURBOFAN VERSION OF THE DC-8 – THE SERIES 51 – WHICH FIRST
FLEW ON DEC. 20, 1960 AND WAS CERTIFIED IN MAY 1961. STARTING IN JUNE 1961 SHIP
ONE ENTERED AIRLINE SERVICE AND OPERATED WITH SEVERAL AIRLINES (SEE BELOW) UNTIL
IT WAS RETIRED IN JANUARY 1982. THIS WONDERFUL PIECE OF HISTORY SAT IN THE DESERT
AT MARANA, AIRIZONA FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS AND WAS NEVER SAVED AND PRESERVED BY BOEING
(WHO HAD BOUGHT MCDONNELL DOUGLAS) OR A 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;
RE-REGISTERED 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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