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Anybody remember Douglas DC-7's?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bmc, Nov 16, 2006.


  1. bmc

    bmc

    Nov 15, 2003
    Switzerland
  2. Timmayx

    Timmayx

    May 29, 2006
    Wolverhampton, UK
    It always makes me sad to see old aircraft being scrapped :(
     
  3. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Santa Ana, Calif.
    Former Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    It is sad to see a great old plane scrapped. IIRC, the DC-7 was the last in the line of Douglas's turboprop airliners. I'll have to look for a DC-7 download for MS Flight Simulator.

    I drove by the old DC plant (which became MD and then Boeing) recently, and the famous "Fly DC Jets" sign was still lit up. The plant's very last commercial jet, a Boeing 717 (née the DC-9 and MD-80) rolled off the line there earlier this year.
     
  4. Although I'm more interesed in military aircraft, my 84-yr-old father's first job in the WW-II AC industry was fabricating SBD firewalls. He also worked on DB-7s(U.S designation: A-20), so I'm a bit familiar w/vintage(I hate the overuse of that word)aircraft. Yes, sad. I wish we had a place for these beautiful pieces of history.
     
  5. Wow, yeah, I remember them. I actually flew as a passenger on one when I was a young kid! My father, now retired, had his first commercial flight assignment on the NEXT DC model, the first jet that McDonnell/Douglas put out, the DC-8 (UPS still uses them, otherwise, I don't know of anyone).

    Oh, and Bob, I believe it was a reciprocating engine, not a turboprop, Mc/D never did make a turboprop passenger craft - the only people that I can remember doing so was Lockheed with the Electra, which most know as the US Navy's P-3 Orion now.
     
  6. Me too.

    Yes, I remember the DC-7s and the DC-6s. www.calclassic.com/dc6.htm

    I have to admit though, I was more of a Connie man myself.
    www.conniesurvivors.com

    What a beautiful plane; then again, I love 'em all. :cool:

    Thanks for the memory nudge, Brian. ;)

    Mike
     
  7. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Santa Ana, Calif.
    Former Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Yes, you're right, it had reciprocating engines. I stand corrected. I should've said that I think it was Douglas's last prop airliner.
     
  8. Hey, I didn't realize that the Calclassic site has links to many more planes on it. :cool:

    www.calclassic.com

    Mike
     
  9. Mike, thanks for the nudge on the Connie!

    :)

    The old man's first aircraft out of flight school in the USAF was the C-121, aka an L-1049 Constellation.

    I've heard some pretty fun stories about that airplane.
     
  10. You're welcome, and again I thank BMC for this thread.

    Gard, we should be dubbed the AvCrew, or something similar, since it seems that you, BMC, Bob Lee, myself and a few others are the usual posters to Aviation threads.

    Welcome, Timmayx, and bassteban ;)

    I love this stuff. :hyper:

    Mike
     
  11. Mike, how 'bout "Just Plane Nuts"??? Start our own little TB club!

    :hyper:

    :D
     
  12. That gets my vote! :D

    Mike :)
     
  13. bmc

    bmc

    Nov 15, 2003
    Switzerland
    Guys...my office is at Geneva airport. It overlooks the widebody VIP aircraft parking. Lots of private B747SP, the odd B767-300ER.

    That DC-7 is going to be replaced with a B737-200. There's a guy that flies for Privatair that owns an airworthy Connie that carriers Brietling markings. It's based in Basel. He worked some deal with airport involving the B737 and the DC-7. The 737 was time ex and had been parked at an airport on the other side of France. They ferried it over about three weeks ago with the gear down. This guy got the DC7, but sold it for scrap. He kept the engines and is going to make souveniers (ashtrays, etc) to sell at airshows to finance the Connie.

    Nice to see the propeller heads on TB.

    I have a distribution list of propeller heads I send pics, ppt's etc on a regular basis. Send me a pm if you want on the mailing list.
     
  14. :cool: Don't exactly remember the DC-7. Here's another link for information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_DC-7.

    I do, however remember the C-118, which was the military version of the DC-6, forerunner of the DC-7. When my family returned to the U.S. in 1957 after my father's 4-year tour of duty in England, we flew back to the States from Preswick, Scotland to McGuire AFB, NJ, with a stop in Newfoundland for refueling. That was my first ever air flight. Man, was I excited.

    The military never bought a version of the DC-7, but they had a very large number of C-118s. I think they were still flying a few of the C-118s as late as 1975. It was during that time era that the Air Force phased out all of recips. They only kept turbos and jets. Of, course during 'Nam, a number of recips snuck back into the Air Force inventory.
     
  15. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Can I join? I start flying on this in a week or so:

    g120a.jpg

    And this just after Christmas:



    da801.jpg

    :)
     
  16. Mucho cool! :cool:

    Geoff, is the bottom photo a DeHavilland Dash 8?

    It looks like one, but the nose on that plane is a little different.

    Mike
     
  17. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I used to hang out on StudentPilot.com a lot, back when I was into flying a lot more than I am now...I got my Private certificate in '03, the centennial of flight. It was really cool, and I still have a copy somewhere of the post I made that day. Still have my shirt from my first solo, etc. I don't really have the time to fly much anymore, nor the money...at one point, I was discussing becoming partners in a Warrior, but after I read the terms of the deal, I backed out. Too onerous, and I felt that the aircraft would not be kept up as much as it deserved, plus I'd only get about 6 hours a month in it, which wasn't enough at the time.

    I remember the old DC-7, the DC-6, and have flown in a DC-3. Not piloted, just a passenger! Last time I was out in California, I was staying and working near the Camarillo airport. They had a sweet-looking Connie out there that was airworthy, IIRC...I also know of the A-20, wasn't that the Douglas 'Havoc' twin-engine attack bomber?

    I love old planes, they symbolize the innocence we used to have, and the romance of flight- before the corporate greed mentality set in, and we became little more than "self-loading cargo"...:(
     
  18. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    BTW, Geoff, how are you going from a Grob to a DASH-8 in a little over a month's time? :confused: The Grob is a sweet little machine, from what I've read. I've half a notion to get checked out in a Diamond DA-40 one of these days, but it's $120/hr dry...:eek: Might go for a Katana checkout instead. Cheaper.
     
  19. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Santa Ana, Calif.
    Former Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Who put the Viagra in the DH? ;)
     
  20. Yes, it was, Bassic83. ;)
    www.ww2guide.com/a20.shtml

    Look what else I found; an aircraft DVD site: www.zenosflightshop.com

    Mike
     

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