|NORTH AMERICA 1980s - JETS
|Although this website adheres to the lighthearted slogan of PROPLINER magazine founder, the late Stephen Piercey,
this is a selection of my photographs of a variety of turbojet types in USA and Canada on visits during the 1980s
|Flying Tiger Line Douglas DC-8-63CF with the stretched fuselage was nosed in on a cluttered ramp at Honolulu Airport in
August 1981. The freight sheds along Lagoon Drive across the field from the terminal attracted a variety of jet freighters.
|World Airways stretched DC-8-63 pushing back at the Honolulu main terminal on a passenger charter to the US mainland.
ARCA Colombia DC-8-51 freighter HK2587X powers out of a maintenance ramp at Miami Airport in August 1989. Like many
South American and Caribbean cargo operators at Miami, ARCA's maintenance base was a single truck stocked with spare parts.
|Miami was a haven for ex-airline DC-8s during the 1980s. DC-8-62H N8974U was parked with a group of pre-loved DC-8s.
This photo was taken during a brief gap in car traffic on NW 36th Street, a very familar road to Miami aircraft photographers.
DC-8-55F N907R at Oklahoma City in November 1981 was being operated by Zantop International Airlines of Detroit.
|Evergreen International Airlines was a charter contractor based at the former clandestine ops desert airfield Marana, Arizona.
Evergreen offered a range of services using airliner jets to Twin Otters, helicopters and fire bombers.
Here's their DC-8-50 N800EV at Marana in November 1981, formerly with Air New Zealand as ZK-NZG
|Another of the Evergreen DC-8s at Marana November 1981 was DC-8-50 N801EV, formerly Air New Zealand ZK-NZA.
|Evergreen DC-8-50 N804EV (ex ZK-NZF) at Marana, parked at aircrew accommodation blocks with large cafeteria.
|My long-time US west coast colleague Barney Deatrick feeling the desert heat as we walked the long Marana main ramp.
An aviation photographer since 1938, Barney's experience got us past the main guard gate several miles before the airfield.
|Boeing 727-30C N702EV was an example of Evergreen's large 727 fleet. Marana November 1981
|Evergreen utilised the parking ramps of the former Marana military base for retired airliner storage.
This DC-8-62F freighter I-DIWC was with a group of Alitalia DC-8s awaiting resale.
|DC-8-51 RP-C831 was with other Philippine Airlines DC-8s stored at Marana November 1981.
|Parked at Burbank CA in November 1981 was this anononymous DC-8-22 N8015U ex Fiesta Travel Club
|Former Overseas National DC-8-21 N1976P was at the Dallas-Ft Worth TX freight ramp in November 1981,
still wearing its special paint scheme and registration from the 1976 USA Bicentenary celebrations.
|DC-8-33 C-GSWQ of Canadian operator Swiftair Cargo at Abbotsford BC in September 1981.
Republic Airlines Douglas DC-9-30 N913RW at Vancouver BC during September 1981. It had been part of the large DC-9
fleet of Hughes Airwest until the previous year, when Republic took over Hughes Airwest.
|Republic Airlines DC-9-10 short fuselage model was still in modified Hughes Airwest yellow scheme in September 1981.
Photographed at Medford, Oregon when we flew on these short DC-9s on a multi-stop Vancouver to San Francisco run.
|The DC-9's lengthened development was the MD81. Muse Air's N10029 taxying at Dallas-Love Field TX in November 1981
|Pan American World Airlines Douglas DC-10-10 N69NA parked at San Juan, Puetro Rico in October 1981.
The registration shows it was formerly with National Airlines which Pan Am took over the previous year.
|American Eagle's ex Pan Am Boeing 707-321B N404PA in storage at Marana AZ, November 1981.
|Parked at Marana was "white tail" Boeing 707-321 CC-CEJ ex LAN Chile. It was sold as N1181Z that same month.
|Boeing 707-138B VR-CAN with luxury executive cabin stored at Marana November 1981 was ex Qantas VH-EBH.
|Aeromerica operated Boeing 720s and 707s from Berlin on a European network but was grounded by FAA in 1980.
1961 model Boeing 720 N734T was at their home base at Boeing Field, Seatle WA in September 1981.
|The depressing sight at Boeing Field in September 1981 as Aeroamerica's elderly Boeings were being scrapped.
|Emery Air Freight Boeing 727-22C at the freight terminal of Dallas-Fort Worth TX in November 1981.
Air Tungaru was the first national airline of the Republic of Kiribati island group (pronounced Kiribass, formerly known as
Gilbert and Ellis Islands) in the central Pacific. This former Lufthansa Boeing 727-30C T3-ATB was leased from
Evergreen for international services and was photographed at Honolulu ona remote ramp during August 1981.
|Aloha Airlines Boeing 737-297 N73712 at Maui, Hawaii August 1981 on a regular inter-island schedule.
|Wien Air Alaska Boeing 737-200 N492WC at Fairbanks, Alaska in September 1981.
|Frontier Airlines Boeing 737-200 N7388F landing at Denver Colorado in September 1981.
|L1011 TriStar 200 A40-TT in a delivery preparation bay at Lockheed's L1011 production plant at Palmdale CA November 1981.
This aircraft was ferried to Bahrein on 2 December 1981 to join Gulf Air, which operated a total of 19 TriStars.
|US Air Force Boeing E-3A Sentry AWACS aircraft based at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma in November 1981.
|Boeing E-3A 61606 at Tinker AFB Oklahoma, November 1981
|Airborne Warning and Control System AWACS operator work stations in an E-3A.
|E-3A rear galley and meals tables and crew rest bunks.
|Arizona Air National Guard Vought A-7 Corsair IIs landing at Tucson Airport Arizona in November 1981