The Douglas DC-4E was an experimental airliner that was developed before World War II. The design originated in 1935 from a requirement by United Air Lines. The goal was to develop a much larger and more sophisticated replacement for the DC-3, before the first DC-3 had even flown. There was enough interest from other airlines, that American Airlines, Eastern Air Lines, Pan American Airways, and TWA joined United in providing $100,000 each toward the cost of developing the new aircraft. With a planned capacity of 42 passengers, the DC-4 (as it was then known) would seat twice as many people as the DC-3. It would be the first large airplane with a nose wheel.
On May 12, 2013 ATI DC-8-62 N799AL operated its last ever flight from Travis Air Force Base to Hickam AFB in Hawaii. The week of May 13, 2013, the DC-8 operated her last South Pacific USAF charters to Kwajalein Atoll on Monday and Wednesday, and to Wake Island on Thursday, and on Friday May 17, 2013 the aircraft's last ever flight was to her final resting place at the Barbar's Point Aviation Museum on Oahu.
Henry Tenby video documented the Travis arrival and departure all in HD as presented in this teaser clip. A DVD will be released this year from this video shoot.
Very special thanks go to USAF Lt. Col. Larry Suter, ATI's Bob Dobler and Phil Sisco, and the fabulous PR folks at Travis AFB, specially Ellen Hatfield and Angela Martin. Without everyone's help we would not have been able to document this amazing, historic, classic American jetliner.
Cliff Robertson stars and directs the movie called the "The Pilot" about an alcoholic DC-8 pilot. This film is an aviation classic and features lots of air-to-air footage of North American Airlines DC-8-30. Robertson was a stunt pilot and added a DC8 typerating so he could fly the air-to-air stuff himself. Camera ship was flown by Clay Lacy. The movie was filmed in 1978 and released in 1980 and have never been released to video or DVD.