Farewell to the DC-8
In March 1994, the Douglas DC-8 completes its final flight, closing a chapter in aviation history and almost 34 years of continuous service with Air Canada. The giant DC-8 jetliners helped bring TCA (now Air Canada) into the jet age. Air Canada operated the DC-8 longer than any other airline in the world. In the 1980s, the plane was converted into a dedicated freighter and overhauled with state-of-the-art GE/Snecma CFM56 engines (also used in the Airbus A320). This gave them a new lease on life, and the workhorses continued to roam the globe on the night shift, able to carry up to 90,000 pounds of cargo.