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United Air Lines DC-8 Jet Mainliner on Runway

United Air Lines DC-8 Jet Mainliner on Runway

  • ca 1959
  • 25 x 40 inches ~ (63 x 101 cm)
  • Unbacked

    This poster is currently unbacked. At check out, you will be given the opportunity to add backing which would cost $145 and take approximately 6-8 weeks.

    Linen backing is the industry standard of conservation. Canvas is stretchered and a sheet of acid free barrier paper is laid down. The poster is then pasted to the acid free paper using an acid free paste. This process is fully reversible and gives support to the poster. A border of linen is left around the poster and can be used by a framer to mount the poster so that nothing touches the poster itself. Backing is what we recommend for framing, and for any poster needing restoration.

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  • The Douglas DC-8 was United Air Lines’ first jet, entering service on on September 18th, 1959. It DC-8 flew San Francisco and New York Idlewild.

    United was the launch customer for the DC-8. The first unit that arrived with the airline on June 3rd, 1959 was registration N8004U, and was given the nickname of Mainliner Capt R T Freng.

    Over the next three months, five more units joined United for training purposes. However,UAL took its time to deploy the plane for passenger trips. Despite being the first to receive the aircraft, it entered it into service on the same day as Delta.

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