United Air Lines Douglas DC-8-11 N8028D
United Air Lines, rather than
order the Boeing 707 early on (after all, prior to the 707, Boeing had
been somewhat dormant in the
airliner sphere for ten years) decided to pin its hopes on the Douglas
transport. Unfortunately, Douglas were a late entry into the jet
market, only when Boeing, so to
speak, forced its hand.
Consequently the DC-8 did not enter service until a good eight months
707 had done so, enabling American Airlines to grab a lion's share of
traffic. United eventually
commenced jet service on 18 September 1959 (the same day that Delta
N8028D was actually United's
second DC-8 and was re-registered N8002U in 1961.