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Introducing the latest aircraft to join the PlaneTags fleet - a Douglas DC-8-2. Tail number N8609 was delivered to Eastern Air Lines in October 1960 and flew with the airline until 1974. After a short stint with Air Caledonia, ‘8609 was retired and stored for decades. MotoArt rescued this hidden gem in 2021. 



Eastern was the launch customer for the DC-8-21, calling it the DC-8 B, and the model became Eastern’s first jet. The DC-8-21s took over longer non-stop routes, such as New York and Chicago to Miami and Mexico City and Bermuda. N8609 was one of Eastern’s 16 DC-8-21s, and one of a total of 33 that were built. Eastern proudly presented it as the most advanced and dependable jet, with power to spare. Its livery touted “Fly Eastern’s Golden Falcon Jet DC-8B”.

N8609 originally wore a red, white and blue Golden Falcon livery, but the majority of its years with Eastern it was wrapped in the New Mark/Hockey Stick scheme, with a Caribbean Blue swath above the Ionosphere Blue cheat-line which swooped up like a hockey stick parallel to the forward edge of the tail. The Golden Falcon was replaced with a new streamlined, minimalist falcon in white against a dark blue background. The design was meant to project an image of a safe, reliable airline. The New Mark colors and style, with several modifications over the years, would remain until Eastern Air Lines stopped flying in 1991.

MotoArt is thrilled to add a DC-8-21 in Eastern colors to our ever-growing encyclopedia of aircraft. The bygone era of the DC-8 and the mighty Eastern Air Lines will be remembered when you hold a DC-8 PlaneTag. Add one to your collection. 

EASTERN®️ - DC-8-21 - # N8609


  • Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company
  • Tail #: N8609
  • Passengers: 177 
  • Empty weight: 123,876 lb
  • Wing Span: 142 ft 5 in
  • Length: 150 ft 8 in
  • Height: 43 ft 4 in


  • Max Takeoff: 276,000 lb
  • Range: 4,050 nmi
  • Max Cruise Speed: 483 knots
  • Ceiling: 42,000 ft
  • Rate of Climb: 1,500 ft / minute
  • Engine: 4 x P&W JT4A-3


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