Oshkosh-Bound DC-7B Makes First Flight in Six Years
July 8, 2010 — For the first time in nearly six years, the Historical Flight Foundation’s DC-7-B took to the skies last weekend following an extensive renovation and restoration at Miami’s Opa Locka Airport, Florida. The gleaming red, white, and blue airliner in Eastern Airlines livery took off of runway 9L, appropriately, the morning of July 4, for a 40-minute flight. Aboard N836D were Captain George Riley, First Officer Eduardo Blanco, and Flight Engineer Carlos Gomez.
They departed north, then turned west toward the Everglades, performed several flight maneuvers, and returned to the airport.
“The airplane quickly accelerated to 230 knots and we started to pull back power to slow it down. It is very clean,” remarked Roger Jarman, HFF president. The crew checked out controls and response, felt the airplane out, all worked very smoothly, Jarman added.
Not too long from now, on Saturday, July 24, the airplane will be headed for Oshkosh and seats are still available for that flight for HFF members. (To book a flight, click here.)
A few days later, on Wednesday, July 28, a very special flight will take place in the airplane as FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt joins Capt. Sully Sullenberger, and his F.O. Jeff Skiles for a flight around the Oshkosh area during AirVenture. Babitt’s father reportedly flew DC-7’s with Eastern Airlines.
The airplane was “rescued” from the St. Paul, Minnesota, Downtown Airport after being parked for nearly three decades. To read about its resurrection, click here.