01 August 2011

MGM Grand Air's N803MG

The August edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to June 1994, when the MGM Grand Air DC-8-62H, N803MG (c/n 45910, l/n 311) paid a visit to HNL. It's seen above on Taxiway C, heading out to Runway 8R.

45910 was originally delivered to Alitalia as I-DIWV in November 1967. It was then acquired by Pacific East Air as N39307 in the early 80s. MGM Grand Air then acquired it, and registered is as N803MG. Trans Continental Airlines then acquired 45910, and converted it to a freighter, and re-registered it as N818SK. It then went to Kuwait Airways as 9G-REM. Sadly, this DC-8 and crew were lost in a crash in October 1999 at KIH (Kinshasa, Zaire).

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