04 April 2014

Japan Airlines' JA8542

Here's a bonus "HNL RareBirds Classic" for April.  Pictured above is JAL's DC-10-40,JA8542 (cn 47825/310), being pushed back for the last JAL DC-10 flight from Hawaii.  On October 26, 2005, JA8542 operated as JALways flight JO057 to FUK.  Unlike the last HNL flights of JAL's 747 Classic and 747-400s, there was no special ceremony since this was not the last JAL DC-10 flight.  However, the aircraft was sent off by several of the local JAL staff in addition to the maintenance personnel as seen in the picture below (Sorry for obstructed pictures as the Bradley fuel truck decided to drive by right at the same time the JA8542 was fully in the frame).

JA8542 was delivered to JAL on April 17, 1980 and was sent to Marana (MZJ) after its retirement in 2005 wearing the registration N825VV.  In this picture from airliners.net, you can see JA8542 stripped down sitting on blocks with the N825VV registration.

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