This DVD is very unique. This release was first made for VHS in a two part series but has now found its way on DVD. This being the case, the quality is not as great as other DVDs but it is definitely still enjoyable. It all starts off with a dedication message for the pilots who lost their lives in the Fine Air crash back in 1997.
As with all DVDs, the flight from Miami to Providenciales starts off with a crew briefing with Capt South and his female first officer as they check the weather and load sheets for their flight. While taxiing for take off at Miami we also see the crew (including the flight engineer) having their final take off briefing. What happens next was a bit unexpected. After takeoff, we move away from the cockpit to the Fine Air head quarters where we are given a narrated presentation on the company. This feature occurs twice through the DVD and it provides viewers with interesting details on the start up of Fine Air on to what it became.
Going back to the cockpit, we join the crew on their approach to Providenciales where you can’t help but notice the blue tropical waters from the DC-8 cockpit. Featured in this DVD is a detailed walk around of the DC-8, cockpit presentation and an explanation of the flight engineers panel.
After a hop over to the island of Grand Turk and the ensuing flight back to Miami, we are then taken to destinations in South America such as Guayaquil and Quito. These flights were especially enjoyable due to the pilots providing many interesting bits of information on the aircraft and how much of a workhorse the DC8 has been.
I have always have been fascinated by the DC-8 due to its age and the fact that even today it is still used to provide charter passenger and freight services. If you love cargo operations, the DC-8 and wish to experience the day to day operations of this historic aircraft, then this DVD is definitely for you. I also appreciated the narration bits and the outside views on takeoff. Added to that, it’s not everyday you have the opportunity to see Just Planes videos that feature US Airports so this is definitely a one of a kind DVD.
As I might have mentioned in the past, these DVDs were an absolute pleasure to watch and I think anyone who loves aviation will enjoy them. At a cost of $25-30 each they are a bargain. These are perfect for days when you what to see or do something aviation related but also want to enjoy the comforts of home.
Reviewed by AvSim