Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – AC DC-8-63




Fred
Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection




AIR
CANADA

DC-8-63

1/50
Scale













Color Scheme:
Second Colors (Delivery Colors for DC-8-61 & DC-8-63)


Registration:
CF-TJA


Composition:
An Original Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum
Model


Dimensions: Length: 45" (115cm), Wingspan 35" (89cm)


Condition:
Excellent


Model History:
The blank for this model was produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company in the 1960s.  In approximately 1990 renowned collector Steve Spatz had acquired this blank and had it professionally finished in this Air Canada Livery.  In 1997 Steve decided to sell it and it was acquired by my friend Mark Makarovsky for his extensive Canadian Model Collection.  During a visit in January 2010 Mark agreed to trade me this Beautiful Model for one of mine.  I’ve been wanting to find a nice Air Canada DC-8-61 or 63 model for my collection because Air Canada was such a prominent customer of the DC-8.  Thank You Mark!


Air
Canada’s DC-8 History:
Air Canada is Canada’s Flag Carrier
and originally started operations in 1937 as Trans-Canada Air
Lines. The name was officially changed to Air Canada on June 1,
1964. Both Trans-Canada and Air Canada were long & loyal Douglas customers.  Air Canada (including Trans-Canada) took Factory Delivery
of  42 DC-8s in many variants and was the tied with Japan Air Lines for being the second largest Factory Delivery Customer.  The airline operated 11 DC-8-41/43s, 3 DC-8-53s, 8 DC-8F-54s (Jet Traders), 7 Super DC-8-61s and
13 Super DC-8-63s. In the early 1980s Air Canada converted 7 of
the 13 DC-8-63s to DC-8-63AF (Air Freighters) which extended the
DC-8’s life with the airline. A few years later six of the seven
DC-8-63AFs were then converted to DC-8-73AFs with the new CFM-56
High Bypass Ratio Turbofan Engines which further extended the
DC-8’s life with Air Canada. Air Canada thus set the records for
being the Longest Operator of the DC-8 with nearly 34 years
of service (1960-1994) -and- was also the Last Original Operator
to Retire the DC-8
. Click
Here to See Air Canada’s DC-8 Fleet Information.


Click
Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

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