Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – ADM DC-8-21

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection

AERONAVES DE MEXICO, S.A.
DC-8-21

1/72 Scale





Color Scheme: Delivery Colors

Registration: XA-OOO

Composition: An Original Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 24.5" (62cm), Wingspan 23.5" (60cm)

Condition: Near Mint

Model History: Produced by Douglas Model Shop in the late 1950s / early 1960s. It was last in the Linden B. Burgess Model Collection and then stored for 30+ years. My heartfelt thanks to Gary Burgess, Linden’s son, in selling me this Beautiful Model. I acquired it on Dec. 1, 2009.

Aeronaves de Mexico’s DC-8 History: Aeronaves De Mexico was founded in 1934, with the help of Pan American, who owned 40 percent of the new Mexican airline. The 1930s and 1940s were a quiet period for the airline but in the 1950s Aeronaves really "took off." First, the airline were nationalized by the Mexican Government. Next, they reorganized and expanded both internally and externally with the take over of some of their competitor airlines in Mexico. In 1958, Aeronaves began service on the profitable Mexico City to Los Angles route using the turboprop Bristol Brittania. Other long haul services were handled by the DC-6B. The 1960s saw more international expansion and the beginning of the jet age for Aeronaves with the introduction of the DC-8. Sadly, the first DC-8 for Aeronaves, which had been delivered to Eastern Air Lines in Aeronaves colors (for immediate lease to Aeronaves), flew for two short months before crashing on takeoff en route from New York-Idlewild to Mexico City. This model depicts that first DC-8 which Aeronaves briefly operated. Fortunately, Aeronaves took Factory Deliveries six additional DC-8s and leased several other DC-8s which enabled continued expansion. In February 1972 Aeronaves de Mexico was officially renamed Aeromexico. Aeromexico was the last airline to operate Douglas DC-8 ‘Ship One’ from 1979-1982 as XA-DOE. After it was returned to the lessor – FB Ayer & Assoc. it was registered back to it’s original registration of N8008D and stored at Marana, Arizona. Sadly, ‘Ship One’ was to never fly again. Click Here to See a Aeromexico DC-8-51 Model of ‘Ship One’. The DC-8 continued to soldier on for the Aeromexico through the 1970s and 1980s and they sold their last DC-8 in November, 1989. Click Here to See Aeronaves de Mexico/Aeromexico’s DC-8 Fleet Information.

Click Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft
Photo Courtesy Of & Many Thanks To Terry Waddington


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