Composition: An Original Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model
Dimensions: Length: 24.5" (62cm), Wingspan 23.5" (60cm)
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.
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
Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft
Photo Courtesy Of & Many Thanks To Terry Waddington