Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – AFA DC-8-63CF

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection


1/50 Scale

Color Scheme: Delivery Colors

Registration: N80000

Composition: A Douglas Factory Style Polished Aluminum Model made by Gary Field

Dimensions: Length: 44" (112cm), Wingspan 35" (89cm)

Condition: Excellent

Model History: The blank for this model was made for me by my friend Gary Field using a pattern from an Original Douglas Factory DC-8-61 Fuselage & Original Douglas Factory DC-8-62 Wing which I had. In my 30+ years of collecting I have yet to find an Original Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum DC-8-63 Finished Model or blank that could be refinished (though I do know that some were made). Thus when Gary agreed to make two of these blanks for me I was Very Happy & Relieved because 2 of the 44 Original Delivery Customers flew Only the DC-8-63(CF) and they were World Airways & American Flyers Airline. Thus, to reach my goal of collecting a large scale metal DC-8 model of each of the 44 Original Delivery Customers I had to have at least 2 DC-8-63s. In another stroke of luck, I had acquired 1 set of decals of each of these two airlines back in 1973 from Marketing Aids (Model Maker For Douglas/McDonnell Douglas). I gave these very old (and wrinkled) decals and the model blank to my friend Jim Powroznik (James Powroznik Custom Models), Clovis, CA. and He Beautifully Refinished It for me – which is Really Amazing – considering the decal’s condition. I picked it up from Jim on August 9, 2003. Gary, Thank You For Making It Possible To Complete My Collection by Making These Blanks For Me! Once Again, Jim Thanks For Your Outstanding Refinishing Work!

American Flyers Airline’s DC-8 History: My knowledge of the history of American Flyers is limited. Here is what I do know. American Flyers Airline (AFA) dates back to at least 1960 and possibly earlier. They were categorized as a "non scheduled" or "supplemental" airline who flew passengers and/or air freight on a charter basis – usually on a one time basis (or a few times at most). From 1960 to 1967 AFA utilized a small fleet of Lockheed Constellations & Electra’s for their operations. AFA entered the jet age in 1967 & 1968 with the introduction of 3 Boeing 727-100C aircraft. In May 1969 AFA leased two Douglas DC-8-63CF (Convertible Passenger/Freighters) from Flying Tiger Line to further expand their services, while waiting for two brand new Douglas DC-8-63CF aircraft to be Factory Delivered by Douglas. Once their two brand new DC-8s had been delivered in April & May 1970 AFA then returned the leased DC-8s back to Flying Tiger Line. Click Here to See American Flyer’s DC-8 Fleet Information. American Flyers Airline was bought out by fellow competitor Universal Airlines on May 25, 1971 and their two DC-8-63CF aircraft were sold to Flying Tiger Line in June & September, 1971. Ironically, Universal Airlines went out of business in May, 1972 and fellow competitor Saturn Airways acquired some of Universal’s assets and Military Airlift Contract. Saturn Airways lasted four more years until being bought out by Trans International Airlines in December, 1976. Talk about a "dog eat dog" or should I say "airline eat airline" world in the supplemental airline business and this all took place prior to airline deregulation in the USA in 1978! Also, each one of these airlines was a Factory Delivery Customer of the DC-8 so you can check out each of their individual histories by ‘clicking’ on a model of their aircraft and/or selecting that airline from the ‘Original Factory Delivery Customer’ list.

History Update – April 15, 2004: In answer to my request for additional information about American Flyers Airline – AFA Flight Attendant Susan Moore has been very generous in providing me with more details and a few photos as well. Please click here to see her account of working for AFA from 1967-1969. If anyone else would like to share your memories of working for AFA and/or any other historical information please email me at:

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

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