Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – AM DC-8-21
DC-8 Jet Collection
Color Scheme: Delivery Colors
Composition: Two Piece Polished Aluminum Model Made In Italy
Length: 36.5″ (93cm), Wingspan 35″ (89cm)
History: This blank was produced by Fono Nicci, Roma Italy and originally finished
in Alitalia Colors. It was acquired earlier this year from an antique dealer in
poor condition and then was refinished by James Powroznik Custom Models, Clovis,
CA. I received it on December 16, 2000.
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 they 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 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 by Douglas to Eastern Airlines in Aeronaves colors (for immediate
lease to Aeronaves), flew for two short months before crashing on takeoff enroute
from New York-Idlewild to Mexico City. 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 and the
DC-8 continued to soldier on for the airline through the 1970s and 1980s. Aeromexico
sold it’s last DC-8 in November 1989. Click Here
to See Aeronaves de Mexico/Aeromexico’s DC-8 Fleet Count.
last note of interest, 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 orginal registration of N8008D
and stored at Marana, Arizona. Sadly, ‘Ship One’ was to never fly again.
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