Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – AT DC-8-33
DC-8 Jet Collection
Color Scheme: First & Final Colors
Composition: One Piece Aluminum Model
Length: 17.75″ (45cm), Wingspan 16.5″ (42cm)
History: Original blank was produced by Raise Up, Rotterdam, Holland. It was refinished
in Atlantis Colors by Atlantic
Models, Miami Florida approximately 2 years ago and is a one of a kind. Acquired
from My Friend Frank Samba on October 21, 2000.
DC-8 History: Atlantis AG was formed early in 1968 as a
non-scheduled airline in West Germany. They began service in August
1968 using a leased DC-7C which was leased from SAS for one year.
On November 1, 1968 Atlantis entered the jet age with a leased
DC-8-33 and further expanded on December 1, 1968 with a second
DC-8-33. Both of these aircraft had originally been delivered
to Swissair. In April 1970 Atlantis received it’s first Douglas
Factory Delivery of a DC-8-63CF with two more arriving in April
& May 1971 and had also acquired the DC-9 for the shorter
haul Mediterranean Market. Unfortunately, as the traffic continued
to grow (to over 500,000 passengers in 1971) the yield per passenger
was falling which created financial problems for the airline.
Further complicating the financial problems was the fact the aircraft
weren’t being leased out in the winter months and thus sat idle
which added to the airline’s losses. An effort to acquire additional
capitol for operations in 1972 failed and sadly the short lived
airline was forced into bankruptcy on October 20, 1972. Click
Here to See Atlantis’ DC-8 Fleet Information.
To Other Atlantis Models On This Web Site:
DC-8-63CF 1/400 Scale in Delivery Colors
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