Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – AZ DC-8-42
DC-8 Jet Collection
Linee Aeree Italiane
Color Scheme: Delivery Colors
Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model
Length: 35.5″ (91cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)
History: Produced in the late 1950s or early 1960s by the Douglas Aircraft Model
Shop or Marketing Aids (Subcontractor for Douglas for Model Production). Acquired
on February 25, 2002 from My Friend Ira Kuperstein in a Trade.
DC-8 History: Alitalia, the Flag Carrier for Italy, was an Original Delivery
Customer of the Douglas DC-8. Alitalia took delivery of 4 DC-8-42s (later converted
to more advanced DC-8-43s) and 11 DC-8-43s – both types which were powered by
4 Rolls Royce Conway Bypass Engines – one of the earliest types of commercial
turbo-fan engines. They inaugurated their DC-8 service on June 1, 1960 between
New York – Idlewild (now JFK) – Milan – Rome and Idlewild – London- Rome. In the
late 1960s Alitalia took delivery of 9 DC-8 Super 62s and 2 DC-8-62CFs (Convertible
Freighters) and utilized these ultra long range aircraft into the 1980s.
Here to See Alitalia’s DC-8 Fleet Count.
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