Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – BN DC-8-62

DC-8 Jet Collection



Color Scheme: Delivery Colors – "End
of the
Plain Plane

Registration: None

Douglas Factory Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 37″ (94cm), Wingspan
35.5″ (91cm)

Condition: Excellent

Model History: This
model is a refinished Douglas Factory Aluminum Model in Braniff Colors. Acquired
on May 2, 2000 from Aeronautical Classics, Alexandria, VA.

DC-8 History:
Braniff Airways was created in 1930 by brothers
Paul & Tom Braniff. Based in Dallas, the airline served mainly
the American Southwest and prospered with the approval of US Air
Mail contracts of that era. During 1945-1948 Braniff inaugurated
it’s first international service with flights to Mexico and Houston-Havana-Lima
service. Along with these new international services came a new
name – Braniff International Airways. During the 1950s and 60s
Braniff International continued to expand – both within the United
States and to more destinations in Latin and South America. Upon
entering the Jet Age in the early 1960s Braniff had chosen the
Boeing 707 and 720 to provide it’s medium & long haul jet
service. However, after Braniff merged with Pan American-Grace
Airways on Feb. 1, 1967 & acquired Panagra’s DC-8 fleet &
South American Routes, the airline decided that the DC-8 better
met it’s operational needs. Click Here
to See a Panagra DC-8-31
or Panagra
DC-8F-55 Model
. During the late 1960s Braniff took delivery
of 7 Factory Delivered DC-8-62s and also acquired used DC-8-51s
and DC-8-62s to further expand it’s medium and long haul fleet.
Most of Braniff’s DC-8s flew for the airline right up to May 12,
1982 when they ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy. Throughout
most of Braniff’s history the airline looked and operated like
any of the other 11 "Trunk" Airlines but this was radically
changed in 1965 with the introduction of the "End
of the
Plain Plane
Aircraft Paint Schemes which sported bright pastel fuselages,
white wings & tail and a black nose. (See
Above Model for a Braniff DC-8-62 in the

of the
Plain Plane
). This new and "wild"
look for Braniff was a "first" in the airline industry,
received a lot attention from the general public and exposed this
relatively small airline to the rest of the world! However, Braniff
didn’t stop with that and in 1971 introduced Four New Two-Tone
Color Combinations for it’s fleet and named it’s newest look Braniff’s
"Flying Colors."
Click Here to See a Braniff DC-8-62
Model in the "Flying
. In 1973, Braniff commissioned Alexander Calder, World
Famous for his Modern Art, to paint one of their DC-8-62 Aircraft
(N1805) and named the project "The
Flying Colors
of South
America" – to bring more attention
to Braniff’s South American Route System. Mr. Calder did not personally
paint the entire DC-8-62 but he painted several large models of
the aircraft and then the Braniff engineers enlarged and transferred
his work to the actual aircraft. However, Mr. Calder did
personally paint some "finishing touches" to the aircraft
before it was introduced into service on November 3, 1973. Click
Here to See a Braniff DC-8-62 Model in the "Alexander
" Scheme
. This paint scheme was quite
radical for it’s time & consequently brought Braniff a lot
of attention & publicity – and the name "Braniff"
was nowhere to be found on the aircraft! [It
is a Dream of Mine to Some Day Add a Large Scale Braniff Calder
DC-8 to my collection.]
Later, in 1975, Alexander Calder
did another stunning livery for Braniff in celebration of the
1976 U.S.A. Bicentennial. The Boeing 727-200 (N408BN), the backbone
of Braniff’s domestic fleet, was introduced that year as "The
Flying Colors of The United States" and was painted in "wild"
stripes of red, white & blue. Finally, in 1977 just before
the beginning of deregulation of the US Airline Industry, Braniff
introduced it’s final livery change – the "Ultra"
schemes which went back to a basically solid color fuselage but
using deeper tones, and adding lighter colored striping to highlight
the lines of the plane and engines. To top it off, the Braniff
name was changed from block print to a more elegant script print.
Click Here to See a Braniff
DC-8-62 Model in the "Ultra"
). Sadly, though Braniff was brilliant in their marketing
with these colorful paint schemes, after deregulation they made
the fatal mistake of expanding way too fast and then collapsing
due to over-capacity in most of their markets during a time of
recession in the world economy. Thus, Braniff International became
the first US "trunk" airline fatality in the new era
of deregulation & ceased flying on May 12, 1982. Such a sad
ending to such a daring and colorful airline! One final note,
there have been 3 attempts to resurrect Braniff but all have been
unsuccessful. There just couldn’t be another Braniff like the
Click Here to See Braniff’s
DC-8 Fleet Information.

Click Here to
View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft
* As popular as Braniff International was, and continues
to be, I can’t find a photo of their DC-8-62 in this early "End
of the Plain Plane" scheme! The DC-8-62 that flew in this
Red Color was N1808E (Aircraft 808). The closest thing I could
find is a post card of the aircraft.
If anyone has a good photo of this aircraft and would allow it
to be displayed on this web site, with proper credit to the photographer,
I would Greatly Appreciate It!
Please email
me at:

To Other Braniff International Models On This Website:

Delivery Colors – The
the Plain
Plane Scheme

5 DC-8-62 1/200
Scale Models – in the Small Scale DC-8 Models Section

Colors – The Flying

DC-8-51 1/500 Scale Models in the Small Scale DC-8 Models Section

The Flying
Colors of
South America

The Alexander
1 DC-8-62 1/200 Scale Model – in the
Small Scale DC-8 Models Section

Final ColorsThe Ultra

2 DC-8-62 1/200 Scale Models – in the
Small Scale DC-8 Models Section



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