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




Fred
Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection



BRANIFF
INTERNATIONAL

DC-8-62


1/50
Scale











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


Registration: None

Composition:
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.


Braniff’s
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. The
Above Model Represents The Beautiful

"
End
of the
Plain Plane
"
Scheme
. 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."
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. 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! 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.
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
Original.
Click Here to See Braniff’s
DC-8 Fleet Information.


Click Here to View
a Photo of the Actual Aircraft


Links
To Other Braniff International Models On This Website:

Second Colors – The
Flying
Colors
Scheme
4
DC-8-51 1/500 Scale Models in the Small Scale DC-8 Models Section


Special
Scheme
The

Flying Colors
of South
America
The
Alexander
Calder
Scheme
1 DC-8-62 1/72 Scale Metal Model
– A Douglas Factory Model


Final ColorsThe Ultra
Scheme

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









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