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


DC-8 Jet Collection

1/100 Scale

Color Scheme: Final Colors, Braniff’s "Ultra"
Paint Scheme

Registration: N802BN

One Piece Plastic

Dimensions: Length: 18.5″ (47cm), Wingspan 18″ (46cm)

Condition: Excellent w/ Some Decal Wear

Model History: I was advised by the seller that this model
was produced in the late 1970s by Space Models, England – though
there aren’t any tags on the model. Acquired on April 10, 1999
from a private collector.

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. Click
Here to See a Braniff DC-8-62 Model in the "End
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
" 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.
(See Above Model for a Braniff DC-8-62 in
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.

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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