Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – CAP DC-8-32

DC-8 Jet Collection




Color Scheme: First Colors (For This DC-8 Type)


Composition: Die-cast Metal

Dimensions: Length:
8.63″ (22cm), Wingspan 8″ (20.5cm)

Condition: Excellent

History: Produced by Jet Wings Models, England. Acquired from Collectors Aircraft
Models, England on December 28, 1998.

DC-8 History:
Capitol International Airways launched services
in 1946 from Symrna, Tennessee using primarily ex-military surplus
propeller aircraft converted for commercial use. Capitol specialized
in group and military charters and in the 1950s grew quickly into
the largest US Charter Airline – also known as a Non Scheduled
(Nonsked) or Supplemental Airline. Capitol entered the Jet Age
with the introduction of it’s first Factory Delivered DC-8 Jet
Trader (combination passenger/freighter model) in 1963. As more
DC-8s were acquired further expansion occurred – especially from
the USA to Europe. Most of Capitol’s Charters to Europe were initially
for the Military Airlift Command (MAC) but throughout the 1960s
and 1970s the percentage of MAC Charters declined while passenger
and cargo charters increased. The DC-8 was Capitol’s "backbone"
aircraft which allowed their continued aggressive growth.
Although Capitol only took 7 Factory Deliveries of new DC-8s (which
were all combination passenger/cargo models), they acquired a
total of 39 additional used DC-8s in a large number of
purchase and lease agreements. These agreements enabled Capitol
to both acquire DC-8s as needed and also lease out or dispose
of DC-8s as the market demand fluctuated. This is all outlined
in Capitol’s Fleet Count. Click
Here to See Capitol’s DC-8 Fleet Information
. Another
point of interest is that Capitol operated a large variety of
DC-8 variants from the Series 31 on up and was one of the few
airlines to operate all 3 of the Super DC-8 variants – the DC-8-61,
62 & 63
. In addition, Capitol flew
their DC-8s with a large variety of paint schemes – possibly the
largest variety of paint schemes of any airline on the
DC-8 throughout their history.
Many of these paint schemes
were necessitated by the nature of the lease (e.g. short term
with a "blended scheme’ of Capitol’s and the Lessor’s or
Lessee’s Scheme), but there were still many variations of the
full Capitol International and/or Capitol Air paint schemes. The
model above is in Capitol’s First Colors for the DC-8-32. To see
the Delivery Colors For Capitol’s First Factory New Delivered
DC-8 – Click Here To See Capitol DC-8F-54.
With the advent of US Airline Deregulation, Capitol was awarded
it’s first scheduled service from Newark to Brussels which began
in May 1979 and also began scheduled transcontinental services
from New York to Los Angeles offering low fares on each route.
Both of these new scheduled services were popular with the public
but not profitable and were a drain on Capitol’s financial resources.
In 1980, Batchelor Enterprises (owner of International Air Leases
& Arrow Airways), purchased Capitol International with plans
to aggressively expand scheduled services within the USA and to
Europe and Puerto Rico. On December 12, 1981 the airline was renamed
Capitol Air and introduced new "Skysaver" fares to Europe
& within the USA using two recently acquired DC-10s for Europe
and part of the DC-8 fleet for the USA routes. The DC-8s &
DC-10s were repainted with large "Skysaver" titles and
although the fares were again popular with the public the competition
and a downturn in the economy left Capitol losing money each year
in the early 1980s. In 1983, Capitol was bought out by yet another
company which attempted to make Capitol profitable by further
expansion into new markets in the Caribbean and Israel. However,
these efforts were not successful and the losses worsened. Consequently,
in 1984 Capitol was forced to massively cut routes and employees
and to park aircraft. Unfortunately these actions were "too
little – too late"and Capitol Air ceased flying and entered
bankruptcy on November 25, 1984. Sadly,
yet another one of the older, stable airlines
a charter airline)
a great history was killed in the new era of deregulation.



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