CF-CPF, "Empress of Vancouver"
An Original Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum
Length: 24.5" (62cm), Wingspan 23.5" (60cm)
This model was evidently produced by Pacific Miniatures for a private
collector in the 1960s. I acquired it on May 6, 1974 from this collector
through my friend Monty James at Meridian Aircraft Models located
near LAX. Monty was a tremendous inspiration to me in my early days
of collecting and I will always be grateful to him for helping me
get my collection started.
Pacific’s DC-8 History: Canadian Pacific Airlines was an
Original Delivery Customer of the DC-8 and received it’s first DC-8-43
(CF-CPF) on February 22, 1961. CPA inaugurated their first DC-8
service on their Amsterdam-Edmonton-Vancouver-Honolulu-Nandi-Auckland-Sydney
routes on April 30, 1961. CPA went on to take factory deliveries
of a total of 6 DC-8-43s and 1 DC-8-53. From October 1966 – October
1967 CPA leased DC-8 ‘Ship One’ (N8008D re-registered as CF-CPN)
and they also bought a DC-8-55JT (Jet Trader) in 1967 as a used
aircraft from Douglas (registered as CF-CPT). In 1968 Canadian Pacific
Airlines was renamed CP Air by the parent company and the airline
adopted a colorful new scheme which was similar to that of Canadian
Pacific Corporation’s other subsidiaries – CP Rail, CP Hotels, etc.
Click Here to
See a CP Air DC-8-63PF Model. The resulting red & orange
color scheme sweeping up the fuselage with the CP Air Logo on the
tail was absolutely stunning and in my opinion was one of the most
beautiful paint schemes ever displayed on the DC-8! Click
Here to See Canadian Pacific’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
Note About The ‘Super DC-8’ Reference Near The Tail:
Canadian Pacific referred to their early DC-8-43 deliveries
as ‘Super DC-8s’ presumably because they had the more advanced Rolls
Royce Fan Jet Engines on them, rather than the earlier pure
jet engines. These Rolls Royce Low Bypass Fan Jet
engines were the first fan engines offered on the DC-8 (all DC-8
Series 41, 42 & 43). Once Pratt & Whitney introduced their
JT3D-3B Turbo Fan Engines (and all of the sub-variants),
which were more powerful, fuel efficient & quieter, the ‘Super
DC-8’ reference was removed and a large Canadian Flag took its place
on the fuselage near the tail.
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