Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – CPA DC-8-43

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection


1/72 Scale

Color Scheme: Delivery Colors

Registration: CF-CPF, "Empress of Vancouver"

Composition: An Original Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 24.5" (62cm), Wingspan 23.5" (60cm)

Condition: Excellent

Model History: 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.

Canadian 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.

A 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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