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

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection

CP Air

1/50 Scale

Color Scheme: Final Colors

Registration: CF-CPI, "Empress of Amsterdam"

Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 35.5″ (91cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)

Condition: Near Mint

Model History: I Acquired this model in 2001 in Pan American Livery. Unfortunately the livery was too far gone to restore so I sent it to my friend Don Stevens at Airborne Replicas for refinishing in the Philippines. I received it back on March 30, 2002 and Once Again They Did a Teriffic Job On It! CP Air is one of my Favorite Airline Liveries of All Time so I am Very Happy to Add This Beautiful Model To My Collection.

CP Air’s DC-8 History: CP Air was created in 1968 by the renaming of Canadian Pacific Airlines. Click Here to See a CPA DC-8-43 Model. The parent company – Canadian Pacific – had decided to align the airline’s name and color scheme to that of it’s other subsidiaries – CP Hotels, CP Rail, etc. 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! In addition to Canadian Pacific Airlines being an Original Delivery Customer of the DC-8-43 and DC-8-53, Canadian Pacific/CP Air was also an Original Delivery Customer of the Douglas DC-8 Super 63. CP Air took factory deliveries of 4 DC-8-63s in 1968 and also bought another DC-8-63PF from Eastern Airlines in 1972 & registered it CF-CPL. Click Here to See a CPA DC-8-63PF Model. The DC-8-63PF was a passenger DC-8-63 which had the wings & landing gear strengthened to freighter standards. Thus, all it took to convert the aircraft to a pure freighter was simply to add the large cargo door near the front port (left) entrance. CP Air operated their DC-8 fleet into the early 1980s with the last being retired in 1983. Click Here to See CP Air’s DC-8 Fleet Information. One last note, CP Air flew Douglas DC-8 ‘Ship One’ for one year from October 1966-October 1967. It was leased from Trans International Airlines & registered CF-CPN "Empress of Santiago."

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