Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – CP DC-8-63PF

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection


1/50 Scale

Color Scheme: Final Colors

Registration: CF-CPL, "Empress of Athens"

Composition: A Refinished Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 45" (115cm), Wingspan 35" (89cm)

Condition: Mint

Model History: I Acquired this blank for this model from an eBay seller on May 15, 2004. This is the first and only DC-8-63 Douglas Factory DC-8-63 blank that I’ve seen "on the market" since 1973 when I visited Marketing Aids. They had a big warehouse near their model factory and inside were many old models which Douglas had stored for a future museum to be built. This is where I found the Northwest, Pan American, Alitalia & TAI 1/72 DC-8 models which I acquired that year directly from Douglas. Evidently, the museum idea was being delayed and/or downscaled. Anyway, this is also where there were large boxes of 1/50 scale blanks of DC-8-61, 62 and 63 blanks that were being stored. I bought 1 DC-8-61 blank from them (which is now my Eastern DC-8-61) but wish I had the forethought & money to buy more at that time. These unfinished polished aluminum blanks were evidently stored there until 1975 when Marketing Aids went out of business. A few very smart collectors bought these from Marketing Aids at very, very low prices and have held on to them over the years. The few that are found eBay today are most likely from this stockpile. The blank for this CP Air model (which is numbered "2") came from another collector who obtained it back then. Once I saw this original on eBay I knew I had to have it for my collection since this might be my only opportunity to get an original. I was in "Heaven" when I won it and knew exactly which airline I wanted it finished in – CP Air. The CP Air scheme on a DC-8-63 is one of the Most Beautiful schemes I have ever seen on the DC-8. Thus, I sent it to my friend Don Stevens at Airborne Replicas for finishing in the Philippines on August 28, 2004. I received it back on April 9, 2005 and Couldn’t Be Happier With Their Work! Please see below for the meaning of the "PF" designation on the DC-8-63PF.

CP Air’s DC-8 History: CP Air was created in 1968 by the renaming of Canadian Pacific Airlines. Click Here to See a Canadian Pacific DC-8-43 Model. The parent company – Canadian Pacific Corporation – 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 > which is depicted by the model above.

*The DC-8-63PF was originally made specifically for Eastern Airlines at their request. It 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. Eastern had expected to win new routes from the Southeast USA to Australia via Honolulu and ordered six DC-8-63PF’s (the only six PF models Douglas built) so they would have the flexibility to use it as a passenger or freighter aircraft. Unfortunately, Eastern lost the route award to American Airlines & thus had no use for the long range that the DC-8-63 provided. Eastern wound up using the DC-8-63PFs for Military Airlift Command flights where the high capacity & long range could be utilized. When Eastern sold their PF’s they were all still passenger models but would later be converted to freighters by other airlines. The one DC-8-63PF that CP Air bought from Eastern remained a passenger model throughout its ownership with CP Air. This aircraft had a slightly different passenger configuration and a different window/door configuration than CP Air’s other four DC-8-63s.

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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