Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – DL DC-8-11


DC-8 Jet Collection



Color Scheme: Delivery Colors – Note: This Livery Was Only
Worn on the DC-8-11/12 Aircraft and No Other Aircraft In Delta’s

Registration: N801E – The Very First DC-8 For Delta

Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 35.5″ (90cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)

Condition: Mint

Model History : This Model Has Another Great History Behind It!
It is an Original Douglas Factory Model which was produced in
the early 1960s by the Douglas Aircraft Model Shop / Marketing
Aids. I acquired it on March, 2004 from my friend Al Pelletier
in Canada. Al had acquired this model in a barely recognizable
CP Air Livery because it had been used as a WEATHER VANE OF
, for many years at Qualicum bay on Vancouver Island
and thus was very, very worn. If
you would like to see some before polish & refinish photos
of this model please click here.
Al was going to have it repainted
in the CP Air Livery after I had it polished here in San Francisco.
Once it was polished we discovered that the top of the fuselage
near the cockpit had some deep gouges in the metal that would
show up in CP Air’s Livery. However, this area could be filled
in and be painted over in Delta’s Livery so I traded another blank
of mine to Al to use which was in better condition for the CP
Air Livery. Then both of our polished fuselages were sent to my
friend Don Stevens at Airborne
for refinishing in the Philippines. I received them
back on August 14, 2004 and Once Again They Did a Fantastic Job
on This Delta DC-8 and Al’s CP Air DC-8!

DC-8 History:
Delta Air Lines had a long and wonderful
past with the DC-8. Back in the mid to late 1950s when the large
"trunk" carriers were ordering their first pure jet
equipment, Delta made a very smart decision to take over Eastern’s
first six DC-8 delivery slots when Eastern decided to change their
DC-8 order to one with more powerful engines – the DC-8-21. This
enabled Delta to begin their DC-8-11 service several months ahead
of Eastern and on the same date as United. Click Here Both Delta
& United inaugurated their DC-8 services on September 18,
1959. In fact, because United started their first DC-8 flight
San Francisco to New York departing at 8:30AM local west coast
time and Delta started started their first DC-8 flight from New
York to Atlanta departing at 9:20AM local east coast time, Delta
actually holds the record for starting the Very First DC-8
due to the 3 hour difference in east and west coast
time zones. Delta went on to operate a Factory Delivered Fleet
of 21 DC-8-51s (the 6 original DC-8-11s were converted to DC-8-12s
and then to DC-8-51s in the early 1960s) and 13 DC-8-61s. In addition
Delta purchased, on the used aircraft market, 6 DC-8-33s from
Pan American in order to continue the successful Delta/Pan Am
interchange flights between the USA and Europe (since Pan Am was
phasing out the DC-8 during that time). Delta
also purchased "Ship One" N8008D from Trans International
Airlines and utilized it from 1967 to 1979 – thus being the longest
airline operator of the Original DC-8
During the early
to mid 1980s Delta was involved in a very successful effort to
extend the life of the DC-8 Super Sixties Series by reequipping
them with new quiet & very efficient General Electric/SNECMA
(of France) CFM56 engines, a new pressurization system, more advanced
avionics and an auxiliary power unit (APU) for use on the ground
– which eliminated the need for ground power and air start facilities.
These reequipped DC-8s were then designated as the DC-8 Super
Seventy Series and most of these DC-8-71, 72 and 73 aircraft are
still flying today as freighter aircraft. A new company named
Cammacorp was created to work along with McDonnell Douglas in
performing these conversions and/or selling conversion kits for
the airlines to install themselves. Delta’s first DC-8-61 which
was converted to 71 status (N1305L) was performed by Cammacorp
at McDonnell Douglas’ Tulsa Facility. During this first conversion
Delta’s own mechanics were trained to perform the conversions
and not only converted the remaining 12 Delta DC-8-61s but also
performed 36 additional Super Seventy conversions for other airlines.
Of the total of 110 DC-8-70 conversions Delta had performed nearly
half of them (48 total). Finally, what a wonderful testament this
has been about the DC-8’s superior versatility, flexibility and
especially durability! When Douglas designed the DC-8 they had
figured it’s useful life would be about 20 years and that has
now been doubled and is still counting. Click
Here to See Delta’s DC-8 Fleet Information.

Click Here to View
a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

To Other Delta Air Lines Models On This Web Site:

DC-8-51 1/50 Scale in All White Scheme From Early-1960s

DC-8-71 1/50 Scale in Final Colors

DC-9-14 1/50 Scale In Delivery (Side
Widget) Colors



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