Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – EA DC-8-21




Fred
Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection




EASTERN
AIR LINES


DC-8-21

1/50
Scale







Color Scheme: Delivery "Golden Falcon Jet
DC-8B" Colors

Registration: N8601

Composition:
Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

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

Condition: Excellent


Model History: This model was originally produced and finished
in Eastern Colors in the late-1950s or early-1960s. When I acquired
it on December 2000 the paint scheme was in very poor shape and
not restorable. I thought about having it refinished in another
airline scheme but I decided to have it refinished in the original
scheme, not only because this Eastern Scheme is so beautiful but
also because this model blank is one of the first few DC-8s that
Douglas produced. Douglas numbered all of their metal DC-8 blanks
and this one is number 006. I sent it to my friend Don Stevens
at Airborne Replicas for
refinishing in the Philippines. I received it back on August 16,
2001 and They Did A Wonderful Job On It!


Eastern’s
DC-8 History:
The origins of Eastern Air Lines date back
to 1927 and a company named Picairn Aviation who received the
contract to fly mail from New York to Atlanta and then on to Miami
in 1928. In 1929 North American Aviation acquired Picairn &
on January 17, 1930 Picairn Aviation became Eastern Air Transport,
Inc. On August 18,1930 Eastern carried it’s very first passengers
between New York and Richmond and later on to Atlanta. Prior to
this date only US Air Mail was carried. However, Eastern didn’t
really "take off" until Captain Eddie Rickenbacker was
appointed as General Manager on January 1, 1935 and turned the
airline into a profitable one that same year – which was a first
in the US Airline Industry. It was Captain Eddie who took these
humble beginnings to what we know now as the great airline giant
that Eastern Air Lines became (one of the "Big 4" of
the US Trunk Airlines – along with United, American & TWA).
Now, jump to 1955 when the "Big 4" were ordering their
first pure jet equipment and Captain Rickenbacker chose to order
26 Douglas DC-8s. The first 6 of the order were to be the Series
10 with the smaller, water injection JT3C engines and the remainder
of the order would be the Series 20 with the more powerful JT4
turbojets which did not require water injection on takeoff. This
order was later amended to drop the order for the Series 10s and
take delivery of 20 Series 20s to save money on engine maintenance
costs & for the better performance of the Series 20s. When
these first 6 delivery slots for the Series 10 were dropped this
enabled Delta to acquire them and become the first airline to
inaugurate DC-8 service on Sept. 18, 1959 (along with United later
that same day). However, Capt. Rickenbacker was convinced that
the 4 month wait for the Series 20s would be well worth it. Eastern
took Factory Delivery of it’s first DC-8-21 on January 3, 1960
and was the first airline to place the DC-8-21 into service on
January 24, 1960 from New York – Idlewild to Miami. Eastern titled
their DC-8-21s as the DC-8B "The Jet with Power to Spare"
but this "B" label was later prohibited by the CAB so
Eastern had to stop using it in their advertising. Only the first
DC-8 delivered to Eastern (N8601) had the DC-8B title on it. Ultimately
the DC-8-21 order was reduced back to 15 (4 orders cancelled and
1 leased to Aeronaves de Mexico) due to Eastern’s concern with
possible overcapacity and the public’s acceptance of the new pure
jet aircraft. Interestingly, during the
first two years of DC-8-21 operations Eastern had no less the
eight significantly different paint scheme variations – which
is a must be a record!
By the mid-1960s Eastern had
settled on their popular "Hockey Stick" Scheme. Click
Here To See a Eastern DC-8-21 Model in An Experimental Scheme
– Preceding The Final "Hockey Stick" Scheme.
During
the mid-1960s to early 1970s Eastern also bought or leased 3 DC-8-51s,
a DC-8-54F & a DC-8-55F. During the late 1960s Eastern took
Factory Delivery of 17 DC-8 Super 61s and 6 long range DC-8 Super
63PFs. The DC-8-61s were used on high demand markets such as New
York-Miami & New York-San Juan. Click
Here To See an Eastern DC-8-61 Model.
The DC-8-63PF (Passenger/Freighter)
model was made specifically for Eastern. It was an all passenger
model with the stronger landing gear & fuselage of the freighter
– but had no freighter door like the CF (Convertible Freighter)
models. Thus the PF could be easily be converted to an all freighter
at a later date, but Eastern never did and always operated them
as all passenger planes. Eastern had acquired the DC-8-63PFs in
anticipation of being awarded routes to the South Pacific from
several Eastern US cities which this plane would be ideal for.
Unfortunately, American won these hotly contested routes and Eastern
wound up using the DC-8-63PFs for Military Airlift Command flights
where the high capacity & long range could be utilized. During
1972-1975 Eastern phased out most of their DC-8 fleet as new widebody
jets arrived to replace them. Click
Here to See Eastern’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
Sadly, this
great airline was yet another fatality of deregulation and ceased
operations on January 18, 1991 after serving the public for over
60 years.


Click Here to View
a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

Photo Courtesy Of & Many Thanks To Terry Waddington









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