Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – FT DC-8-61F

Fred
Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection

FLYING
TIGERS

DC-8-61F

1/50
Scale


Color Scheme: Second Colors

Registration:
N861FT

Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions:
Length: 44" (112cm), Wingspan 34" (86cm)

Condition: Mint

History:
I Obtained This DC-8-61 Blank From A Fellow Collector A Couple of Years Ago. It
Was Beautifully Finished Off in Flying Tigers Colors by Atlantic
Models
, Miami, Florida and Delivered on October 30, 2002. I Couldn’t Have
Asked For a Better Job In Finishing Off This Model – Thank
You Roger & Carol Jarman At Atlantic Models For The Outstanding Work!

Flying
Tiger’s DC-8 History:
Flying Tiger Line has a unique
and distinguished history in the air cargo airline business. The
airline was founded as "National Skyway Freight Corporation"
back in 1945 by Robert Prescott and 9 other ex-miliary pilots. It
was set up to haul air cargo within the USA using surplus military
aircraft from World War II. In 1946 the name was changed to the
Flying Tiger Line (aka Flying Tigers) and Bob Prescott would lead
the fledgling company from a precarious financial beginning into
a multi-million dollar corporation and on to be the world’s largest
cargo airline (surpassing Pan American in 1980). Throughout the
1940s, 1950s & early 1960s Flying Tigers used a number of different
propliner aircraft in an all cargo configuration. In 1965 Tigers
entered the jet age with two Boeing 707-320C Intercontinental Jetliners
and 4 Douglas DC-8F-55 Jet Traders – which were initially leased
to Seaboard World Airlines. However, in May 1966 Flying Tigers took
a giant leap forward with order of 10 Douglas ‘Super’ DC-8-63AF
(Air Freighter) aircraft to be factory delivered beginning in mid
1968. From this initial order of 10, plus additonal DC-8-63CF (Convertible
Freighter) aircraft acquired directly from Douglas, and also some
other DC-8-61 & DC-8-63 Freighters acquired from the used aircraft
market, Flying Tigers was able to standardize on one type of aircraft
and retire their Lockheed Constellations, Canadair CL-44 and Boeing
707 equipment. In fact, Flying Tigers even operated a DC-8-62CF
for six months and thus was one of the few airlines to operate all
3 versions of the ‘Super’ DC-8. Click
Here to See Flying Tiger’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
This
fleet standardization allowed Flying Tigers to substantially lower
their operating costs and more importantly, to have enough ‘lift’
or capacity to inagurate trans-pacific cargo services which were
awarded to them in 1969. In fact, Flying Tigers considered their
DC-8-63s to be their first "Jumbo Jets" and even had their
first six DC-8-63s delivered in a distinctive "Jumbo Jet"
paint scheme. Click Here To See Flying Tiger
Line DC-8-63CF Jumbo Jet Model.
This paint scheme was discontinued
when the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet took flight in 1969. Flying Tigers
continued to grow throughout the 1970s but it was two events in
the late 1970s / early 1980s that enabled them to become the worlds
largest cargo airline. First, in 1977 the US Government deregulated
the air cargo industry which allowed Flying Tigers to enter many
new markets within the USA. Second, in September 1980 Flying Tigers
acquired Seaboard World Airlines which brought European routes into
the Tiger’s system and additional DC-8 and 747 equipment into the
Tiger’s fleet. Click Here to See Seaboard
World DC-8F-55 Model & History.
During the 1980s Flying
Tigers continued to be the dominant "heavy cargo" airline
but also saw intense competition from the new small parcel express
airlines, like Federal Express & United Parcel Service, which
became extremely successful very quickly. In fact it was Federal
Express who saw the opportunity to quickly enter the "heavy
cargo" business and bought Flying Tiger Line on August 7, 1989.
This is just a very brief history of the Flying Tiger Line. If you
would like more information please check out: www.flyingtigerline.org
for a wonderful and indepth account of this Great Airline.

Click
Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

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