Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – FT DC-8-63CF
DC-8 Jet Collection
Color Scheme: Delivery Colors, "Jumbo Jet
Dimensions: Length: 17.5″ (44cm), Wingspan 14″ (36cm)
Model History: Produced for me by Airborne
Replicas, Anchorage, AK (Made in the Philippines). Acquired on April 14, 1999.
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 additional DC-8-63CF
(Convertible Freighter) aircraft acquired directly from Douglas,
and also some other DC-8-61 (Click Here
To See Flying Tiger Line DC-8-61AF Model) & 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 inaugurate
transpacific 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 (as depicted
in the above 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 in-depth account of this Great Airline.
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