Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – KLM DC-8-32

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, NV
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1/50 Scale

Color Scheme: Delivery Colors

Registration: PH-DCA

Ship No: CA (As Noted Above The Rear Cockpit Window on Each Side)

Composition: An Original Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 35.5" (91cm), Wingspan 34" (86cm)

Condition: Excellent

Model History: Produced in the late 1950s or early 1960s by the Douglas Aircraft Model Shop. Acquired on August 25, 2009 from Paul Hudak, owner of Adventure International Travel Service in Lakewood, Ohio. This Beautiful Model was displayed in Paul’s Travel Agency for over 30 years. During all of these years it was very well taken care of and thus is in excellent overall shape today. I have been searching for a KLM DC-8 Douglas Factory Model for many years and to have found one in such nice condition has made the wait well worth while! Many, Many Thanks to Paul for selling me this Wonderful Model and Best Wishes to You & Adventure International Travel!

KLM’s DC-8 History: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, NV, better known as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, is the oldest airline in the world which is still operating under it’s original name. KLM began services in 1919 and has had a long history of innovation which has advanced the world’s airline industry and this legacy remained true with the Douglas DC-8. KLM not only operated it’s own large fleet of DC-8s (most of them Factory Delivered) but was also instrumental in assisting several other airlines around the world in establishing their DC-8 services and insuring that they were up to international safety and service standards. These airlines that KLM assisted, including financial assistance through operating leases, included Philippine Airlines, Garuda Indonesian Airlines, VIASA (Venezolana Internacional de Aviacion SA) & Martinair Holland. If you look at KLM’s Fleet Count you will see the extensive interactions & influence that they had with these 4 airlines. Throughout their long history KLM has maintained a close working relationship with Douglas & McDonnell Douglas from the early DC-2 through the final MD-11. KLM was a big supporter of the DC-8 & was the First Foreign Airline introduce the DC-8 Series 32 (PH-DCA), and the -Very- First Airline introduce the DC-8-50 Fan Jet (a DC-8-53) & the DC-8 Super 63 – Long Range, High Capacity Stretch Fan Jet. Today, KLM continues to be one of the world’s premier airlines and although they are under a lot of pressure with the advent of worldwide airline deregulation & consolidation, they will hopefully not only survive but thrive and never loose that Dutch Hospitality.  Click Here to See KLM’s DC-8 Fleet Information.

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KLM flew the DC-8 in 4 different liveries. If you would like to see some other KLM Models with Different Liveries & DC-8 Types please click on the links below. The Livery I don’t have a model in is the Third Livery (Around 1970) with horizontal blue stripes down the fuselage (similar to the second livery) & a white tail with KLM Logo (similar to the final livery). Someday, I hope to find a KLM DC-8 model with this Third Livery.

Links To Other KLM Models On This Web Site:
DC-8F-55 1/50 Scale Cutaway Model in Second Colors
DC-8-63 1/72 Scale in Second Colors
DC-8-63 1/200 Scale in Final Colors

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