Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – KL DC-8-53








Fred
Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection










KLM
Royal Dutch Airlines

DC-8-53

1/400
Scale













Color Scheme: Final Colors


Registration: PH-DCI


Composition: Die-cast Metal


Dimensions: Length: 4.25″ (11cm), Wingspan 4.25″ (11cm)


Condition: Mint


Model History: Produced by GeminiJets, Las Vegas, NV (Made
in China). Acquired on December 11, 2000 from SkyJets400.com,
Sherman Oaks, CA.

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 30 (a DC-8-32), 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
.

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 Website:

DC-8-32 1/100 Scale in Delivery Colors

DC-8-63 1/72 Scale in Second Colors
DC-8-63 1/200 Scale in Final Colors














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