Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – NAL DC-8-21 Second Colors




Fred
Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection




NATIONAL
AIRLINES


DC-8-21
Coast to Coast to Coast

 

1/50
Scale









Color Scheme: Second Colors – ‘Purposeful
N
‘ Logo


Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

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


Condition: Very Good


Model History: This model was originally produced
and finished in National Colors back in the mid-1960s. This model
is in National’s Second DC-8 Color Scheme (after the "Airline
of the Stars" Color Scheme) with what National referred to
as the "Purposeful N" Logo on the tail. This second
color scheme was utilized from 1964 to early 1968. When I acquired
this model on December 8, 2003, via a seller on eBay, the paint
scheme was in acceptable condition but a previous owner had drilled
3 sets of holes in the fuselage & attached chains to it in
order to hang the model from the ceiling in their travel agency.
It was also missing 3 of the 4 engines. Fortunately, the majority
of the decals and paint were still intact. I did some restoration
work on it by removing the chains & filling in the holes in
the fuselage, performing some minor touch-up where it was badly
needed, replacing the 3 missing engines with spares that I had
& giving it a good hand polish on the bare aluminum surfaces.
Finally I mounted it back on a Douglas Style Stand – which is
the way it should have been left originally. The model came out
pretty good and I’m really happy to have ‘rescued’ another Douglas
Factory Model and an Airline Paint Scheme from the distant past.
I’m very pleased to have it in my collection!
If you would like to see
a picture of this model before restoration click here.


National
Airline’s DC-8 History:
National Airlines was an Original
Delivery Customer of the DC-8. They received their first 3 DC-8-21s
in 1960 and placed them in service on their lucrative New York
– Idlewild to Miami and Tampa routes and their Philadelphia to
Miami route. They had originally ordered six DC-8-21s from Douglas
but cancelled the last 3 in favor of ordering 6 Factory Delivered
DC-8-51 Fan Jets which had more power and produced less noise
than the DC-8-21s. To add much needed capacity
during the 1960-62 period, prior to the delivery of the new order,
National leased DC-8-51 ‘Ship One’ N8008D from Douglas and had
the distinction of being the first airline operator of ‘Ship
One.’
The delivery of the 6 new DC-8-51s in 1962 allowed
further expansion on the east coast and more importantly allowed
National to begin their recently awarded "Southern Transcontinental
Routes." These routes incorporated service from Florida to
New Orleans, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San
Francisco. This was the beginning of the era when National Airlines
truly lived up to it’s name & to reflect this they adopted
the new sales slogan of Service from "Coast to Coast to Coast
" and a new Color Scheme that was similar to the original
"Airline of the Stars" scheme but used a new logo which
National referred to as the "Purposeful N" Logo. National
also purchased 4 used DC-8-32s from Northwest Airlines to supplement
their expansion into the jet age. In 1967 & ’68 National accepted
Factory Delivery of two stretch DC-8-61s which were utilized on
the high volume New York – Florida and Florida – California routes.
Early in 1968 National also adopted their third color scheme on
the DC-8 — the very colorful "Sunking" Scheme which
National utilized until they were acquired by Pan American. (See
National DC-8-21 in the "SunKing
Color
Scheme"
). Finally, in 1969 National leased two
DC-8F-54s from Airlift International to use in inaugurating service
from Miami to London, England. National continued to utilize it’s
DC-8 fleet into the mid-1970s with the last DC-8 being sold on
December 1, 1975. Click Here
to See National’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
With the advent
of airline deregulation in 1978 National was sought after by several
airlines but ultimately Pan American won out and the two airlines
merged on January 7, 1980 with Pan Am being the survivor. Though
Pan Am had finally acquired the domestic routes they has wanted
for decades it was just too little, too late and Pan Am faced
bankruptcy in the late 1980s. By November 1989 we not only lost
the great "National Airlines" and then we lost our National
Flag Carrier – "Pan American World Airways" as well.


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