Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – NA DC-8-21


DC-8 Jet Collection





Color Scheme: Final Colors


Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

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

Condition: Near Mint

Model History: This model was originally produced and finished
in National Colors in the late-1960s. When I acquired it on October
7, 2000 the paint scheme was in pretty poor shape. I then sent
it to my friend Don Stevens at Airborne
for refinishing in the Philippines. I received it
back on April 2, 2001 and they did a Terrific Job on it!

On The Yellow Radome On This Model
: Some of you might wonder
"why the yellow colored radome on this model?" While
most airlines painted their radome’s (the cover over the radar
compartment on the tip of the aircraft’s nose) in gray, National
chose to paint their radomes in this yellow color when they changed
to the new Sunking Color Scheme. I presume the color was chosen
to nearly match the yellow in the new scheme. While most of their
DC-8s wore these yellow radomes, some could still be seen wearing
the more traditional gray color.

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
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. 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.

To Other National Models On This Web Site:

DC-8-61 1/400 Scale in Delivery "Purposeful
N" Colors

DC-8-61 1/500 Scale in Sunking

Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

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Photo Courtesy Of & Many Thanks To: AIRLINERS.NET
and Photographer Bob Garrard


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