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




Fred
Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection



National
Airlines

DC-8-21

 

1/50
Scale





Color Scheme: Final Colors

Registration:
N6571C

Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

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

Condition: Near Mint

Model
Hisory: This model was originally produced and finished in National Colors in
the mid-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
Replicas
for refinishing in the Philippines. I received it back on April 2,
2001 and they did a Teriffic Job on it!

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 Phildelphia
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 truely lived up to it’s
name. 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. Finally, in 1969 National leased two
DC-8F-54s from Airlift International to use in inagurating 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. With the advent of airline
degregulation 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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to See National’s DC-8 Fleet Count.






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