Color Scheme: Final
4.25″ (11cm), Wingspan 4.25″ (11cm)
by Gemini Jets, Las Vegas, NV (Made in China) especially for SkyJets400.com.
Acquired on Oct. 1, 2001 from SkyJets400, Sherman Oaks, CA.
DC-8 History: Northwest Orient was an Original Delivery
Customer of the DC-8. Northwest received it’s first DC-8-32 (N801US)
on May 18, 1960 and inaugurated their first "DC-8C Polar
Imperial Service" from New York Idlewild (now JFK) – Anchorage
– Tokyo on July 8, 1960. Originally, Northwest had ordered 10
DC-8-32s (of which they actually took delivery of five) and planned
to use them for long haul international routes and the Boeing
720B for the shorter domestic routes. The first 2 DC-8s were delivered
in an earlier livery. Click here to see
a NW DC-8-32 Model in the Original Delivery Colors. The last
3 DC-8s were delivered in an updated (and Final) livery which
is depicted on the above model. In 1962 Northwest decided to phase
out it’s DC-8s in favor of the Boeing 707-351B and all DC-8s were
phased out by July, 1964. Northwest thus set the records for being
the Shortest Original Operator of the DC-8 with just 4
years of service (1960-1964) -and- was also the First Original
Operator to Retire the DC-8. Click
Here to See Northwest’s DC-8 Fleet Information.