N800PA, "Jet Clipper Queen of the Pacific"
An Original Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model
Length: 24.5″ (62cm), Wingspan 23.5″ (60cm)
Produced in the late 1950s by the Douglas Aircraft Model Shop.
Acquired on July 19, 1973 directly from the McDonnell Douglas
American’s DC-8 History: Pan American World Airways, the
Flag Carrier of the United States, started off the "jet race"
here in the USA on October 13, 1955 by ordering 25 Douglas DC-8s
and 20 Boeing 707s. They in effect "hedged their bets"
by ordering aircraft from both companies and would later standardize
it’s fleet on one of the two – that being the Boeing 707. Pan
Am wound up taking delivery on 19 of the 25 original DC-8 orders.
Two remaining six DC-8s from the original Pan Am order were sold
to Panair do Brasil (a Pan Am subsidiary) and the other 4 orders
went to Pan American-Grace (another Pan Am Subsidiary). Pan American
flew its own DC-8s from 1960 to 1970. Click
Here to See Pan American’s DC-8 Fleet Information. However,
even after Pan Am retired the DC-8s from their fleet you could
still seem them flying in the USA and Europe well into the 1970s.
This is because Pan Am had sold 7 of its DC-8-33s to Delta Air
Lines and these were used by the two airlines on Interchange Services
from the USA to Europe. Delta Crews manned them within the USA
to and from Washington’s Dulles Airport. From Dulles Airport Pan
American Crews took them over and flew them on to Europe and back.
It really shows the strength of Pan American, during this time
period, that they could require that their name remain on these
7 DC-8s for the Interchange Services – even though Delta now owned
them and used them for not just these Interchange Services but
for other Delta flights as well. Of course, once the interchange
agreement was terminated, these airplanes were painted in full
Delta Colors. Pan American also operated a joint service with
Braniff International to South America in 1970-1971 using one
of Braniff’s DC-8-62’s. Once again, Pan Am ensured that this aircraft
would be painted in full Pan American colors.
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Photo Courtesy Of & Many Thanks To: AIRLINERS.NET
and Photographer Lars Söderström.