Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – PB DC-8-33




Fred
Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection




PANAIR
DO BRASIL


DC-8-33


1/50
Scale










Color Scheme:
Delivery Colors


Registration:
PP-PDS


Composition:
A Refinished Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum
Model


Dimensions:
Length: 35.5″ (91cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)


Condition:
Mint


Model History:
The model blank and decals were produced by Marketing Aids (subcontractor
for Douglas) in the 1960s. I acquired them from a private collector
in May 2000. They were refinished by James Powroznik Custom Models,
Clovis, CA. and acquired on September 18, 2000.


Panair
do Brasil’s DC-8 History:
Unfortunately, I don’t know a
lot of information on Panair do Brasil’s history, which is ironic
because it is one of my favorite airlines, but I’m glad to share
what I do know. On March 17, 1929 an airline named "New York,
Rio and Buenos Aires Line" (NYBRA) was founded by an ex-Boeing
marketing representative to fly from New York to Buenos Aires
via the east coast route through Brasil. This airline was well
backed by investors but did not have a U.S. Air Mail contract
to help financially support the service. Juan Trippe of Pan American,
who had earlier that year acquired route authority to fly to South
America via the west coast route with the creation of Pan American-Grace
Airways, was now out to "conquer" the east coast route
and add it to his airline empire. Thus, with the knowledge that
he would be awarded the U.S. air mail contract, Juan Trippe acquired
NYRBA in a hostile takeover and on October 17, 1930 the new airline
"Panair do Brasil" was folded in as another Pan American
subsidiary. Panair continued to be affiliated with Pan Am until
the early 1960s and accepted two Factory Delivered DC-8s as part
of Pan American’s initial order. They also bought two more DC-8s
from Pan Am for expansion and to replace one of the original’s
which had crashed. Click Here
to See Panair do Brasil’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
The DC-8s
were placed on the Europe to South America long haul services
via Africa and the South Atlantic. Sadly, this Colorful Airline
went bankrupt in 1965 and the Brazilian Government allotted it’s
international routes to other Brazilian Airlines, primarily Varig.
Two of the DC-8s were then sold to Varig and one was returned
to Pan Am. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of knowledge about
Panair do Brasil’s evolvement and route structure during the 1930s,
40s & 50s and would appreciate any information on this.


History
Update – August 18, 2004:
In response to my request for
additional information about Panair do Brasil – Author Daniel
Sasaki has written an Excellent Article about the final years
and sad ending for Panair do Brasil which he has generously allowed
me to reprint here. If
You Would Like to Read Daniel’s Article Please Click Here.

In addition to this article, Daniel is writing a complete book
about Panair which I am greatly looking forward to reading. If
anyone else would like to share your memories of working for Panair
do Brasil and/or any other historical information about Panair
please email me at: info@dc-8jet.com


History
Update – November 3, 2004:
If
you would like to see a Route Map (circa Early 1960s) and a Collection
of Panair Employee Wings & Pins Please Click Here.
Attn:
Whoever sent me the photo of the Wings & Pins – I honestly
can’t remember who you are but would like to thank you very much
for sending this photo and add to Panair Do Brasil’s Historical
Legacy. If you contact me I’ll be glad to credit you for the photo.


Click
Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

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