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

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection


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:

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.

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Photo Courtesy Of & Many Thanks To: AIRLINERS.NET and Photographer Mel Lawrence.

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