Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – PG DC-8-31




Fred
Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection




PAN
AMERICAN – GRACE
(PANAGRA)


DC-8-31



1/50 Scale











Above –
A Close-Up of the DC-8 Engines Which Panagra Painted Beautifully.
The practice of an airline painting their logo on the aircraft engines
became
less & less popular as the 1960’s, 70’s & 80’s progressed.
However, today
is has become popular again with some airlines.




Color Scheme: Delivery Colors


Registration: N8274H


Composition: A Refinished
Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model


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


Condition: Mint


Model History: I Acquired this as an Unfinished
Blank in December 2000. I then sent it to my friend Don Stevens
at Airborne Replicas for
refinishing in the Philippines. I received it back on August 16,
2001 and Once Again They Did a Terrific Job On It!


Panagra’s
DC-8 History:
Pan American-Grace Airways (Panagra) was
created on January 25, 1929 by a 50/50 percent investment from
Pan American World Airways and W.R. Grace Corporation – a very
powerful U.S. trading organization. The airline was setup to carry
passengers, cargo and mail from Panama to Columbia, Ecuador, Peru,
Chile, Argentina & Uruguay via the West Coast of South America
initially using Douglas DC-2 & DC-3 propliners. At the time
it was a clever way for Pan Am to enter these South American Countries
without "stepping on the feet" of the W.R. Grace Corp.
The agreement stipulated that Panagra would only operate flights
south of Panama, but through a creative interchange agreement
with National Airlines & Pan Am they were able to operate
flights north to Miami & New York. Thus when Panagra inaugurated
their first (Factory Delivered) DC-8-31 Service from New York
– Idlewild (now JFK) – Miami – Panama – Lima – Buenos Aires on
May 2, 1960 — National crews flew the aircraft New York – Miami,
Pan Am crews flew the aircraft Miami – Panama City and Panagra
crews then flew the aircraft onward to the South American destinations.
As Panagra accepted more Factory Delivered DC-8s their service
expanded throughout their route network in South America. The
Panagra 50/50 partnership was successfully operated for nearly
40 years by a loyal & hard working work force but Pan Am and
W.R. Grace were never very amicable partners at the boardroom
level. In December 1965 Braniff International Airways bought W.R.
Grace’s 50% interest in Panagra and then in March 1966 Braniff
was successful in acquiring the remaining 50% from Pan Am (all
with CAB approval of course). The merger of Braniff & Panagra
was finalized on February 1, 1967 and Braniff took over Panagra’s
fleet of DC-7s, DC-8-31s and a single DC-8F-55. Braniff also assumed
the purchase commitments for 5 Factory Delivered DC-8 Super 62s,
including 1 DC-8-62CF for their cargo needs, which had greater
range and better high altitude takeoff performance Click
Here To See A Braniff DC-8-62 Model
. Panagra was the -only-
airline to take Factory Delivery of the four DC-8-31s that were
built by Douglas.
Click
Here to See Panagra’s DC-8 Fleet Information.


Click
Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

Photo Courtesy
Of & Many Thanks To Terry Waddington












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