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

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection



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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