Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – PR DC-8F-55




Fred Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection



Philippine Air Lines
DC-8F-55

1/50 Scale





Color Scheme: Delivery Colors

Registration:
PI-C801

Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

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

Condition: Excellent

MODEL
HISTORY: This is an Original Douglas Factory Model which was produced in the early
1960s by the Douglas Aircraft Model Shop / Marketing Aids. I acquired it on September
10, 2001 from an Antique Dealer in New York City. When I received this model it
was in Fair to Poor Condition and Badly Needed Restoration. Fortunately My Partner,
Bob Sanford, Volunteered to Restore It and did an Outstanding Job –
Thank You Bob! Even though it has been Restored it still
Retains All of The Original Decals and Paint Scheme.
NOTE:
This
Model must have been Presented to Philippine Air Lines by Douglas Aircraft as
a Sales Tool to Sell Them Their DC-8s – of which They Bought & Operated One
DC-8F-55. However, Philippine changed their Paint Scheme before they Took Delivery
of Any of their DC-8s and Thus this Older "Propliner" Scheme Never Really
Flew on the DC-8.

MODEL
HISTORY: Philippine Air Lines (PAL), the National Flag Carrier of the Republic
of the Philippines, began domestic services in 1941 and international services
(to San Francisco) in 1947. They had a very interesting (and complicated) history
with the DC-8 from the first Factory Delivery from Douglas in 1962 to the Final
Retirement in 1986. Just take a look at the Philippine
Airline’s DC-8 Fleet Count
to see their complicated purchases,
leases & lease-backs and to top it off – using the same registration numbers
for completely different aircraft in some cases! Fortunately, KLM Royal Dutch
Airlines was very generous to Philippine Airlines (the name was shortened to "Airlines"
from "Air Lines") during some rough financial times in the 1960s and
1970s. In several cases KLM purchased DC-8s that Philippine had originally ordered
but could not acquire financing for, and then leased them back to Philippine enabling
both airlines to operate joint services. During the late 1990s it looked as though
Philippine Airlines was destined to be disolved due to continued financial problems
resulting in bankruptcy. Fortunately, new investors were found and Philippine
Airlines continues to fly the skies with the shorter name of "Philippines.".






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