Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – RK DC-8-53




Fred
Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection



AIR
AFRIQUE

DC-8-53

1/50
Scale






Color Scheme: Delivery Colors

Registration:
TU-TCA

Composition: 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.

Air
Afrique’s DC-8 History:
Air Afrique was established in 1961 to provide
passenger and cargo service within the 12 West African Nations of Benin, Burkina
Faso, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivore, Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger,
Senegal, TChad, Togo & Guinea Bissau. The airline also served Europe and the
United States from some of these nations. Air Afrique cooperated closely with
French Airline – Union de Transports Aeriens for assistance in growth and technical
support. This cooperation with UTA is reflected by Air Afrique’s DC-8 leases and
purchases from the French Airline. In additon Air Afrique was on Original Factory
Delivery Customer of the DC-8 and received four of them directly from Douglas.
Click Here to See Air Afrique’s DC-8 Fleet Count.
Due to financial difficulties in the late 1990s and early 2000s Air Afrique stopped
flying in January 2002 and declared bankruptcy in February 2002. Another wonderful
airline is gone.

 






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