Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – SAS DC-8-32

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection


1/72 Scale

Color Scheme: Delivery Colors, "First Over The Pole – Around The World"

Registration: SK-SAS, "Dan Viking"

Composition: A Restored Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 24.5″ (62cm), Wingspan 23.5″ (60cm)

Condition: Excellent

Model History: This is an Original Douglas Factory Model which was produced in the late 1950s or early 1960s by the Douglas Aircraft Model Shop / Marketing Aids. I acquired it on March 25, 2002 from my Good Friend Jim Powroznik who had found it at a toy/model show. Thank You Jim for Watching Out For Me! When I bought this model it needed some minor paint restoration – especially around the nose. Once again I’m very lucky that my partner, Bob Sanford, restored it for me and did an Outstanding Job – Thank You Bob!

SAS’s DC-8 History: Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) was created on August 1, 1946 by the merger of the Danish National Airline – Danske Luftfartselskap AB (DDL), the Norwegian National Airline – Det Norske Luftfartselskap (DNL) and the two Swedish Airlines – Aktiebolaget Aerotransport (ABA) & Svensk Intercontinental Lufttraffik (SLA). Initially SAS was named OSAS & was mandated to fly just the Overseas routes (thus putting the ‘O’ in the name OSAS) for the 3 Scandinavian Countries while each country’s airlines would feed the overseas carrier. However, this idea didn’t last, the ‘O’ was quickly dropped from the airline’s name and the SAS name was used both for domestic (internal) services and international (overseas) services. SAS (like KLM, Swissair, Alitalia & most other of Western Europe’s Flag Carriers) was a very loyal customer to Douglas Aircraft and utilized the DC-3, DC-4, DC-6 & DC-7C in their propliner fleet during the 1940s & 1950s. Thus, when it was time to enter the Jet Age, SAS decided to go with the DC-8 as their long range jetliner in the 1960s. SAS operated several different variants of the DC-8 including passenger only, passenger/cargo combination and cargo only aircraft. In fact, SAS was the launch customer for the DC-8-62 ultra long range airliner which could easily fly from the Scandinavian Countries to the USA’s West Coast nonstop with a full payload. SAS also had the distinction of receiving the last Douglas DC-8 built – a DC-8-63, registered SE-DBL, on May 12, 1972. Click Here to See SAS’s DC-8 Fleet Information. SAS flew their DC-8s in two very different paint schemes. The first one, which was used on all of their Factory DC-8 Deliveries, had a stylized bow of a Viking Ship at the forward end of the blue cheat line near the cockpit and the 3 flags of the nations that SAS represents at the rear end of the cheat line near the tail (as shown in the model above).The second (& final) paint scheme was adopted in the early 1980s and has an all white fuselage with stripes from the colors of the 3 nation’s flags sweeping underneath the front of the fuselage and the 3 flags of the nations at the rear – near the tail. SAS was also helpful in assisting Thai International Airlines in establishing their long haul jet services with the DC-8. Later, with the introduction of the wide body 747 & DC-10 aircraft SAS "passed on" some of their DC-8 fleet to their subsidiary Scanair for charter work and thus extended the DC-8’s life with the Scandinavian Airlines. The DC-8 served SAS & Scanair’s requirements well for over 27 years – from 1960 to 1987. Today, despite pressures from worldwide airline deregulation which has forced some of the proud, old flag carriers into bankruptcy or forced merger, SAS continues to fly an extensive route network throughout Scandinavia & the World. One final note, which may be of interest, SAS is one of the few airlines in the world to register their aircraft fleet in three different countries. Aircraft registrations begin with ‘OY’ for Denmark, ‘SE’ for Sweden and ‘LN’ for Norway with approximately 1/3 of the fleet registered in each country.

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