Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – SAS DC-8-55

DC-8 Jet Collection




Color Scheme: Final Colors


Composition: One Piece Plastic

Dimensions: Length:
31″ (79cm), Wingspan 25″ (63.5cm)

Condition: Mint

Model History: Produced from a Skyland Models (UK) Mold and
Finished Off by an Unknown Model Maker. I Acquired it on October
29, 2002 from My Friend Paul Benn in England. It Was Originally
Owned by Neil Newman – Another Model Collector Friend in England.
Even though this model is actually in a Fantasy Livery – because
SAS had retired their DC-8-55 aircraft (in 1980) before this newer
livery was introduced in 1983 -I am Still Very Pleased To Have
It In My Collection. SAS did fly their DC-8-62 & DC-8-63 aircraft
in this Beautiful Updated Livery & One Day I Hope To Find
A Model of Either of these Aircraft to replace this one and make
my collection more accurate. Until then I’m happy to have this

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 cheatline near
the cockpit and the 3 flags of the nations that SAS represents
at the rear end of the cheatline near the tail. Click
Here To See A DC-8-32 Model With The Original Delivery Paint Scheme.

The second (& final) paint scheme used on the DC-8s was adopted
in 1983 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 (as
shown on the model above). 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 widebody 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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