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




Fred Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection



Swissair
DC-8-32

1/72 Scale





Color Scheme: Second Colors

Registration:
HB-IDF

Composition: One Piece Aluminum Model

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

Condition: Excellent

Model
History: Originally Produced in the 1960s by Matthys M. Verkuyl, Holland. I Acquired
it on Aug. 14, 2001 from My Friend Marcel at the Luchtvaart
Hobby Shop
in Amsterdam. He Then Arranged To Have It Refinished by a Dutch
Artist Who Repainted It, Except For All Of The Silver Areas Which Have Been Left
Original. Many Thanks To Marcel & The Artist Who Did
a Beautiful Job of Refinishing It!

Swissair’s
DC-8 History:
Schweizerischer Luftverkehrs AG, better know to the public
as Swissair, began operations in 1931 & was created by the merger of Switzerland’s
two largest airlines – Ad Astra Aero AG & Basler Luftkverkehr (aka Balair).
The airline expanded services within Switzerland and to various European destinations
during the 1930s but was forced to cease all passenger operations during World
War II, even though Switzerland was a neutral country during the war. After the
war ended Swissair resumed services throughout Europe and in 1949 began transatlantic
flights to New York from Switzerland via Gander, Newfoundland using Douglas DC-4s.
During the 1950s Swissair continued to grow and upgraded their fleet to Douglas
DC-6 & DC-7C aircraft which were pressurized, held more passengers and flew
faster & farther. In 1960 Swissair took delivery of their first Factory Delivered
DC-8 and as additional DC-8s were delivered they replaced the older propliner
equipment on their long haul routes. During the early 1960s Swissair and Scandinavian
Airlines System (SAS) formed an alliance which enabled these two smaller carriers
to share aircraft & maintenance with each other and thus reduce costs. Consequently,
Swissair & SAS purchased similar aircraft and each airline specialized in
maintaining a specific type of aircraft. This alliance was later expanded to include
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines & UTA French Airlines and became known as the KSSU
Group (KLM/SAS/Swissair/UTA). All 4 of these airlines operated DC-8s, and later
– DC-10s & 747s, and 3 of the 4 operated DC-9s & Caravelles. The DC-8
was the "backbone" of Swissair’s long haul fleet during the 1960s and
although they were eventually replaced by widebody DC-10s & 747s in the 1970s,
the DC-8 continued to serve the airline well into the 1980s with the last DC-8
being retired in 1986. Click Here to See Swissair’s
DC-8 Fleet Count.








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