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


DC-8 Jet Collection


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Color Scheme: Delivery Colors

Registration: HB-IDA

Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

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

Condition: Near Mint

Model History: Produced in the early 1960s by the Douglas
Aircraft Model Shop. I Acquired it on January 23, 2004 from an
eBay Seller in Switzerland. For over 30 years I’ve wanted a Douglas
Factory Polished Aluminum DC-8 model of Swissair and I’ve never
seen any before this one appeared on eBay. Nearly all of the Metal
1/50 Swissair DC-8 Models were produced by Raise Up Models and
unfortunately their mold for the DC-8 wasn’t very accurate. Acquiring
this model is Truly a Dream Come True!

DC-8 History:
Schweizerische Luftverkehrs-AG, better known
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 prop liner 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
became the "backbone" of Swissair’s long haul fleet
during the 1960s with the DC-8-32 & DC-8-53 serving the medium
to long haul routes and the ultra long range DC-8-62 serving Swissair’s
longest haul routes. Click Here to See a
Model of Swissair’s DC-8-62.
Although they were eventually
replaced by wide body DC-10s & 747s in the 1970s, the DC-8
continued to serve the airline into the 1980s with the last DC-8
being retired in 1984. Click
Here to See Swissair’s DC-8 Fleet Information.

Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft
*Swissair’s Livery had changed slightly by the time this
photo was taken. The polished metal on the lower half of the tail
was now painted white on all of their DC-8s from the early 1960s

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