Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – TCA DC-8-61CF




Fred
Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection



TRANS
CARIBBEAN AIRWAYS

DC-8-61CF

1/100
Scale





Color Scheme: Final Colors

Registration:
N8788R

Composition: Philippine Mahogany

Dimensions:
Length: 22″ (56cm), Wingspan 17″ (43cm)

Condition: Near Mint

Model
History: Produced for me by Airborne Replicas, Anchorage, AK (Made in the Philippines).
Acquired on April 14, 1999.

Trans
Caribbean’s DC-8 History:
Trans Caribbean Airways
was an Original Factory Delivery Customer of the DC-8. During the 1960s Trans
Caribbean flew a number of routes to the Caribbean from the USA. Based in New
York, their "bread and butter" routes were Idlewild (now JFK) – San
Juan and Newark – San Juan. Other Caribbean destinations included the U.S. Virgin
Islands, Haiti, Curacao & Aruba. TCA also flew out of Washington – Dulles
and Philadelphia to San Juan but the Philadelphia service was discontinued due
to economic conditions. All of these routes were serviced primarily by the Douglas
DC-8 and to a lessor extent the Boeing 727 – both types of aircraft in Convertible
Freighter versions to accommodate a large demand for air freight as well as passengers.
Unfortunately, due to continued financial difficulties, Trans Caribbean was merged
into American Airlines in May 1971. After the merger, TCA’s DC-8 fleet was quickly
phased out (not being in common with American’s fleet) and replaced by American’s
Boeing 707, 727 & 747 aircraft. Trans Caribbean was a "colorful"
airline from our past (see also Trans Caribbean DC-8-51)
and this final "Palm Tree" paint scheme was one of the most beautiful
schemes I have ever seen on the DC-8.
Click
Here to See Trans Caribbean’s DC-8 Fleet Count.








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