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

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection


1/50 Scale

Color Scheme: Second Colors (Door/Exit Outlines were Black on Delivery Colors)

Registration: N3361T

Composition: A Refinished Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 44" (112cm), Wingspan 34" (86cm)

Condition: Near Mint

Model History: When I acquired this model earlier this year it was in this Original TIA Livery but was "weathered" pretty badly and in need of a refinish. Fortunately I still had a set of TIA decals which were acquired back in 1973 from Marketing Aids (Model Maker For Douglas/McDonnell Douglas). I gave these very old decals and & the model to my friend Jim Powroznik (James Powroznik Custom Models), Clovis, CA. and he Beautifully Refinished It for me. I picked it up from Jim on June 15, 2003. Once Again Jim Thanks For The Outstanding Work!

Trans International’s DC-8 History: Trans International Airlines’ roots date back to 1948 with the creation of Los Angles Air Service who operated a single DC-3 on charter flights. In 1960 the name was changed to Trans International Airlines (TIA) by the new owner – the Studebaker Corporation and the company headquarters was moved up to Oakland, California. Also around this time TIA had acquired additional aircraft – DC-6s & Lockheed Constellations to upgrade it’s fleet and entered the jet age with the purchase of DC-8 ‘Ship One’ N8008D to be used on transpacific charters. In 1964 TIA became independent from Studebaker (then in financial trouble) when the president of TIA bought the company. During the mid to late 1960s TIA took factory delivery of single DC-8F-54 & DC-8F-55 Jet Traders, 3 DC-8-61CF & 7 DC-8-63CF Convertible Passenger/Freighters which allowed for TIA to become a "major player" in the fast growing U.S. charter market. TIA was acquired by the large conglomerate – San Francisco based Transamerica Corporation in 1968 and thus gained substantial financial resources backing it. In 1976 when TIA acquired Saturn Airways & it’s fleet was integrated (including Saturn’s DC-8s) this catapulted the airline to the status of world’s largest charter operator (at least for a time). Click Here To See a Saturn DC-8-61CF Model. More DC-8s were acquired on the used market and DC-10s and Boeing 747s were also added to the fleet during the 1970s. Throughout the 1970s TIA’s DC-8 Fleet hauled just about everything – ranging from 7000 head of cattle from Ft. Worth, Texas to Chile, at 270 head of cattle per DC-8-63CF flight (a Real ‘Cattle Car’) to 144 First Class Passengers from the USA to Australia & New Zealand in a DC-8-63CF Configured to All First Class Seating – 36 Rows in a 2 by 2 Abreast Arrangement. Now that’s a Big First Class Compartment! Click Here to See TIA’s DC-8 Fleet Information. In 1979, with the advent of deregulation in the U.S. airline industry, TIA was awarded routes from the U.S. to Europe and officially changed it’s name to Transamerica Airlines prior to starting them. During the early 1980s Transamercia had 7 of it’s DC-8-63CFs upgraded to DC-8-73CF status and thus extended their operating lives with the quieter, fuel efficient CMF-56 High By-pass Turbofan Engines. Click Here To See a Transamerica DC-8-73CF Model. Sadly, the mid-1980s proved to be very hard on the U.S. airline industry, and although Transamerica reduced routes and sold aircraft in an attempt to match capacity with demand, they still suffered extensive losses and were ultimately offered for sale by the parent company in 1986. Unfortunately there were no buyers and the airline was forced to cease operations on September 30, 1986. In a bit of irony, the TIA (Trans International Airlines) name was resurrected in the turbulent mid-1980s by the parent company Transamerica Corp. who created the "new" TIA as a nonunion low cost airline based out of Louisville, Kentucky & operated DC-8s. This strategy didn’t work either and the "new" TIA was forced to cease operations on the same date at the older TIA/Transamerica Airlines – September 30, 1986.

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