An Original Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum
Length: 35.5″ (91cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)
Produced in the late 1950s by the Douglas Aircraft Model Shop.
Acquired on December 14, 1973 from a private collector.
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 and their final "Palm Tree" paint
scheme (Click Here to See a Trans Caribbean
DC-8-61CF Model) 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 Information.
Here to View a Photo of a Similar Trans Caribbean Aircraft*
* I have not been able to find a suitable Trans Caribbean
DC-8-51 Photo in this Second Paint Scheme. However, the Aircraft
Pictured is a Trans Caribbean DC-8F-55 which is very similar to
their DC-8-51 except there is no forward cargo door.