Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – UA DC-8-12

DC-8 Jet Collection





Color Scheme: Proposed Delivery Colors (See Note

Registration: N8000U, ‘DC-8 Jet Mainliner Captain R. T. Freng’

Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 24.5" (62cm), Wingspan 23.5"

Condition: Very Good

Model History: Produced in the early 1960s by the Douglas
Aircraft Model Shop. I Acquired it on October 6, 2004 from Greg
Clausen who was selling it on behalf of his family. Greg’s father,
Col. Leslie C. Clausen, worked for Douglas on jet engines in the
early 1960s and was given this model for his office. Col. Clausen
passed away two years ago at the age of 88 after a distinguished
career in the Air Force for 25 years and Aerospace for 27 years.
The model had been stored in his garage for nearly 30 years and
was about to be thown away by Mrs. Clausen (Greg’s Mom). Fortunately
Greg decided to sell it and I was very fortunate to add this wonderful
model with a great history to my collection. When then model arrived
it was in need of some minor "touch-up" work which my
partner Bob did for my Birthday and it turned out great – Thanks

A Note
On This Model’s Paint Scheme:
This model has a very early
United paint scheme applied to it. Evidence of this is the United
"Shield" rather than standard United Logo applied under
the cockpit windows & there are small lines in the windows
which were used only on the early decals that Douglas made for
the DC-8 (see photo below).

Also, only the first few DC-8s that United took
delivery of had the United name on the wing and the small red,
white and blue "flags" on the wings (as shown on the
top two photos). One thing I’m curious about, is why Douglas used
the dark blue cheatline (like the one used on United’s earlier
propliners) rather than the lighter blue (like the blue on the
bottom of the tail) cheatline which was used on all deliveries
of United’s DC-8s. I have seen this dark blue cheatline on several
early examples of the United DC-8 Models made by Douglas. Perhaps
Douglas ran the decal printing before United decided to lighten
the blue on the cheatline?

DC-8 History:
United Air Lines was
-by far- the biggest supporter and largest customer for the DC-8
– from the very beginning, with their order of the DC-8-11, to
the end, with the conversion of their fleet of DC-8-61s into DC-8-71s.
Though Pan American was the very first customer for the DC-8 with
an order for 25 ‘overwater’ versions on October 13, 1955, it was
United who made the largest initial order of the DC-8 by -any-
airline with an order of 30 ‘domestic’ versions on October 25,
1955. United’s President & CEO Pat Patterson said that he
chose the DC-8 over the 707 because "he felt that it had
more room for improvement, the same ‘big stretch’ that enabled
Douglas to beef up it’s DC-4 into the DC-6 & DC-7." Mr.
Patterson was certainly right about that – as evidenced by the
DC-8 Super Sixty & Super Seventy Series that evolved from
the basic standard DC-8 (Boeing was unable to stretch the 707
because it sat lower to the ground and any stretch would cause
the tail to drag upon takeoff). United introduced it’s first DC-8
service on September 18, 1959 from San Francisco to New York Idlewild
(now JFK) airport. That same day Delta Air Lines beat United in
the introduction of the DC-8 by just a couple hours because

United’s first DC-8 flight left San Francisco to New York at 8:30AM
local west coast time and Delta’s first DC-8 flight left from
New York to Atlanta at 9:20AM local east coast time which gave
Delta the advantage of 2 hours & 10 minutes when you consider
the time zone difference of 3 hours. However, when it came to
purchasing & operating the DC-8 United beat all of the other
customers ‘hands down.’ United went on to take Factory
Deliveries of 16 Series 11s, 6 Series 12s, (all of the -11 &
-12 series were later converted into the more powerful -21s or
-51 Fan-jets), 15 Series 21s, 13 Series 52 Fan-jets& 15 Series
54F Jet Traders (Freighters). In addition to these 65 Factory
Deliveries of the Standard DC-8, United also acquired 11 additional
used Series 30 DC-8s. Once the Super Sixty DC-8s were announced
United was the first to order the DC-8-61 and the DC-8-62H (H=Heavier
Gross Weight). United went on to take Factory Deliveries of 30
Super 61s & 10 Super 62H aircraft plus one used DC-8-61. Click
Here to See United’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
Later, in the
1980s, when the noise restrictions were getting more strict &
fuel prices continued to grow, this put pressure on the airline
industry to retire their first generation jets (i.e. mostly DC-8s
& Boeing 707s) far earlier than their useful life. Thus, when
it was proposed to re-engine the Super Sixty DC-8s (61, 62 &
63) with quieter & more fuel efficient engines to extend the
aircraft’s life, United was the first to order the conversion
of their DC-8-61 fleet into DC-8-71s with the higher powered &
much quieter General Electric-SNECMA CMF-56 Engines (plus some
other improvements which further modernized the DC-8). United’s
order of 29 conversions was the largest order of any airline and
extended the DC-8s life with United into the early 1990s. Most,
if not all of those DC-8-71s are still flying today (as freighters).
United retired their last DC-8-71 on January 9, 1992 – ending
a total of 33 years that the DC-8 served the company. In summary,
United was the Largest Operator of Standard DC-8, Super
Sixties DC-8
& the Initial Conversions to the Super
Seventies DC-8.
Today, however, nearly all of the DC-8 Seventy
aircraft have been converted into freighters and United Parcel
Service now has the largest fleet DC-8s with a total of 49 DC-8-71s
& DC-8-73s. During the DC-8’s 33 years of service with United
they operated them in 4 Different Liveries. If you would like
to see some other models of United’s Different Liveries &
DC-8 Types please click on the following links:

United DC-8F-54 1/50 Scale in Delivery
(1960s) Colors

United DC-8-61 1/50 Scale in Delivery (1960s)

United DC-8-62H 1/200 Scale in
Third Colors (Around 1976 Bicentennial) w/ Script Titles &
"Stars & Stripes" or "Friendship" Livery

United DC-8-61 1/250 Scale in
the Final DC-8 Colors (1970s-1990s)

The Livery I don’t have a model in is the Second (Early 1970s)
Livery w/ Script Titles Only – Non-"Stars & Bars
or Friendship" Livery. Someday, I hope to find a United DC-8
model with this second livery.

Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

Photo Courtesy Of & Many Thanks To Terry Waddington


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