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








Fred
Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection








UNIVERSAL
AIRLINES
DC-8-61CF

1/72 Scale














Color Scheme: Delivery Colors


Registration: N801U


Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model


Dimensions: Length: 30.5″ (77.5cm), Wingspan 23.5″ (60cm)


Condition: Mint


Model History: I Acquired this as an Unfinished Douglas Factory
Model Blank on November 26, 2002 in a trade with another collector.
The blank was Beautifully Polished & I had considered keeping
it that way – as an art-deco type piece. However, I’m not an avid
art-deco collector so I decided to put one of the DC-8 Original
Customer Liveries on it and ultimately chose Universal. I’ve always
liked the black and white livery of Universal and it seems to
go well with the polished aluminum. I then sent it to my friend
Don Stevens at Airborne Replicas
for refinishing in the Philippines. I received it back on December
2, 2003 and Once Again They Did a Terrific Job On It!


Universal’s
DC-8 History:
Universal Airlines
came into existence in September 1966. The airline was created
from Zantop Air Transport ( a CAB Certified Supplemental Carrier)
when Zantop’s owners "The Zantop Brothers" decided to
sell their interest in the company and leave the airline business
(at least temporarily). Once the new ownership & management
took over the airline name was changed to Universal Airlines,
Inc. The new airline inherited much of Zantop’s prop fleet and
continued to service Zantop’s customers. In April 1968 Universal
entered the jet age with the Factory Delivery of two DC-8-61CF
(Convertible Freighters). In the next 3 years Universal leased
two DC-8F-55 Jet Traders & two more DC-8-61CFs.
Click
Here to See Universal’s DC-8 Fleet Information.

Also, Universal had planned to acquire four Douglas DC-9-33F
(Freighter) aircraft and one Boeing 747-127 aircraft but unfortunately
delivery was never taken on these due to financial difficulties.
On May 27, 1971 American Flyers Airline (AFA), a competitor of
Universal’s, was merged into Universal Airlines, though AFA’s
DC-8-63CF aircraft were sold off at merger time. Click
Here to See an American Flyers Airline DC-8-63CF Model.
Sadly,
despite Universal possessing a lucrative Military Airlift Command
(MAC) Contract, the airline couldn’t survive and went bankrupt
in May 1972. Competitor Saturn Airways quickly acquired some of
Universal’s assets, including some Lockheed L-188 Electra’s, and
took over the MAC Contract. Click Here
To See a Saturn DC-8-61CF Model
. However, Saturn didn’t opt
for Universal’s two DC-8-61CFs and these were sold to Overseas
National Airways. Saturn Airways lasted four more years until
being bought out by Trans International Airlines in December,
1976. Click Here to See a Trans International
Airlines DC-8-61CF Model.
The Universal Airlines ‘Story’ shows
once again just how "cutthroat" the supplemental airline
business was during the 1960s and 70s and this all took place
prior to airline deregulation in the USA in 1978! Also,
each one of these supplemental airlines, Universal, American Flyers,
Saturn, Overseas National, Trans International, Capitol International
& World Airways, was a Factory Delivery Customer of the DC-8
so you can check out each of their individual histories by ‘clicking’
on a model of their aircraft and/or selecting that airline from
the ‘Original Factory Delivery Customer’ list. <Please
Note: If anyone out there has more information on Universal Airlines
or sees errors in my information then please contact me as I would
like this to be as accurate as possible.>


Click
Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

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