Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – AM DC-8-51


1/50 Scale

Color Scheme: Interim Colors – DC-8

Registration: XA-DOE, "Quintana Roo"

Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 35.5″ (91cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)

Condition: Mint

Model History: I acquired the blank for
this model with the help of my friend Jim Powroznik.
blank is perfect for a Ship One model because when Douglas converted
Ship One from a Series 11 with Pratt & Whitney JT3C Turbo
Jet, with Water Injection Engines, to a Series 51 with Pratt &
Whitney JT3D Turbo FAN Engines they modifed the original pylons
to accomodate the Fan Engines rather than install all new pylons
like on later DC-8 Series 50 Aircraft. Please see the pictures
below which show the difference between the pylon types:

DC-8-10>40 Pylons (Modified for Ship One)

||| |^^^|Newly
Designed Pylons for DC-8-50/61 FanJet Engines

You can see that the
new pylons were diagonal from the aft of the engine to the wing
This may seem like a "picky" detail but
it was important to me to have this correctly depicted. Additionally,
these modified pylons were used on some United & Delta DC-8-11/12/21
aircraft which were later converted to DC-8-51 aircraft. Once
the blank was professionally polished I sent it over to the Philippines
& Airborne Replicas
did a fine job in reproducing the Aeromexico livery used only
on Ship One. This livery differed from the other Aeromexico DC-8
liveries which utilized a polished metal roof rather than the
white roof used on the Ship One aircraft. Many
Thanks To Don Stephens & Airborne Replicas For Doing A Great
Job On This Complicated Livery!

DC-8 History
: Aeronaves De
Mexico, the predessor to Aeromexico, was founded in 1934 with
the help of Pan American, who owned 40 percent of the new Mexican
airline. The 1930s and 1940s were a quiet period for the airline
but in the 1950s Aeronaves really took off. First they were nationalized
by the Mexican Government. Next, they reorganized and expanded
both internally and externally with the take over of some of their
competitor airlines. In 1958 , Aeronaves began service on the
profitable Mexico City to Los Angles route using the turboprop
Bristol Brittania. Other long haul services were handled by the
DC-6B. The 1960s saw more international expansion and the beginning
of the jet age for Aeronaves with the introduction of the DC-8.
Sadly, the first DC-8 for Aeronaves, which had been delivered
by Douglas to Eastern Airlines in Aeronaves colors (for immediate
lease to Aeronaves), flew for two short months before crashing
on takeoff enroute from New York-Idlewild to Mexico City. Click
Here to See an Aeronaves de Mexico DC-8-21 Model of this First
Fortunately, Aeronaves took Factory Deliveries six
additional DC-8s and leased several other DC-8s which enabled
continued expansion. In February 1972 Aeronaves de Mexico was
officially renamed Aeromexico. Aeromexico
was the last airline to operate Douglas DC-8 ‘Ship One’ from 1979-1982
as XA-DOE. After it was returned to the lessor – FB Ayer &
Assoc. it was registered back to it’s orginal registration of
N8008D and stored at Marana, Arizona. Sadly, ‘Ship One’ was to
never fly again.
The DC-8 continued to soldier on for the
Aeromexico through the 1970s and 1980s and they sold their last
DC-8 in November, 1989. Click
Here to See Aeronaves de Mexico/Aeromexico’s DC-8 Fleet Information.

Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

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