Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – BN DC-8-62

DC-8 Jet Collection



Color Scheme: Delivery Colors – "End
of the
Plain Plane

Registration: None

Douglas Factory Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 37″ (94cm), Wingspan
35.5″ (91cm)

Condition: Excellent

Model History: This
model is a refinished Douglas Factory Aluminum Model in Braniff Colors. Acquired
on May 2, 2000 from Aeronautical Classics, Alexandria, VA.

DC-8 History:
Braniff Airways was created in 1930 by brothers
Paul & Tom Braniff. Based in Dallas, the airline served mainly
the American Southwest and prospered with the approval of US Air
Mail contracts of that era. During 1945-1948 Braniff inaugurated
it’s first international service with flights to Mexico and Houston-Havana-Lima
service. Along with these new international services came a new
name – Braniff International Airways. During the 1950s and 60s
Braniff International continued to expand – both within the United
States and to more destinations in Latin and South America. Upon
entering the Jet Age in the early 1960s Braniff had chosen the
Boeing 707 and 720 to provide it’s long and medium haul jet service.
However, after Braniff merged with Pan American-Grace Airways
on Feb. 1, 1967 & acquired Panagra’s DC-8 fleet & South
American Routes, the airline decided that the DC-8 better met
it’s operational needs. (See Panagra DC-8-31)
During the late 1960s Braniff took delivery of 7 Factory
Delivered DC-8-62s and also acquired used DC-8-51s and DC-8-62s
to further expand it’s medium and long haul fleet. Most of Braniff’s
DC-8s flew for the airline right up to May 12, 1982 when they
ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy. Throughout most of
Braniff’s history the airline looked and operated like any of
the other 11 "Trunk" Airlines but this was radically
changed in 1969 with the introduction of the "End
of the
Plain Plane
liveries which sported bright pastel fuselages, white wings &
tail and a black nose. (See Above Model
for Braniff DC-8-62 in the
of the
Plain Plane
). This new and "wild"
look for Braniff received a lot attention from the general public
& other airlines and exposed this relatively small airline
to the rest of the world! If you would like to see more examples
of this scheme on my models please check out the ‘Small Scale
Models’ Section. However, Braniff didn’t stop with that and in
1971 introduced four new two-tone color combinations for it’s
fleet and named it’s newest look "Flying
" (See
Braniff DC-8-62 in the "Flying
). Finally, in the late 1970s, around the time of deregulation
of the US Airline Industry, Braniff introduced it’s final livery
change – the "Ultra"
schemes which went back to a basically solid color fuselage but
using deeper tones, and adding lighter colored striping to highlight
the lines of the plane and engines. To top it off, the Braniff
name was changed from block print to a more elegant script print.
(See Braniff DC-8-62 in the "Ultra"
). In addition to all of these brilliant color schemes,
Braniff also had two single aircraft (a DC-8 & a 727) specially
painted by famed artist Alexander Calder which were truly the
Wildest Airline Schemes that Any Airline Had Ever Done Before!
It is a Dream of Mine to Some Day Add a Large Scale Braniff Calder
DC-8 to my collection.
Sadly, though Braniff was brilliant
in their marketing with these colorful paint schemes, after deregulation
they made the fatal mistake of expanding way too fast and then
collapsing due to over-capacity in most of it’s markets during
a time of recession in the economy. Thus, Braniff International
became the first US "trunk" airline fatality in the
new era of deregulation by declaring bankruptcy on May 12, 1982.
Such a sad ending to such a daring and colorful airline! One final
note, there have been 3 attempts to resurrect Braniff but all
have been unsuccessful. There just couldn’t be another Braniff
like the
Click Here to See Braniff’s
DC-8 Fleet Count.



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