Color Scheme: Alexander Calder Scheme
Composition: Douglas Factory Aluminum Model
Dimensions: Length: 26″ (66cm), Wingspan 24.75″ (63cm)
Model History: I believe this was produced in the early to
mid 1960s by the Douglas Aircraft Model Shop. I Acquired it on
May 25, 2005 from a fellow collector. It was finished in a "hybrid"
Douglas livery of the DC-8-62. This
hybrid livery had an all white fuselage, wings & engines with
"Douglas DC-8-62" Titles on the fuselage & tail.
It looked very much like the Original DC-8 "Ship One"
Livery but the actual DC-8-62 never flew in this livery. It may
have been finished this way as an early proposal model for the
Super 62. After much thought I decided to have the model refinished
in the Braniff Calder Scheme. I had hoped to find a large scale
model of the Calder DC-8 but have never found one available for
purchase. Thus, on May 22, 2006 I sent this model, numerous pictures,
drawings & very detailed instructions on how the
Calder DC-8 should be painted to Airborne Replicas to be repainted
in the Philippines. This model was the last metal model I had
to send to the folks at Airborne and by far required
the most detailed work to make it correctly and they certainly
came through for me! When I received it back on February 22, 2007
I was amazed at how well they did this model! Adding a Large Scale
Braniff Calder DC-8-62 Definitely Was a Dream Come True!
Heart Felt Thanks Goes To Don Stephens & The Airborne Replicas
Team For Doing Such Beautiful Hand Painted Refinishing of My Models
Over The Last 10 Years. They have always met or exceeded my requirements
for refinishing models in my collection and also have continuously
improved their work over time. Many Times These Philippine Hand
Painted Refinished Models (By Airborne Replicas) Have Turned Out
Even Better Than Those Which I’ve Had Refinished Here with Sets
of Decals I Had! You Can’t Ask For More Than That!
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 medium & long haul jet
service. However, after Braniff merged with Pan American-Grace
Airways on February 1, 1967 & acquired Panagra’s DC-8 fleet
& South American Routes, the airline decided that the DC-8
better met it’s operational needs. Click
Here to See a Panagra DC-8-31 or Panagra
DC-8F-55 Model. 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 1965 with the introduction of the "End
Aircraft Paint Schemes which sported bright pastel fuselages,
white wings & tail and a black nose. This new and "wild"
look for Braniff was a "first" in the airline industry,
received a lot attention from the general public and exposed this
relatively small airline to the rest of the world! 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 Braniff’s
In 1973, Braniff commissioned Alexander Calder, World Famous for
his Modern Art, to paint one of their DC-8-62 Aircraft (N1805)
and named the project "The Flying
– to bring more attention to Braniff’s South American Route System.
Mr. Calder did not personally paint the entire DC-8-62 but he
painted several large models of the aircraft and then the Braniff
engineers enlarged and transferred his work to the actual aircraft.
However, Mr. Calder did personally paint some "finishing
touches" to the aircraft before it was introduced into service
on November 3, 1973. The Above Model Represents
The Beautiful "Alexander
This paint scheme was quite radical for it’s time & consequently
brought Braniff a lot of attention & publicity – and the name
"Braniff" was nowhere to be found on the aircraft! Later,
in 1975, Alexander Calder did another stunning livery for Braniff
in celebration of the 1976 U.S.A. Bicentennial. The Boeing 727-200
(N408BN), the backbone of Braniff’s domestic fleet, was introduced
that year as "The Flying Colors of The United States"
and was painted in "wild" stripes of red, white &
blue. Finally, in 1977 just before the beginning 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.
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 their markets during a time of recession in the world
economy. Thus, Braniff International became the first US "trunk"
airline fatality in the new era of deregulation & ceased flying
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 Original.
Click Here to See Braniff’s
DC-8 Fleet Information.
Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft From The LEFT
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and Photographer Frank C. Duarte Jr.
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To Other Braniff International Models On This Web Site:
Colors – The End
1/50 Scale Metal Model in Red Delivery Colors
– A Douglas Factory Model
– The Flying Colors
DC-8-51 1/500 Scale Models in the Small Scale DC-8 Models Section
Final Colors – The Ultra
2 DC-8-62 1/200 Scale Models – in the
Small Scale DC-8 Models Section