Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – DL DC-8-71


DC-8 Jet Collection




Color Scheme: Final Colors


Composition: Douglas Factory Style Polished Aluminum

Dimensions: Length: 43.5″ (110.5cm), Wingspan 33.5″ (85cm)

Condition: Near Mint

Model History: This a Custom, One of a Kind Model Produced by
My Friend Gary Field. I Acquired it on September 27, 1999 from another Private
Collector via eBay. It needed extensive restoration due to decal wear. After locating
"new" Delta decals then Jim Powroznik did the restoration and I picked
up the model on August 26, 2001. Gary Your Awesome For Creating
A Polished Aluminum DC-8 Super 70 Model!
Jim, Your
Awesome For Refinishing It So Well!

DC-8 History:
Delta Air Lines had a long and wonderful
past with the DC-8. Back in the mid to late 1950s when the large
"trunk" carriers were ordering their first pure jet
equipment, Delta made a very smart decision to take over Eastern’s
first six DC-8 delivery slots when Eastern decided to change their
DC-8 order to one with more powerful engines – the DC-8-21. This
enabled Delta to begin their DC-8-11 service several months ahead
of Eastern and on the same date as United. Both Delta & United
inaugurated their DC-8 services on September 18, 1959. In fact,
because United started their first DC-8 flight San Francisco to
New York departing at 8:30AM local west coast time and Delta started
started their first DC-8 flight from New York to Atlanta departing
at 9:20AM local east coast time, Delta actually holds the record
for starting the Very First DC-8 Service due to the 3 hour
difference in east and west coast time zones. Delta went on to
operate a Factory Delivered Fleet of 21 DC-8-51s (the 6 original
DC-8-11s were converted to Series 12s and then to DC-8-51s in
the early 1960s) and 13 DC-8-61s. In addition Delta purchased,
on the used aircraft market, 6 DC-8-33s from Pan American in order
to continue the successful Delta/Pan Am interchange flights between
the USA and Europe (since Pan Am was phasing out the DC-8 during
that time). Delta also purchased "Ship
One" N8008D from Trans International Airlines and utilized
it from 1967 to 1979 – thus being the longest airline operator
of the Original DC-8
During the early to mid 1980s
Delta was involved in a very successful effort to extend the life
of the DC-8 Super Sixties Series by reequipping them with new
quiet & very efficient General Electric/SNECMA (of France)
CFM56 engines, a new pressurization system, more advanced avionics
and an auxiliary power unit (APU) for use on the ground – which
eliminated the need for ground power and air start facilities.
These reequipped DC-8s were then designated as the DC-8 Super
Seventy Series and most of these DC-8-71, 72 and 73 aircraft are
still flying today as freighter aircraft. A new company named
Cammacorp was created to work along with McDonnell Douglas in
performing these conversions and/or selling conversion kits for
the airlines to install themselves. Delta’s first DC-8-61 which
was converted to 71 status (N1305L) was performed by Cammacorp
at McDonnell Douglas’ Tulsa Facility. During this first conversion
Delta’s own mechanics were trained to perform the conversions
and not only converted the remaining 12 Delta DC-8-61s but also
performed 36 additional Super Seventy conversions for other airlines.
Of the total of 110 DC-8-70 conversions Delta had performed nearly
half of them (48 total). Finally, what a wonderful testament this
has been about the DC-8’s superior versatility, flexibility and
especially durability! When Douglas designed the DC-8 they had
figured it’s useful life would be about 20 years and that has
now been doubled and is still counting. Click
Here to See Delta’s DC-8 Fleet Information.

Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

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Photo Courtesy Of & Many Thanks To: AIRLINERS.NET
and Photographer Jay Selman

To Other Delta Air Lines Models On This Web Site:

DC-8-11 1/50 Scale in 1959 Delivery

DC-8-51 1/50 Scale in All White Scheme
From Early-1960s

DC-9-14 1/50 Scale In Delivery (Side
Widget) Colors


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