Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – FT DC-8-63CF

DC-8 Jet Collection




Color Scheme: Delivery
Colors, "Jumbo Jet Scheme"

Registration: N780FT

Composition: Philippine

Dimensions: Length:
17.5″ (44cm), Wingspan 14″ (36cm)

Condition: Mint

Model History:
Produced for me by Airborne
, Anchorage, AK (Made in the Philippines). Acquired
on April 14, 1999.

Tiger’s DC-8 History:
Tiger Line has a unique and distinguished history in the air cargo
airline business. The airline was founded as "National Skyway
Freight Corporation" back in 1945 by Robert Prescott and
9 other ex-military pilots. It was set up to haul air cargo within
the USA using surplus military aircraft from World War II. In
1946 the name was changed to the Flying Tiger Line (aka Flying
Tigers) and Bob Prescott would lead the fledgling company from
a precarious financial beginning into a multi-million dollar corporation
and on to be the world’s largest cargo airline (surpassing Pan
American in 1980). Throughout the 1940s, 1950s & early 1960s
Flying Tigers used a number of different propliner aircraft in
an all cargo configuration. In 1965 Tigers entered the jet age
with two Boeing 707-320C Intercontinental Jetliners and 4 Douglas
DC-8F-55 Jet Traders – which were initially leased to Seaboard
World Airlines. However, in May 1966 Flying Tigers took a giant
leap forward with order of 10 Douglas ‘Super’ DC-8-63AF (Air Freighter)
aircraft to be factory delivered beginning in mid 1968. From this
initial order of 10, plus additional DC-8-63CF (Convertible Freighter)
aircraft acquired directly from Douglas, and also some other DC-8-61
(Click Here To See Flying Tiger Line DC-8-61AF
& DC-8-63 Freighters acquired from the used aircraft
market, Flying Tigers was able to standardize on one type of aircraft
and retire their Lockheed Constellations, Canadair CL-44 and Boeing
707 equipment. In fact, Flying Tigers even operated a DC-8-62CF
for six months and thus was one of the few airlines to operate
all 3 versions of the ‘Super’ DC-8. Click
Here to See Flying Tiger’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
This fleet
standardization allowed Flying Tigers to substantially lower their
operating costs and more importantly, to have enough ‘lift’ or
capacity to inaugurate transpacific cargo services which were
awarded to them in 1969. In fact, Flying Tigers considered their
DC-8-63s to be their first "Jumbo Jets" and even had
their first six DC-8-63s delivered in a distinctive "Jumbo
Jet" paint scheme (as depicted in the above model). This
paint scheme was discontinued when the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet took
flight in 1969. Flying Tigers continued to grow throughout the
1970s but it was two events in the late 1970s / early 1980s that
enabled them to become the worlds largest cargo airline. First,
in 1977 the US Government deregulated the air cargo industry which
allowed Flying Tigers to enter many new markets within the USA.
Second, in September 1980 Flying Tigers acquired Seaboard World
Airlines which brought European routes into the Tiger’s system
and additional DC-8 and 747 equipment into the Tiger’s fleet.
Click Here to See Seaboard World DC-8F-55
Model & History.
During the 1980s Flying Tigers continued
to be the dominant "heavy cargo" airline but also saw
intense competition from the new small parcel express airlines,
like Federal Express & United Parcel Service, which became
extremely successful very quickly. In fact it was Federal Express
who saw the opportunity to quickly enter the "heavy cargo"
business and bought Flying Tiger Line on August 7, 1989. This
is just a very brief history of the Flying Tiger Line. If you
would like more information please check out:
for a wonderful and in-depth account of this Great Airline.



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