summer I’m dedicating my front page to Delta Air Lines. Delta was the
first airline to start DC-8 Service in 1959 and operated a large number
& different types of DC-8s. Among Delta’s DC-8 Fleet were the DC-8-11/12,
-32/33, -51, -61 & -71. Not only has Delta been a loyal operator
of Douglas Jets they have also been loyal to their employees throughout
the years – nearly always offering the highest pay and benefits in the
industry. Having worked for Delta I can attest to their what a great
airline they have been to work for. Unfortunately, during the last several
years (since 9/11) Delta & it’s employees have suffered many hardships
but these dedicated employees (starting right from the top with Jerry
Grinstein – who was instrumental in saving Western Airlines in the 1980s)
are turning the company around to assure that Delta & it’s proud
heritage will live on. As a matter of fact, today, May 31, 2006, the
Delta Pilots ratified their new contract & the bankruptcy judge
approved it so Delta is now firmly on their path to recovery.
Here’s to you Delta!
Of The Month" From My Collection
Fellow DC-8 Enthusiasts!
you may guess from my eMail, eBay and web addresses – I’m a HUGE FAN
of the Douglas DC-8 and have been for over 40 years! I originally created
this site in the year 2000 to display my DC-8 model collection.
However, though I am still enthusiastically displaying my models (see
above & below), I am continuously adding more and more information
about the Wonderful History of the DC-8 and the Airlines who
Operated and Continue To Operate What I Consider To Be The Finest First
Please click on any of the links below for more information about the
Technical, Customer & Other DC-8 Information
An Early Design Concept for the DC-8 ca. 1945-1946
History of ‘Ship One’
of Standard DC-8 vs Super DC-8 Designations
Technical Information – All Versions
Original Airline Factory Delivery Customers
DC-8 Supersonic Flight (One For The Record Books)
The Douglas DC-8 Series 60s
A Comprehensive Article by McDonnell Douglas
Super Seventies Conversions at McDonnell Douglas – Tulsa
Personal Recollections by Mechanic Roger M "Flash"
Super Seventies Conversions – A Detailed List
DC-8 Operators & A Summary Of The Status Of All DC-8s Built
NASA DC-8-72 Airborne Laboratory – Information & Great Photos
Thanks to Lufthansa Captain Volker Niebel who gave me this Round DC-8
Piece (Above Center) which came from the Control Yoke of an Actual DC-8-73.
Cox DC-8 Jet Collection
Information & Photos
Year Marks my 33rd Anniversary of Collecting Professionally Finished
DC-8 Models from Large Scale Douglas Factory Type Polished Aluminum
Models (My Specialty) and Cutaway Models – Down To Some Small Scale
1/200, 1/400 & 1/500 Scale Die-Cast Models. In addition I collect
memorabilia about the DC-8 & the two great airlines that I had the
privilege of working for – Western Airlines & Delta Air Lines.
Way back in 1973 when I acquired my first Douglas Factory DC-8 model
(Iberia Livery) I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I could someday
have a DC-8 Collection with a Large Scale Metal Model (preferably a
Douglas Factory Type) of each of the 44 Original Delivery Customers.
However, on June 13, 2005 my dream came true with the addition of the
last original customer I needed – which was a Riddle Airlines DC-8F-54.
If you would like to read a more detailed
history about my 33 years of model collecting please click on the
"My Personal History of Model Collecting…."
forward, I plan to continue collecting DC-8 models (especially rare
or exotic schemes) and a few more DC-9s as well, but perhaps not as
actively as in the past. In addition, this month
I’ve started to collect a few propliner models. I am looking for just
one of each type of the most popular propliners which graced our skies
in the 1930s, 40s & 50s.
Most importantly, I plan to continue expanding this web site
to include more & more information about the Great
more information about my background please select from the links below.
Original Interest In the DC-8, Travels on the DC-8 and
My Personal History of Model Collecting – From 1972 to the Present
I Rate a Model’s Condition & Deciding When To Restore or Refinish
Model Finishing Today: Deciding
Whether to Decal Versus Hand Painting
Gallery of Images From My DC-8 Model Collection
Scale Metal DC-8 Models (1/100 & Larger)
Resin & Plastic DC-8 Models (1/164 & Larger)
Wood DC-8 Models (1/164 & Larger)
Scale DC-8 Models (1/200 & Smaller)
DC-9 Models of All Scales & Compositions
Propliners From The Past – Information & Models
of Other Types of Jet Aircraft
Available For Trade or Sale
– None Available At This Time.
to My Favorite Sites
^^ Most Recent Update^^
From Other Model Collections
Section is Devoted To Displaying Some Other Collector’s Model Collections.
In Return They Have Contributed To This Web Site & Have Enabled
Me To Keep Advertising Off From It.
Many Thanks To Their Support!
Model Kit Art Restored by Christian Bryan
Restorations of Model Kit Box Tops From The Past.
Ohio River Valley Model Collection
Impressive Collection of Airliner Models of All Types.
Collection From The Great White North
Great Model Collection Dedicated To The Canadian Airlines.
Strijbeek FFF Model Collection
Wonderful Dutch Collection of Fokker & KLM Models.
Excellent Collection of Airliner Models from Belgium.
you have Anything DC-8 related that you are willing to part with, or
have any questions or suggestions please
e-mail me at
I am open to trades for some of my collection
– please see the ‘Models Available For Trade or Sale’ link above.
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