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


DC-8 Jet Collection



1/200 Scale


Color Scheme: Delivery Colors

Registration: JA8032, "HIDAKA"

Composition: Die-Cast Metal

Dimensions: Length: 9.5″ (24cm), Wingspan 8.88″ (22.25cm)

Condition: Mint

MODEL HISTORY: Produced by Inflight Models. Acquired from
My Friend Don Kaylor at Jetstreams
on May 19, 2003.

Air Lines’s DC-8 History:
Japan Air Lines (JAL) was created
by the Japanese Government back in 1951 in an effort to assist
their country back to prosperity after World War II. Initially
JAL flew only between cities within Japan using Martin 202s which
were leased from Northwest Orient Airlines (as well as the crew’s
to fly them). However, within a year JAL had their own aircraft
and flight crews and began a period of steady growth, first within
Southeast Asia, then to the USA (San Francisco) in 1954 and later
to more and more destinations around the world. On July 16, 1960
Japan Air Lines entered the jet age with the delivery of their
first Factory Delivered DC-8. During the 1960s the DC-8 became
the "backbone" of JAL’s fleet and the airline went on
to Acquire a total of 41 Factory Delivered DC-8s in 9 Different
Versions. In addition, JAL bought and leased 15 additional DC-8s
in the used aircraft market. Fourteen of these were DC-8-61s from
Eastern Airlines. Also, as a point of interest, Japan Air Lines
took delivery of 7 of the last 8 DC-8s to be built in late 1971
and early 1972. The very last DC-8 was delivered to Scandinavian
Airlines System (SAS). Click
Here to See JAL’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
Long after JAL introduced
widebody Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 service in the
early 1970s, Japan Air Lines continued to rely on their DC-8 fleet,
both for their own operations and for the operation of their sister
airline Japan Asia Airways (which was created to serve the Taiwan
market). In fact, JAL didn’t retire it’s last DC-8 until 1988
– 28 years after it’s first DC-8 was delivered.

Interesting Story About One Of JAL DC-8’s:
On May 27, 1968
a DC-8-62, registered JA8032 (as in the model above), was delivered
to JAL & named ‘Shiga.’ Unfortunately, after less than six
months of service, this aircraft landed in San Francisco Bay,
approximately 2 miles (3Kms) short of the runway at San Francisco
International Airport. Fortunately, where the aircraft "touched
down" the water was shallow (approximately 9 feet deep) and
once the landing gear settled into the mud of the bay the water
level was just at the bottom of the passenger door sills. All
passengers were safely evacuated & there were no injuries
– except for a nearly new DC-8-62. It was another stroke of luck
that United Air Lines (the largest DC-8 operator in the world)
had a huge maintenance base located at San Francisco Airport and
could actually repair the DC-8 and return it to ‘as new’ condition.
Shortly after the mishap the aircraft was hoisted out of the bay,
placed on a barge and then towed over to United’s Maintenance
Facility. It is a testament to United Air Lines & their Maintenance
Staff’s ability, that after approximately 52,000 man hours in
a four month period, DC-8-62 JA8032 again took to the air on March
26, 1969. It was returned to JAL on March 31, 1969, along with
a 4 Million Dollar Repair Bill. JAL renamed the aircraft from
‘Shiga’ to ‘Hidaka’ and JA8032 went back into passenger service
and continued to fly for JAL for 14 more years. In fact, this
aircraft is still flying today for Airborne Express as N808AX,
over 30 years since the "crash." Now
that’s a testament to how well built (and could be rebuilt) the
Douglas DC-8 is!

To Other JAL Models On This Website:

DC-8-55 1/50 Scale in Delivery Colors

DC-8-62AF 1/400 Scale in Delivery




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