Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – NW DC-8-32
DC-8 Jet Collection
Color Scheme: Delivery Colors
Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model
Length: 24.5″ (62cm), Wingspan 23.5″ (60cm)
HISTORY: Produced in the late 1950s by the Douglas Aircraft Model Shop. Acquired
on July 19, 1973 directly from the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
DC-8 History: Northwest Orient was an Original Delivery
Customer of the DC-8. Northwest received it’s first DC-8-32 (N801US)
on May 18, 1960 and inaugurated their first "DC-8C Polar
Imperial Service" from New York Idlewild (now JFK) – Anchorage
– Tokyo on July 8, 1960. Originally, Northwest had ordered 10
DC-8-32s (of which they actually took delivery of five) and planned
to use them for long haul international routes and the Boeing
720B for the shorter domestic routes. The first 2 DC-8s were delivered
in the above livery. The last 3 DC-8s were delivered in an updated
(and Final) livery. Click here to
see a NW DC-8-32 Model in the Final Colors. In 1962 Northwest
decided to phase out it’s DC-8s in favor of the Boeing 707-351B
and all DC-8s were phased out by July, 1964. Northwest thus set
the records for being the Shortest Original Operator of the
DC-8 with just 4 years of service (1960-1964) -and- was also
the First Original Operator to Retire the DC-8. Click
Here to See Northwest’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft
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