Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – PAG DC-2
American Grace Airways, Inc.
Color Scheme: Final Colors
Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model (Wall
Dimensions: Length: 10.5″ (27cm), Wingspan 6″ (15cm)
Model History: I acquired this model on November 16, 2005
in a trade with a fellow collector in Canada. I never dreamed
that I would find a DC-2 Douglas Factory Model but thanks to my
friend Mark in Canada I now have one. These wall plaque models
were presented by Douglas to Company Executives & Pilots who
flew the propliner.
History: Pan American-Grace Airways (Panagra) was created
on January 25, 1929 by a 50/50 percent investment from Pan American
World Airways and W.R. Grace Corporation – a very powerful U.S.
trading organization. The airline was setup to carry passengers,
cargo and mail from Panama to Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile,
Argentina & Uruguay via the West Coast of South America initially
using Douglas DC-2 & DC-3 propliners. At the time it was a
clever way for Pan Am to enter these South American Countries
without "stepping on the feet" of the W.R. Grace Corp.
The agreement stipulated that Panagra would only operate flights
south of Panama, but through a creative interchange agreement
with National Airlines & Pan Am they were able to operate
flights north to Miami & New York. Thus when Panagra inaugurated
their first (Factory Delivered) DC-8-31 Service from New York
– Idlewild (now JFK) – Miami – Panama – Lima – Buenos Aires on
May 2, 1960 — National crews flew the aircraft New York – Miami,
Pan Am crews flew the aircraft Miami – Panama City and Panagra
crews then flew the aircraft onward to the South American destinations.
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A Panagra DC-8-31 Model. As Panagra accepted more Factory
Delivered DC-8s their service expanded throughout their route
network in South America. The Panagra 50/50 partnership was successfully
operated for nearly 40 years by a loyal & hard working work
force but Pan Am and W.R. Grace were never very amicable partners
at the boardroom level. In December 1965 Braniff International
Airways bought W.R. Grace’s 50% interest in Panagra and then in
March 1966 Braniff was successful in acquiring the remaining 50%
from Pan Am (all with CAB approval of course). The merger of Braniff
& Panagra was finalized on February 1, 1967 and Braniff took
over Panagra’s fleet of DC-7s, DC-8-31s and a single DC-8F-55.
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A Panagra DC-8F-55 Model. Braniff also assumed the
purchase commitments for 5 Factory Delivered DC-8 Super 62s, including
1 DC-8-62CF for their cargo needs, which had greater range and
better high altitude takeoff performance Click
Here To See A Braniff DC-8-62 Model . Panagra was
the -only- airline to take Factory Delivery of the four DC-8-31s
that were built by Douglas. Click
Here to See Panagra’s DC-8 Fleet Information.
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