Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – PB DC-8-33
DC-8 Jet Collection
Color Scheme: Delivery Colors (Plus
‘Woodstock’ – My Pet Parrot)
Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model
Dimensions: Length: 35.5″
(91cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)
The model blank and decals were produced by Marketing Aids (subcontractor for
Douglas) in the 1960s. I acquired them from a private collector in May 2000. They
were refinished by James Powroznik Custom Models, Clovis, CA. and acquired on
September 18, 2000.
do Brasil’s DC-8 History: Unfortunately, I don’t know a lot of information
on Panair do Brasil’s history, which is ironic because it is one of my favorite
airlines, but I’m glad to share what I do know. On March 17, 1929 an airline named
"New York, Rio and Buenos Aires Line" (NYBRA) was founded by an ex-Boeing
marketing representative to fly from New York to Buenos Aires via the east coast
route through Brasil. This airline was well backed by investors but did not have
a U.S. Air Mail contract to help financially support the service. Juan Trippe
of Pan American, who had earlier that year acquired route authority to fly to
South America via the west coast route with the creation of Pan American-Grace
Airways, was now out to "conquer" the east coast route and add it to
his airline empire. Thus, with the knowledge that he would be awarded the U.S.
air mail contract, Juan Trippe acquired NYRBA in a hostile takeover and on October
17, 1930 the new airline "Panair do Brasil" was folded in as another
Pan American subsidiary. Panair continued to be affiliated with Pan Am until the
early 1960s and accepted two Factory Delivered DC-8s as part of Pan American’s
initial order. They also bought two more DC-8s from Pan Am for expansion and to
replace one of the original’s which had crashed. The DC-8s were placed on the
Europe to South America long haul services via Africa and the South Atlantic.
Sadly, this Colorful Airline went bankrupt in 1965 and the Brazilian Government
alloted it’s international routes to other Brazilian Airlines. Two of the DC-8s
were then sold to Varig and one was returned to Pan Am. Unfortunately, I don’t
have a lot of knowledge about Panair do Brasil’s evolvement and route structure
during the 1930s, 40s & 50s. If anyone has Panair do Brasil history that they
would like to share I would love to hear from you.
Here to See Panair do Brasil’s DC-8 Fleet Count.
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