Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – PG DC-8-31
DC-8 Jet Collection
AMERICAN – GRACE
Color Scheme: Delivery Colors
Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model
Length: 35.5″ (91cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)
History: I Acquired this as an Unfinished Blank in December 2000. I then sent
it to my friend Don Stevens at Airborne Replicas
for refinishing in the Philippines. I received it back on August 16, 2001 and
Once Again They Did a Terrific Job On It!
DC-8 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. 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. 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. Braniff also assumed the purchase commitments
for 5 Factory Delivered DC-8 Super 62s which had greater range and better high
altitude takeoff performance (See Braniff DC-8-62).
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 Count.
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