Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – TCA DC-8-51
DC-8 Jet Collection
Color Scheme: Second Colors
Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model
Length: 35.5″ (91cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)
Condition: Near Mint
History: Produced in the late 1950s by the Douglas Aircraft Model Shop. Acquired
on December 14, 1973 from a private collector.
Caribbean’s DC-8 History: Trans Caribbean Airways
was an Original Factory Delivery Customer of the DC-8. During the 1960s Trans
Caribbean flew a number of routes to the Caribbean from the USA. Based in New
York, their "bread and butter" routes were Idlewild (now JFK) – San
Juan and Newark – San Juan. Other Caribbean destinations included the U.S. Virgin
Islands, Haiti, Curacao & Aruba. TCA also flew out of Washington – Dulles
and Philadelphia to San Juan but the Philadelphia service was discontinued due
to economic conditions. All of these routes were serviced primarily by the Douglas
DC-8 and to a lessor extent the Boeing 727 – both types of aircraft in Convertible
Freighter versions to accomodate a large demand for air freight as well as passengers.
Unfortunately, due to continued financial difficulties, Trans Caribbean was merged
into American Airlines in May 1971. After the merger, TCA’s DC-8 fleet was quickly
phased out (not being in common with American’s fleet) and replaced by American’s
Boeing 707, 727 & 747 aircraft. Trans Caribbean was a "colorful"
airline from our past and their final "Palm Tree" paint scheme (see
Trans Caribbean DC-8-61CF) was one of the most beautiful schemes I have ever
seen on the DC-8. Click Here to See Trans
Caribbean’s DC-8 Fleet Count.
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