Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – TE DC-8-52
DC-8 Jet Collection
Air New Zealand
Color Scheme: Second Colors (Post TEAL)
Composition: Polished Aluminum – Made in Spain
Length: 21.5″ (55cm), Wingspan 19.5″ (50cm)
HISTORY: This is an Polished Aluminum model which was made in Spain and originally
painted in Iberia colors. Since the Iberia paint scheme wasn’t very accurate,
and I already had a Douglas Factory Iberia DC-8, I decided to have it refinished
in Air New Zealand colors. My friends at Airborne
Replicas once again did a fantastic job at refinishing it for me. I Received
it on January 3, 2003.
AIRLINE HISTORY: Air New Zealand, New Zealand’s
Flag Carrier, began operations as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) by starting
trans-Tasman flight service in 1949. During the 1950s TEAL’s "Coral Route"
(Auckland-Suva-Apia-Akiama-Papeete) became a very popular route for international
air travellers. In 1965 TEAL was renamed Air New Zealand and took it’s first Factory
Delivery of the Douglas DC-8. Air New Zealand went on to operate a total of 8
DC-8s, all DC-8-52s – except for one which they had converted from a DC-8-52 to
a DC-8-54F (Jet Trader). Five of their eight DC-8s were Factory Deliveries, two
were purchased used from United Airlines and one was leased from United. Air New
Zealand retired it’s last DC-8 on August 30, 1989 thus ending 24 years of excellent
service for the airline. Click Here to See Air
New Zealand’s DC-8 Fleet Count.
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