Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – TRCA DC-8-61CF
DC-8 Jet Collection
Color Scheme: Final Colors
Composition: Philippine Mahogany
Length: 22″ (56cm), Wingspan 17″ (43cm)
Condition: Near Mint
History: Produced for me by Airborne Replicas, Anchorage, AK (Made in the Philippines).
Acquired on April 14, 1999.
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 accommodate 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 (Click Here to See
a Trans Caribbean DC-8-51 Model) and this final "Palm
Tree" paint scheme 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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