Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – UA DC-8-62H

DC-8 Jet Collection

Friend Ship


Color Scheme: Bicentennial -"Stars
& Bars" or "Friendship"

Registration: N8968U

Composition: Mahogany

Length: 9.5″ (24cm), Wingspan 9″ (23cm)

Condition: Mint

History: Produced for me by Bader Models, Bahrain. Acquired on April 5, 2000.

DC-8 History:
United Air Lines was
-by far- the biggest supporter and largest customer for the DC-8
– from the very beginning, with their order of the DC-8-11, to
the end, with the conversion of their fleet of DC-8-61s into DC-8-71s.
Though Pan American was the very first customer for the DC-8 with
an order for 25 ‘overwater’ versions on October 13, 1955, it was
United who made the largest initial order of the DC-8 by -any-
airline with an order of 30 ‘domestic’ versions on October 25,
1955. United’s President & CEO Pat Patterson said that he
chose the DC-8 over the 707 because "he felt that it had
more room for improvement, the same ‘big stretch’ that enabled
Douglas to beef up it’s DC-4 into the DC-6 & DC-7." Mr.
Patterson was certainly right about that – as evidenced by the
DC-8 Super Sixty & Super Seventy Series that evolved from
the basic standard DC-8 (Boeing was unable to stretch the 707
because it sat lower to the ground and any stretch would cause
the tail to drag upon takeoff). United introduced it’s first DC-8
service on September 18, 1959 from San Francisco to New York Idlewild
(now JFK) airport. That same day Delta Air Lines beat United in
the introduction of the DC-8 by just a couple hours because

United’s first DC-8 flight left San Francisco to New York at 8:30AM
local west coast time and Delta’s first DC-8 flight left from
New York to Atlanta at 9:20AM local east coast time which gave
Delta the advantage of 2 hours & 10 minutes when you consider
the time zone difference of 3 hours. However, when it came to
purchasing & operating the DC-8 United beat all of the other
customers ‘hands down.’ United went on to take Factory
Deliveries of 16 Series 11s, 6 Series 12s, (all of the -11 &
-12 series were later converted into the more powerful -21s or
-51 Fan-jets), 15 Series 21s, 13 Series 52 Fan-jets& 15 Series
54F Jet Traders (Freighters). In addition to these 65 Factory
Deliveries of the Standard DC-8, United also acquired 11 additional
used Series 30 DC-8s. Once the Super Sixty DC-8s were announced
United was the first to order the DC-8-61 and the DC-8-62H (H=Heavier
Gross Weight). United went on to take Factory Deliveries of 30
Super 61s & 10 Super 62H aircraft plus one used DC-8-61. Click
Here to See United’s DC-8 Fleet Count.
Later, in the 1980s,
when the noise restrictions were getting more strict & fuel
prices continued to grow, this put pressure on the airline industry
to retire their first generation jets (i.e. mostly DC-8s &
Boeing 707s) far earlier than their useful life. Thus, when it
was proposed to re-engine the Super Sixty DC-8s (61, 62 &
63) with quieter & more fuel efficient engines to extend the
aircraft’s life, United was the first to order the conversion
of their DC-8-61 fleet into DC-8-71s with the higher powered &
much quieter General Electric-SNECMA CMF-56 Engines (plus some
other improvements which further modernized the DC-8). United’s
order of 29 conversions was the largest order of any airline and
extended the DC-8s life with United into the early 1990s. Most,
if not all of those DC-8-71s are still flying today (as freighters).
United retired their last DC-8-71 on January 9, 1992 – ending
a total of 33 years that the DC-8 served the company. In summary,
United was the Largest Operator of Standard DC-8, Super
Sixties DC-8
& the Initial Conversions to the Super
Seventies DC-8.
Today, however, nearly all of the DC-8 Seventy
aircraft have been converted into freighters and United Parcel
Service now has the largest fleet DC-8s with a total of 49 DC-8-71s
& DC-8-73s. During the DC-8’s 33 years of service with United
they operated them in 4 Different Liveries. If you would like
to see some other models of United’s Different Liveries &
DC-8 Types please click on the following links:

DC-8F-54 1/50 Scale in Delivery (1960s) Colors

United DC-8-61 1/50 Scale in Delivery (1960s)

The Livery I don’t have
a model in is the Second (Early 1970s) Livery w/ Script Titles Only – Non-"Stars
& Bars or Friendship" Livery. Someday, I hope to find a United DC-8 model
with this second livery.



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