Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – UA DC-8-61

DC-8 Jet Collection




Color Scheme: Delivery

Registration: N8088U

Composition: A
Refinished Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length:
45" (114cm), Wingspan 34" (86cm)

Condition: Mint

Model History: This
model is another dream come true for me. My travels on the DC-8
were limited and mostly on United and several times on United’s
DC-8-61. In fact, I flew on DC-8-61 N8088U from Denver to Portland
in First Class on United Flight 167 back in March 1978. It
is quite an thrill to have a Douglas Factory Model of a DC-8-61
that I actually flew on!
The model blank and decals were
produced by Marketing Aids (subcontractor for Douglas) in the
1960s. I acquired them separately from two different private collectors
in 2003. Next, I gave them to my friend Jim Powroznik (James Powroznik
Custom Models), Clovis, CA. and he once again did an outstanding
job of finishing it for me using these 30+ year old decals! I
Picked It Up on March 27, 2004. Note: The registration number
of N8000U on the original decals was never used by United so I
had it replaced with the N8088U registration number using decals
that my partner Bob made, that matched the original ones perfectly.

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 ‘over water’ 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 Information.
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:
United DC-8F-54 1/50 Scale in Delivery
(1960s) Colors

United DC-8-62H 1/200 Scale in
Third Livery (Around 1976 Bicentennial) with Script Titles &
"Stars & xxxxStripes"
or "Friendship" Livery

United DC-8-61 1/250 Scale in
the Final DC-8 Colors (1970s-1990s)

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

Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

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Photo Courtesy Of & Many Thanks To: AIRLINERS.NET
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