Color Scheme: Final
"Empress of Athens"
Refinished Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model
45" (115cm), Wingspan 35" (89cm)
Model History: I
Acquired this blank for this model from an eBay seller on May
15, 2004. This is the first and only DC-8-63 Douglas Factory DC-8-63
blank that I've seen "on the market" since 1973 when
I visited Marketing Aids. They had a big warehouse near their
model factory and inside were many old models which Douglas had
stored for a future museum to be built. This is where I found
the Northwest, Pan American, Alitalia & TAI 1/72 DC-8 models
which I acquired that year directly from Douglas. Evidently, the
museum idea was being delayed and/or downscaled. Anyway, this
is also where there were large boxes of 1/50 scale blanks of DC-8-61,
62 and 63 blanks that were being stored. I bought 1 DC-8-61 blank
from them (which is now my Eastern DC-8-61) but wish I had the
forethought & money to buy more at that time. These unfinished
polished aluminum blanks were evidently stored there until 1975
when Marketing Aids went out of business. A few very smart collectors
bought these from Marketing Aids at very, very low prices and
have held on to them over the years. The few that are found eBay
today are most likely from this stockpile. The blank for this
CP Air model (which is numbered "2") came from another
collector who obtained it back then. Once I saw this original
on eBay I knew I had to have it for my collection since this might
be my only opportunity to get an original. I was in "Heaven"
when I won it and knew exactly which airline I wanted it finished
in - CP Air. The CP Air scheme on a DC-8-63 is one of the Most
Beautiful schemes I have ever seen on the DC-8. Thus, I sent it
to my friend Don Stevens at Airborne
Replicas for finishing in the Philippines on August 28, 2004.
I received it back on April 9, 2005 and Couldn't Be Happier With
Their Work! Please see below for the meaning of the "PF"
designation on the DC-8-63PF.
Air's DC-8 History: CP Air was created in 1968 by the renaming
of Canadian Pacific Airlines. Click Here
to See a Canadian Pacific DC-8-43 Model. The parent company
- Canadian Pacific Corporation - had decided to align the airline's
name and color scheme to that of it's other subsidiaries - CP
Hotels, CP Rail, etc. The resulting red & orange color scheme
sweeping up the fuselage with the CP Air Logo on the tail was
absolutely stunning and in my opinion was one of the most beautiful
paint schemes ever displayed on the DC-8! In addition to Canadian
Pacific Airlines being an Original Delivery Customer of the DC-8-43
and DC-8-53, Canadian Pacific/CP Air was also an Original Delivery
Customer of the Douglas DC-8 Super 63. CP Air took factory deliveries
of 4 DC-8-63s in 1968 and also bought another DC-8-63PF from Eastern
Airlines in 1972 & registered it CF-CPL > which is depicted
by the model above.
was originally made specifically for Eastern Airlines at their
request. It was a passenger DC-8-63 which had the wings &
landing gear strengthened to freighter standards. Thus, all it
took to convert the aircraft to a pure freighter was simply to
add the large cargo door near the front port (left) entrance.
Eastern had expected to win new routes from the Southeast USA
to Australia via Honolulu and ordered six DC-8-63PF's (the only
six PF models Douglas built) so they would have the flexibility
to use it as a passenger or freighter aircraft. Unfortunately,
Eastern lost the route award to American Airlines & thus had
no use for the long range that the DC-8-63 provided. Eastern wound
up using the DC-8-63PFs for Military Airlift Command flights where
the high capacity & long range could be utilized. When Eastern
sold their PF's they were all still passenger models but would
later be converted to freighters by other airlines. The one DC-8-63PF
that CP Air bought from Eastern remained a passenger model throughout
its ownership with CP Air. This aircraft had a slightly different
passenger configuration and a different window/door configuration
than CP Air's other four DC-8-63s.
CP Air operated
their DC-8 fleet into the early 1980s with the last being retired
in 1983. Click Here to See CP
Air's DC-8 Fleet Information. One last note, CP Air flew Douglas
DC-8 'Ship One' for one year from October 1966-October 1967. It
was leased from Trans International Airlines & registered
CF-CPN "Empress of Santiago."
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