DC-8 Ship One, registered N8008D, was rolled out of the Douglas Aircraft - Long Beach, CA - Factory on April 9, 1958. The Prototype DC-8 made its first flight on May 30, 1958 in front of over 95,000 employees and spectators.
In a nice nod to the type, and to the loveliness of their mould, in 2008 Aeroclassics released 6 models charting the career of the very first Douglas DC-8.
All six models were series 50s, as at the time that was the only mould Aeroclassics had available. I now own 3 of the six (National, Trans International and Delta - I don't have Lufthansa, House Colours or Aeromexico). All 6 models wear the registration N8008D except for the Mexican which is XA-DOE.
By 1961 she had been upgraded to a DC-8-51 and Douglas was looking to sell her. National leased her in June 1961 for under a year and then the plane was sold to Trans International in June 1962. TIA operated her on transatlantic charters but also leased the DC-8 to Lufthansa and Canadian Pacific.
In May 1962 she was sold and ended up in the fleet of Delta Air Lines who kept her in service until March 1979. Sold to FB Ayer & Associates she joined Aeromexico on April 1 1979 as XA-DOE though she remained with them only until January 7 1982.
Stored at Marana for many years she did regain her original registration but despite her historic place in aviation she was eventually scrapped in 2001. A rather sad end though to be honest her whole career was a little nomadic.
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