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Blue Box BBOX80112: 1/200 scale diecast model of McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62 N801MG in the livery of MGM Grand Air between 1988 and 1995. Model was originally released in March 2012 and now sold out Worldwide, with very few produced.
Length 9 inches Wingspan 9.5 inches
In 1987, MGM Grand Air, a charter airline owned by MGM Mirage, with a focus on operating VIP charters with luxurious aircraft, was established, starting operations in September 1987. Operating Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 727 aircraft in lavish configurations, MGM Grand Air operated charter service as well as scheduled service between Los Angeles International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York using aircraft with an all premium seating configuration. MGM Grand had its headquarters in El Segundo, California. The exclusive airline, whose Los Angeles-to-New York flight cost $1,400 and seated only 34 passengers, was renowned for shuttling movie stars, rock singers and Hollywood executives. Its passengers included Madonna, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose and the New York Rangers hockey team.
The DC-8 is an American four-engine mid- to long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the competing Boeing 707, the DC-8 nevertheless kept Douglas in a strong position in the airliner market, and remained in production until 1972 when it began to be superseded by larger wide-body designs, including the Boeing 747, McDonnell Douglas DC-10, and Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. The DC-8’s design allowed it a slightly larger cargo capacity than the 707 and some re-engined DC-8s are still in use as freighters. The DC-8-62 featured a shorter fuselage when compared with the Series 61 and 63 but was capable of nonstop long-range operations.