This a beautiful model, though it came as a surprise.
I thought the model would look like the illustration
on the box and not like the photo on the vendor's web page.
When asked, the vendor sent the following information:
In the larger
view of the airplane the flat-painted band in mid-fuselage shows
where the Flying Tiger red, white, and blue band is painted in the
final version of the series.
| "There were several variations
of the FedEx/Flying Tigers B747. Dragon did a complete set of
transition B747s from Flying Tigers to FedEx. The one you bought
was as shown in the picture on the web site as one of the variations
of the original, which was printed on the box. So, yes they
were planned to be like that, and it was one of the variations
from the original "Circle T" tail."
Not wanting to break the extensions on the wing tips,
I didn't remove the protective tubes when I took the picture.
In 1964 I flew from Japan to San Francisco via Anchorage
in a Flying Tiger plane which I believe was a Bristol Britannia.
If memory serves, the plane was natural metal with green "Flying
Later. Apparently, my flight was
in a Canadair CL-44, which was a stretched and re-engined version
of the Britannia manufactured under license in Canada. From what
I can discover, the CL-44s were used by Flying Tiger as swing-tail
transports. However, I distinctly remember that the plane I flew
in had plush and comfortable seats; the flight was a military charter.
The livery was red, white, and blue.