On a regular basis people sent me photos, to share their enthusiasm for vintage airliners or to illustrate a question. These photos have been lingering in a scrapbook or a discarded box somewhere and/or probably wouldn't find their way to Online-use or publication. |
To prevent them from getting lost, with permission of the sender, I would like to share them on this page.
Photos already online (personal websites, airliners.net, jetphotos.net, etc) are not meant to be included here.
C-GJKB is c/n 13383 and Jason writes on his Flickr.com page: "I always enjoy trying to find out the history behind these old planes. It looks like Borek got this one in October 2008, and she has already spent a couple months in Antarctica. Before that she was with the Mali Air Force. Looks like she served with the Canadian Air Force at one time as well."
Frits Klinkhamer sent me some photo negatives and slides from his conscription period in Surinam, 1973 - 1974. He did not have the fascination for classic aeroplanes yet, but as a keen photographer he did photograph these..
Keith McCloskey sent me this image in Feb.2009 and asked for help in identification. He wrote:
"Here is a picture of a KLM DC-3, which was given to the secretary of 602 Squadron, here in the UK,
at a lecture he gave on the old Glasgow airport at Renfrew.
The picture was taken at
Iain McKay offered helpful information:
Micky West offered:
George Armstrong dig sdeep in his memory:
On the theory of the above picture being PH-ALI 'Ibis', Mick West writes:
Whilst on the subject of Dutch aviation history, I also added photos from the 1930s to this page:
Photos of N90MA on AIRLINERS.Net
In May 2008 I was myself at Chandler Gila River Memorial Airport, to see a remnant of stored propliners. See here MY REPORT. Maybe other 'shoppers' are able to buy & preserve the remaining propliners..?
Hermen Goud sent me this image of Fairchild C-119 N3560 (c/n 10957), reading on my C-119s at Battle Mountain webpage how this Flying Boxcar crashed on 10Jun78..
The photographer is unknown, Hermen found this slide in a batch of 300 slides he once received from Benjamin 'Ben' Knowles. Now that name rang a bell with me!
Hermens website is www.aviaslide.eu
| A visit to the hot ramps of Sharjah isn't as easy to arrange anymore, but Steve Kinder has a history here and revisited this dusty World Capital of the Antonov propellor skytrucks in Dec.2008. Here is a taste of what was recorded-
The Scramble website now offers a Soviet Transport database too, CHECK IT OUT!!
| Hans Wiesman was there when former Thai Air Force aircraft were lowered into the sea, in an attempt to restore some of the reef that saw such destruction by the Tsunami in December 2004.
Aircraft which were lowered into the water were-
DC-3s Reef Squadron Thailand 2008 S-58T's:-
Details the website by Steve Darke www.thai-aviation.net
Website of Hans Wiesman www.avionart.nl
Here is a photo sent to me by A.J. "BB" Burger from South Africa. The HS.748 (ZS-TPW?) is seen on take off, at some unknown date (2004?), from the Comores Islands; note the one-way-only strip!!
Philip Gibbs, of SCCR Aviation (South African Air Charter, operating from George, Western Cape, South Africa), wrote me in Jan.2009.
Phil Gibbs is the one on the right.
The registration of the one where we are standing in front is ZS-DBL. These aircraft (the other one is ZS-DBM) are operated by Stars Away Aviation based out of Cape Town.
I fly as a first officer for them on the 748. My own charter company has only single engines and light twins (the biggest is a Piper Chieftain) to service the tourist industry in the area and the neighboring countries if required. We have a part 135 licence so am limited in weight.
The date of the diversion was 13Jan09 according to my logbook. We were routing from Bloemfontein to George but the entire south coast was blanketed in fog. Our diversions are normally port Elizabeth or Cape Town, but Beaufort West is a lot closer so we went in there. Out in the middle of nowhere but has a nice bed and breakfast on the airfield serving good coffee. just the thing for 06h00 after a full nights flying.....
Jim Long wrote me in january 2009, solving a question I had been struggling with since May 2008..
He wrote: " Hello, I came across your website the other day..
I wanted to update the information for the DC-3 that is sitting in an area on the south side of the airport at the Charles M. Schulz, Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa, CA known as the Gun Club.
The DC-3 is N25646.
The data plate on the LH aft side of the aircraft says it is a DC-3A, s/n 2234. On the LH side of the aircraft up high are faint letters that spelled out: Trans Texas Air.
I used to live on the west side of the airport until a few years ago when the TSA said the mobile home I was living in had to be removed from the property. Even though the home had been there 35 years prior...
There is an Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 124 on this site as well.
These photos were taken on Sunday, January 4th, 2009.
A few years ago this aircraft flew in. It was parked and from time to time someone works on it.
Santa Rosa, CA
Richard Nash sent me this photo of beautifully restored VR-HDA, taken during Nov.2008 in Hong Kong
VR-HDA is a fake tailnumber, the most recent identity for this C-47A (c/n 9525) was RP-C1101.
It was flown out of the Philippines in Feb.2006, restored and put on display in front of the Cathay Pacific Admin. buildings.
Roy sent me this image, of Lockheed EC-121H N51006, which has been purchased by the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS, from Australia) and has found a temporary home here at the Pima Air Museumeum, Tucson,AZ.
From the excellent website on 'Connie's' www.conniesurvivors.com
"EC-121H N51006 (53-535) was moved in June 2008 from the Allied scrap yard to the storage/restoration area at the Pima Air and Space Museum.
Due to the unpleasant and uncooperative folks at the scrap yard, photographing this aircraft has eluded me for many years.
The aircraft is owned by HARS and is destined to be shipped to Australia some time in the future. With the permission of the HARS and museum folks I was able to finally photograph the aircraft. While it has been picked pretty much clean to support other restoration efforts, there was enough of it left to be considered a "survivor" and Ben Fisher, a Pima docent, has promised to keep me current with the status of the aircraft."
UPDATE: on the news page of above website photos were shown (31aug11) of 53-0535 being broken up; parts to be used by the owners for their flying Super Connie VH-EAG and their C-121G still at Marana, the HARS' N105CF, which is undergoing restoration.
Chalk's International Airlines, formerly Chalk's Ocean Airways, was an airline based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. It operated scheduled seaplane services to the Bahamas. Its main base was Miami Seaplane Base (MPB) until 2001, with a hub at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. On 30Sep07 the United States Department of Transportation revoked the flying charter for the airline.
My trip through the USA Southwest brought me many stored propliners..
Martin Prince Jr sent me this photo, taken at Bethel,Alaska on 08Nov08, he wrote:
"I'm glad I went to the airport during sunset this evening! Turbo Otter N361TT took off to the north this evening (see Martin's webpage on this website), I'll go find out what they are doing here tomorrow at some point. Everts is out here hauling fuel with the Curtiss C-46 Commando to the villages that are low on supplies from a early freeze up."
I had come across N1822M myself in 1995, see HERE..
Dirk Septer faced the cold and sent me this 'frozen image'..
Copyright photo: Julie le Bolzer
Hans Wiesman, always in search of DC-3 wrecks, got to this wreck in the Yukon..
Hans added the following text to this event:
|Another place, another transport, another day...
This photo of Fokker F.27 VH-WAN (c/n 10315) was made by Bert van Drunick on 31Oct08 and forwarded via Fred Niven and Michael Clayton to me.
This is former Ansett F.27 on its way to the Queensland Aviation Museum, at Calounda, on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast in Australia.
|Ralph Pettersen wrote me in Oct.2008:
"I was browsing your website the other day and came across the email from Stephen Cos about a DC-4 sitting on a trailer at Cleveland, Ohio and the follow-up email from Antti with additional photos.
I believe I photographed this same aircraft at the small general aviation airport in Los Banos, CA in September 1990. I’ve attached photos that I took that day.
I’ve always wondered what happened to the fuselage and what it was used for..."
Lockheed L-188C(F) Electra HR-TAN of TAN Carga; TAN stands for TAN Carga - Transportes Aereos Nacionales. Taken at Miami (KMIA) at some unknown date.
HR-TAN at Airliners.net
On 21Mar1990 this airplane met its doom: 'The Electra approached Tegucigalpa runway 01 in poor weather (low cloud base, rain) and flew into the southern slopes of the Cerro Hula 2500 feet below the 7000 feet Minimum Safe Altitude at that point on the approach path.' (Source: Aviation Safety Network)
Alan also contributed jet airliner ('Old Jets') photos, see Vintage Jet Airliners, photos by Friends & Guests
Martin Prince Jr sent me these photos from the frosty North of Alaska...
The above photo was taken by Martin Prince Jr. at Anchorage-Lake Hood. N929KT is seen in winter plumage on 25Oct08.
deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver N5315G (c/n 980); also taken by Martin Prince Jr. at Lake Hood on 25Oct08.
Bas Nossent wrote me in 21.Oct.2008:
"On my journey last week through Texas and New Mexico I ran into this A-26 Invader with an 'On Mark Marksman'- conversion.
It is situated at the Santa Teresa airport, just north west of El Paso. Engines are stuck and all fabric is gone. All the plexiglass needs to be replaced and probably much more. The cockpit had a 'For Sale'-sugn showing.
According to the local people it has been sitting there for at least 10 years in the exact same spot. Other info says it has seen some action in 2002.
These images were taken on 11Oct08."
|Bas added the following info he found on the internet (http://napoleon130.tripod.com/id224.html):
Year built: 1944
Serial Number: 27805
Mode S Code: 50476246
Engine Manufacturer and Model: P & W R-2800 SERIES
Serial #: 44-34526
Construction #: 27805
Civil Registration: N9178Z - N827W - N551EH - N400V - N7977 - N26AB
Model(s): A-26B / B-26B / On Mark Marksman
Name: Intimate Invader (!)
Status: For Sale
Last info: 2002
Registered as N9178Z by ???, in 19??.
A.M. Wheaton Glass Corp, 19??; registered as N827W.
E.T.S. Hokin Corp, San Francisco, CA, 1961-1966. Registered as N551EH.
Converted to On Mark Marksman, Van Nuys, circa 1962.
CWC Air Inc, Flushing, MI, 1969. Registered as N400V.
Certified Check & Title Corp, Wilkesboro, NY, 1970. Registered as N7977.
Twin Cities Aviation, Inc, Edina, MN, 1972.
Dennis M. Sherman, West Palm Beach, FL, 1976-1978. Registered as N26AB. Flew in quasi USAF scheme, named 'Intimate Invader'.
Oklahoma Aircraft Sales, Yukon, OK, Apr. 1981-1986.
Continental Jet Inc, Clarksville, TN, Mar. 1987.
Charles Bella, El Paso, TX, Chaparral, NM, 1988-2002.
Open Storage at Santa Teresa, NM, 1990-2002. Still marked as 'Intimate Invader'.
|The "On Mark Marksman" was an American high-speed civil executive aircraft converted from surplus Douglas A-26 Invader airframes by On Mark Engineering. Its antecedents were the "On Mark Executive" and the "On Mark Marketeer".
This website may be of interest in a general sort of way on the subject of vintage propliners converted for 'the happy few': http://earlycorporateaircraft.com/
Rich Hulina wrote me this in Dec.2008: "Norseman CF-FOX is in Sioux Lookout for maintenance.. Operating normally out of Webequie and FOX is supposed to be on wheel skis at some point this winter!"
At the same time I was reading a very enjoyable book (Success on the Step: Flying with Kenmore Air by C.Marin Faure) which featured a profile on the Noorduyn Norseman.. So I decided to use Rich's images and the text as a sort of tribute to this sturdy bushplane!
Btw, Rich Hulina is a bush pilot himself, the boss of Slate Falls Airways and an accomplished (aviation) photographer! See also my visit to Sioux Lookout.
The Norseman had been the brainchild of Robert Noorduyn, a Dutch-born engineer who rose to become the manager of Anthony Fokker’s 'Atlantic Aircraft Corporation' in the United States. The Fokker Universal, single-engined, high winged airplane, became quite popular among Canadian pilots during the early 1930s and its sales convinced Noorduyn there was a market for a rugged plane designed specifically for the northern bush country.
See my page Photo by Friends & Guests page 22 to see how CF-FOX looks on skis!
There is a Dutch connection with this propliner: Trans Estate was the Dutch owner who bought in 1978 this airplane, but never flew it!
The new page opens with a photo contributed by Ron Mak:
ET-AGK (C-47A c/n 26465) has been reported to function as an Instructional Airframe at Addis Ababa for Ethiopian Air Lines Training, but that was a while ago..
More photos from Ron's collection can be viewed on pages dedicated to his Propliner fascination, HERE..
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