Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests



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,,, etc) are not meant to be included here.

Vito Cedrine wrote me in June 2006:
"I am sending a photo of a preserved C-47 in the colours of the Brazilian Air Force at Marechal Hermes, Rio de Janeiro. The aircraft is in fact a former Varig DC-3 PP-AKA, wearing a fake registration "2017".
It is parked near the Museum of the Brazilian Army Paratropper Infantry Brigade.
The photo was taken on 20May09." PP-AKA, now 'FAB 2017"
Vito was so kind to list its history:
  • C-47 '2017' FAB
  • c/n 20193
  • 43-15727 C-47A-90-DL dlvd 04.05.1944
  • Reconstruction Finance Corp. 12.03.1946
  • NC53594 Meteor Air Transport1947
  • Accidented 29.10.1949, Teterboro, NY.
  • N4908V Allied Aircraft Corp, North Hollywood, CA
  • Bankers Life and Casualty
  • Cancelled 06.06.1955
  • PP-AOA Nacional
  • PP-AKA Nacional OCT 1954, registered 25.10.1956
  • Real SEP1956
  • Varig August 1961 registered 16.11.1966
  • Cancelled 29.05.1970
  • Brazilian Army Parachutist School – Rio Janeiro 1971
  • Preserved Corrections/additions will be welcome.
    Best regards from Brazil !
    Vito Cedrini
  • Avro York CF-HMX at Hall Lake
    Lee Cormie sent me this 1972 photo of Avro York CF-HMX at Hall Lake.
    For more details see my page Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North

    CF-JWP John Olafson noticed a new arrival at Red Deer (Alberta), while visiting early June 2009. The registration number is not visible on the aircraft anymore, but by researching the fleet of Gateway Aviation I ended up with C-47 CF-JWP, c/n 9089.
    During the 1990s it was reported with the Reynolds-Alberta museum in Wetaskiwin, near Edmonton. On 11May05 it was noted in the same town but stored behind a motorcycle dealer, registration removed but with the 'Gateway Aviation'-titles still in place.

    This Gateway Aviation operated between 1952 - 1979 (when it was taken over by Northward); over the years its fleet included HS.748 CF-MAK, Convair CV640 C-FPWS and DC-3s: C-FJWP, C-FQJZ, CF-CUC, CF-PIK, CF-PWG & CF-RTB.
    [Source: ATDB online]

    UPDATE: Basler Turbo Conversions purchased several DC-3 airframes in 2018 from Buffalo Airways, stored at Red Deer. C-FJWP was one of those airframes!

    Change of tail at Red Deer

    John Olafson sent me this photo in June 2009, taken during a visit on 03Jun09; he wrote:
    " I was at Red Deer recently and noticed that C-FLXT and C-FVFI have been swapping tail feathers....
    Last year I was told that that C-FLXT did not have the standard Electra tail, so I suppose they wanted to bring it in line with the rest of the Electra fleet.
    'LXT is still far from being ready to go into service. All the engines have been removed and there is a lot of work going on with it. One of the friendly engineers told me that 'LXT has 24,079 hours on the airframe and 20,079 cycles.
    Enthusiasts may be fooled by the bogus registration that now appears on 'VFI, but this shows the resourcefulness of the Air Spray engineers, in making do with available parts from hangar queens..."

    In 2006 and 2007 I visited Red Deer myself, more on these aircraft can be found on these reports.

    We seek help to inditify the construction number (c/n) of this DC-3 / C-47 TAM-37, lying derelict at Trinidad (Beni), Bolivia...
    TAM-37 c/n ???

    TAM-37 and CP-583 Jonathan Olguin of http://aviació made a visit to Trinidad, photographed the surviving hulks of a number of propliners here.
    DC-3 TAM-37 (seen here next to CP-583 c/n 9668, facing) has sofar defied identification.
    TAM is an abbreviation for Transporte Aéreo Militar. The website seems to be dead, but here is information on Wikipedia.

    Click the above link for Jonathan's report. He wrote about TAM-37: "This was the last C-47 brought to Bolivia, arriving in the mid 60's, the next unit (TAM-38(2) was actually a Basler BT67 conversion, which arrived in 1991!)"

    Curtiss C-46C Commando CP-1616 (c/n 22501), still fearing the titles of its last operator: North East Bolivian Airways (NEBA).

    On I found some photos taken in 2004, HERE... More about Beni, Bolivia

    Scramble #455 (april 2017) published the sad news that this vintage C-46F CP-1616 at Trinidad (Beni, Bolivia) was scrapped in october or november 2016.

    Dirk Septer sent me this fine image of the amazing Seabee:

    Seabee CF-DLX c/n 1016 was registered to Gone Flying Recreation Ltd of Vancouver,BC since 18Jul86.
    And it was manufactured in 1947.
    CF-DLX was photographed at Courtenay, BC in May 2009.
    The RC-3 Seabee was designed by Percival Hopkins "Spence" Spencer, an aviation pioneer who built his first hang glider in April 1911, when he was 17 years old.
    In 1937 he joined Sikorsky engineer Vincent A. Larsen to design their first, and only, amphibious aircraft, the Spencer-Larsen SL-12C. Development of the plane progressed slowly and in September 1940 Spencer left the partnership to form his own company. His resulting design was the Spencer S-12 Air Car Amphibian. Construction of the S-12 began on 1 March 1941 and the small, two seat S-12 prototype, registered NX29098, made its first flight on August 8 1941. The S-12 was a fabric covered amphibian with a unique boxlike forward cabin, a high wing with a two bladed propeller in pusher configuration and a long, slender tail boom.
    In December 1941 Spencer joined the war effort as a test pilot for the Republic Aircraft Corporation.
    In April 1943 Spencer left Republic Aircraft to join the Mills Novelty Company of Chicago, Illinois who wanted to use his Air Car to promote their company. Spencer used the company's wood forming equipment to build a new egg-shaped cabin for the Air Car and began demonstrating the aircraft to his former employers, Republic Aircraft.
    Seeing the potential of the Air Car as the perfect sports plane for pilots returning from the war, Republic purchased the rights to the Air Car in December 1943 and immediately began development of an all-metal version designated the Model RC-1 Thunderbolt Amphibian.
    On November 30 1944 the first RC-1 Thunderbolt Amphibian, registered NX41816, made its first flight with Spencer at the controls.
    By the end of 1944 Republic had received 1,972 civilian orders for the $3,500 airplane. [Wikipedia]

    I had come across one Seabee myself, preserved in a sort of static display, at the "Desperate Dick's and Durty Nellie's Bar & Grill" in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. With a fascinating story to go with it...

    The book "Success on the Step", by C.Marin Faure, has also a large chapter on the SeaBee as Kenmore Air had a sort of dealership for this magnificent little bushplane.

    See also

    DHC-6 Twin Otter C-FWVV Dennis Fisher sent me this excellent shot of the deHavilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter (c/n 557).
    I have a soft spot for this 'bush truck'..
    Dennis took this photo on 04Jun09 at Saskatoon (CYXE), describing the owner as BBS Aircraft Inc. of Saskatoon (an aircraft broker), registered 17Oct08 (previous to that it was N208JE for Eriksson Aviation since 30Jan07).

    Development of the aircraft began in 1964, with the first flight on May 20, 1965. A twin-engined replacement for the single-engined Otter had been planned by de Havilland Canada. Twin engines not only provided improved safety but also allowed for an increase in payload while retaining the renowned STOL qualities.
    The first six aircraft produced were designated Series 1, indicating that they were prototype aircraft. The initial production run consisted of Series 100 aircraft, serial number seven to 115 inclusive. In 1968, Series 200 production began with serial number 116.
    In 1969, the 300 series was introduced, beginning with serial number 231. Both aircraft performance and payload were improved by fitting more powerful PT6A-27 engines, compared to the previous versions equipped with PT6A-20 engines. [Wikipedia]

    Norseman N225BL
    Martin Prince Jr caught Noorduyn Norseman N225BL on 02Jun09 while landing at Bethel's runway 29 (the gravel strip), in the evening. He'd seen it before (on floats!), see his WEBPAGE on the website.

    N225BL suffered substantial damage on 11Jul09 when its engine failed and a forced landing needed to be executed at Akiachuck Village (near Bethel,AK); the pilot did not suffer any serious injuries.

    In 2016 I came across a note that it was being rebuilt by Jeff Brooks. In 2018 there was no sign
    of any progress, not even s start, of a restoration. Not looking good!

    Ron Charity sent me an update on the wreckage of Austin Airways' CF-ILQ, on 17June09; he wrote:
    Austin Airways CF-ILQ "I received several pictures of the crash site from Rangers who were there at the CF-ILQ wrecklast week."

    More on CF-ILQ and other Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North...

    The following image, showing C-47A PK-OAZ being
    transported through Jakarta morning of the 14th June 2009, was unashamedly grabbed from the internet. Since so many DC-3s seem to be moving (see items below) but not under own power, I could not resist!

    The website which showed this image, as well as others of PK-OAZ, is:
    The text is not in English, but included 'Photography : Himanda Amrullah 2009' whom I suspect is the photographer of above image.
    Another source reported sighting (on 15jun09) PK-OAZ outside the new Garuda building, adjacent to the GMF AeroAsia facility. So it is probably being put on display.

    PK-OAZ is C-47A c/n 19623 and was operated by Air Fast during the 1990s from Jakarta-Halim airport; the exact period of activity I do not know. august 2009

    DC-3 79002 on transport

    Rolf Larsson sent me the following message and attached these photos:
    "Since 1983 , when it was flown to an adjacent field by Swedish aviation profile Åke Jansson , c/n 9103 79002 of the Swedish AF has been on exhibition at Skokloster , being part of the Motor museum.
    Some time ago the museum closed and all the exhibits , except the DC-3 , was moved.
    Finally the DC-3 has been saved too and it will go on exhibition at Karlsborg.
    Dismantling started on 9 May 2009 and it was shipped on a barge via Lake Mälaren, Södertälje kanal, Göta kanal and Lake Vättern to Karlsborg during 13-17 May.
    I took some pictures of 79002 (below) on 11May09, when it was awaiting shipment and I the above picture was taken by Sture Friedner, taken on 13May09 on Lake Mälaren.
    Hopefully 79002 will be on display at Karlsborg from August 2009."

    79002 has c/n 9103.

    DC-3 79002
    DC-3 79002 waiting transport

    Hans Wiesman sent me a series of photos of his global exploits, tracing DC-3 parts...
    DC-3 HK-3293

    Hans added to this photo: "Flying the Dakota to the jungle, 16 of them are still operational in Colombia. More are expected to join soon as the wilderness is (re)opening for business, with the FARC being decimated...
    A paradise for this Dakota Hunter, both in passion for the flight and in business for collecting surplus wingtips. [ His website: ]
    I will return here for many more years to come!"
    (The DC-3 in the photo is Air Colombia's HK-3293, c/n 9182, on 12May09)

    In 2012 Hans published a very nice book (not sure if it has been translated to English); see his blog for details

    Colombia DC-3 HK-3293 was seriously damaged at San Felipe on 11Jul2018, left main gear collapsed on landing causes runway excursion -
    In Nov.2018 the aircraft was salvaged and transported through the jungle and over water; hopefully it will see a full repair. See Photos by Friends & Guests #56.

    The FARC activities in Colombia did not prevent Hans from going there..
    Wiesman in Colombia

    The photo top left had Hans comments added: "This is a most stunning airplane, no other type can come close to this record, and this one will soldier on for another 10 years or so.
    Come and see the places where they can land in the Jungle, there is no modern plane that can do such tricky landings with 3 tons of payload!
    "White Knuckle experience", when you sit in the cockpit and see the plane struggling, climbing out and as the trees at the end of the strip rapidly grow larger and larger..!
    Pura Vida, mate, this is a cool kicking adrenaline shot, that you should experience once with me."

    The top right photo was described: "On our flight, we had an unexpected passenger, a young cow, but pretty unwilling to come onboard.
    So, they drugged her with some tranquilizer (guess what in Colombia.. ) and "hand cuffed" her to stay quiet onboard during flight. You wouldn't want to have a bull fight in the cramped cabin of a Dakota during flight, would you ??"

    Bottom left: "The Military are winning against the FARC; they use the Dakota for flying their food to their remote camps in the Amazone. Two years ago this was a forbidden flight for me, now we were allowed to go , under surveillance!
    Helicopter camps with night operations and successful, as it seems that the war is coming to an end and barriers for travel slowly disappear...
    This is the real Last Frontier. We were the only 'tourists' in a thousand miles area."

    The image (HK-3350) on the bottom right, had the following caption:
    "On our last day in Colombia, we found in this derelict Dakota fuselage by coincidence, the final wingtip and a steering column, which was requested by the Batteries de Merville Dakota Museum in Normandy.
    We have an invitation by the mayor of Merville to come "pour manger un morceau ensemble".. Well that sounds cool, eh? When I told him, we would be visiting with the whole Harley Davidson gang, on June 4th, he was totally cool with that, no kidding!"

    Hans Wiesman shipped this part of Dakota C-47 N10005, from Florida to Best, the Netherlands for the 'Bevrijdende Vleugels Museum / Wings of Liberation Museum.
    N10005 was shipped by sea container to the Netherlands and scheduled to arrive 14May09 at Best.

    Paul J. Hooper had sent me photos taken in 2006, with N10005 (c/n 14082/25527) still 'whole': HERE..

    Hans wrote me this: "We found a Dakota in the Florida swamps; it turned out to be a documented war veteran of Arnhem and Bastogne, dropping paratroopers in Sept.-Dec 1944. Wow!!
    I bought it and sold this one to a war museum in Brabant. We first had to go and cut it. The owner Kenny is at my right hand.
    All action and activities were filmed for 'the Dakota Hunter' TV Documentary Project by Axel, the one with the camera in hands (from the NY Production House), Big Time Fun Job!!

    Hans Wiesman
    The small insert had the following comments: "A derelict Dakota C-47 in Colombia, seized by the authorities for narco flights, there are dozens of them around the Amazon Basin."


    "On our exploration in Colombia for Dakota parts, we found ourselves at some remote places, one of which was an Indian settlement. We had hoped to film the village and the Dakota in quietness and 'stealth'. But when they heard the rumour about the mystery guests, the filming and the camera, the whole population came out to see us, as if Hollywood had arrived in their world...
    It was somewhat overwhelming, we simply had to stop filming! We said our goodbyes, to all of them, with a handshake."
    HK-3199 c/n 26044, 12May09

    Cal Gosselin published this photo of my favourite bushplane, the Noorduyn Norseman, on AvCanada forum (topic). I got a feeling the pilot was thinking to himself: "I should have stayed in bed today.."

    Noorduyn Norseman
    No details were forthcoming with this photo, except 'taken during a snowstorm at Red Lake,ONT.'
    See my 2007 Red Lake report.

    Cal Gosselin on

    Frits Klinkhamer sent me this vintage DC-3 photo, taken during a period in Surinam, 1973 - 1974.

    9Y-TDY DC-3 Beach Airways
    9Y-TDY (c/n 19759) is a DC-3 of Beach Airways, this photo was taken at Surinam's airport Zanderij.

    It seems that this DC-3 9Y-TDY survives anno 2009 at a Guyana airport! :
    DC-3 9Y-TDY
    It was posted by 'noizeedave' on the Warbird Information Exchange (WIX, topic) forum 01Jun09, initially identified as 9Y-TGY, but corrected 'she is 9Y-TDY (c/n 19759). I reviewed my pics and the G is a D. The exact same tail numbers and letter are faintly visible still.'
    The location is Georgetown, Cheddi Jagan Int'l Airport, Guyana.


    C-46 N1822M Martin Prince Jr sent this photo in 07May09, N1822M is seen arriving at Bethel,AK that day.

    The history of this Curtiss C-46F Commando N1822M (c/n 22521) is described on my Alaska 1995 page.

    More of Martin's photos on this website can be seen HERE..

    Ron Mak sent me in May 2009 this photo, of DHC-4 Caribou RP-C2702 (more on this aircraft HERE...)
    taken at Omni Field, which is part of Clark Airport (Philippines) on 02Mar2002.
    DHC-4 RP-C2702

    Earlier, in April 2009, Philip O'Driscoll had written me:
    "my company is O'Driscoll Aviation and I noticed you have photos of my Caribou from the time when it was parked at Clarke, awaiting repairs.
    I rescued this aircraft from demise and with a year and a half of effort, I turned out a good aircraft; the only thing I didnt complete was the paint. It had been rubbed back, but not painted. And I also renamed the aircraft to "Hannah", after my daughter, but I don't know if new owner will keep this. RP-C2702 had a reserved Australian mark of VH-ODI, but it didn't get that far. It was purchased for use in Australia, but I had a fire in the wheels just after purchasing it, while getting one of my pilots endorsed and before getting it home; so it took a year and a lot of maintenance.
    I have only just sold it to work in Africa; a South African company purchased the aircraft. I believe they already have Caribous. As I am overseas at the moment, I don't have his name for you."

    A reader wrote me the following, since RP-C2702 still hadn't moved by 10Aug09:
    1. According to 'CASA' (Australian Register), there is no O'Driscoll Aviation in Australia, neither is there any aircraft registered under the name of O'Driscoll.
    2. There are, according to my knowledge, no DHC4 operators in South Africa, unless you count Mozambique's.
    3. RP-C2702 is still in Manila, as of today.
    4. I don't know how fast they reapply registrations in Australia, but until DEC05 VH-ODI was a Bell 206.

    If you sell an item such as an aircraft, wouldn't you remember the buyer company's name ?
    I am not claiming that Mr. O'Driscoll's statements are untrue, but there are just some inconsistencies. "

    Thanks for pointing this out to me, as well as the update on current whereabouts of RP-C2702.- Webmaster

    Fred Wallis did the pleasure of sending me these, he wrote: "I took these on May 10 (2009) in Honolulu. It was a nice day and thought you might be interested in these, as they are great old machines".
    N99131 DC-3 at Honolulu
    C-47A N99131 (c/n 18949) was registered to Kamaka Air Inc on 11May04 but its current status seems a bit forlorn and uncertain...
    C-117D N9796N (c/n 43375), registered 10May04 to Kamaka Air Inc, looks in much better shape.
    Both were previously registered to Genavco, also of Honolulu.

    UPDATE N9796N (Nov.2019): Operated by Kamaka Air Inc it suffered an engine failure in 2015, was declared 'beyond economic repair' and donated to local Fourrier Foundation. Anno 2019 this foundation has raised enough money to have it disassembled and transported to San Antonio,TX for retoration (it will be named 'Hula Girl'). This aircraft participated both in WW2 (as C-47A c/n 12879 42-93014) and the Vietnam War (as C-117D c/n 43375 BuNo.17182). After a period of storage it was used in NASA's Gemini Program. It was again stored but sold to Canada (C-FLED) and flew for Air Dale. Sold again to the USA (rr N9796N) and ended up in Hawaii with Kamaka Air Inc. [¬Scramble magazine #486, Nov.2019]

    C-123 N4254H in Alaska
    Howard Chaloner sent me this photo on 31May09, witnessing C-123K N425H doing three touch-and-goes on Sunday, May 24th 2009 at Palmer,AK.

    Former USAF 54-0603, has been registered to Compass Rose LLC of Wasilla,AK on 22Jul08. I wonder who is behind this and if they intend to operate it commercially in Alaska. It certainly is a worthy addition to the propliner scene in Alaska!
    You'll find another photo (and history) of N4254H HERE, being prepared for the ferry flight Florida to Alaska.

    Howard Chaloner has an impressive collection on

    Kodiak N708 Dennis J. Fisher sent me this photo in May 2009; he wrote:
    "Here's N708 at Saskatoon, a Kodiak 100, msn (c/n) 0007. Manufactured by Quest Aviation, Sandpoint, Idaho.
    I think there are now 14 of these in the world. Actually the idea came from Mission Air, they wanted something that could get into all those African airstrips.
    The USA Wildlife now use these planes to do its duck surveys in the Canada breeding grounds.
    N708 was headed for NWT when the pilot felt some problems. We dropped in when it was being repaired. A very hospitable pilot from Lafayette, LA. We talked politics (Hurricanes), FEMA, airplanes and ducks for about 30 minutes. It was cold out there.
    Interesting to see a new plane that was not built for war!"

    Described as powerful and rugged, the Kodiak 100 combines a STOL design with a modern G-1000 glass cockpit and PT6 turbine reliability; the Quest Kodiak 100 is aimed for bush operations, mission aviators and humanitarian organizations.

    N708 was registered to US Dept. of the Interior on 02May09.

    Convair for sale
    This Convair was put up for sale on eBay during May 2009. Its location was described as Kenosha,WI.

    George Armstrong identified it and added the following history:
    C/n 329 - Convair CV440-79               

    N8443H             GENERAL DYN, F/F 16 May 56:  Del to U.S.A.F. as C-131D, 55-0301, Jul 56:  To 1299th ATS, at Bolling AFB, Aug 56:  Cur with 3902nd ABW/H.Q.SAC, at Offut AFB, Aug 62:  Cur with 1st SOW, at Eglin AFB, May 73:  Cur with 114th TFG/SOUTH DAKOTA ANG, at Sioux Falls, Mar 77 to Jun 83. To Wright Patterson AFB & psvd in THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, Sept 85.

    Martinair's DC-6A PH-MAM (c/n 44257) taxies past the end of the B-gates, which was then an extension of the terminal terrace and accessable for the public.
    PH-MAM Martinair

    Opened a 2nd page for Ron Mak's propliner photos; for the history of PH-MAM and to see more of Ron's work see PAGE 1 & PAGE 2

    Sean Barry sent me these photos, of York CF-HMX at Hall Beach,Nunavut, taken on 23may09:
    York CF-HMX
    Aviation Safety Network has the following:
    Avro 685 York C1 CF-HMX (c/n ?) of Arctic Wings struck a snow bank at Hall Lake,NU on 12APR1955.
    Arctic Wings apparently was a sub-company of Spartan Airways.

    Avro York CF-HMX of Arctic Wings
    See also my page Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North

    A dozen Yorks were sold to the Canadian Government for the the DEWLine project, after overhaul by Avro during 1954, they were operated by several companies including Associated Airways,Arctic Wings,Maritime Central Airways,Pacific Western and Trans Air Canada.
    The twelve were all direct from RAF use apart from MW185 which was already in service with Air Charter from 1952.
    MW135 CF-HMV To Associated Airways, ditched Thoa River NWT 29/9/55
    MW136 CF-HMW To Maritime Central Crashed Fort Chino Quebec 26/9/56
    MW147 CF-HMZ To Associated Airways Crashed Yellowknife 12/4/55
    MW167 CF-HMX to Arctic Wings. w/o 12/4/55 Hall Lake NWT.
    MW185 G-AMUT CF-HTM Maritime Central, Returned to Dan Air 3/58 w/o 5/58
    MW203 CF-HMU to Maritime Central u/c collapsed Fort Chino 24/1/56
    MW233 CF-HFP to Pacific Western w/o 24/6/57 DEW line site 8.
    MW237 CF-HMY to Associated Airways W/o Edmonton 7/6/55.
    MW287 CF-HIP See below.
    MW290 CF-HAS No details.
    MW291 CF-HFQ To Trans Air W/o Fox 13/9/56.
    MW294 CF-HIQ To Trans Air Forced landed Rankin Inlet 8/1/57

    CF-HIP to Canada's Maritime Central Airways on August 7, 1955. MCA sold the aircraft to Associated Airways in April 1956, Purchased by Pacific Western Airways (PWA) in 1956 and this aircraft was part of the deal. Scrapped in May 1960.

    Ron Mak sent me this photo:
    Among a brilliant line up we see Shannon Air DC-7C EI-AOC (c/n 45128) at Amsterdam's Schiphol-East on 15Aug1965, .
    Schiphol 1965
    Shannon Air Ltd. - Base: Shannon Airport.
    Shannon Air was a charter company founded early in 1964 to operate both passenger and freight services with a Douglas Skymaster from Shannon Airport.
    The airline was financed by an American organisation, although initially all the company's operations were confined to Europe. Late in May 1964, Shannon Air took delivery of its Skymaster, and on the morning of Saturday May 30 1964 this aircraft operated the airline's first commercial service. Early on this morning, this aircraft, callsign 'Gateway November Lima', departed from Shannon on a charter flight to Manchester. This aircraft became a regular visitor to Manchester.
    Another British airport regularly visited by the DC-4 was Birmingham, and it paid its first visit to this Midlands airport on the morning of Sunday July 12 while operating a charter flight from its base at Shannon. Subsequently, EI-ANL made regular weekend visits to Birmingham carrying passengers to and from Shannon.
    In July 1964, the airline purchased a Douglas DC-7C(F) for use on long range passenger and freight charters from Shannon Airport. Numerous trans-Atlantic charter flights were made to Canada, the United States of America, and the Caribbean, while the aircraft also visited many European airports. In March 1965, this DC-7 was joined by a second aircraft, and these two aircraft spent a busy summer season operating a wide variety of charters. The DC-4, though, was retained by Shannon Air, and during 1965 the company concluded an agreement with the Italian national airline, Alitalia, whereby the Shannon Air DC-4 would operate all of Alitalia's scheduled freight services between the United Kingdom and Italy. Consequently, the DC-4 was painted in full Alitalia colours, and operated these services for much of 1965.
    Throughout July and August 1965, one of Shannon Air's DC-7s was practically permanently based at Gatwick Airport. This aircraft 'Gateway Oscar Charlie', operated services both on Shannon Air's behalf and also on behalf of British United Airways. At the time, British United was short of suitable aircraft for use on many of its European inclusive tour charter services, and as a result the Shannon Air DC-7 found itself transporting many hundreds of British holidaymakers from Gatwick to various European airports including Le Bourget, Milan, Palma, Perpignan, Pisa and Valencia.
    The winter of 1965 though, was a comparatively quiet time for Shannon Air, and in Feb. 1966 the DC-4 was impounded at Heathrow by the British Airports Authority for non-payment of landing fees.
    This effectively brought to an end the lucrative freight contract with Alitalia and although the DC-4 was later released after the company had paid off 50 percent of the debt, Shannon Air decided to cease operations. The DC-4 remained at Heathrow for several months before returning home to Ireland to start a new life with another Irish charter company, Aer Turas, while the two DC-7s made their way across the Atlantic and were sold in North America.
    Fleet: DC-4 EI-ANL (42911) - DC-7C(F) EI-ANM (45190) - DC-7C(F) EI-AOC (45128).
    Source: British Independent Airlines 1946 - 1976, by A.C. Merton Jones (TAHS, 1976 - reprinted 2000)

    Jim Long sent some 1970s airtanker photos, starting of with this Grumman F7F Tigercat...
    F7F Tigercat

    Jim wrote": I have been going through some of my aircraft slides from the late 1970's.  I was looking for one particular slide, but came across some air tankers slides I took here at our airport in Santa Rosa (Charles M. Schulz), California. Here is one of the F7F's that operated out of here."
    Heinz Rentmeister provided the identity, he wrote: "N6178C c/n C225 BuAe# 80483.
    The aircraft is still registered on the US register, see here: "

    The Grumman F7F Tigercat was the first twin-engined fighter aircraft to enter service with the United States Navy. Designed for the new Midway-class aircraft carriers, the aircraft were too large to operate from earlier decks. Although delivered to United States Marine Corps (USMC) combat units before the end of World War II, the Tigercat did not see combat service in that war. Most F7Fs ended up in land-based service, as attack aircraft or night fighters; only the later F7F-4N was certified for carrier service. They saw service in the Korean War and were withdrawn from service in 1954.

    Jim continued with more photos...
    Tanker 34 on a mission
    Tanker 34 on a mission...
    Tanker 9s laning at Santa Rosa
    Tanker 92 over the threshold at Santa Rosa.
    Tanker 65 at Sta Rosa on standby

    b-17 tanker

    Information from the Goleta Air & Space Museum ('virtual'), which offers a generous selection of photos and individual B-17 tanker histories:
    B-17G-95-DL, N5237V tanker 65. It was delivered to the U. S. Army Air Corps as 44-83868 and was transferred to the U. S. Navy as PB-1W, BuNo 77233.
    American Compressed Steel Corporation of Dallas, Texas acquired it in December 1957 and gave it its current registration. It sat unconverted at the Dallas-Love Airport for two years.
    Carstedt Air of Long Beach,CA made an unsuccessful bid to purchase it, reserving the registration N6466D for it, but never taking it up.
    Aero Union Corporation of Chico,CA bought it in 1960. Butler Farm Air (later Butler Aircraft Company) of Redmond, Oregon acquired it in 1963 and flew it as tanker E15, F15, and #65.
    TBM Incorporated of Sequoia,CA bought it in 1979.
    It was restored to stock configuration at Sequoia and flown to RAF Brize Norton, UK in 1983. It arrived at the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon,England on 09Dec83.
    While now named Mary Alice, wearing serial 44-83868, it is on static display at the American Air Museum in England at Duxford.

    Tanker 90 over the threshold

    C-46 crash site

    Paul Chapman had seen the discussion on my page Abandoned Wrecks of the North on C-46 CF-CZH and when revisiting the area on 27Apr09, he took the opportunity of taking a few photos of CF-CZH...
    C-46 crash site
    C-46 crash site

    Dan Morgan wrote me in April 2009 the following:
    "You may remember a few years back I sent you some jpegs of Botswana National Airways-BNA aircraft, including VQ-ZEF (which is now at Lelystad, 'NL-316', ex/ ZS-IPR). My brother and I recently came across this photo of VQ-ZEF and though it might be of interest to you."
    Botswana national Airways
    Botswana national Airways

    "I cannot tell whether the DC-4's here are of VQ-ZEF or VQ-ZEG. These were probably taken around 1967."

    Air Botswana was started in 1965 as Bechuanaland National Airways. After independence in 1966, the name was changed to Botswana National Airways. In 1969 the company was nationalised and renamed: Botswana Airways Corporation. Since 1972 it has been named Air Botswana.

    ZK-CAW anno 2009
    A DC-3 diner!
    Graeme Mills sent me these images of ZK-CAW in its present (2009) 'condition'... It does seem to fly low over the trees but is in fact stationary and in use as a lovely diner at a McDonald's location.
    The photo below does confirm its low flying capabilities however: ZK-CAW in 1984, a photo by Graeme's friend Ernie "Spud" Tait, seeing the versatile DC-3 "dung-dusting" and flown by Basil Martin.
    More on ZK-CAW as a diner at Taupo, New Zealand can be read on my Off-Airport (ASIA) page.
    ZK-CAW in action

    Convair 340 C-GVSK tanker 473

    Dennis J. Fisher sent this photo in april 2009, he wrote;
    "I saw this 1955 Convair 340, msn 238; it is owned by The Province of Saskatchewan and stationed at LaRonge in the forested area. It was taken at Saskatoon Airport, just in from Prince Albert (LaRonge) on April 29, 2009."

    In my database I noticed previous identities: N8459H, 54-2825, N43938. During its military career it was designated a C-131D.

    ddr-std AT ITS NEW HOME

    Ron Mak photographed IL-18 DDR-STD at its new home, Teuge airport, Netherlands (27Apr09).
    DDR-STD left Germany on 23rd of April, arriving at Teuge in the early morning of 24th.
    See previous home of Ilyushin IL-18 DDR-STD (c/n 180002302) on Off Airport Europe. See the result a few months later: Photos by Friends & Guests page 20.

    There is also footage on

    More photos by Ron mak on this website HERE...

    XA-RPE Flagship Tulsa Volunteers needed for restoration of Flagship Tulsa!
    DC-3A XA-RPE (c/n 2137) has been transported in 2008 from Oshkosh to the Tulsa Air & Space Museum (website).

    Restoration started on 27Apr09, help is needed.
    Read all about it on the Warbird Information Excgange (WIX) forum.

    XA-RPE is seen here in an American Airlines hangar, how it got here, and lots of other photos, see that WIX link.

    Kevin Gray posted the restoration update on Flagship Tulsa on WIX.  It is expected that the restoration will be a 3-4 year project, with the intent to actually fly the aircraft. 
    A website will follow shortly, dedicated to this fine restoration project.

    N136FS damaged DC-3 (C-47A) N136FS (c/n 10267) of Four Star Air Cargo suffered extensive damage by fire on the ground (while taxiing) at its homebase San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín Int'l Airport (SJU, Puerto Rico). It will probably be considered a write-off.
    These photos were published by Simon Hradecky on, date 27Apr09.
    For further details on the accident see Aviation Safety Network

    May 1, 2009 -- Four Star Air Cargo voluntarily stopped flying its three DC-3 airplanes 30Apr09 after a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspection on 28Apr09 showed that the airline's planes did not have FAA-approved engines, FAA spokesman Kathleen Bergen said from her Atlanta office on Friday.
    "If and when they get approved engines, they could start up again," she said.
    Four Star flies the mail between San Juan and the Virgin Islands.
    Four Star CEO Stuart Diamond disputes the FAA's contention that the planes have engines that are not certified. "The FAA has decided that even though they approved the engines, they're not approving them," he said. [Lynda Lohr on]

    1918 plane with Fred Hungate

    Although warbirds are not my prime interest and I know little about them, I could not resist adding this photo here in an attempt to help J.D. Branson's request for aid:
    "This is a photo of my uncle Fred Hungate with his plane; we think was WWI era. 1918? Maybe near Pomeroy or Colfax? (Perhaps taken at some barnstorming event? - webmaster)
    Do you have any idea what the plane is and when it was manufactured and the range it might have had? He had a wheat ranch near Pomoroy, Washington and had several fine boy toys..."
    (The fuselage seems to show a 3-digit number, the last 2 being 97- webmaster)
    Jim Branson

    Posting on Air-Britain's AB-IX forum (members only), which seems fathomless as much as the Universe in aviation know how.. Again I wasn't disappointed, replies poured in:
    Dave Peel: "Curtiss JN-4 'Jenny', probably 697 (USAAC identity)"
    Maurice J Wickstead: "biplane is a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, no doubt others will be able to say exactly which model, since almost 7,000 built you might have a job to trace this exact example."
    Terry Murphy: "The biplane is a Curtiss JN-4H ("Jenny") with U.S.Army markings"

    Stig Jarlevik wrote me this in Nov.2009:
    I have just taken a look again at your page showing the Hungate aeroplane. The Curtiss Jenny is 100% not serial number 697 since that belonged to a cancelled batch. The aeroplane was never built!
    I cannot say which sub.type of the JN-4 this is. It could be a model H but I am not 100% convinced since the engine does not strike me to be the 150hp Hispano version, but don't take my word for it... :-) The serialnumber on the fuselage is most probably a five digit one with the final two being 97. There are many Jennies ending with 97 so it is impossible to ID the aeroplane by those two digits only.

    With regard to the Hamilton Metalplanes H-47 the correct registration is NC879H (the suffix is important since NC879 was something else, in this case a Curtiss Jenny). Unless you already by now have received this, I have an article about this individual in an old Le Fanatique. If you are interested, drop me a line and advice if you a) want me to scan the article for you, and b) how big files you are able to open.

    Jacqui Stewart sent me this photo in april 2009 for identification; I failed miserably but Bill Larkins came to the rescue!
    Blackburn II
    Bill wrote:
    "It is a Blackburn "Blackburn II" as verified by the Royal Navy Serial No N9984. The photo is aboard a British aircraft carrier, probably about 1925 or 1926."

    Stig Jarlevik wrote me:
    "The code ID the aeroplane as belonging to 420 Flight onboard the carrier Furious. It had an accident in Feb. 1929 onboard that carrier, stated as "crashed into Furious palisades at Gibraltar". To me the photo looks remarkably like that accident..."


    Dietmar Schreiber made a visit to Opa Locka (KOPF) in Florida, early April 2009.
    Above: "C-47A N140JR (c/n 15370/26815) was pushed into a wall by hurricane wind and will be scrapped."

    Propliners at Opa Locka From top left and clockwise:
    DC-3-201F YV-1854 (c/n 6135); ex/ YV-500C Aeroejecutivos, arrived in Florida two years ago and a bit of a mystery who owns it now and why is it still here...

    C-117D N587LM (c/n 43369) of TMF Aircraft Inc.

    Beech E18S N122GS (BA-259) still registered to Dixie Aviation Enterprise LLC of Troy,TX since 28Aug98.

    Beech 18S N18R (c/n BA-312) of Aircap Management, was involved in taxi accident with Ce208 N701SE on 06Nov07.

    Probably the best report I have read on Opa Locka, is on Michael Prophet's website.


    It was suggested that Douglas C-47A N705GB (c/n 13854) of Atlantic Air Cargo was for sale, but Rob of Atlantic Air Cargo wrote me in April 2009 that it is not for sale...
    "It is operated by Atlantic Air Cargo along with sister ship N437GB. Currently we are based out of KOPF (Opa Locka), however we fly freight for anyone/anywhere...well, almost.
    We are not moving to KFLL (as was also suggested), however we may do some frequent charter work out of there in the upcoming months."


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