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 like to share them on this page.
Photos already online (personal websites, airliners.net, jetphotos.net, etc) are not meant to be included here.
With the ever growing popularity of Social Media (Flickr, Facebook, Instagram) the barrier has become much lower for people to share their photographs or scans of slides; imperfection to post aviation images is no longer an issue.
I noticed a decline in requests for publication on my website (a decline I welcome, as I struggle with the workflow) on my 'Guest Pages', so now some of these images shared below will be copied from Facebook & Flickr by me. For preservation of their historic value as I see it; always with proper credit to the photographer, of course!
Btw, while I am on social media, picking up on aviation news, I use it mainly for other interests while my website remains my main focus to share my interest in vintage aviation.
Francis Blake contacted me with a splendid story and a unique photo of Curtiss C-46 N67982!
Francis wrote me: "Saw the blurb on the C-46 N67982 in No Luck Lake (way down in the website, with a request for photos).
Curtiss C-46F N67982 (c/n 22584; ex/ USAF 44-78761) lost in 'No Luck Lake', Alaska.
Before it went to Interior Airways it was acquired by Flying Tigers (and reg'd N67982) from the military.
I have this close aerial photo of it sitting in the water, as described!
I took it in July 1972 while I was part of a geological field crew. We were tent camped at nearby Driftwood; our field transportation was a Bell Jet Ranger. Our cargo carriers were ex-C-46's and ex-C-47's."
Francis continued: "This particular C-46 (an F model, #22584, 44-78761) stayed in the lake for decades. It landed on ice in June 1968 and broke through.
Interior Airways intended to rescue it, but never did.
1990's satellite photos showed it broken into two major sections and had moved to a different part of the lake from where I saw it. Winter storms?
But current sat pics do not show it so guess it has been removed and scrapped."
Norseman N78691 is regularly featured in JoeJoe's pictures (see his gallery hosted on my website), but this one is also meant to shed some light on his Facebook page 'Bush Planes Alaska'!
Some pretty intensive sleuthing brought me to conclude this is N67019; motivation on Ken Swartz' gallery HERE...
Tom Singfield, well know aviation author of books such as 'Airliners Worldwide' and 'Classic Airliners', wrote me with
two questions (and below photos, made into one by me):
Everts' C-46 N1837M 'Hot Stuff' with wing from CF-NAU. Photo credit: Tom Singfield.
It so happened that I have on my Fairbanks 2003 report a photo taken myself of former CF-NAU with the left wing removed, which must have been for the purpose of immediate use as the right wing was still on.
Marty: "Hot Stuff came from the fire while still in Canadian registry. Cliff (Everts -Webmaster, RL) bought the plane and a 'spare' wing, sent a crew to repair her, then flew her here. Mike lead the crew and named her."
Marty again: 'As I understand it, it was an incident on the ground.
Karen wrote me: "Everts Air Fuel picked up '37M from Air Manitoba quite a few years ago; they had an incident involving the aircraft and a fire which involved the wing. Everts trucked a wing over and got the plane airworthy and brought it back to Alaska, without jumping in archives I couldn’t give you exact dates.
So a bit of digging by myself found Air Manitoba (a.k.a. Northland Air Manitoba) 'Stake taken by Air Ontario. Shut down own operations in Jan.'94 after their AOC was revoked over safety concerns, became a leasing-only company only in 1997.' (-ATDB.aero)
And on N1837M reg'd to Everts Air Fuel 13Sep1990 (-FAA N-inquiry) plus '9/90, Canadian registration cancelled; Everts Air Fuel, Fairbanks, purchases C-FFNC from Northland Air Manitoba. 6/92: application for Airworthiness shows 28,745-TT; 9/92 337, aircraft modified for Everts' removable bulk fuel system; 10/93 337 for repairs to left wing and landing gear, from hard landing [-www.flyinghigher.net] while www.aerialvisuals.ca has '13Sep1990 to Everts Air Fuel Inc, Fairbanks, AK with c/r N1837M, stored at Fairbanks; markings applied 'Hot Stuff', moved to Everts Scrapyard' and '17Jun1992 - CofA issued for C-46F N1837M cn22388 issued.
www.joebaugher.com has for former CF-NAU: '44-78777 (msn 22600) to US Justice Dept as N1874C. To Nordair as CF-NAU in 1966. To FW Rhea as N1874C April 1970. Converted to Super 46C. To N12500 in 1970. Leased to Nordair as CF-NAU 23Jun1972. To Fairbanks Air Service as N801FA 31May1974. To Everts Air Fuel 30Dec2008. C of R expired 30Jun2013
Well, there you have it!
Tom Singfield also sent the following photos along:
On my Photos by Friends & Guests (43) I documented the trans-atlantic flight of Beech D18S C-FGNR (ex/ Vancouver Air) to Belgium. A pity that in spite of the perfect ferry from West Canada to Europe it has found a last static resting place in a wildlife park not very far from Brussels, since 2015: see my Off-airport Europe for more.
An item publish on My Blog (Q2, May 2017) but I just had to share it here as well...
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER (VOL. I & II)
In 2015 Frans and Theo Barten, professional Dutch photographers, published two photobooks on a wonderful project: dealing with their visits to 52 control towers in the UK, their 'All Along the Control Tower' Volume I provides 218 pages of hi-quality photos and stories how Frans & Theo found them.
The book depicts its history (e.g. open: 1942 - closed: 1946), aircraft based and possible present use.
The book contains excellent photographs of 52 remaining control towers at RAF airfields in the UK (and one Luftwaffe tower in the Netherlands), left over after WW2.
When I got hold of a Dec.2016 of the (Dutch) photography magazine 'Focus' I found Volume II in a review and immediately set out to order both volumes of 'All along the Control Tower'.
Volume II has 220 pages in full colour, hardcover (ISBN 978-90-817110-4-3) and its dimensions (much the same as Vol.I): 22 x 25 cm.
Chad Dee Morgan published this in the Beech 18 group on Facebook in may 2017:
Chad wrote: "Out of the weeds and onto the ramp. I think they are going to disassemble and haul off .
Arnold Begeman advised me of a Noorduyn Norseman for sale on www.kijiji.ca:
Further down this page was an update on Cargo North' BT-67 C-FGKL, about a nasty landing; but here's another update of interest!
"The North West Company Inc., based in Winnipeg, announced Friday it has bought Thunder Bay, Ontario-based North Star Air for $31 million."
This was published on www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/north-west-company-purchases-airline
Cargo North a.k.a. North Star Air has a fleet of 3 BT-67s, Basler-converted DC-3's
I wonder if Frank Kelner had something to do with FNT at Gimli, Manitoba; it served the same markets I think.
Another way of going 'off airport' for propliners is visiting, as it were, on their watery graves...
I was checking up on my Bahamas submerged DC-3's as a result of seeing bits of the film 'Into the Blue' on telly again recently.
One thing led to another, including a 2012 update for the C-46 wreck that ditched in 1979 off the coast of San Andros... I managed to locate it on Google Earth, so read on.
No doubt these planes will get visitors, but I doubt if it will ever lead to facts about their identities.
Josh Ridder took this photo in 2012, it's Curtiss C-46 Commando N10624, here since 1979!
I have a special interest in vintage aircraft which survive 'off-airport' such as the one below at a restaurant but here's another one,
and again in Wichita,KS
Then Rick Harris replied: "SEMO owned it when it was N80323 early-1970s."
Recently I started a new gallery when I started scanning my collection of B&W negatives. A slow process but
with many rewards. When I added a photo of IL-18 SP-LSD, of 1981, I found it converted as a restaurant.
Below is a screendump (28Apr2017) of Google Earth, showing at least the aircraft as still there; not sure if the restaurant is still open... Updates welcomed! EMAIL
The sighting of this IL-18 and below Beech 18 made me stop and think: how many vintage 'propliners' and bushplanes have found a place of honour at a restaurant and hotel??? You'll find many listed on my website.
Luis Drummond posted the top photo on his Facebook wall and promoted the Hangar One Steakhouse near Wichita's
Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Must visit one day!
I would welcome more details, such as c/n and N-number in its 'past life'...
Bob Parmerter added (may 2017): "Super 18 fuselage, 5925 West Kellogg Drive in Wichita (no identity)."
Paul J. Hooper published this photo on Classic-Propliners forum on 25Apr2017, in response to a
'what happened to N144GT' item on Photos by Friends & Guests (48)...
Paul wrote: "Just came across this photo of N144GT taken at New Tamiami on 23Feb1993. Not much sign of damage to the fin although the presence of the gantry would probably indicate that it was being worked on."
That date 1993 is relevant because sometime afterwards it was suddenly gone: repaired and flown out? For illegal use, like a thief in the night..?
Latest sighting seems to be 1995, and some record of being scrapped in 1997. But efforts to repair it seem contradictory to scrapping (which no one has witnessed)?
Ralph Pettersen (conniesurvivors.com) shared with me his report of a visit to BAHF at Floyd Bennett Field, NY:
"Last Tuesday (March 21st), while on a short visit to NYC, I made a spur of the moment visit to Floyd Bennett Field where I hoped to be able to photograph BAHF C-97G N117GA.
I wasn’t sure that I would even be able to get close enough to the airplane for a photo but, as luck would have it, BAHF president Tim Chopp and three BAHF volunteers were working on the aircraft!
I first met Tim during a visit to Floyd Bennett back in March 2008, when I was gathering material for an article on the organization.
Tim opened up the airplane and allowed me to photograph it inside and out: she's absolutely gorgeous!!
The aircraft is airworthy and has a valid airworthiness certificate.
The only thing holding up the flight to nearby Miller Field in Toms River, New Jersey is resolution of some crew certification/currency issues with the FAA.
Once this issue is resolved, the C-97G will take to the air for the first time since May 2002, when it arrived at Floyd Bennett Field.
Many thanks to Tim, Glen, Frank and Berge for their hospitality.".
I find I should more often look at Twitter for passing aviation news:
C-FKGL (c/n / msn: 19066)
(ASN) Date: 17-MAR-2017 Time: ca 12:20 Type: Basler BT-67 Turbo 67 (DC-3T) Owner/operator: North Star Air
Further up 'north' on this page is an update on Cargo North !
I recently came across a bit of disturbing (but not unexpected) news
that the Short Belfast (c/n 1819, named 'Hector') since many years inactive and parked at Cairns (Queensland, Australia) will soon be scrapped.
Article from the Cairns Post, by Grace Mason (20Sep2016)
I found no reference of 'Flying Tiger Oversize Cargo' actually having operated as a business..?
This is from an older post (2013) on PPRuNe.org forum
This is a telling memory of 'Hector': "She would often depart YBBN (2003-2006 roughly) at around 6-7am; and I lived in Bridgeman Downs at the time, just inside SFC-FLXXX airspace, and at times I wondered if this beast departed in CTA.
From ATDB.aero (online database) I got (dated 17Apr2017)-
From my gallery SOLVED/UNSOLVED; help to identify the identities of mystery planes:
Bob Parmerter could not identify it, but responded on that Facebook request a reply with some helpful data:
Early april 2017 Ken wrote me: "I photographed the CV580 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on the weekend."
|Bob Cameron added information and photos to the crash of RCAF KJ936 on Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North
More photos and information on this crash follow that link above.
Gordon Tatro, MSgt USAF(ret.), sent me again a few photos from the days he worked as a USAF ground engineer in Thailand.
His story is detailed on Photos by Friends & Guests (48), including several photos he sent then.
Upon its return the aircraft will need routine maintenance again; these Wright Cyclone engines look like a hell of a job!
Operation Igloo White was a covert United States joint military electronic warfare operation conducted from late January 1968 until February 1973, during the Vietnam War.
The Ho Chí Minh trail was a logistical system that ran from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) to the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) through the neighboring kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia.
Arnold Begeman promised me some photos of C-GIZU, parked at Red Deer, and he came through, added a few other pics.
Photos taken April 11, 2017 @ Red Deer airport.
Ken Swartz recently toured the US Deep South and came across two PV-2 Harpoons sitting at Abbeville's Chris Crusta Airport in Louisiana.
Their history is described in detail on 'Propliners, warbirds and bushplanes by Ken Swartz'.
Today, april 8th, I have added another 10 images on the vintage airplanes Bill Hill / Richard Nash gallery. Here is one, but follow the link for the other 9!
For the limited civilian use of these humongous aircraft, I can recommend reading Flying Cowboys by Tad Houlihan!
Bret Poden sent Phil Brooks these pics, taken by his Win10 phone, forwarded it to me including what Bret and wrote: "Looks good in the sunshine.
This is the aircraft preserved about 200 yards from my hotel in Victory Park in central Minsk. It is a Lusinov LI-2, which were DC3s built under licence by the Soviets. I'm sure it's the first time I've ever seen one."
Pity the pics are small in size.
It seems Terry Fletcher located it: "..try 53 55 01.86 N 27 32 13.31 E "
Noticed this one posted on the facebook Beech18/C45/AT11/SNB Group and its history came along as well; since it is either
for sale or just sold I thought I'd add it here.
Photo by Mark Buchner, taken at Sun 'n Fun nrar Lakeland,FL 05Apr2017
Its history:BA-394 E18S N5660D Beech Aircraft Corp, Wichita KS: CofA issued 16.12.58
I noticed that on FlightAware a CoA was recently, 20Mar2017, issued on N16U for Southern Cross Aviation (probably based in Georgia? Or is it still for sale? EMAIL)
Bob Cameron shared some of the restoration projects he is working on in Whitehorse, Canada.
Bob Cameron wrote in Feb.2017:
"Thorough, authoritative, and filled with over 700 superb previously unpublished photographs, Yukon Wings is an illustrated history of the birth and development of the aviation industry in the Yukon.
An astonishing book of ingenuity, courage and determination, by engineer, researcher and pilot: Robert Cameron.
Yukon Wings is the extraordinary story of aviation in the Yukon and Canada’s far north, from its earliest beginnings with primitive wood and canvas biplanes to the sophistication of the modern jet age."
From- www.yukonbooks.com/shop/ but also available on (e.g.) www.amazon.ca
Yukon Transportation Museum - website: http://goytm.ca/
Bob Cameron in the news, in 2015:
Meanwhile, Bob has found another project to sink his teeth in! He wrote me in April 2017:
Ken Swartz wrote me and sent this photo of Canso C-FPQK, taken early 03Apr 2017 at Montreal-St. Hubért:
"Canso C-FPQK is being dismantled at RCAF base at St Hubert, by same guy who dismantled & moved the Vickers Viscount to Laval, btw."
More vintage aviation photos by Kenneth 'Ken' Swartz HERE...
On Facebook a video was posted, dated 28Mar2017, with the remark: "Today the Lone Star Flight Museum
started our DC-3 for the first time in several years!
The rh-engine had an electrical glitsch, but the left hand R1830 engine did come to life and produced some beautiful round-engine music." (Posted by Stewart Bailey)
I say well done!!!
I came across this smart looking DC-3 during my Texas trip, in particular to the Lone Star Museum (at Galveston then).
Gordon Tatro sent me this vintage photo, of his working days in the U.S. Airforce.
Douglas C-47A-30-DK 43-48073 (c/n 25334/13889)
On Photos by Friends & Guests (48) are more photos of C-47A 0-48073 as well as personal memories by Gordon a.o.
Graham Robson toured the US So'west in march 2017 and shared a number of photos of his trip; one was this
Douglas DC-7B N4889C at Chandler's Gila-River 'airfield' in a distressing state..
In 2008 I had seen this 'Seven' in a much better state (see USA 2008 @Chandler), but then there was a guard around.
|Here is a photo sent by Stanley Wanlass, who wrote: "I took this photo of Grumman Goose N640 in 1963 while working for the BLM in Alaska; it was taken at Spenard Field in Anchorage."
Stanley sent me a 2nd photo of N640 but it was too poor in quality to reproduce; it was taken on Engineer Lake, on the Kenai Peninsula that same year.
N640 features on several of my pages, detailing the BLM, aerial firefighting and personal memories:
Page 12 - Photos by Friends and Guests
Page 33 - Photos by Friends and Guests
Page 41 - Photos by Friends and Guests
Alaska Propliners by Paul Weston
Over the years I have grown quite fond of the 'mini DC-3': the Beech 18 or Twin Beech.
I noticed a restoration project passing, probably will take years, so to expose it for our memories I inquired further and thus the information was compiled.
Zac Smith posted with these photos: "Headed home all loaded."
Whem prompted for more information, he replied: "Moving from Cali, California to Fergus Falls, Minnesota
to be restored, so it may fly again." "It's Bjørn Ringdahl's plane."
Modified to civil C18S (retained the camera belly hatch & 2 oblique rear side camera windows) 23Apr59.
"Early photo as N8031H via Collect Air Photos:"
The WWII-vintage Curtiss C-46 Commando has become quite rare in this world, and the rarest of them all is this one: a passenger C-46!
This is Curtis C-46D-10-CU c/n 32941, ex USAF 44-77545 and later rereg'd N32227.
It came to Bolivia and operated for Frigorifica Santa Rita. Since at least 2002 it has been with Lineas Aereas Canedo, they tried to operate it for a while but couldn't generate the business for it.
I noticed it for sale in 2007 for US$ 600.000,- and saved the specs asper Controller.com website:
I know attempts were made to bring it to the USA but no deal was made. Perhaps, since the price obviously went down and global economy is on the up there may yet be a flying future for this bird...
George Macadie contributed this excellent photograph (sent 20Mar17) of KLM ConvairLiner PH-CGD, c/n 104
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