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.
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
"A North Star Air DC-3C Turbine aircraft, registration C-FKGL operated by Private Air as Flight BF-102 to Big Trout Lake Airport (CYTL) in Ontario, suffered a mishap during takeoff on Pickle Lake near Pickle Lake Airport, Ontario, Canada.
The aircraft came to rest on it's fuselage in snow, sustaining substantial damage, and the three crew onboard were not injured.
North Star is known to operate BT-67's C-FKAL, C-FKGL, and C-FKKB."
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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