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.
A sad state of affairs in Berlin, concerning D-CXXX (ex/ G-AMRA) and D-CXXX (ex/ G-AMPZ), while celebrating this year the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift (24Ju 1948 – 12May49) ... [See Wikipedia]
G-AMRA is now for sale, the restoration failed: the end of the 'Rosinenbomber'. Photo by Henning Friese.
This is C-47B c/n 26735. More details on an update on my page concerning visit to Coventry's air museum (2011)
Item for my Off-Airport Italy, suggested by Sean Keating; click link for more details
Villamarzana (on the A13 between Padua and -closer to- Ferrara): ristorante-pizzeria Michelangelo da Vinci.
The Douglas DC-6 is I-DIMA (DC-6B c/n 44251), ex/ mm61965. The restaurant was closed in 2014.
A milestone was reached 07May2019: C-FDTD has its engines roar for the first time in some 25 years!
Dusty, helping out his father Jay (here for 2 weeks) for a few days here, gives the thumbs up for the engine run.
Some 25 years ago this DC-3 arrived here by truck and it is heart-warming to see how many people have dedicated
their energy, often their spare time, to restore this Gooney Bird to airworthiness. The first flight is fast approaching.
www.youtube.com/watch E126 march 7th
Vickers Viscount G-AZNA, off-airport in Belgium, is reportedly for sale
See my Off-airport gallery on above link for more details on Viscount c/n 350
John Vogel sent me these images, having noticed a change of livery on C-53 Skytrooper N8336C!
John wrote: "I just remembered last year September, when I went to the airshow at Mather Airport here in Sacramento, I took a photo of Douglas C-53 USAAC s/n 42-47371, N8336C.
Notice the panoramic windows & undercarriage doors (speedpack?); in the 1990s, owned by one Dan Jones I believe, it was equipped also with socalled Hi-Per engines but don't know if these are the same.
I must say I like that 'Civil Air Transport' livery with its Tiger badges! It honours its career in China with CL Chennault & W Wilauer (N8336C, ex/ XT-T21) and onwards to Civil Air Transport (CAT; N1794B).
I tried to find some information about the 'Hiper' conversion...
William Swirsky wrote me in April 2019: "I ran across your webpage regarding DC 3s used in aerial mapping and exploration by Aero services corp out of Philadelphia. My father, Charles Swirsky, was an airplane mechanic and worked for Aero Research Co., from about 1957 to 1961, mostly in North Africa, South America and pre war Vietnam.
Below is a photo of him at the Gibraltar in July 1960 with, I assume, one of the planes that he was a crew on.
There is a probe sticking out of this DC-3".
More details on this C-47A and Aero Service Corp. HERE...
This was shared on Facebook as CG-OOY, the Kenting titles are obvious but the registration incorrect.
The damage is much different from C-FOOY on my Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the Arctic North...
I think C-47A CF-OOV (c/n 13300) might be a candidate: (ATDB.aero) 'Destroyed (nr Frobisher Bay,NWT) 12 February 1973'.
Paul Weston visited the C-119 parked at Battle Mountain, Nevada. Through various discussions on fora, shared photographs and its construction plate I concluded this was C-119G N5216R (as was shown on the tailboom 10+
years ago), inspite of the airtanker number #137 on top: N5216R was T136 and as a confirmation that tanker
had its belly painted red to camouflage the red retardant.
Now we see, after many years in the desert sun, 'N5215R; reappearing. Which is thought to be (without much
certainty I must stress) the C-119 '06' preserved at Greybull's Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting...
More on the background of this discussion on my C-119 at Battle Mountain,NV
More photos of this visit on Paul Weston's gallery on my website
See also my updated page of visit to Auburn,ME where this Starliner came from (from a failed Lufthansa project)
I share here one of three photos Ken Swartz sent me...
Unidentified Lockheed P-3 at the Lockheed Martin facility at KGYH-Greenville Donaldson Field,SC (09Mar19)
Ken Swartz gallery on my website
Jason Moellinger shared this photo on Facebook, on the subject of DC-3 wrecks at Rolla Airport (Missouri).
This one got away, but Jason did not know iits tailnumber; I got that from Basler Turbo Conversions thru Facebook
DC-3 N1350A at Rolla Airport being prepared for transport to Oshkosh for Basler
From Basler: "Hi Ruud, the N number for this aircraft is
Google Maps shows (april 2019) only 3 DC-3 wrecks remaining, all of them the wings attached. See also my Photos by Friends & Guests #18, when there were still for of them (besides N1350A) on the airfield.
Nigel Aylmer sent me this photo at Martinez,GA (Funsville a.k.a. Adventure Crossing); its idenity is unknown
Another still from Mikey McBryan's Plane Savers series (E79) - YouTube (10 mins into the video)
When Mikey treats his viewers on a tour in (socalled) Ronny's hangar, he walks past C-47A c/n 12591 we know
as C-FDTH but points out its new registration C-FBAE as "AirSpray wanted to have DTH's registration".
And indeed when I looked at Transport Canada's database it has c/n 12591 as C-FBAE since ... 2011?
Anyway, this bird has been sold to Basler Turbo Conversions and recently donated many parts to C-FDTD.
'Plane Savers', Mikey McBryan's YouTube channel is something great to follow. We're here at Red Deer.
This is episode 77 (march 19th), where Joe and Mikey take the viewer on a grand tour over Red Deer Airport.
Joe explains how C-GBNV (DC-4 /C-54G c/n 35988/382) was purchased in '96 at Quebec City, had it repainted
in Buffalo's green colourscheme (Joe is from Irish ancestry) and served as an airtanker from Hay River over 15
years. Now it is set up as a sprayer, to spray against budworm or oil slicks at sea, etc.
Another fine update by Ron Mak! Back in time to Greece in 1995 and 1997..
Douglas A-26B Invader N500MR (c/n 28048) in Greece 1997.
See Ron Mak's gallery (page 3) for plenty more, including news of the new owner of this warbird!
Also his PAGE ONE | PAGE TWO
A Cessna Crane (a.k.a. Bobcat) was added to the collection of the Nanton air museum in Alberta.
CF-LED has reached its new home in Nanton and is hoisted off its transport that brought it here from High River.
In 2007 I visited myself this fine air museum, the Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum in Alberta province. It was renamed Bomber Command Museum of Canada in May 2010. See my 2007 report!.
I came across this photo in an exhibition in the Rijksmuseum about the development of amateur photography in the Netherlands; I copied the photo taken of a DC-3 XA-GEU.
Eva Penmink, obviously a proud owner of a Leica camera, was probably waiting for her air ride in XA-GEU.
XA-GEU (c/n 4281) was a former US Navy transport R4D-1 (C-47), carried serial BuNo.3141 in those days.
Afterwards it went to fly for Pan Am (NC21902), then to Mexicana (XA-GEU), to Aero Maya (same) and
SAESA (also XA-GEU). Unfortunately the history is incomplete: 'ultimate fate obscured'. [Source ATDB]
Douglas DC-3 (R4D-7) HK-2494 (c/n 33105/16357) of LASER Aéro (Colombia) impacted a rural dirt road
History on c/n 16357/33105:
Notes from my database. I have it in service with HK-2494 SAEP-Servicios Aereos Petroleros during 1995, as a freighter, before it was stored at Bogotá. Seen there at Feb.97, arrived at Villavicencio 09sep99 for SADELCA.
New home for c/n 11906 ex/CF-TES, destined to become a gate guard at Greenwood,NS but instead going to Poland.
The Western Canada Aviation Museum had it stored for a long time on a farm near Selkirk.
In 2002, when its military history was discovered, it was transferred to 17 Wing at Winnipeg.
"... work by 17 Wing's "Ghost Squadron" who brought it back to life. They're a team of volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and dedicated countless hours to its restoration."
A publication on Facebook's page Canadian Air & Space Conservancy - CASM, text included: "RCAF and Polish community bid farewell to the 'Spirit of Ostra Brama'.
This is C-47 c/n 11906, as one can see aft on the fuselage: CF-TES | FL547.
Joe Baugher has on his website (link)
UPDATE: The fuselage and wings were flown by AN-124 UR-82073 10Mar19 to Wroclaw in Poland. It will become part of museum heritage display here. FL547 was flown in WW2 by an all-Polish crew under pilot Józefa Tyszko in RAF's 216 Transport Group. The C-47 carried regular RAF markings plus the Polish Air Force insignia of red and white squares behind the cockpit. And named 'Spirit of Ostra Brama'. ¬Scramble magazine #479 (april 2019)
Derrick Stamos posted photos taken during a work visit to Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ), showing (a.o.)
Lockheed C-121 Constellation HI-393 and DC-3 HH-CNE, stored for many, many years. Derelict but still surviving.
Planes stored at Las Américas Int'l Airport (SDQ), in Punta Caucedo (near Santo Domingo), Dominican Republic.
My pages Photos by Friends & Guests #24 and Page #43 show earlier updates and photos.
Plane Savers Episode 63 included an update, plan & purpose for C-FCQT
Dennis Fisher contributed to Photos by Friends & Guests #43, with C-FCQT arriving at the Saskatoon air museum.
The history of C-FCQT (c/n 9813) is also detailed on that page of mine.
Christopher Koberg published a series of images on Facebook's Aviation Wreck etc
in March 2019; he wrote:
See my other Plane Identity Mysteries, solved and unsolved, it has more photos of Wade Salvage too.
Hector Vazquez sent me this photo, taken in 2015:
The badge seems to be of the FAA:
More photos on this and other aircraft (also at Wade Salvage) on my Search for Plane Identities
Rich Hulina shared this fine winter photo on his Bush Flying Captured FB-page
I visited Selkirk myself in 2007, during the summer, and came across a number of vintage bushplanes; see my 2016 report.
See also my gallery of Rich Hulina's 'Bush Flying Captured' and how two order his Vol.1 & II of his splendid photobooks!
There seems to be two Fokker F.27s preserved in the People's Park of Yangon, Myanmar
For more information on these two F.27's, XY-ADZ and XY-AEW, see my OFF-AIRPORT (ASIA) gallery
Last night I was catching up on
Mikey McBryan's YouTube channel for Planesavers videos E34-46 (Feb. 16th).
'Yukon' Cornelis came across this photo online and forwarded it to me (Feb.2019) for he couldn't
find any (online) information to it. Well, it has been mentioned on my website for many years...
The history (except for its mysterious ending) is described in Air-Britain's 'The First Seventy Years' publication:
C/n 9037 ¬ '42-32811 delivered on 05Feb43 to USAAF as 42-32811 -[period of no details]- various locations (Walker, Smoky Hill, Biggs) in 1945 - RFC Bush 03Oct45 - NC57539 Hoosier Air Transport Corp. (1947) -
Delta f/n 61 28Feb49 - Charlotte Aircraft Corp - Aircaft Ferry Services Inc 30Sep59 - T.3-25 Spanish Air Force - Disappeared 02Oct1973, written off as result of the (suspected) accident.'
That last line is not a literally quote from the DC-3 book, but has to do with its disappearance and the content of a webpage of mine: The Search for Douglas DC-3 ECT-025 - Go check it out !!!
Once upon a time... there was this idea to create an aviation museum at Battle Mountain,NV. But it never worked out and
for many years the military planes stood abandoned in a compound at the site of the road, near the airport. Gradually
the aircraft disappeared to collectors or other museum initiatives that never got off the ground. This C-119 N5216R
was the last plane standing... A purchase was too complicated for the local authorities and even reputable aviation
museums were denied a purchase. There are links with the Dept. of Defense though ownership seems vague and
the 'object' has no obvious papers that could conclude a 'bill of sale' (asper recent advertisement).
This C-119 Flying Boxcar needs to move one way or another for redevelopment here.
The most recent and promising attempt was made by two guys in Alaska, who want to put the fuselage on a trailer.
More details on My visit in 2008 and Photos by Friends & Guests #53.
Alan Hardman wrote me on 05Apr19: "Hey, Ruud! Just a little update on the C-119 at Battle Mountain. As of 05Apr19,
In support of two difficult to identify DC-3s at Charlies Hostel (see my Airplane Mysteries), Ron sent this photo:
Douglas DC-3s of C.M Aero Services stored at Manilla: RP-C1352, RP-C1353 (c/n 25571/14126) and RP-C1354
C.M Aero Services was formed by Charlie Miller in 1985 and closed shop in 2000.
Ron Mak's propliner gallery on my website: PAGE 1 | PAGE 2 | PAGE 3
Ron also shared some fine photos (here's 1 of 4) of Douglas C-47B SX-ECF (c/n 33206),
Jim Monahan saw my photo of DC-3 N26MA taken at Lake Elsinore (14May2008) and drew my attention to
The Corrs video 'Breathless'. Thank you Jim, that video is certainly worth watching, not only for the DC-3!
DC3 N26MA featuring in the Corrs video, 'Breathless' on YouTube.
It also flew (acted a part?) in the James 007 Bond movie, 'Quantum of Solace'.
N26MA (c/n 2169) is still current, its latest certification registry dates from 12May2017.
MACEDONIAN AVIATION (1972 - 1074)
On 02Feb2019 Roger Byron-Collins wrote me with the following:
"I was intrigued, indeed fascinated, to read all he information on your site regarding the airline I formed at the age of 25, namely Macedonian Aviation at Southend Airport where I based my airline in 1972, until I sold out my shares to Mr Ralph Goldstraw in the summer of 1974. You asked for comments or input so I trust this missive and photos help.
I have further information that you may or indeed may not find helpful about the background and the establishment of Macedonian Aviation.
For background: I was born into aviation life as my father was RAF aircrew with 40 years service and I lived in RAF married quarters through my childhood years.
Whilst living with my parents at RAF Northolt I wished to obtain a PPL. When I was just 17 years old I started a course at nearby Denham airfield Uxbridge. I soon realised that it was only for professionals as I nearly had a nasty accident on landing.
Dove G-APZU was relocated to Southend and I then purchased the 'workhorse' of BAE Filton, a Dakota DC-3
Ron Mak photographed DC-3 G-AMPO in 1973 at Southend; Ron Mak has an extensive series of photo on my website
The Dakota crew underwent training with Dan Air at Lasham and it paid many visits to Gatwick and Southend during this period. However in September 1972 G-AMPO undertook a very eventful trip...
My business partner married an Indian diplomat's daughter at the Anglican Church in Beirut, Lebanon and a wedding party of 30 guests flew out on an MEA scheduled flight from Heathrow. The day after the wedding Palestinian terrorists murdered Israeli athletes at the Olympic games in Munich. The Israelis retaliated by attacking and besieging Beirut Airport which was closed and there were no scheduled flights to get the guests out of Lebanon!
I telephoned my pilot Harry Chang who said he would take the Dakota from Gatwick to extract the party.
Harry Chang knew Beirut airport well and advised the guests to remain on the beach by the airport which he would overfly and once he had landed to run to the aircraft and they could embark.
Some 12 hours later after refueling at Genoa and Brindisi, G-AMPO landed at Beirut airport escorted by Israeli military aircraft. The entire 30 wedding guests climbed over the perimeter fence and sprinted for the aircraft which did not shut down and it took off again within minutes for Nicosia Cyprus with the Israeli escort.
The wedding party and reception continued their celebrations at The Dome Hotel in Kyrenia (before the island was divided). The wedding guests returned to the UK with Cyprus Airways and the crew and I returned in the Dakota 2 days later to Gatwick via Genoa.
Painting by renowned aviation artist John Young; Roger wrote: " G-AMPO depicted while fleeing Beirut, en route to
Nicosia (Cyprus) on 10Sep1972, after the Israels bombed Beirut airport following the massacre of the Israeli athletes
at the Munich Olympics. It rescued me and 30 British people who were attending a wedding in Beirut.
The aircraft was escorted out of Lebanese airspace by two Israeli fighters."
Later in September 1972, after completion of crew training G-AMPO returned to Southend to commence operations. On November 5th it took its first paying passengers to Amsterdam.
In conclusion, for almost the past 40 years [I] specialised in the purchase of former UK military property, mainly Married Quarters, but also a couple of ex RAF airfields and the former Bomber/Strike Command HQ, Bawtry Hall.
Med vennlig hilsen / Kind regards
deHavilland DH.104 DOVE 8, G-HBBC c/n 04211: '14 May 2010 To Roger Charles Gawn, Trustee of:, Melton Hall, Melton Park, Melton Constable with c/r G-HBBC (DH104 DOVE 8, 04211).' Apparently still based at Compton Abbas, Dorset.'
A few more details on my Photos by Friends & Guests #57 on Macedonian Aviation
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