Propliners Off-airport


KC-97s at San Cugat Two ex/Spanish Air Force are located at a club called "The Music Box" near Barcelona,Spain at a town called San Cugat.
I visted them in 2002, look here.
Roger Soupart came across this Douglas C-47A c/n 11982 in an aviation shop in Barcelona,Spain (2007):
Former Aeromarket EC-FDH (ex/ EC-699) 'spent time' at the airport of Sabadell (near Barcelona), surviving as damaged remains after damage incurred during a landing incident in April 1992. It was rumored parts were shipped to Germany (to a museum?). The wreckage was still at Sabadell during 1995.
The forward fuselage went, at some point, to an aviation shop in Barcelona; it has been painted 1 side olive USAAF drab colours and other side is silver&white, as a Dakota of Ala. 36 Spanish air force.
The shop:
[Eric Munk wrote me in Oct.2009 and was able to inform me where other parts went to: the midsection of the fuselage survives in 'Haus der Geschichte' (Bonn, Germany).]

Grumman Goose unidentified at Salou
This Grumman Goose has been displayed at Port Aventura in Salou,Spain.
-Published with permission-

The aircraft is only visible from inside the Water Park 'Port Caribe'. The registration CC37 is fake and as yet this airframe has not been identified.
The photo was published on and made by Stuart Reid in 2009.
Help in identifying would be appreciated!

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This DC-3 cockpit section can be found in the Luchtvaart Hobby Shop (Aviation Hobby Shop) at Aalsmeerderbrug, near Schiphol Amsterdam IAP, Netherlands.
It concerns the remains of Douglas C-47A 42-24211 (c/n 10073). It was scrapped into parts at Coventry,UK in April 1995 and apparently the wings went to the USA.
N54607 Its previous identities were: 42-24211, F-BEFA, CN-CCL, 20669, N54607, (N9842A), N54607, G-BPMP.

The photo shows N54607 "Euroworld 20Jun69" (data from slide).
Photo: Ruud Leeuw collection, purchased from Per Schmidt.

PH-UBX Autosloperij/Autohandel Kleyngeld has this Beech D18S on display. Ad Vercruijsse photographed it clearly off-airport in Nijmegen, the Netherlands on April 15th, 2006.
This is PH-UBX (cn A-105) and it is placed on the roof at a car dealers/breakers yard with their titles under both wings and on the fuselage sides.
Kleyngeld used to be located in town but made a move to the present location, industrial area Nijmegen-West (adress: Hogelandseweg 2, 6545 AC Nijmegen) and the Beech (with the company since early 1970s) made the move too.
More can be found on Ad's website:

These photos (taken on 21Aug04) were sent to me by Stefan Krause in support of the off-airport plane quest:
(c) Stefan Krause   (c) Stefan Krause
This is a Vickers Viscount at the Silbervogel Restaurant in Hannover, Germany; the website (current Apr.2006) has a map for its exact location (Mercedesstrasse 1, Hannover-Ricklingen).
I had difficulty in finding the identity of this Silverbird, except that is a Vickers Viscount 814 formerly in the service of Lufthansa, according to Tim Corduan's photos on (Aug 2002).
Fortunately Alexandre Avrane of AeroTransport Data Bank - ATDB was able to help: D-ANAB (c/n 369).

A good route description was shared on Classic-Propliners forum by Olaf;
"...going from the Mainstation ( in German: Hauptbahnhof ) you can go with subway line 3 or 7 to Destination "Wettbergen". Leave Subway at Station "Schünemannplatz". From there its about 7 minutes on foot. You go along the Pfarrstrasse to the west. At the circle you follow straight ahead the Bückeburger Allee. At the corner to Mercedesstrasse you already see the Viscount."
"It is parked direct to road B65."
Stefan also took these photos (same date) of a DC-6 at Bad Laehr:
(c) S.Krause   (c) S.Krause
This Douglas DC-6 has c/n 42855 and linenumber 4! It could very well be the oldest DC-6 surviving on this planet...
After its first flight on 24Nov1946 it was operated by American Airlines (tail N90702) and enjoyed a wordly career: operating for Air Jordan (JY-ACE), Aerovias Panama (HP-361), before moving to Germany where it was operated by Sudwestflug and Germaniar as D-ABAH. In 1969 it was sold for use as a coffeebar and named Möbel-Holsing Flugzeug Cafe, located in Preussisch-Oldendorf (a village between Hannover & Osnabrück).
It was bought by a privat owner and subsequently move to Bad Laehr, which is located about 30 km south of Osnabruck,Germany.
Stefan wrote: "This is the former D-ABAH, which was at Preussisch-Oldendorf as a cafe of a furniture shop for many, many years. I learned that the owner passed away somewhere in 2003 and that is why the DC-6 found a new home.
Here is also a link showing the move of the DC-6 (it states people can also get married in the Dc-6 !"
This DC-6 on

C/n 369 - Viscount V.814
First flight 16Apr59 - delivered to Deutsche Lufthansa 29Apr59 as D-ANAB, It brought the German Chancellor, Dr. Adenauer, to Gatwick on 16Nov59 at the start of a state visit.
Withdrawn from use and stored 04Dec69 (20.600 hrs and 21.212 cycles).
Later used as a restaurant at a glider field, in the Black Forest near Escherhausen. Still there on 23May99; no titles, logo or registration but with a white top, wide blue cheatline and bare metal belly. Dismantled at the end of May 2002 and trucked away and to be completely restored and to be used as a restaurant again. This time in Hanover, reopened as Flugzeug Cafe Am Silbervogel at Hanover-Ricklingen.
Source: "The Vickers Viscount" (- by Rayner G C Kittle; Air-Britain Historians Ltd, 2008)

Axel Klegien wrot eme an update in August 2009: "the Viscount D-ANAB here in Hannover has a new red trim since about one year - check my flickr site: " look for the 'HAJ Aviation'-folder.

Viking in VIE-Schwechat David Ellis sent me this in Oct.2006; he wrote:
"I just got back from Bratislava/Vienna - thought you might like to add this lovely Viking (G-AGRW) to your off-airport page. She is at a McDonalds in Schwechat, a couple of miles west of Vienna Airport wearing spurious Austrian colours.
I wonder how many McDonalds aircraft there are?"
David (© photo, left)

G-AGRW Franc van Vliet sent me another photo of G-AGRW, taken 18Jun04 (photo right, © Franc van Vliet) .

Anno July 2011 I learned that G-AGRW was to be dismantled at Vienna airport that same month and was prepared for transportation to Bad Vöslau airfield,
known as spa town in the Lower Austria federal state, where the aircraft was to be assembled again. For what purpose was not clear.

Eric Tarrant sent me this Dec.2006:
My old friend G-AGRW the Vickers Viking at Schwechat in Vienna!
This was the first aircraft that I flew in... We had taken the port wing off because of a fuel leak at Gatwick Airport when the aircraft was being operated by Overseas Aviation. It needed a test flight and in those days it was easy to get a free ride, so I went for it!!
Eric also provided the following history:
First flight 27th July 1946
Last flight 15th Feb 1968
During that time scale it served with B.O.A.C. BEA division (1946)
Airwork (1947)
Hunting clan (1951)
Overseas Aviation (1959)
Autair (1961)
It was flown to Soesterberg, Holland in 1968 for use as a Restaurant ('Avio Resto') along with two other Vikings: G-AGRU (now at Brooklands Aviation Museum) and G-AHPB (destroyed, apart from a wing and engine which is now in a Hair saloon in Basel...)
As the owner died in 1978 (Avio Resto closed the next year), the three aircraft were put up for sale.
Brooklands Aerospace Museum bought all three, but sold two to raise funds for AGRU's transport to the UK.
G-AGRW was purchased by Air Classic and the aircraft was transported to Frankfurt-Rhein Main
Later it was transferred to Vienna airport for display in the visitor’s area. And later again, positioned on the rooftop of the postal sorting buildings.
1989: ownership transferred to Flughafen Wien AG through a leasing agreement.
1999: transferred to MacDonalds.

(c) Mike Bursell Mike Bursell discovered the remains of this DC-3 in Poland, at a private adress in Olawa, on March 28th, 2006.
Mike provided the following history:
Dakota IV,(c/n 15272/26717, 43-49456) d/d USAAF 25Nov44 and passed on to the RAF 28Dec44 as KK136, to Croydon 04Jan45, to 147 Sqn 13Dec45, to 1 TAMU 10Sep46, to Middle East 16Oct46, to UK 03Feb47, stored 14Apr47, to Oakington 17Dec49, to G-AMPP 04May52 for Scottish Aviation and operated by Scottish Aviation Airlines from 28Oct54, allocated XF756 for trooping flights in 1954, to Dan Air 30Mar61, registration cancelled 07Feb71, preserved with the Air Scouts at Lasham as "G-AMSU", to Aces High at North Weald 20Dec91, to Euro-Disney, to Museum Bevrijdende Vleugels at Best (Neths) 29Aug02, to Berlin 26Feb05 for use in a crash scene in a Berlin Airlift film "Die Luftbrucke", painted in RAF colours as KN491 and fire damaged.
Personally I had come across G-AMPP while at the museum Bevrijdende Vleugels in Best,NL.
This website has a very comprehensive history on G-AMPP.

Achim Ludwig Achim Ludwig photographed this Antonov An-2 on 07Apr06 at an Aral gasstation in Leverkusen,Germany.
Published with permission.

An-2 McDonalds Budapest Dr Petér Moys sent me this photo, taken on 23Jan08 by him. It is located at a McDonald's restaurant in Budapest (Hungary), in the XVIIIth district and Petér advised me of its identity: HA-MDR

This Antonov 2 is not to be confused with another An-2 (HA-MHU (cn 1G155-12) in another district at another McDonalds restaurant; see .

(c) Peter Bakema(c) Peter bakema

Peter Bakema found in May 2006 this Ilyushin IL-18 DDR-STD (c/n 180002302) for sale, at the Bundesstraße 245a, between Helmsted en Harbke, near the village Harbke (which is close to the former East/West German border).
Peter writes "the aircraft was converted to a bar/restaurant, but the persons who used to run the restaurant ran out of money. The owner now lives, with his wife, near the IL-18, to prevent vandalism. Due to his failing health he is now offering the Ilyushin for sale."

Peter, thanks for the use of these photos.

In April 2009 DDR-STD was transported to Teuge, the Netherlands to be converted to a luxury hotel accommodation. See photos of its arrival on Photos by Friends & Guests page 19.

li-2p Lisinov Michael Blank came across this Lisinov Li-2 on 08Apr07: "Devoid of all markings, this Li 2 sits, well preserved, in its own compound next to a filling station on the outskirts of the small Hungarian town of Bocsa".
Alexandre Avrane ( identified it: "This is Li-2P, serial 504, msn 18439504" (ex/ HA-LIP).

Ok-WAJ This Ilyushin IL-18 OK-WAJ (cn 187010101) is former CSA Czechoslovak Airlines, now stored next to the highway, off-Airport near Bakov nad Jizerou in the Czech Republic. Photo taken by Jeroen van Leeuwen; click on the photo for a link to larger format on
"It was withdrawn from use on 25 November 1984 and placed here on 17 Sep 1986. It was used as a restaurant named Moto-Auto, but upon my visit (05Aug05) the Moto-Auto titles where removed (you could see them just a little bit...) and it appeared to be empty. Its registration before OK-WAJ was CCCP-75451. "
Other photos of OK-WAJ: on

Jeroen forwarded me these emails by Dave: "I like your photo of the Moto-Auto Ilyushin-18 at Bakov. It sits next to the highway linking Prague and Liberec, right? Near a town called Mlada Boleslav. However you wrote that it's been there since October 1996. I'm pretty sure it's been there a lot longer than that. I distinctly remember passing it on my travels to and from Prague (I'm from Liberec) even before the Velvet Revolution in 1989. It has had a new c/s in the 90's but as you can see, the elements have faded it over the years."
And: "OK-WAJ was in service from 1967-1984, flew 23.578 hours and was used predominantly on CSA's routes to Havana. It was parked at its final resting spot at Bakov on 17Sep86. There is a story about this plane. Some Czech busdrivers pulled prank on about 300 Cuban workers at about 2 am, one freezing morning. They were told that Cuba is was under attack and that President Castro was calling them to arms, this aircraft was awaiting them at a nearby airport to take them back to Havana... Half asleep they boarded the busses and were dropped off at Bakov next to WAJ and were told to wait for the flight crew. After a while they realised the landing gear was set in concrete and that the IL-18 wasn't going anywhere in a hurry! So they started to trash what they could. Anticipating this move, the busdrivers had called the police to say that a bunch of drunk out of control Cubans are rampaging near the aircraft..."

Stewart Lanham wrote me in June 2007:
"Someone on your webpage asked I wonder how many McDonalds aircraft there are?
Several is the answer! There is a Piper Seneca on the roof of McDonalds at Springdale, Arkansas and 3 Antonov An-2's in Budapest...
Here are some photos of a couple of the An-2's. I don't have a digital of the 3rd but will look out the negative and scan it some day (below).
The identity of the 3 aircraft are known but there is some debate about which aircraft is at which location. My notes below are based on the best information from the local Hungarian aircraft historian, Endre.
No.3 is HA-MDQ Antonov An-2 1G185-45 McDonalds "Ronald Klub", Ulloi ut, Szemere-telep, District XVIII [this is close to Ferihegy Airport].
The photos were taken October 2004 and you are welcome to use them for your website."
HA-MHU Antonov An-2 1G155-12 McDonalds "Ronald Klub", Kerepesi Street, Rakosfalva, District VIII
HA-MDK Antonov An-2 1G185-42 McDonalds "Ronald Klub", Polus Center, Szentmihalyi ut,
District XV
Here is the 3rd McDonald An-2 (HA-MDQ), as promised, plus the An-2 at the Kozlekedesi Museum in Budapest city.
Unfortunately, the scanner has cropped the images, sorry..
Antonov AN-2

C-117D by Eliasson Douglas C-117D 17191 (cn 43379) on an off-airport location at Hnjotur, Iceland. Photographed 10Aug06 by David Alfred Eliasson.
On he writes: "This ex-Keflavik based C-117D (and a Keflavik NAS gate-guard) is preserved in a sorry state at Egill Ólafsson Folk Museum. All other parts (wings, engines, props, tail) are also there, but separate."

Click the photo for a link to a larger image on

This US Navy Douglas C-117D 17171 (cn 43309) survives off-Airport at Solheimasandur, Iceland and this photo on was taken on 12Apr03 by Asgeir Sigurdsson, who generously allowed use of a thumbnail (with link to larger image on
Asgeir wrote: "I don't have the full story of this aircraft, but it has been sitting there since it ran out of fuel and made an emergency landing, sometime around 1973.
It doesn't seem to have sustained much damage (except for the nose and underside maybe).
Usuable items (engines, wings, etc.) were salvaged.
The aircraft hull is located at the Solheimasandur sands by the south coast of Iceland."
I looked this DC-3 up as well as another one, used as a summerhouse, during my trip to Iceland in 2007.

Through the website Nordic Dakota's I ended up at The DC-3 Cafe at Norrtelje...
On transportThis concerns Douglas C-47A c/n 9911, which once belonged to Luftfartmuseet at Stockholm-Arlanda but "checked out' in 2002, for Norrtelje.

Niels Helmø Larsen wrote me:
"You were looking for info on DC-3 Yahoo Group about the ”Norrtalje” DC-3 in Sweden. In next issue of DC-3 NYT (to be published 1st December) I will cover the Norrtalje DC-3.
how to transport a DC-3 wing The nose section of the Swedish DC-3 was corroded, and needed a new nose. MFI DC-3 N2401 in Florida was just about to be broken up due to damage from two Hurricanes.
The Swedish brought the nose section (and some spare parts) and after transportation to Sweden it was put on the Norrtalje DC-3.
The DC-3 is now in Norrtalje again (was actually used as a Café from 1949 to 1975) painted in SAS colours."

a DC-3 on ice

This shows the location of Norrtälje,Sweden.

Michael Östergren wrote me in Oct.2006:
"The adress on the site is where you find the a/c. The adress is Hotell Roslagen in Norrtälje.

Fred Lagerquist added:
"The DC-3 at Norrtälje has a "new" nosesection. This was taken from the scrapped N400MF. There are some pic's on the website."

Michael replied to this:
"We took the nose section from the Missonary flight a/c since it was complete with instruments, radios and everything, not due to corrosion. Our aircraft in Sweden had an empty cockpit."

I know parts of N2401 (former K&K from Bridgewater,VA and sold to Missionary Flight of West Palm Beach,FL in 1996, registration cancelled -as damaged by storm- in 2005) were used, which was used as parts supply by Missionary Flight; it had the same engines as N400MF (Wright R-1820 engines instead of the more common P&W R-1830 Twin Wasps) but N400MF is still very much around so I think it unlikely parts of N400MF were used. -Webmaster.

N400MF was reported to be flying in Haiti during Oct.2006, by Alexandre Avrane

Steve Mitchell added:
"According to the article in Flypast this was C-47A 42-24049 which served in Europe after delivery to the USAAF in October 1943. In the summer of 1947 it was sold to Scandinavian Aero AB as SE-AYM and flown to their base at Norrtalje. It was only ever used for spares. When the airlines ceased ops the hulk was used as a cafe at Norrtalje harbour, until it closed in 1976. It then went to a fire fighting school at Rosersberg."

In Dec.2007 I received an update from Rolf Larsson on the Norrtälje DC-3:
DC-3 224049 as it once was

"Noticed that you have some info regarding DC-3 c/n 9911 "224049" which is now preserved outside Hotel Roslagen in Norrtälje , a town north of Stockholm.
Many years ago this DC-3 was used as a café in Norrtälje before being used at Rosersberg in a training school for accidents/fires etc., after that it was moved to the aviation museum at Stockholm-Arlanda airport but never on exhibition, just lying outside, dismantled. A few years ago it was taken to Norrtälje and restored and is now, in very good shape, on exhibition outside the hotel. I am enclosing two pictures which may be of interest, one was taken on 18 July 1976 when the DC-3 was still in use as a café and picture number two, below, depicts how it looks today."
Rolf Larsson
DC-3 42-24049 as it is anno 2007


Beech 18 at Cannes, 1980 Rolf Larsson sent me these images and information during Dec.2007:

Here are three pictures of a Beech 18 at Cannes-Mandelieu in different colours at different times...

The first one (yellow) was taken on 11 August 1980...
Beech 18 at cannes, 1990 ... and the second (light yellow/green) on 7 August 1990.

The aircraft is marked FBCCI but is actually Beech E18S c/n BA-184 F-BUOP.

Beech 18 at Cannes, 2001
... the third (white/metal-looking) as it was on on 7 August 2001.

It is situated in a roundabout, just at the entrance to Cannes-Mandelieu airport.

Photos of F-BUOP by end of Oct.2009 can be seen on my page Photos by Friends & Guests (22) and Aug.2010 on Photos by Friends & Guests (26)

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