Unidentified at J.W.Duff Salvage yard (USA,CO)
Photos © Graham Robson
Looking for help here in identifying this DC-3, located in J.W. Duff Salvage Yard near Denver-Stapleton airport. This photo was taken in Oct.1997.
During Oct.2004 I received the following email by Bob Enderson and this contradicts the above info somewhat:
Most of this (yes, it was cut to even smaller size!) went to MotoArt in 2014; see the update on Photos by Friends & Guests (42)
Graham: "The yard also contained this other mystery plane: a Convair 240 forward fuselage. Anyone with thoughts on the identity ? I tried at the time to read the name on the nose (both sides), but could not make it out, perhaps some of your readers can identify the scheme, which maybe help with tracing its i/d ?"
Any idea or comments ?
"I believe this is the Aspen Airways 240 that I salvaged parts from in 1972, when I was a young Copilot helping to maintain and operating a corporate 240 out of Stapleton (in the winter) and Arapahoe County (in the good weather months).
I did some research in the "Aviation Safety Network" database, and found a narrative and probable cause for the accident, which occurred Jan. 17, 1970, when the crew failed to extend the landing gear. The aircraft was written off by the insurance company.
An enterprising farmer bid for the salvage rights, sectioned the aircraft with a power saw, and hauled it out of the mountains on a trailer, piece by piece, to smelt and sell the aluminum. He realized that the cockpit section was of value for parts, and I believe he was going to smelt that section last. I believe his former property is now part of the new Denver airport, hence my theory that the nose section was moved to Duff, by someone, to clear the way for construction.
The Aspen aircraft was N270L, serial number 157, in case there is any data plate or reference to those numbers left.
Terry Fletcher added to this:
The CV240 that crashed at Aspen was c/n 157, see Aviation Safety Net report; this was purchased by Aspen Airways from The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Corporation in Sept 1968.
Have a look at Ron Dupas' photo at
http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Transports/1141.htm: it certainly seems to match the basic scheme !
I found another image almost similar but not quite
Graham Robson supported the theory, he wrote: "The Convair in Duff's yard (which is my picture on Ruud's site) is almost certainly the 240 mentioned already: c/n 157. It is definitely not the Sierra Pacific Convair (Phil Brooks wrote: this was a CV580, leased at the time from Sierra Pacific when it lost power and dead-sticked into a field about 2 miles from the Buena Vista airport. Duff has had that airframe stored at his facility ever since he got it back on a flatbed from Buena Vista. Easily seen from Interstate Route 70. I don't think the paint matches up- but then: where did N73160 go?") , N73160, which I also noted at the same time. This aircraft is not actually in Duff's yard, it is on wasteland between the industrial park in which Duff's yard is located and the perimeter of the old airfield. On my visit in 1999, N73160 consisted of complete fuselage, minus wings and tail feathers, with all windows and doors missing and gutted interior."
Convair CV580 N73160 (c/n 336) at Duff's Yard 1997.
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