Miami,FL 1998
(Plane Spotting)

Photos © Ruud Leeuw

Miami plane spotting
Father and son out on a trip together, gone plane spotting in the Greater Miami area.
We were quick to buy some steps at Home Depot when we found out how high these fences were!
At another viewing area holes in the fence had been made to facilitate photographers.
Miami plane spotting
We were keen to score on Latin American operators which we didn't see in Central Europe. Operators flying into London (LHR & LGW), Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris (CDG) were well represented in our collections, but Air Jamaica, TAM, SAETA, Bahamasair, etc. were welcome additions.

Miami plane spotting
My particular interest in propliners and warbirds, such as the DC-3/C-47, got a fair bit of attention as well.
This C-47 was planted as a decoration at the nearby 36th Aero Restaurant.


Miami plane spotting
Upon our visit to Kendall-New Tamiami Executive Airport and Kermit Weeks' museum we stumbled into an Open Day. A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was visiting and on display. Bonus points!

This from

B-17 info

Miami plane spotting

On the left is DC-6BF N55CA (cn 45328/825), being cut up right under my eyes, a sad sight.
This Douglas DC-6 had been delivered to Canadian Pacific Airlines as CF-CZU in june 1957, it was leased for some time to Pacific Western Airlines (1969) and was registered to Concare Aircraft Leasing Corp. in nov.1969 as N55CA. It was converted to DC-6BF before being bought by F.A.Conner in sep.1970.
On this airport, Opa Locka, in the shade of Miami Int'l Airport, it is a survival of the fittest and N55CA did not belong to that group anymore, apparently.

Miami plane spotting
Plenty of industrial areas around Miami Int'l to check at the fence to see what was up.
In the background is a Lockheed Tristar being parted out.
These quiet areas was also a good opportunity for Alexander to have some privat driving lessons!

Miami plane spotting
If you want to trade in expensive cars, at least make the advertisement without spelling mistakes!