Embraer Emb-120RT Brasilia N269CA (263 on the nosewheeldoor: c/n 120.263) sits in the ‘donor yard’ for spares support.
Douglas C-118A N3047V, still in Conifair livery; c/n 44658 was reg’d 20May02 to Tatonduk Outfitters and its use remained restricted to being a donor of parts. Elsewhere was another Confifair DC-6A, N3050P (below).
On N23AC c/n 22451 Joe Baugher (USAF Serials) wrote
'(44-)78628 - Lend-Lease to China. To XT- registry with China National Aviation Corp., to N8369C, then to XT-130, to B-130 Mar 1959 for Civil Air Transport.
To HP-316 20Oct1960, 'Sold' to Southern Air Transport (CIA operations -Webmaster,RL) 14Sep1961, flown as '857' in Bay of Pigs operation Sep 1961.
Registered as N74811 11Oct1961. Lease purchased by Rosenbaum Aviation 24Nov1973.
Lease purchased by International Airlines Academy, 02Sep75.
Transferred to Trans Continental Airlines (Willow Run) Feb 1978.
Sold to F A Conner 11Aug1978.
Sold to Cryderman Air Services Inc, operated as Century Airlines 11Aug78.
To N777AF in Nov. 1985.
To N18AC in Oct. 1995 and to N23AC 15Oct1997.
On my previous visit, in 2003, I’d seen several C-46s sitting in this yard but on this visit 2012 only Curtiss C-46F N23AC (c/n 22451) remained. N23AC was bought as recent as Sep. 2002.
Plenty of spare parts surround the Curtiss Commando. Next time I’ll ask for a souvenir!
I suppose that the other C-46s have moved to the yard across the road, to make place for the 'Sixes' of NAC.
Robert Everts managed to acquire 300 sets of C-46 wingtips from 20 vanloads of military surplus, purchased some years ago. Flying the C-46 into the many rough, unimproved airstrips around Alaska has its risks... One of which is striking a wingtip against a tree or snowbank beside the runway. But at Everts they can also manufacture new parts as required, as the company has all the C-46 drawings.
Full history & photo of N23AC msn 22451 detailed on FAIRBANKS 2003.
More details on its CIA past HERE...
And who would have thought this C-46 was still destined to go places...?
I read a nov.2016 post on WIX (Warbirds) forum and found confirmation of actual arrival in Israel (& purpose) "I have some news on the C46 that the Atlit Detention Camp Museum acquired.
The plane is actually coming out of Alaska, not Argentina as previously reported. It is currently (Nov.2016) disassembled, crated and is in transit through the port of Seattle with expectation to arrive in Israel in about 2 months time.
This particular aircraft N23AC has a very colorful past, having been owned by the CIA operatives and likely involved in many clandestine operations into Central and South America."
Everts Air confirmed to me yesterday (07Mar17) that it is N23AC (c/n 22451): "Yes it is; we also have 2 mechanics that are there working to reassemble the aircraft. Expect them to be there a few months.
We were very excited to be part of this museum project and it has been since early last spring getting this planned."
Photo taken by Mike Osborne, he is an employee of Everts Air Cargo since the early 80s and is a most experienced C-46 mechanic!
I think the article refers to "..Like most Arab League states, Iraq initially forbade the emigration of its Jews after the 1948 war on the grounds that allowing them to go to Israel would strengthen that state. However, by 1949 the Iraqi Zionist underground was smuggling Jews out of the country to Iran at about a rate of 1,000 a month, from where they were flown to Israel."
"From 1951 to 1952, Operation Ezra and Nehemiah airlifted between 120,000 and 130,000 Iraqi Jews to Israel via Iran and Cyprus." [-Wikipedia]
"Al Schwimmer, who had been a flight engineer in TWA, was recruited by Yehuda Arazi (a most skilful and highly successful operative).
Schwimmer immediately recognized the importance of large aircraft for transporting military material to Israel.
He purchased three Constellations at $15,000 each, as well as five old C-46s. He established Schwimmer Aviation in order to prepare these aircraft for meeting civil aviation requirements." [-ww.machal.org.il]
"C-46 Commandos also went back to war.
A dozen surplus C-46's were purchased in the US covertly for use in Israel's 1948 war for independence and flown to Czechoslovakia in a circuitous route along South America and then across to Africa.
The type's long range proved invaluable flying cargo, including desperately needed dismantled S-199 fighters from Czechoslovakia as well as other weapons and military supplies.
On the return flight the C-46's would dump bombs out the cargo door on various targets at night, including Gaza, El Arish, Majdal, and Faluja. [-Wikipedia]
eng.shimur.org/Atlit/pages/A new exhibit in Atlit - C-46 Commando Airplane/
More links, see also
A C-46 airplane, the model used in the illegal aliya operation that brought thousands of Jews to British Mandate Palestine from Iraq in 1947, is being restored after arriving in Haifa this week - thanks to the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites, with the support of JNF USA. "Now, after so many years we managed to find the kind of plane that was used," the leader of the covert Mossad operation, "Michaelberg," former Aliya Bet agent Shlomo Hillel, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. "After trying so hard, we found it in Alaska of all places!"
The Atlit Detention Camp Museum originally tried to secure a C-46 in South America, aircraft in Argentina
and Bolivia but the aircraft eventually acquired came from Everts in Fairbanks Alaska.
For this see: www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=57407
Upon publishing this item I received following email by Tim Lake:
"Ruud, very interesting about the Atlit Detention Camp Museum obtaining a C-46 for display!
I wrote about the C-46s converted for commercial aviation following the war (including the B-17s illegally flown to Israel) in my book, Hang on and Fly, subtitled 'A Post-War Story of Plane Crash Tragedies, Heroism, and Survival'.
Your readers may enjoy it. "
C-118A N4206L (c/n 43709) is a former Northern Air Cargo.
Other than DC-6A N6174C, none of the NAC DC-6/C-118 aircraft sold to Everts will fly again; they were all time-expired Part 121 aircraft and the deal stipulated that they would not be flown as Part 125 aircraft.
NAC's C-118A N43872 was donated by NAC to the Lake Hood museum
N1377K can also easily be identified as a former NAC C-118A (c/n 44596)
The ‘330’ on the nosewheeldoor mark it as N99330, ex/ NAC C-118A (c/n 43576).
Delivered to USAF as C-118A 51-3829, it later became C-GPEG (1986 Bob Garrard photo on Airliners.net).
Sold to Northern Air Cargo as N99330 and bought 25Sep09 by Everts Air Cargo
Another shot of N99330, from the road.
Douglas C-118A N1036F (c/n 43581) was delivered, as 51-3834, to the USAF on 09Dec52 and its service life lasted until Dec74, when it was parked among other old tired iron in the desert of Arizona.
Robert G Sholton bought it on 12May76 and had it registered as N1036F on 19Apr79. It was transferred to Northern Air Cargo (NAC) in Jun81.
Robert 'Bobby' Sholton and Maurice Carlson founded NAC in 1956. NAC was originally a charter air freight service with two C-82 'Flying Boxcars.' Early work included delivery of generators and vehicles to remote DEW Line sites, miners and settlements; delivery of freight to rural communities on a charter basis; and assistance with special and emergency situations, including the Good Friday Earthquake in 1964.
Sholton died in 1982 . After that, NAC’s board was overseen by Rita Sholton, Sholton’s widow.
During Feb06 Northern Air Cargo was taken over by Saltchuk Resources, which decided to terminate DC-6 operations altogether, effective 30Sep08.
N1036F was bought by Everts Air Cargo 25Sep09, for use of its spareparts.
N7919C is especially noteworthy, not because this is another former NAC freighter, but DC-6B
c/n 43554 once flew for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, as PH-DFM!
Other noteworthy operators included 20th Century Airlines, Overseas Nat'l Airlines and
(from Jun65 - jun78). By 2003 it had only some 500hrs left before main & costly airframe overhaul.
on the nose, '604' and '8C012' identifies this one as N810CS, C-118B c/n 43707.
This is former US Navy BuNo.131604 coded RZ. Flown early 1999 to Fairbanks for use of its parts.
Registered as a C-118A, with the USN it was designated R6D-1 with was later redesignated C-118B while
designation C-118A were the DC-6As for the United States Air Force. [Wikipedia]
C-118A N888DG is one of Robe Everts' early planes, serving with Air Cargo Express, renamed
Everts Air Cargo 01Sep02. During 2009 it was found N888DG needed a major airframe overhaul, with obvious result.
John Benton added: "N888DG is former USAF 53-3304."
DC-6A N400UA (c/n 44258). This is ex/ Piedmont Air Transport N400UA, bought in Jan95. At Palmer,AK 26jun98, been reg'd to Tarheel Aircraft Leasing Inc 09Jan98. Later that year it was reported at Willow Run airport, near Dettroit, operating for Karon Gilespie Air Transport, hauling carparts.
Tarheel sold N400UA to Woods Air Fuel at Palmer,AK. Date 18Jun98. It was still carrying the name 'Miss Karon'.
Woods Air went belly up and N400UA was bought by Tatonduk Outfitters (Everts Air), reg'd 30May03. It was sent south to Payne Field for some sheetmetal work. On 02Aug04 it was registered to C&R Leasing LLC, connected to Everts Air. Not sure if it joined operations then, I received a report dating 13Apr07 at Fairbanks
doing engine run ups. Martin 'JoeJoe' Prince Jr sent me photos of N400UA visiting Bethel,AK
Now it has been put aside for supply of spare parts.
The rear has vanished, probably the least interesting part to safe for parts.
By deduction this was either DC-6A/C N779TA (c/n 45529) or N2907F (c/n 44636); both were photographed.
Aad van der Voet, who has a long history with propliners (www.oldwings.nl) compared my photographs with early
ones taken of N779TA & N2907F - by the difference of appearance of the lower
half of fuselage (metal versus
as well as the (faded) titles on one, it was concluded that the above is... N2907F !
See a 2010 photo, of N2907F in better days, on Planepictures.net.
N951CE, see below
This Douglas C-118B (c/n 43696) was delivered to the US Navy as 131593 on 24Mar53; in those days it was designated R6D-1, later to be designated C-118B. The USAF took use of it, 1958 - 1964.
It was retired from service in Apr82 and found a parking spot in Davis Monthan's 'Military Aircraft Disposition Center (MASDC), later renamed AMARC.
N951CE was assigned to for CE Aviation Resources in May90, which sold it to Everts that same year, in December. CE Aviation Resources is the same as Everts Air / Tatonduk Outfitters (CE=Cliff Everts?).
But it remained in Arizona for a long time, good place to keep it if you have no immediate need for it.
In 2002 work was started on it and it departed Tucson on 12Apr03 for Fairbanks.
In 2003 I found it parked on the ramp near Everts' old (north end) hangar; it didn't travel far: into the 'donor yard'!
N9148F (left) is a Douglas C-118A (military variant of the DC-6), with construction number 44669 and linenumber 636.
It served the USAF from its delivery on 26Nov55 until it was stored in the desert of Davis Monthan AFB, in Arizona in Feb75. It's militairy serial was 53-3298.
Everts Air Fuel bought it in Nov95 and leased it to Air Cargo Express (Everts Air Cargo as from 01Sep02) from Jul00 until Dec00. But it probably has been inactive and stored all the time as it still carries 'United States Air Force'-titles and military roundels, I don't see it having delivered cargo around Alaska like this!
N9148F; and no I didn't go in/up there..
Two former Conifair ( went bankrupt in Nov.2001) birds can be found here: Douglas C-118A N3047V (c/n 44658, photo above) and seen here DC-6A N3050P (c/n 44073). They were former C-GBYS and C-GBYB resp. for Conifair.
C-GBYB featured in the UK television series "Pole to Pole" with Michael Palin...
In my FAIRBANKS 2003 report I had one listed as 'unidentified, metallic, no markings, in storage yard'.
"On your website you are asking about the identity of a DC6. It is N551CE and this is how it looked in May 2012: http://yakfreak.aviation.at/vap/img.php?id=57713
It is the former N60759, its identity was confirmed to me by Everts Air and due to its low flying hours it will be put into the air again!"
Dietmar 'Yakfreak' Schreiber, from Vienna.
C-119G N8504Z (c/n 11253) of Everts Air Fuel, Fairbanks,AK. Reported in flying condition in 1994, it seems it really did not do much flying. Further reports always refered to it as "stored". As it was in 1995.
The aircraft has been for sale, perhaps an aviation museum will turn up - but flying it out will be a challenge.