Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (49)


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,,, 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.



Francis Blake contacted me with a splendid story and a unique photo of Curtiss C-46 N67982!
C-46 N67982 ran out of luck at No Luck Lake! Copyright Francis Blake
Curtiss C-46F N67982 (c/n 22584; ex/ USAF 44-78761) lost in 'No Luck Lake', Alaska.
Before it went to Interior Airways it was acquired by Flying Tigers (and reg'd N67982) from the military.

Francis wrote me: "Saw the blurb on the C-46 N67982 in No Luck Lake (way down in the website, with a request for photos).
I have this close aerial photo of it sitting in the water, as described!
I took it in July 1972 while I was part of a geological field crew. We were tent camped at nearby Driftwood; our field transportation was a Bell Jet Ranger. Our cargo carriers were ex-C-46's and ex-C-47's."
Francis continued: "This particular C-46 (an F model, #22584, 44-78761) stayed in the lake for decades. It landed on ice in June 1968 and broke through.
Interior Airways intended to rescue it, but never did.
1990's satellite photos showed it broken into two major sections and had moved to a different part of the lake from where I saw it. Winter storms?
But current sat pics do not show it so guess it has been removed and scrapped."

More photos by Francis Blake, taken during his brief 1972 stint on 'The Last Frontier', can be seen on Classic Propliners by Francis Blake.

Norseman N78691
JoeJoe Prince on the prowl again around Lake Hood (May 2017)!

Norseman N78691 is regularly featured in JoeJoe's pictures (see his gallery hosted on my website), but this one is also meant to shed some light on his Facebook page 'Bush Planes Alaska'!

DC-4 forward fuselage at Houma,LA - identity?
No doubt this forward fuselage here at Houma was acquired for parts, but which DC-4 is it.
Is it an ex/ Mesa Falcon Field (Phoenix, Arizona) bird..?

Some pretty intensive sleuthing brought me to conclude this is N67019; motivation on Ken Swartz' gallery HERE...

Tom Singfield, well know aviation author of books such as 'Airliners Worldwide' and 'Classic Airliners', wrote me with two questions (and below photos, made into one by me):
Everts' C-46 'Hot Stuff' by Tom Singfield
Everts' C-46 N1837M 'Hot Stuff' with wing from CF-NAU. Photo credit: Tom Singfield.

Tom wrote: "Can you tell me why this Everts C-46 is called 'Hot Stuff', please?
And note the port wing has been replaced with a Canadian one: CF-NAU?"

It so happened that I have on my Fairbanks 2003 report a photo taken myself of former CF-NAU with the left wing removed, which must have been for the purpose of immediate use as the right wing was still on.
But I put out some inquiries.

Marty: "Hot Stuff came from the fire while still in Canadian registry. Cliff (Everts -Webmaster, RL) bought the plane and a 'spare' wing, sent a crew to repair her, then flew her here. Mike lead the crew and named her."
So I looked things up and found Curtiss C-46F 'Hot Stuff' N1837M (c/n 22388) is ex CF-FNC Air Manitoba reg'd Everts 1990s. So the fire thing must prior to 1990? But couldn't find any details (pre-internet days).

Marty again: 'As I understand it, it was an incident on the ground.
Most of the damage was in the nacelle and the outer wing attach points. Damage to the wing was relatively minor, but enough and the quickest thing was replace to replace the entire wing.
Jerri Sorm went up from Seattle and performed his magic. Good man, that. He'll be missed when he finally retires.
As for when.... maybe about 6 months prior to us buying it."

Karen wrote me: "Everts Air Fuel picked up '37M from Air Manitoba quite a few years ago; they had an incident involving the aircraft and a fire which involved the wing. Everts trucked a wing over and got the plane airworthy and brought it back to Alaska, without jumping in archives I couldn’t give you exact dates.
Hence the 'Hot Stuff' nose art!
Btw, 'Salmonella', nose art done by Captain Ron Klemm, is reminiscent of our fish hauls off the beach at Egegik, a long time ago, but the plane is a true work horse."

So a bit of digging by myself found Air Manitoba (a.k.a. Northland Air Manitoba) 'Stake taken by Air Ontario. Shut down own operations in Jan.'94 after their AOC was revoked over safety concerns, became a leasing-only company only in 1997.' (

And on N1837M reg'd to Everts Air Fuel 13Sep1990 (-FAA N-inquiry) plus '9/90, Canadian registration cancelled; Everts Air Fuel, Fairbanks, purchases C-FFNC from Northland Air Manitoba. 6/92: application for Airworthiness shows 28,745-TT; 9/92 337, aircraft modified for Everts' removable bulk fuel system; 10/93 337 for repairs to left wing and landing gear, from hard landing [] while has '13Sep1990 to Everts Air Fuel Inc, Fairbanks, AK with c/r N1837M, stored at Fairbanks; markings applied 'Hot Stuff', moved to Everts Scrapyard' and '17Jun1992 - CofA issued for C-46F N1837M cn22388 issued. has for former CF-NAU: '44-78777 (msn 22600) to US Justice Dept as N1874C. To Nordair as CF-NAU in 1966. To FW Rhea as N1874C April 1970. Converted to Super 46C. To N12500 in 1970. Leased to Nordair as CF-NAU 23Jun1972. To Fairbanks Air Service as N801FA 31May1974. To Everts Air Fuel 30Dec2008. C of R expired 30Jun2013

Well, there you have it!
It may well be that another wing got 'Hot Stuff' certified in early-1990s while CF-NAU donated the wing after the purchase in 2008 (as depicted above), but I doubt the date 2008 for 2nd wing replacement as my photo in 2003 (Fairbanks 2003) and another one on in 2002 shows c/n 22600 already in Everts' yard without the port wing.

Tom Singfield also sent the following photos along:
C-46 N1837M by Tom Singfield, june 2016
Photo by Tom Singfield (june 2016). It instills a craving in me to revisit Alaska, but that will have to wait.

Karen wrote: "We are working hard to keep these vintage planes rolling.
It’s hard to think there may be a day where the C-46 is not flying!"

Everts' C-46R N7848B 'Dumbo', by Tom Singfield
Everts' C-46R N7848B (c/n 273). Photo credit: Tom Singfield.
Tom wrote here: "I guess 'Dumbo' is an obvious name for the big 'Charlie'? I like this shot..." I agree!!!

See also my 1st visit including C-46s on my Alaska 1995 and N7848B also on my Anchorage report 2006.

On my Photos by Friends & Guests (43) I documented the trans-atlantic flight of Beech D18S C-FGNR (ex/ Vancouver Air) to Belgium. A pity that in spite of the perfect ferry from West Canada to Europe it has found a last static resting place in a wildlife park not very far from Brussels, since 2015: see my Off-airport Europe for more.

Beech 18 C-FGNR at theme park Pairi Daiza in Belgium

An item publish on My Blog (Q2, May 2017) but I just had to share it here as well...


All Along the Watchtower - WW2 atc towers documented

All Along the Watchtower - WW2 atc towers documented

All Along the Watchtower - WW2 atc towers documented

In 2015 Frans and Theo Barten, professional Dutch photographers, published two photobooks on a wonderful project: dealing with their visits to 52 control towers in the UK, their 'All Along the Control Tower' Volume I provides 218 pages of hi-quality photos and stories how Frans & Theo found them.

The book depicts its history (e.g. open: 1942 - closed: 1946), aircraft based and possible present use.
The structure is most often depicted in two photos plus a satellite image (with coördinates) and, something I really like, crosshairs to find the location on the sat image.

The book contains excellent photographs of 52 remaining control towers at RAF airfields in the UK (and one Luftwaffe tower in the Netherlands), left over after WW2.
Numerous airfields were built from where the RAF and USAAF bombers departed to bomb Germany, strewn all over the British Isles.
The objective of the Barten Bros. is only to show them in the state as they are today in the surrounding landscape, with no military purposes.

Almost all airfields themselves have gone (mostly agricultural today) but many towers (sturdy, austere) still remain. It is wonderful to see vague traces of runways on the sat. images or see hardstands remaining.
Some of the Control Towers are still in use as such (quite rarely, I must add!), often they are in a derelict state, left to its dismal fate or in some use at a farm, some are turned in a museum and some are (oh joy!) renovated to a house people live in! One was turned in a B&B!
Frans & Theo Barten often found their way blocked by barricades of industrial estates and had to proceed on foot along pathways and fences, some people were quite unwelcoming while others invited them in and many a muddy trek had to be made to document the Contol Tower...
The Goshill Tower was even exported and reassembled for Virgina for the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia, USA! The project is documented on the last pages of Volume II.

When I got hold of a Dec.2016 of the (Dutch) photography magazine 'Focus' I found Volume II in a review and immediately set out to order both volumes of 'All along the Control Tower'.
And I am glad to share Theo's news that they will venture out again this year and a Volume III is in the making!

Volume II has 220 pages in full colour, hardcover (ISBN 978-90-817110-4-3) and its dimensions (much the same as Vol.I): 22 x 25 cm.
And again in English, because on the British Isles is where by far the most Control Towers survive.
I applaud their effort!

Chad Dee Morgan published this in the Beech 18 group on Facebook in may 2017:
Beech 18 / C-45 N9539

Chad wrote: "Out of the weeds and onto the ramp. I think they are going to disassemble and haul off .
Not sure where to . Here at Vicksburg's Tallulah Reg'l Airport, Louisiana (KTVR)."
(w/ Martin Aviation?)
Here's an image on in (slightly) better days: (André Wadman, 2010)
Bob Parmerter provided the history:
Hope this isn't her obituary: A-891 / CA-241 - Beech 3NM
RCAF 2362 Taken on strength 6 December 1952. Delivered to storage at No. 25 Air Material Base 06Dec52.
To inactive reserve at RCAF Station Lincoln Park, Alberta 11Jan57.
Workshop reserve at Lincoln Park 06Feb58, to Tactical Air Command same day for use at No. 406 Squadron (Auxiliary) at Saskatoon, Sask. Coded 'XK362' with this unit by 24Oct1958.
Training Command 09Oct58, and then to Air Transport Command 07Apr61.
Converted to Mk. 3NMT by 09Jun59.
No. 401 Squadron (Auxiliary) Montreal, PQ 04Mar64. Training Command 30Jun64, for use by No. 1 Advanced Flying School at CJATC, Rivers Camp, Manitoba.
No. 3 Flying Training School at RCAF Station Portage la Prairie 31Jul64.
No. 6 Repair Depot for inspection on 21Apr1966, back to Portage on 17May66.
Bristol Aerospace, Winnipeg for magnetic particle inspection & spar reinforcement, back to No. 3 FTS on 18May67.
To storage at No. 402 Canadian Forces Technical Storage Detachment at Saskatoon, Sask 01Apr70.
Pending disposal there from 27Aug70.
Crown Assets Disposal Corporation for sale 15Oct70.
Sold to Chris D. Stoltzfus, Coatesville, PA BS 15Oct70 for $6,500 (U.S.). Reg’d 12May72 as D18S N9539.
Special Flight Permit for maintenance 04May73 to 19May73.
CofA 23May73 as 3NM with 4,812 hrs TT. Executive Air Sales Inc, North Jackson, OH BS 09Aug73.
Right ice shield panel & right hand nose skin removed from N7598 A-775 by Executive Air Sales mechanic 02Dec73 & installed to repair ground damage.
Morgan Air Transport Inc/Rayburn D. Morgan, Pensacola, FL reg’d 18May76.
Cargo floor & gross weight increase to 9,360 lbs installed 22Oct76.
Jared K. Reynolds, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (CAR Aug80). Tampa Air Center, Tampa, FL reg’d 20Apr81.
Accident 31Aug81 at Jacksonville, FL: fuel leak inflight cabin fire on final approach... 1 uninjured.
Air taxi cargo flt. Seen with USAF finish with '111897' marks Oct82.
Leon Canady, Starke, FL BS 26Dec84.
Lance Toland, Milner, GA BS 24Jun86. James M. Jones Jr, Epps, LA BS 28Jul86 & still valid Dec09.
Stored Vicksburg, Tullulah Regional Arpt, MS (Sep ’10 - current).

Arnold Begeman advised me of a Noorduyn Norseman for sale on
Noorduyn Norseman CF-DFV for sale

The text on the advert was:
"1942 Noorduyn Norseman
Date Listed: 18-Apr-17
Price : $100,000.00
Address: 2321 Richmond Rd SW, Calgary, AB T2T 5E3, Canada
For sale S/N 42 built in 1942
This aircraft is all there ready for the right enthusiast to bring it back to its former glory. The aircraft is all here but in several pieces. Lots of spare parts found over time. And more to come. Please phone for details.
No reasonable offer refused. lets talk."

I found its history by the c/n mentioned, on (subsection: the aircraft) -
'Msn 42
2469 CF-DFV
Delivered to the RCAF on 07Jan1941 as aircraft No. 2469 and assigned to No. 3 Training Command, Montreal, Quebec. Put in Reserve Storage on 17Dec1942 and then transferred to E.A.C. (No. 31 GRS) on 02March1943.
Sent to Noorduyn Aviation on 16Mar43, after incurring damage in a Category 'C' accident.
After repairs it was transferred to No. 2 Training Command on 11Aug44.
It was involved in a Category 'A' crash on 16Feb45 and subsequently on 02Mar45 reduced to Spares and Produce.

It was reported that the wreckage was "To be sold to Mr. Lamb through War Assets Corporation".
Registered to M & C Aviation Ltd., Prince Albert, Saskatchewan as CF-DFV on 04Jan47.
On 07Oct47 it was registered to Saskatchewan Government Airways, Prince Albert, Sask. and then on 15Jun1950 to Queen Charlotte Airlines of Vancouver, BC.
Re-registered to Pacific Western Airlines in 1956, when they bought out Queen Charlotte Airlines.
Registered to BC Airlines Ltd., Vancouver, BC. on 15Jun59.
Destroyed at Thompson Sound, BC. on 19Mar1964, when a float strut failed on landing. Fatalities reported!

Airframe reported as sold to Taway Air Service and later resold to other parties.
Airframe later reported as sold to a party in Vancouver, Washington.
In January 2004 the fuselage is shown offered for sale by J.W. Duff Aircraft Company, Denver, CO.'

Duff closed its salvage yard in Denver a few years I recall, so someone must have hauled it back to Canada. And now to be resold. It can't have many airmiles on the airframe, counting the crashes and inactivity since 1964!


Further down this page was an update on Cargo North' BT-67 C-FGKL, about a nasty landing; but here's another update of interest!
"The North West Company Inc., based in Winnipeg, announced Friday it has bought Thunder Bay, Ontario-based North Star Air for $31 million."

This was published on

Cargo North - news by

Cargo North a.k.a. North Star Air has a fleet of 3 BT-67s, Basler-converted DC-3's
Cargo North fleet - ATDB april 2017

This link provided the following (abbreviated) information:
'North Star Air Provides Valuable Service To The North - by Scott A. Sumner (no date)'
"There is a very successful new airline in Northwestern Ontario- North Star Air. The three year old company has grown rapidly to now fly 10 aircraft from three bases with a staff of around 60 people!
North Star Air is owned by Frank Kelner and began in 2012. The company is currently merging Cargo North, a freight service into North Star Air.
Currently North Star Air operate 5 Pilatus PC 12’s, 3 Baslers ( DC-3T) and 2 Cessna Caravans. For their charter business the focus is on the Pilatus PC 12 but if they have large groups bring in the Basler. The PC 12 and Caravans can hold 9 passengers and the Basler 18 passengers plus cargo. The PC 12 is best for longer distance and the Caravan shorter trips. North Star Air can service Northern Ontario and beyond.
Clarence Heyer, line pilot on the DC-3T (and also does some pilot testing for Transport Canada): "The DC-3T is a great machine for the north. It has the big cargo door and we can even haul generators if needed. We have a winch to move the cargo around in the aircraft.
Our maintenance and offices are here in Thunder Bay but the aircraft is usually not here but based in Pickle Lake and Red lake. Most of our travel is in NW Ontario."
Both Pickle Lake and Red Lake are the end of the road system so the freight goes there and then has to be flown north to the northern communities. The freight can include fuel for generators, groceries and building supplies. There are some ice roads available but it depends on the year. Groceries must be flown in. It is a very vital service for the north.
"Frank Kelner has a great reputation with 35 years working with these communities. There is a element of trust. We have two days a week flying in perishable supplies and the rest of the time fuel and freight."

I wonder if Frank Kelner had something to do with FNT at Gimli, Manitoba; it served the same markets I think.
See my Gimli report!

Another way of going 'off airport' for propliners is visiting, as it were, on their watery graves...
I was checking up on my Bahamas submerged DC-3's as a result of seeing bits of the film 'Into the Blue' on telly again recently.
One thing led to another, including a 2012 update for the C-46 wreck that ditched in 1979 off the coast of San Andros... I managed to locate it on Google Earth, so read on.

Bahamas and other watery graves for propliners,dc3

Bahamas and other watery graves for propliners
Screendump 01May2017

Bahamas and other watery graves for propliners

No doubt these planes will get visitors, but I doubt if it will ever lead to facts about their identities.
Check out my theories HERE...

DC-3 submerged for 'film 'Into the Blue' at the Bahamas

DC-3 submerged for 'film 'Into the Blue' at the Bahamas

DC-3 submerged for 'film 'Into the Blue' at the Bahamas


Josh Ridder took this photo in 2012, it's Curtiss C-46 Commando N10624, here since 1979!
C-46 in the water, on the reef, at San Andros (2012 - by Josh Ridder)
Details of the crashed C-46 N10624 by Aviation Safety Network (ASN):
Date: Friday 28 September 1979
Aircraft type: Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator: Miami Air Lease
Registration: N10624 - C/n / msn: 30271 - First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location: off San Andros ( Bahamas)
Phase: Unknown - Nature: Unknown
Departure airport: ? - Destination airport: ?
Narrative: Ditched.
Note from the webmaster: illegal drugs trafficking suspected, which led to the ditching and lack of flight details.
I found it on Google Earth, coördinates 25°10'45.65"N - 78°11'40.31"W and marked it as 'C-46 N10624 ditched at San Andros.'

C-46 at San Andros
From the website (and who may provide transport to the location!):

C-46 ditched at San Andros - Bahamas

Dave Powers shared this wonderful memory when he read the above:
"I saw the photo of that C-46 - in the water off the coast of Andros Island, in the Bahamas - and it brought back a memory.
Back in the 1980s, I was flying Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King helicopters in the U.S. Navy, based in Jacksonville, Florida. Three or four times a year we would fly down to Andros to work in the AUTEC weapons range - chasing submarines and dropping practice torpedoes.
We used to fly from NAS Jax down to Fort Lauderdale to refuel, then a quick hop across the water to Andros. Since we still had plenty of fuel on board we used to quickly test all of our sensor systems over the water, then simply fly around the island sight seeing.
I have seen that old Commando dozens of times - plus dozens of other wrecked airplanes both on land and in the water!
So one day I got the idea to go visit that C-46 - up close...
Since we had a rescue hoist, it would be a simple thing to hover over the wreck and get lowered down on the wing, take a look inside and snap a few photos.
To my surprise, my commanding officer gave us the ok to give it a try.
When we got out to the wreck, and began our approach to a hover it soon became clear that we would have to abort the attempt...
Not clear in the photo you posted is the fact that the airframe is now sort of a seabird sanctuary - it is all covered with a lot of seagull poop!
Not exactly something you want to kick up with rotorwash, nor something I wanted to walk around on.
So we flew back to base and drank beer, instead."

I have a special interest in vintage aircraft which survive 'off-airport' such as the one below at a restaurant but here's another one, and again in Wichita,KS
N80323 of-airport in Wichita

Ralph Lacomba published this photo on Facebook's Beech 18 Group in april 2017; he wrote: "Saw this caged Beech 18 in downtown Wichita.
Bob Parmerter was quick to provide its history:
"It’s the first USAF post-war remanufactured Model 18, C-45G, 51-11444 c/n AF-1.
Beech took the 1944 T-7C 43-33420 c/n 5753 and replaced everything except the outer wings and tail components (if they were serviceable after reconditioning).
From the D18S civil line they took new fuselage, center section, landinggear, cowls, nacelles, interior and cockpit. Added surplus reconditioned R-985 engines & new Aeroproducts feathering props.
Completed 30Apr51 and formally accepted the first week of May51, but subsequent C-45G production did not continue until Apr52.
Surplus USAF auction sale on 17Sep57 for US$6,733.33; to a series of at least 19 (!) civil owners reg’d as N7205C & rereg'd 04Mar58 as N80323(2nd time this registration was issued).
Put on display at the Yard Store (owned by Bachus & Son) between Third- & Central Street in Wichita, KS July 2009."

Then Rick Harris replied: "SEMO owned it when it was N80323 early-1970s."
Bob again: " You’re right Rick, Semo Avn Inc, Malden, MO bought it 25Jun71.
Accident 17Sep71 Nashville Metro,TN: emergency landing after in-flight fire (aluminum fuel line failed) in wheel well on air taxi cargo flt; 1 uninjured.
Sold it to Southeastern Airways Corp, Double Springs,AL (29Nov74)."

Recently I started a new gallery when I started scanning my collection of B&W negatives. A slow process but with many rewards. When I added a photo of IL-18 SP-LSD, of 1981, I found it converted as a restaurant.
Below is a screendump (28Apr2017) of Google Earth, showing at least the aircraft as still there; not sure if the restaurant is still open... Updates welcomed! EMAIL
IL-18 as a restaurant in Poland; still active?


The sighting of this IL-18 and below Beech 18 made me stop and think: how many vintage 'propliners' and bushplanes have found a place of honour at a restaurant and hotel??? You'll find many listed on my website.
And I started compiling a list, inviting comments and additions!

C-97s (2x) at San Cugat nr Barcelona,Spain @discotheque/restaurant - broken up
Breguet 763 'F-BACC' restaurant at Fontenay-Tresigny, France - location current, Off-airport Europe
Vickers Viscount D-ANAB @the Silbervogel Restaurant in Hannover, Germany –current (website)
IL-14 Restaurant 'Runway 34' Zurich - current as per 2011:
IL-18 SP-LSD converted as a restaurant, near Koscielec as restaurant 'odLOT' – location seems current
IL-18 HA-MOI restaurant near Abda, Hungary - repositioned in 2011, Off-airport Europe
IL-18 OK-WAJ, converted to restaurant at R10 motorway,near Bakov nad Jizerou - june 2014
IL-18 OK-PAG restaurant 'PEGAS' but no photos on later than 1991 - expect not current
Vickers Viking G-AGRW @McDonalds in Schwechat, Vienna, Austria – relocated to Flugplatz Bad Vöslau & current
An-2’s HA-MDR & HA-MDK & HA-MHU at different McDonald's restaurant in Budapest (Hungary) – status?
Il-18 DDR-STD in use as a hotel @Teuge, the Netherlands – moved 2017 (Photos by Friends & Guests 50)
DC-3 Norrtälje Hotel Roslagen ‘224049’ – status: current, as per dedicated Facebook page
ex RAF & Italian Air Force C-45 (c/n 8118), on poles outside the restaurant 'Zi Pieti' in Rome, Italy (suburb Vermicino); USAF markings 'VN-01' - no such restaurant on Google & no plane on poles @Vermicino thru Google Earth
Convair CV440 mm61833 31-1 - ex/ ItalianAF CV440 as a pizza restaurant @Fiumicino,Rome -Ristoaereo, current

Convair N314H in Sheffield,OH - current - see Off-airport N.America
Beech 18 (Super 18 fuselage) at hangar One Steakhouse, Wichita,KS – recent sighting, see below
C-97 53-0283 in Colorado Springs,CO ex/ Solo’Restaurant, now‘The Airplane Restaurant’ - current, my webpage
C-97 N227AR at Don Q Cafe and Inn @Dodgeville,WI - still there by recent account; Off-airport N.America
L. Constellation N9412H at a restaurant in West Milford, NJ (airport)
The C-45 & C-47 at Proud Bird Restaurant at LAX airport - resp DC-3 N19915 (2015), Beech C18S N81GB (2013). And the Proud Bird Restaurant aerial in 2014 - the restaurant is located underneath the final approach path to LAX runway 25L.
Convair T-29 near a hot dog stand in Tulare, Calfornia - status?
In 2003 a photo showed D18S XB-POB on pedestal in San Antonio near Buck’s BBQ - no longer visible on GE (2016)
N68619 UC-45J ( 1997-2000) @Congo Jack’s Restaurant at the Reserve Hotel (renamed the Baja Beach Cafe and the Fiesta Hotel in 2001), Henderson, NV - Not visible on GE, adress thru Facebook, 777 W Lake Mead Pkwy,Henderson

RC-3 SeaBee CF-HPK at Dick’s & Durty Nellie’s Bar & Grill, Sioux Lookout,Ontario

Latin America
CL-44 HC-AZH 'Club Mayday' in Cuenca, Ecuador - current (Off-airport Latin-America)
C-123 El Avion 54-0663 at/near Costa Verde Resort, Costa Rica – probably current
YS-11 P4-YSA on Curacao, been a bar/restaurant – closed/ derelict
YS-11 PJ-WIK on Curacao, Restaurant Air Lekkerbek – late-2019 reported to become dive object
YS-11 PP-CTI c/n 2080. Restaurant 'Pizzaria Aviao', Brazil – 2011 sighting: 'Churrascaria Aviao'
I seem to recall a restaurant with a DC-3 & Convair on San Juan, near Borinquen..?

Asia & Far East
C-45 (c/n A-72), currently (2016) at the Mayfair Hotel & Restaurant, Bhubaneswar, India - Off-airport Asia
C-47 AP-AAF at Shangri-La Resort, Skardu, Pakistan – status?
An-24 XU-335 at a guesthouse in Sihanoukville, Cambodia – status?
Argosy ZK-SAE preserved at a bar/restaurant at Blenheim-Woodbourne,New Zealand – status?
Bristol 170 Freighter NZ5906 been converted into a 2-room accommodation @Woodlyn Park, Otorohanga, NZ – status?
McDonalds DC-3, ZK-CAW, location near the lakeside at Taupo, New Zealand
DC-3 ZK-APK at a coffee stop somewhere New Zealand I believe

The DC-6 Diner & Cafe at Coventry airport is still open and fully functioning if I check their website and Facebook:
DC-6 Diner & Cafe at Coventry and Facebook

Luis Drummond posted the top photo on his Facebook wall and promoted the Hangar One Steakhouse near Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Must visit one day!
I would welcome more details, such as c/n and N-number in its 'past life'...
Bob Parmerter added (may 2017): "Super 18 fuselage, 5925 West Kellogg Drive in Wichita (no identity)."

Beech 'Amelia' at Hangar One Steakhouse (Wichita)
A Twin Beech 'Amelia' at Hangar One Steakhouse (Wichita)

The website of this restaurant has a link to El Avion (Ex/ USAF C-123) in Costa Rica's Costa Verde.
What is that all about ???

So could this be a tribute to Amelia Earhart? But she flew a Lockheed 10. Or just someone's daughter?

Paul J. Hooper published this photo on Classic-Propliners forum on 25Apr2017, in response to a 'what happened to N144GT' item on Photos by Friends & Guests (48)...
Convair N144GT

Paul wrote: "Just came across this photo of N144GT taken at New Tamiami on 23Feb1993. Not much sign of damage to the fin although the presence of the gantry would probably indicate that it was being worked on."
That date 1993 is relevant because sometime afterwards it was suddenly gone: repaired and flown out? For illegal use, like a thief in the night..?
Latest sighting seems to be 1995, and some record of being scrapped in 1997. But efforts to repair it seem contradictory to scrapping (which no one has witnessed)?

Ralph Pettersen ( shared with me his report of a visit to BAHF at Floyd Bennett Field, NY:

BAHF C-97 N117GA nearing its post restoration first flight
BAHF C-97 N117GA (c/n 16749) is nearing its post restoration first flight, exciting news!

BAHF C-97 N117GA nearing its post restoration first flight
Crew of C-97 N117GA; Berge, Tim, Frank and Glen.

BAHF C-97 N117GA nearing its post restoration first flight
In 2009 (my report) I visited Floyd Bennett Field for BAHF and am glad this project is nearing completion!

Ralph wrote:
"Last Tuesday (March 21st), while on a short visit to NYC, I made a spur of the moment visit to Floyd Bennett Field where I hoped to be able to photograph BAHF C-97G N117GA.
I wasn’t sure that I would even be able to get close enough to the airplane for a photo but, as luck would have it, BAHF president Tim Chopp and three BAHF volunteers were working on the aircraft!
I first met Tim during a visit to Floyd Bennett back in March 2008, when I was gathering material for an article on the organization.
Tim opened up the airplane and allowed me to photograph it inside and out: she's absolutely gorgeous!!
The aircraft is airworthy and has a valid airworthiness certificate.
The only thing holding up the flight to nearby Miller Field in Toms River, New Jersey is resolution of some crew certification/currency issues with the FAA.
Once this issue is resolved, the C-97G will take to the air for the first time since May 2002, when it arrived at Floyd Bennett Field.
Many thanks to Tim, Glen, Frank and Berge for their hospitality."

My page Photos by Friends & Guests #52 has a June 2017 photo of N117GA, grounded due faulty no.3 engine. On that same page you'll find it going airborne in November for Reading,PA!

I find I should more often look at Twitter for passing aviation news:
BT-67 C-FKGL crashlanded at Pickle Lake (2017)
C-FKGL (c/n / msn: 19066)
(ASN) Date: 17-MAR-2017 Time: ca 12:20 Type: Basler BT-67 Turbo 67 (DC-3T) Owner/operator: North Star Air

"A North Star Air DC-3C Turbine aircraft, registration C-FKGL operated by Private Air as Flight BF-102 to Big Trout Lake Airport (CYTL) in Ontario, suffered a mishap during takeoff on Pickle Lake near Pickle Lake Airport, Ontario, Canada.
The aircraft came to rest on it's fuselage in snow, sustaining substantial damage, and the three crew onboard were not injured.
North Star is known to operate BT-67's C-FKAL, C-FKGL, and C-FKKB."

Further up 'north' on this page is an update on Cargo North !

I recently came across a bit of disturbing (but not unexpected) news that the Short Belfast (c/n 1819, named 'Hector') since many years inactive and parked at Cairns (Queensland, Australia) will soon be scrapped.
Belfast 'Hector' at Cairns to be scrapped
Article from the Cairns Post, by Grace Mason (20Sep2016)
I found no reference of 'Flying Tiger Oversize Cargo' actually having operated as a business..?

The current (Sep.2016) situation of this Shorts SC.5 Belfast (a.k.a. 'Belslow') is described in the article as "It is unregistered, uncertified and unairworthy, according to CASA spokesman Peter Gibson."
Then I read "The Short SC-5 Belfast C1, XR365, [ G-HLFT, RP-C8020 ] at Cairns, Australia, is to be scrapped starting Tuesday 28Feb2017." But then "Apparently 'Hector' was still very much in one piece at Cairns on Friday the 3th of March 2017."

This is from an older post (2013) on forum
"After being retired from TAC HeavyLift service, several were parked at Southend Airport for a number of years, until one aircraft was refurbished and flown to Australia in 2003.
This aircraft is no longer flying; it was often visible parked on the General Aviation side of Cairns International Airport in Queensland, in company with one or two of the company's Boeing 727s.
Now registered RP-C8020, it was moved back over to the general aviation (western) side of the Cairns airport on 19Aug2011, after spending the best part of a year sitting on the Cairns Int'l apron where it had been moved prior to the scrapping of the remaining company Boeing 727 (RP-C8016) at the end of September 2010."

This is a telling memory of 'Hector': "She would often depart YBBN (2003-2006 roughly) at around 6-7am; and I lived in Bridgeman Downs at the time, just inside SFC-FLXXX airspace, and at times I wondered if this beast departed in CTA.
I have seen overloaded tiger moths, well furl and two fat fokkers, climb at better rates!
Noisy too.
But in a way I miss it" (posted by Jaberwocky on PPRuNe)

From my (RL) own files on c/n SH.1819:
G-HLFT HeavyLift Cargo Airlines; pic'd SPL jul95.
Operational during oct/nov01.
HeavyLift Cargo Airlines csd ops 13Sep02; G-HLFT bt Lionair Cargo in partnership with Ozzie group, to be repainted @ PIK and ferried to UAE. Bt Transpacific Pty Ltd, who lsd it to Lionair Cargo Ltd (wholly owned subsidiary of Lionair Holdings plc). Ferry to UAE aprox Nov02.
Bt Air South Pacific to be operated in Pacific Rim (Australia) pending 'paperwork'.
Ln @PIK 03Feb03.
Reg'd 21Jan03 Transpacific (Pty) Ltd, Mascot NSW. Ln 02Apr03 PIK. Phoned Jeff (owner; his son Ken in charge of the Australian enterprise) still @PIK, working on her, in/at Polar Air Cargo hangar. Departed 17Sep03 arvd Malta, next route ?, destination probly Australia.
Jeff Leach, dir maintce Polar (@PIK): rereg 9L-LDQ, HeavyLift Cargo Services (a.k.a. Transpacific Pty Ltd), Heavylift-name bt from bankruptcy; based BNE (also 727s). Arvd BNE (base) 20Sep03. Ln 2Jan04 BNE.

After a charter to Europe & maint'ce at PIK, ret to BNE, ln 10Nov04.
Pic'd 05 Nov05 @Cairns.

Large article in Propliner magazine 108/06. Rereg'd RP-C8020 for HeavyLift ..Jan07. Ln 22Jan07 @CNS. PPRuNe May09: rr to One Sky Inc., which is owned by HeavyLift; crew is Brian Porter & Dave Duffy (pilots), Alan Rash is FE/LM/GE & Mike McKeever is GE who is allowed to sign off.

For sale @Cairns and reported airworthy 'as off Jan2010'.
Pic in Propliner mag 128/dec11, std @Cairns w/ titles crudely painted over.
Ln ..Jun12 std CNS (since 2010) all white, no reg.
Ln ..May13 @CNS a/w -t/t -reg (Photos by Friend & Guests-37, by P. Koopman).
Same 09Feb17, image on

From (online database) I got (dated 17Apr2017)-
'HeavyLift Cargo Airlines alias TransPacific Heavylift, IATA: HN / ICAO: HVY, Formed 2003 as Heavy-Lift Cargo by Paddy McKay using aircraft leased from HeavyLift Cargo Sierra Leone; listed on EU ban list 22Mar06, 05Mar07, 11Apr08). Formed UAE-based Heavylift International by mid-2004."
The latter is still current according the same source, based in Bahrain, AOC was received January 2005, having operating a mixed fleet of 747-200F (1), 737-300F (2), Airbus A300B(F) (1), DC-8-60 (3) and two CRJ 900s - but it seems that this Bahrain-based Heavylift Int'l no longer operates its own aircraft.

I came across this list on a forum (, by Bager1968), which may be interesting to add here:
There were only 10 of these built - here are their names and fates:
Samson - RAF Serial XR362 (used registration G-ASKE for overseas test flight), sold as G-BEPE then scrapped
Goliath - RAF Serial XR363, sold as G-OHCA then scrapped
Pallas - RAF Serial XR364, sold as scrap to Rolls-Royce who recovered the Tyne engines
Hector - RAF XR365, sold as G-HLFT then as 9L-LDQ operating w/ HeavyLift Cargo Airlines, now RP-C8020
Atlas - RAF Serial XR366, sold to RR for engines
Heracles - RAF Serial XR367 - sold as G-BFYU then scrapped
Theseus - RAF XR368, sold as G-BEPS then in storage at Southend Airport - Began being broken up 22Oct08
Spartacus - RAF Serial XR369, sold as G-BEPL then scrapped
Ajax - RAF Serial XR370, sold to RR for engines
Enceladus - RAF Serial XR371, preserved as an exhibit at RAF Museum Cosford

Photos shared on Facebook early Nov.2019 shows it is still in one piece, all white and going nowhere!

From my gallery SOLVED/UNSOLVED; help to identify the identities of mystery planes:


C-45 unidentidied at Needles,CA by Axel Klegien

In april 2017 Axel 'flyingaxel' Klegien posted this photo on Facebook's Beech 18/C45/AT11/SNB group. Since his posting on Flickr in 2014 it had defied identification. So I have reposted it here with hopes someone will at some point deliver the truth!

Bob Parmerter could not identify it, but responded on that Facebook request a reply with some helpful data:
"Both the location and the Braniff sticker on the right side sounded familiar but checking my files - no trace.
All I can do is narrow down the model a little: it is a WWII production aircraft (as seen by the landing gear & short over wing nacelle).
Ex USAAF C-45A, C-45B, C-45F or AT-7, and after civil certification = C18S."

Early april 2017 Ken wrote me: "I photographed the CV580 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on the weekend."

Convair CV580 C-GRSC c/n 72 at Canada Aviation and Space Museum (01-02Apr2017)
More on C-GRSC on Ken Swartz's gallery on my website HERE...

Bob Cameron added information and photos to the crash of RCAF KJ936 on Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North
DC-3 KJ936 crash site; provided by Bob Cameron
More photos and information on this crash follow that link above.

Gordon Tatro, MSgt USAF(ret.), sent me again a few photos from the days he worked as a USAF ground engineer in Thailand.
His story is detailed on Photos by Friends & Guests (48), including several photos he sent then.

C-121 and marshaller in revetment; by Gordon Tatro
Lockheed C-121 and marshaller preparing departure from its parking in the revetment.
Notice the guy approaching the maingear to remove the wheel chocks.

Gordon copied what was written on the back of the photos and added some comments:
'The Marshaller is giving the signal to the pilot and the ground crew to remove chocks from the front and rear of the wheels (the Marshaller is usually the crew chief—each plane has its own maintenance crew chief and an assistant crew chief).
Directly behind the crew chief's left outstretched arm is a B4 maintenance stand, under the left wing of the adjacent Connie is an AC unit; notice the B4 stands around #2 engine and that the cowling is opened.
There is an odd issue here in above photo: there is only one ground crew member removing chocks from the left wheel truck assembly. There should be another person removing the right gear chocks!
The crew chief will keep his arms outstretched (indicating to the pilot to keep his brakes set) until the gear is free of the chocks and personnel.
Notice to the far right of the crew chief the MD3 electrical power unit parked at the end of the adjacent revetment. Both the AC Unit and the MD3 electrical power unit have self-propelled drives.'


C-121 and marshaller in revetment; by Gordon Tatro
Signal all ok to taxi out, the nosewheel turning

From the back of the photo with added comments:
'The crew chief will have raised his outstretched arms straight up (looked up and down the taxi path for vehicles, making sure it is clear) and then motioned to the pilot to release brakes and move forward by moving his arms towards his head and past his ears (and repeating this), until the nose gear is at a turning point (typically painted lines on the pavement…if they are not too faded...or difficult to see in the hard rainy season and at night launches!).

He then would drop his right arm straight out to his right side while he walks to the INSDIE of the turning radius of (in this case) the left wing while watching the wing tip and revetment.
Dropping his right arm (pointing) tells the pilot (really) two things: brake that wheel and turn the nose gear steering that direction.
These Connie’s were jerky, at the start of their movement (the ‘off blocks’ time, which is recorded by the flight engineer in the cockpit) and made all kinds of squeaking metal on metal sounds from the wheel disk brakes.
Of course the 3350s are popping and coughing and sputtering (nice sound, even better at the run-up and ‘last chance’ walk-around at the beginning of the runway).

Now also notice the other ground crew member at the rightwing tip: why he has his hands on his head I do not know! He should be standing nearly at parade rest, motionless, as the emergency stop signal is hands above head crossing in an 'X' pattern repeating rapidly, trying to get the crew chief attention).'


C-121 and marshaller in revetment; by Gordon Tatro
On its way for another mission from Korat RTAFB, Thailand

'Notice the maintenance vehicle to the far left of the photo (and the wheeled fire bottle at the front of the
vehicle: used/available during engine start). This is typical and it (or one van/vehicle like it) will usually follow the aircraft out to the beginning of the runway, with the last-chance walk-around ground crew members.
After engine run-up to full power, the pilot will signal them to have them walk around the aircraft looking for leaks or any obvious problems.
Head-sets (and eye goggles) are a must at 'last chance' and also, I believe, that the crew chief in the other pictures can just barely be seen wearing ear protection -‘mickey mouse’- ears.

One of the things I did a lot of was marshalling when the crew chiefs were unavailable. I also instructed new assistant crew chiefs, quizzing them on hand signals and various situations to get them ready for their own Connie.
I also towed aircraft (I have other APRs -reviews- that state such qualifications).'

Upon its return the aircraft will need routine maintenance again; these Wright Cyclone engines look like a hell of a job!

Gordon wrote pertaining to below photograph:
"All the individual parts of the Wright R-3350 are there: the PRTs and magnetos and the 18 cylinders/jugs two rows of 9 jugs each.
All radial engines, no matter the type, have an odd number of jugs.
Perhaps at a later date I can put this engine into MS Paint and label the parts. Hey, that would be fun! Later…"
"The Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone was one of the most powerful radial aircraft engines produced in the United States.
It was a twin-row, supercharged, air-cooled, radial engine with 18 cylinders.
Power ranged from 2,200 to over 3,700 hp (1,640 to 2,760 kW), depending on the model.
Developed before World War II, the R-3350's design required a long time to mature before finally being used to power the Boeing B-29 Superfortress.
After the war, the engine had matured sufficiently to become a major civilian airliner design, notably in its Turbo-Compound forms."


C-121 engine open for maintenance; by Gordon Tatro
Below, from:
Wright R-3350

Gordon wrote while sending me these photo: "This is a launch from the airplanes I worked on at Korat Thailand during 1969-1970.
The Lockheed EC-121R Constellation would fly orbits over Laos, Cambodia, and North and South Vietnam.
They had about 8 sensor operators (flight crew) who would listen to transmitters dropped into the jungle; when they picked up an indication of troop movements (Ho Chi Minh Trail) they would vector in F-4 Phantom jets and blow the area up! And then we would drop more transmitters and on it went."

Operation Igloo White was a covert United States joint military electronic warfare operation conducted from late January 1968 until February 1973, during the Vietnam War.
These missions were carried out by the 553d Reconnaissance Wing, a U.S. Air Force unit flying modified EC-121R Warning Star aircraft, and VO-67, a specialized U.S. Navy unit flying highly modified OP-2E Neptune aircraft.
This state-of-the-art operation utilized electronic sensors, computers, and communications relay aircraft in an attempt to automate intelligence collection.
The system would then assist in the direction of strike aircraft to their targets. The objective of those attacks was the logistical system of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) that snaked through southeastern Laos and was known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail (the Truong Son Road to the North Vietnamese). [Wikipedia]

The Ho Chí Minh trail was a logistical system that ran from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) to the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) through the neighboring kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia.
The system provided support, in the form of manpower and materiel, to the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (called the Vietcong or 'VC' by its opponents) and the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), or North Vietnamese Army, during the Vietnam War. [Wikipedia]

Arnold Begeman promised me some photos of C-GIZU, parked at Red Deer, and he came through, added a few other pics.

C-GIZU at Red Deer
L.188 C-GIZU c/n 1204 at Red Deer for Buffalo Airways
See also my page about a Revisit to Red Deer 2019.

Buffalo and Air Spray at Red Deer
A good time of the year to find both 'future projects' as well as operational air tankers at home.

Photos taken April 11, 2017 @ Red Deer airport.

Red Deer visited by Arnold Begeman
Work to be done

Late-1990s I started tracking L.188CF c/n 2014 (Mfd 1960). Here are some of my notes: 'EI-CHY. tored at East Midlands 25Jul98, ex/Hunting Cargo (defunct). Bought (G-FIZU) Atlantic Airlines, ferried Coventry 15sep98; rr G-FIZU 23dec98, operational 07Jan1999.
Leased by Channel Express 22mar99 from Atlantic Airlines for 6 months. At Coventry-CVT in C-check 04May02. Pic'd 09Oct06 at Cork, operational.
Oper'l & with Channel Express mid-Feb08. Current May 2010: one of two remaining active.
Left CVT for Canada 01Feb11 (cannot become C-FIZU as is CL415), probably for Conair (most likely spares only).
Reported @ Abbotsford 20Mar11.
Ln 16Jul12 still std @Abbotsford, G- not yet canx, not rr C- either. Owned by local tec college iso Conair?
Ln 07aug15 @Abbotsford.
R01Sep16 C-GIZU for Buffalo A/w.
GIZU was ferried Abbotsford to Red Deer in the fall of 2016.'
I have the previous identities for C/n 2014: PH-LLG N857U SE-IZU G-FIZU EI-CHY G-FIZU
PH-LLG would be KLM, from that time stems the different prop blades I believe; it is supposedly the only L.188 left with the rounded Hamilton Standard props!

Early history of PH-LLG
From: PH-LLG.htm

Ken Swartz recently toured the US Deep South and came across two PV-2 Harpoons sitting at Abbeville's Chris Crusta Airport in Louisiana.

Lockheed PV-2s at Abbeville
PV-2 Harpoon N6857C at Abbeville Airport

These PV-2's Ken found at Abbeville,LA are a bit rare on the internet I found; finally, through I concluded them to be N6857C (15-1216) and N6853C (15-1125).
Their history is described in detail on 'Propliners, warbirds and bushplanes by Ken Swartz'.

Today, april 8th, I have added another 10 images on the vintage airplanes Bill Hill / Richard Nash gallery. Here is one, but follow the link for the other 9!

Globemaster I HP385, by Bill Hill
Douglas C-74 Globemaster I HP385 (c/n 13915; ex/ USAF 42-65404), untitled but probably reg'd to Aeronaves de Panama. Named 'Heracles', a name which was later also used on another C-74 (HP-367).
In 1963 this very rare aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Marseilles, France. More details on the link above.

For the limited civilian use of these humongous aircraft, I can recommend reading Flying Cowboys by Tad Houlihan!


Bret Poden sent Phil Brooks these pics, taken by his Win10 phone, forwarded it to me including what Bret and wrote: "Looks good in the sunshine. This is the aircraft preserved about 200 yards from my hotel in Victory Park in central Minsk. It is a Lusinov LI-2, which were DC3s built under licence by the Soviets. I'm sure it's the first time I've ever seen one."
Pity the pics are small in size.

Li-2 in Minsk, belarus; by B. Poden
In my database and online I found it referred to as 'Li-2, 56 Blue; preserved at
Borovaya, Museum of Aircraft.' The number 33444309 would be its construction number.
Wikipedia has a 2016 photo as "Lisunov Li-2 56 33444309 Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum in Minsk"
A May 1990 photo on Abpic has it refererred to as '22 Yellow', also at Great Patriotic War Museum, plus
the note "Was later painted 56 Blue, and in February 2009 moved to Borovaya (UMMB) airport."
When I checked Google Maps during this update I noticed a 'Museum of Aviation Technology' at the
airfield, but could not make out this single Li-2 (there is a row of airplanes on display).

It seems Terry Fletcher located it: "..try 53 55 01.86 N 27 32 13.31 E "
Screendumps from Google Earth (24Apr2017)
Li-2 preserved at Minsk; 56 Blue

Noticed this one posted on the facebook Beech18/C45/AT11/SNB Group and its history came along as well; since it is either for sale or just sold I thought I'd add it here.
Beech 18 N16U
Photo by Mark Buchner, taken at Sun 'n Fun nrar Lakeland,FL 05Apr2017

Its history:BA-394 E18S N5660D Beech Aircraft Corp, Wichita KS: CofA issued 16.12.58
N16U (2 Pure Oil Co, Chicago IL 63/64
Union Oil Co of California, Palatine IL 66/70
Don J. Wangalin, Palatine IL 71/72
SMB Stage Line Inc, Des Moines IA 74/81
Universal Aircraft Sales & Leasing Inc, Detroit MI .81
Gussic Ventures Inc, Unalakleet AK 7.89/94
Hageland Aviation Services, Anchorage AK 12.7.94/99
Beech Transportation, Eden Prairie MN 11.10.99/00
Navair Inc, Eden Prairie MN 7.2.00/06
Chart Air Inc, Fort Lauderdale FL 7.6.10/15 ....!!!!

It had 2 different data plates,
N16U noted Flying Cloud 29.7.06 under maintenance: plate BA-394 built 12.58,
another plate: converted to 9799AUW 26.3.59; [both posts by Joe Fraley]
Second plate means modified to an All Up Weight of 9700 lbs (not 9799), which usually goes with 3-blade props.
[Jean-Louis Bleneau]

I noticed that on FlightAware a CoA was recently, 20Mar2017, issued on N16U for Southern Cross Aviation (probably based in Georgia? Or is it still for sale? EMAIL)

Bob Cameron shared some of the restoration projects he is working on in Whitehorse, Canada.

Salvaging; photo courtesy Bob Cameron
The project starts with salvaging...

Photo courtesy Bob Cameron
Various stages of rebuilding the 1937 Custom WACO CF-BDZ

Photo courtesy Bob Cameron
Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Photo courtesy Bob Cameron
Hopefully CF-BDZ will be rebuilt to its former glory!

Bob Cameron wrote in Feb.2017:
"Writing you while on a break from my daily work on the restoration of our 1928 Fairchild FC-2W2 (CF-BXF) and 1937 Custom Waco (CF-BDZ); some images included.
A note about these photos.
The first 8 years or so (working simultaneously on both) were done in my shop here at home, in Whitehorse.
However, the last 5 years have been done in the shop at the Yukon Transportation Museum, so my wife can park her car in the garage again during the winter months!
I am on my own, as far as spear heading these two restorations is concerned, but I have managed to draft a couple of non-aviation volunteers who wanted to do the woodwork (wing construction) under my supervision, so that was a big leg-up for me.
And Martin Mars pilot Peter Killin has been doing the fabric work, leaving the painting to me. I have done all of the wood and metal work on both fuselages myself."

Robert 'Bob' Cameron is the author of 'Yukon Wings':
"Thorough, authoritative, and filled with over 700 superb previously unpublished photographs, Yukon Wings is an illustrated history of the birth and development of the aviation industry in the Yukon.
An astonishing book of ingenuity, courage and determination, by engineer, researcher and pilot: Robert Cameron.
Yukon Wings is the extraordinary story of aviation in the Yukon and Canada’s far north, from its earliest beginnings with primitive wood and canvas biplanes to the sophistication of the modern jet age."
From- but also available on (e.g.)
Yukon Transportation Museum - website:

Bob Cameron in the news, in 2015:Bob Cameron on CBC news, 2015

Meanwhile, Bob has found another project to sink his teeth in! He wrote me in April 2017:
"As mentioned earlier in our conversation on your Abandoned Wrecks of the North, here is one that shared that fate (for 62 years), but abandoned no more after our 2014 retrieval!
It was abandoned on a barren mountain side 400 miles north of Whitehorse and had been lying there since 1952 - definitely the oldest helicopter in the Yukon.
I am going to restore it to static display condition, to sit in our Yukon Transportation Museum along with our Waco and Fairchild.
I am on my way to Texas in a few days to gather up some unserviceable parts (including blades, tailboom and the rubber floats) to make it more complete."
Photo courtesy Bob Cameron

Ken Swartz wrote me and sent this photo of Canso C-FPQK, taken early 03Apr 2017 at Montreal-St. Hubért:
"Canso C-FPQK is being dismantled at RCAF base at St Hubert, by same guy who dismantled & moved the Vickers Viscount to Laval, btw."

Canso C-FPQK by Ken Swartz april 2017
C-FPQK is being disassembled for transport south, to the USA, for the Collings Foundation.
More on its history can be read on my page USA-Canada 2009, which was regularly updated.

More vintage aviation photos by Kenneth 'Ken' Swartz HERE...

On Facebook a video was posted, dated 28Mar2017, with the remark: "Today the Lone Star Flight Museum started our DC-3 for the first time in several years!
The rh-engine had an electrical glitsch, but the left hand R1830 engine did come to life and produced some beautiful round-engine music." (Posted by Stewart Bailey)
I say well done!!! well done!

DC-3-227B NC25673 (c/n 2213)
DC-3-227B NC25673 (c/n 2213)

DC-3-227B NC25673 (c/n 2213)
Douglas DC-3 N25673 is one smart looking vintage airliner!

I came across this smart looking DC-3 during my Texas trip, in particular to the Lone Star Museum (at Galveston then).

Gordon Tatro sent me this vintage photo, of his working days in the U.S. Airforce.
USAF C-47 under maintenenance; by Gordon Tatro
Douglas C-47A-30-DK 43-48073 (c/n 25334/13889)

Gordon wrote with this photo: "This picture is of C-47 0-48073 (I am pretty sure anyway!).
I could read on the data under the pilots window '073' in those rather blurry letters and numbers.
My photo album has '073' written in it next to where this picture came from. Next to it (in the album) is another C-47 #908 and it states "TDY from Rhien Main to Ramstein". There is no date, unfortunately; so I do not know for sure where this attached pic was taken nor do I know the date. But 1971 or '72 is a good and fair guess."

On Photos by Friends & Guests (48) are more photos of C-47A 0-48073 as well as personal memories by Gordon a.o.
on his career in the U.S. Airforce, working on C-47s.

Graham Robson toured the US So'west in march 2017 and shared a number of photos of his trip; one was this
Douglas DC-7B N4889C at Chandler's Gila-River 'airfield' in a distressing state..
DC-7B N4889C at Chandler; photo by Graham Robson
In 2008 I had seen this 'Seven' in a much better state (see USA 2008 @Chandler), but then there was a guard around.

Here is a photo sent by Stanley Wanlass, who wrote: "I took this photo of Grumman Goose N640 in 1963 while working for the BLM in Alaska; it was taken at Spenard Field in Anchorage."
Stanley sent me a 2nd photo of N640 but it was too poor in quality to reproduce; it was taken on Engineer Lake, on the Kenai Peninsula that same year.

Grumman Goose N640 at Spenard Field in Anchorage

N640 features on several of my pages, detailing the BLM, aerial firefighting and personal memories:
Page 12 - Photos by Friends and Guests
Page 33 - Photos by Friends and Guests
Page 41 - Photos by Friends and Guests
Alaska Propliners by Paul Weston

Over the years I have grown quite fond of the 'mini DC-3': the Beech 18 or Twin Beech.
I noticed a restoration project passing, probably will take years, so to expose it for our memories I inquired further and thus the information was compiled.
Another Beech 18 saved for restoration
Zac Smith posted with these photos: "Headed home all loaded."
Whem prompted for more information, he replied: "Moving from Cali, California to Fergus Falls, Minnesota
to be restored, so it may fly again." "It's Bjørn Ringdahl's plane."

Bob Parmerter provided the full history from his files-
"Beech c/n 8281-
F-2B 44-87022 USAAF delivered Brownsville 02Apr45.
Departed US 16Apr45 for Caribbean Air Command, Air Base Sqdn, Albrook Fld, Canal Zone & still there 30Apr47.
To San Jose, CA 1Jul48.
Stored for reclamation at Hill AFB Oct54.
Sold by Disposal Agent Hill AFB BS 12Oct56 for $7,111 as C-45F N8031H to Ball-Ralson Flying Svc, Hillsboro, OR.
M J M Inc, Seattle, WA BS 26Apr57.
Hamer Corp, Roseburg, OR BS 18Mar59.

Modified to civil C18S (retained the camera belly hatch & 2 oblique rear side camera windows) 23Apr59.
CofA 29Sep59 & first logbook entry that date.
Rereg’d N218HC 21Oct59.
D18S type landinggear installed at some point.
Byerly Avn Inc, Peoria, IL BS 17Jan65. Door off approved for skydiving.
Jack Wilson dba Wilson Air Svc, Glenallen, AK BS 7Apr66. Ferry permit to AK 06Apr67.
Pete W. Knudsen & Robert A. Paulson, Anchorage, AK BS 18Jun69.
Canadian Aerocon spar strap installed.
De-reg'd 28Sep71, failure to submit annual report.
Ferry permit Alaska to Hayward, CA 14Dec75.
James Teegarden, BS 15Nov76.
Rolland R. LaPelle, Walnut Creek, CA BS 15Nov76.
CofR 17Feb77.

Under restoration at Livermore, CA Aug04 with 5,500 hrs TT.
CofR reissued 28Jan09.
For sale on Ebay 06Aug12 by LaPelle at Livermore, CA. Has a little over 6,000 hrs TT.
Bjorn K. Ringdahl, Fergus Falls, MN reg’d 27Dec12 & expired 31Dec15.
Photographed on trailer at Van Nuys, CA for transport to Minnesota 10Mar17."

"Early photo as N8031H via Collect Air Photos:"
Beech 18 N8031H, via Bob Parmerter (FB)
"Quite rare as it’s a 1945, ex USAAF F-2B (photo recon ship - note the rear fuselage camera port),
44-87022 (c/n 8281) that served in the Panama Canal Zone during the war."

The WWII-vintage Curtiss C-46 Commando has become quite rare in this world, and the rarest of them all is this one: a passenger C-46!
C-46 for sale on Bolivia!

This is Curtis C-46D-10-CU c/n 32941, ex USAF 44-77545 and later rereg'd N32227.
It came to Bolivia and operated for Frigorifica Santa Rita. Since at least 2002 it has been with Lineas Aereas Canedo, they tried to operate it for a while but couldn't generate the business for it.
I noticed it for sale in 2007 for US$ 600.000,- and saved the specs asper website:
Specs (2007) C-46 CP-973
I know attempts were made to bring it to the USA but no deal was made. Perhaps, since the price obviously went down and global economy is on the up there may yet be a flying future for this bird...

Michael Prophet visited Cochabamba in 2010 and actually was a passenger on a flight with CP-973!
His report:


Michael Prophet wrote me soon after I posted this...
'Noticed your update on CP-973; did you know this aircracft has WW2 history..?!
Michael quoted from
"Dec. 1944 - Constructed as a C-46A-10-CU by Curtiss at Buffalo, NY, USA. Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-77545.
Circa 1945 - Transferred to 313th Troop Carrier Group, Achiet, France.
1945 - Took part in Operation Varsity - dropping paratroops of the 17th Airborne Division near Wesel in Germany east of the Rhine".


George Macadie contributed this excellent photograph (sent 20Mar17) of KLM ConvairLiner PH-CGD, c/n 104
CV340 PH-CGD by George Macadie
Convair CV340 PH-CGD (c/n 99) with KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines.
Beautiful times when one could get so close to travelling family or friends and to get a picture in!
George sent me this fine image in relation to a Rolf Larsson image shared on Photos by Friends & Guests (48) and shared again below (with abbreviated text). I found George Macadie's photograph worthy of opening a new page
for Photos by Friends & Guests ... number 49! Onwards and upwards!

Convair PH-CGD Martinair, by Rolf Larsson
Martin's Air Charter (MAC) Convair CV440 PH-CGD, leased to Linjeflyg.
The name 'Pieter Brueghel' stems from KLM use, as one can see on the photo above.
Rolf wrote on this occasion: "In 1965 Linjeflyg leased CV340/440 PH-CGD, which was delivered on 31Dec1964
and leased until April 1965. It was a replacement for SE-CCK, which was tragically lost on 20Nov1964 (ASN report).
We flew it in basic Martin's Air Charter (MAC) colours, but with LIN on the tail!"



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