This Douglas DC-6B, or what is left of it, survives in a disco in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. |
Christian Amado allowed me the use of this photo here, for a larger photo go to Airliners.net.
HI-474CT (cn 43529) is Ex TRADO/Trans Dominican Airways and was transferred from Santo Domingo in 1994 and has been put in the limelight in Disco DC6 in the Hotel Iberostar Dominicana (Punta Cana).
This Fairchild C-123 Provider has found a home in Costa Rica, at hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica.
'In August 2000, the hotel purchased the abandoned Fairchild for $3,000. They then disassembled and shipped the pieces of the Iran-Contra relic to Quepos.
There is some doubt whether this hotel or resort actually has/owns the planes... Phil Brooks wrote in april 2017: "El AVion is not located at a hotel. There IS a hotel in the same town (Quepos) with a 727 though! My wife and I ate there a couple times during our stay there about 9 years ago. Good airplane, good and views!"
See their website for bookings: www.costaverde.com
Apparently a US regsitration was assigned at some point see this link:
Mark Griffith published this in March 2018 on Facebook:
Photo © Jesus Vazquez Basilio - click on photo for a link to larger size image on MyAviation.net. Published with permission. |
Caption: XPT-1-06 This airplane this located in the park Tangamanga I of San Luis Potosi
Alfonso Flores wrote (apr.2006): "This airplane was impounded in early 1980s near San Luis Potosi, it transported contraband. Then
it was donated to Tangamanga Park. Unfortunately I can´t identify it because no c/n reference is available and the cockpit area its closed; possibly the plate may survived remain there.".
See also my page Plane Mysteries in Mexico, which has this DC-3 in two other liveries!
Like Terry Fletcher wrote me in March 2018:
|In Scramble magazine #479 (april 2019) I read about a Douglas C-47 preserved as 'ETM-6043' at Zona Militar A near Monterrey (location). This was a new sighting. Suggested was it may have come from another spot at this huge military area, at 25.857057 N 100.263753 W. The latter was last visible on Google Earth in Sep.2015 - while the new sighting was not yet visible on my Google Earth in May 2019.
There is however video footage on www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUB72yk8kjc which provided this screendump:
'ETM-6043' (the original ETM-6043 was c/n 4598) Fuerza Aerea Mexicana
An identity check would be most welcome! EMAIL
Roy Blewett wrote me in july 2019: "Google Earth imagery, but there is a DC-3 visible, level with the end of r/w 02 at MMMY. That first appears in images dated August 16, so the disappearance of the DC-3 from deeper in the
base a year or so earlier would seem to suggest they are one and the same.
Interesting the aircraft has a radar nose, like 'XA-REH' at Pachuca."
"Co-ordinates are 22.214.171.124 N 126.96.36.199 W. It's obscured from the road by a wall and trees."
Mark Miller shared this photo on Facebook ('General Aviation junkyard') in May 2019:
This is the history of msn 22199, courtesy ATDB.aero
A few more details of its location:
Michael Prophet supplied this photo of a NAMC YS-11 (published with permission), taken in Aug.2004 |
Michael wrote: "P4-YSA (c/n 2131) can be found on the island of Curacao, on the other side of the island from where the airport is, at Super Club Breezes, restaurant/bar (road: Koraalspechtweg) and it may look different now (with an exotic coat of paint)."
Arjen Burgart sent me a photo taken in June 2010, which shows a bit of paint and titles added. See Photos by Friends and Guests (25).
Stef Slavujevic sent me this image in July 2011 (no date to the photo though):
Paul Koopman took these photos on 06Sep14:
Matthew Anderson sent this photo, made by his friend Janet (2009):
Rolf Keller brought me up to date with these images. The exif data shows the date as 27Jan2015.
"Welcome to Philipsburg, St.Maarten"
Another image, dated 23Feb15, was sent to me by Phil Brooks (also reporting the establishment appeared closed). See Photos by Friends & Guests (42)
Dirk Septer wrote in March 2015: "the fuselage has been repainted at least twice since 2007; it is open and that on several occasions I've had some of the best Bami Goreng, Krupuk and the works there. And yes, they also serve Heineken!"
In Oct.2016 Dirk sent me another update:
Update Nov.2019: It was reported late-2019 at the seaport of Philipsburg, destined to become a diving object out in the sea. [Scramble magazine, #486, Nov.2019]
Alex Huber shared these images on Facebook (Beech 18/C45/AT11/SNB) and I snatched it for my Off-airport gallery.
PZ-TAR (Beech G18S) from the Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij equipped with JATO (Jet Assisted Take Off) rockets crashed at Kabalebo (SMKA) in June 1965. Fortunately there were no fatalities; the pilot was J. den Besten.
In Jan.2019 I came across another addition for my Off-Airport gallery...
It flew in its better days for Transoceanica de Aviacion Colombia and is ex/ N2079G.
It is also featured in this video: www.youtube.com
Fred Streep shared these images with me, after a visit on 21Dec2019.
This was shared on Facebook, by Alejandro Rosa, on 06May2019
No mention here of the identity of this Douglas C-54A (DC-4), but www.oldprops.ukhome.net/DC4 Census
has it as HK-136 (c/n 10407). My files show it as ex/ NC88929, at least since 2008 on display in this theme park.
The full text of the post:
"This C-54 Skymaster is placed in an amusement park called Parque Jaime Duque in the northern outskirts of Bogota, Colombia (4°56'52.15"N 73°57'43.87"W). No, it isn't in India! The park has different themed areas including rides and representations of world monuments and was created by Jaime Duque, a famous national civilian pilot with the Colombian airline Avianca who pioneered long-haul international routes from our country. He has since died and is currently handled by a trust he left for its management (informally he is known as the Colombian Walt Disney)."
"In the photo you can see this aircraft which honors the one that in 1956 transported the delegation of Colombian athletes to the Melbourne Olympics, in total a 61 hour flight including 7 stops! The aircraft would come to be known as "The Olympic". The real aircraft was scrapped some time in the 1980s."
Alexandre Avrane (of ATDB.aero, aviation online database) pointed me to the existence of a DC-6 preserved in Valledupar, Colombia. He wrote: "C-118A N44916 was abandoned at Valledupar in 1990 after a failed drug run. Moved downtown and painted to a singer colours; unfortunately the rear fuselage was burnt out recently."
| In the May 2017 edition of Scramble magazine #456) I read that HK-3349 had moved from Villavicencio (where it had been stored from
around 2004 -ex/ VIARCO Colombia- to around 2014) to Tiuma Park near Meta.
Its adress as noted on Facebook is: km 15, Vía Puerto Lopez, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia.
In Nov.2018 I came across this image on Facebook
In Dec.2018 2 videos appeared on Facebook showing the DC-3 put in place!
Updated a page compiled in 2005 (!), regarding a preserved DC-6 (HP-641) in Cali, Colombia; Searchfor
Michael Prophet photographed this B-25J Mitchell bomber in March 2006 and provided the following information: FAB542, static display since 1983, ex Fuerza Aerea Boliviano; parked on Plaza Cap W Arce, Cochabamba,Bolivia. Photos © Michael S. Prophet.
Darren Clarke wrote me in May 2021: "Thought I'd drop you a photo from 2003 for your off airport thread - it's
a bit out of date now, but it is the first time DC-3 CP-572 (the 12th production aircraft!) reappears after being
wfu in 1977 and most likely scrapped."
Darren found part of the upper rear fuselage being used as a porch over the entrance path for the house on the
left of the photo in Reyes, north-east of Rurrenabaque in Bolivia. Who knows if it's still there? EMAIL
This Douglas C-49E (DC-3), CP-572 c/n 1549, was involved in a mid-air collision with a B-17, on 05Sep1955 - ASN 'Mid-air collision at FL90 between a LAB Boeing B-17 (CP-597) and a DC-3 (CP-572). The B-17 crashed; the
DC-3 made an emergency landing at Trinidad.' And was repaired.
See a photo of CP-572 in active service on Ron Mak's gallery, page #3 in 1973.
From Air-Britain's 'The First Seventy Years'.
A Jan.2019 addition for the Off-Airport Latin America gallery, a DC-3 in Brazil !
Ulrich F. Hoppe
sent me this, he wrote: "Please find the latest pictures of C-47 ex HC-ALD, which I
On my Q&A-page I have an item on DC-3s stored at Fortaleza, Brazil at one time. This post by Ulrich 'Uli' Hoppe
A.Avrane of ATDB (online database) offered the following info:
Vito Alexandre Cedrini took it from here: "This is a true DC-3, to be exact a DC-3-277C (c/n 2248), note
the right hand door!
Charlie Pyles shed a different light on the above DC-3 once being NC15592:
Seems it was rebuild after all (at time of accident there wasn't yet a susplus of DC-3 airliners); this email exchange was done on Air-Britain's ABIX forum:
According to the CAB accident report, the wreck was indeed moved to American's
Thank you for completing the circle. Do not need the accident report; and,
as Petur noted previously c/n 2248 served with American for a further eight
Vito Cedrini sent some images of PT-BFU from his archives, see Photos by Friends & Guests (25)
PT-BFU came up on my Q&A-page, in Feb.2016, when looking for identities of DC-3 remaining at Forteleza; PT-BFU at on time was such a resident, but was obviously dismissed as per the above. I copy some of the information as it includes a fairly recent sighting:
| Photos of C-47A PP-YPU at Canarana,Brasil; courtesy Jones Cesar Dalazen.
For information see my page Photos by Friends & Guests, page 12
This image by André Bonacin was published on www.panoramio.com, which links images to locations on Google Earth.
Details of this photo are listed as Cine Avião JK (Vickers Viscount 701 - PP-SRJ, c/n 15) - Araçariguama, SP, Brasil.
| Klaus Hoppe sent me this photo of airliner-turned-restaurant:
NAMC YS-11 PP-CTI c/n 2080. In use as a restaurant. Ex/ Cruzeiro aircraft.
Klaus wrote me the following in March 2011:
I found the following informationon Airliners.net
Stefano Spagiola wrote: "It's at a rest stop on the highway between the towns of Camboriu and Florianopolis, in the state of Santa Catarina (closer to Camboriu). Unfortunately, I didn't have time to stop, but it looked intact and in reasonable condition."
In May 2017 I started a quest for planes near restaurants and/or hotels, to update the Off-airport section. This Canadair CL-44 took me a little to find but is a worthy candidate!
Bristol-Canadair CC-106 Yukon HC-AZH, s/n 106932 CAF, c/n 13 (CC-106)