The 2006 book DC-3, the First Seventy Years, published by Air-Britain which is an authority on vintage aviation, has the following on this DC-3 (which I copied from an email by Ian Macdonald):
c/n 14193/25638 was R4D-6 Bu17263 which crashed near Toledo airport 23rd January 1949, there being no further reports of this aircraft.
c/n 20806 43-16340 delivered 31st July 1944 - China via Miami 16th August 1944 - CNAC 100 (?) - renumbered XT-20 (?) February 1948 - N8350C C.L. Chennault and W. Willaur registered December 1949 - c/n given as 4193 by FAA - this is probably a line number which leads to this aircraft - N37800 Grand Central Aircraft 27th May 1953 - Johnson & Johnson 22nd October 1953 - N800J re-registered N8009 S.A. Tampos and G. Nash (Viewmaster windows) 22nd June 1959 - S.A. Tampos, Nashua NH July 1969 - Tiburzi Tours Inc April 1971 - Club Passport Inc, Pompano Beach FL May 1971 - Air Nashua Corp, Nashua NH (1975) - International Shoe Machine Corp, Nasgua NH registered 6th July 1978 - Victoria Forest & Scout LLC, San Francisco CA 23rd January 1996 - N877MG registered 24th January 1996, at Hayward CA September 2001, for sale October 2005.
Jerry Vernon compiled this in June 2007:
Through 'Spotter Tim's Photostream' (Flickr.com) I got the following message:
In response to 'Spotter Tim's photo, Jim Peden replied:
Dirk Septer sent me images (EXIF data July 05th 2010) taken Campbell River, BC showing N877MG with a 'normal nose'.. See Photos by Friends & Guests (26). In May 2011 he sent a photo of the serial plate, attached to the co-pilot's seat, stating the serial to be 4193.. I assume this was recently made and a fake one, not a Douglas original!
And I caught up on it, while visiting Dirk Septer, at Campbell River,B.C. on 14Sep10 - awaiting overhaul during winter 2010/2011 by Sealand Aviation. See HERE..
Ian made me aware of a video on YouTube, providing a complete tour through this executive aeroplane.
Then Kent Wien wrote me, in April 2007:
"I just finished a trip with my Dad in N877MG. My dad flew DC-3's for Wien Alaska Airways in 1950 through 1957.
My grandfather was Noel Wien, so it was only natural that my dad and uncle would fly for Wien until a corporate raider came in and liquidated the airline in 1984.
He and I delivered this airplane from Plattsburgh, NY to Paine Field in Seattle. It will eventually be restored.
I wrote about each of the 5 days it took us to ferry N877MG, on my website www.kentwien.com (click on 'trips')
And I put up a bunch of videos from the trip: www.youtube.com/profile?user=fly4fun"
An update dated 29Mar2010, published on the DC-3 Yahoo forum:
"This DC-3 has been at Victoria,B.C. for the last 3 years. It was to have been restored to Pan American livery, but it appears the finances have run out.
The long nose has been replaced by a standard one and the engines overhauled, but now N877MG simply resides as an 'attraction' outside the restaurant.
Sad really, so if anyone is in the market for a (semi-) airworthy DC-3..?"
As it turned out I visited Campbell River Airport on 14Sep2010 and found N877MG awaiting maintenance by Sealand Aviation there. My report shows photos of the interior, cockpit and the modifications done on the nose: Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island 2010 and Visit to Sealand Aviation, Campbell River Sep.2010
|In August 2006 I received following email:
"On the first anniversary of my honeymoon (a six-week automobile drive through the eastern states to New York from Memphis) we boarded a DC3 at the Memphis airport at 7 pm on August 18, 1941.
Dinner was served shortly and, at about 7 pm, our berths were prepared for our bedding down.
Through the night we refueled at various airports. I seem to remember that we flew at about 8500 feet and at a maximum speed of 250 mph; we stopped frequently (Nashville, Knoxville, Ashville, etc) for refueling.
We were awakened at six the next morning (Philadelphia?) where breakfast was taken on; then, an hour later, we landed at Newark (?).
When one experiences riding in the cattle cars of today, it make us long for the time when we were dressed to the nines with hat, gloves and high heels. What elegance; oh, would those times come again!"