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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 would like to share them on this page.
Photos already online (personal websites, airliners.net, jetphotos.net, etc) are not meant to be included here.

Pierre Victor sent me these images in August 2008, taken that month at Kenora,Ontario.
C-GYKO
Quite an artist impression!
C-FTBX
Beech D18S C-FTBX (c/n A479)
C-FTBX cockpit
Cockpit of C-FTBX
Pierre also wrote: I was interested in John Hume's report about the 2 Beech 18 in Winnipeg, close to the 17 wing 'entrance base.
I was also there and take some pictures, under the mobile shelter too (another Beech 18?!).
In the background of CF-PJD I noticed a fuselage andafter looking closely (when reviewing the images on my screen): a Bristol Blenheim Bolinbroke ...... I guess?
CF-PJD and...
Beech 18 CF-PJD and behind it...?
Bolingbroke at Winnipeg
Bristol Blenheim / Bolingbroke (General information...)

The webmaster made a visit to Brandon,Manitoba in 2007; I found a lot of Bolingbrokes there...
I think this could be Bristol 149 IVT Bolingbroke 9869 (Source: Aviation Museums and Colections of North America, by Bob Ogden)

Gary published this photo, and some others, of DC-3 'Tooie' in the WIX Forum Sep.2008.
He wrote: "Thought Iíd share some photos of a DC-3 that has been recovered from Tennessee.
She is N2312G and according to the FAA, the serial is 33216. This DCĖ3 came from one of Dave Tallichetís Specialty Restaurants in Tennessee. She is now located in Thomaston, Georgia where she will be made airworthy and flown to the new owner in the Mid-West." Tooie
An article from the local newspaper (The Tennessean) when it left KBNA:

"WWII plane embarks on new mission Former restaurant attraction will fly rescue operations"

 

 

By NATALIA MIELCZAREK . Staff Writer . July 13, 2008

When Charlie Walker looks at Tooie, a 1945 C-47 World War II plane with chipped paint, broken windows and loose wires dangling everywhere, he sees beauty. He calls it a "she" and admires "her" nose and 65-foot body as if Tooie were a person.
Walker, an Indianapolis jeweler, spent Saturday with a handful of men taking the plane apart next door to Nashville International Airport and loading it onto a 16-wheel trailer. After it's restored and meets FAA requirements, Walker will use it on rescue missions for his nonprofit Indiana Air Search and Rescue.
"She's a diamond in the rough, ready to be polished," he said. "This is history of America right here and deserves to be taken care of. We're a group of people that care about the history of our country and we also want to help others." Tooie on transport
Tooie, which weighs about 18,000 pounds, may look familiar to some. The plane served as an attraction at Nashville's 101st Airborne Restaurant for years until it closed a couple of years ago. Walker said the local airport authority donated Tooie to him. It will 'help save lives'
From making phone calls to assembling the volunteers who donated their time and equipment, it has taken Walker five months to make Saturday happen. The plane will be transported to Thomaston, Ga., to Mark McSwiggan's shop, a homecoming of sorts.
McSwiggan's family used to run a freight plane charter business. They bought Tooie 30 years ago from the FAA when the model was phased out, he said. McSwiggan's father then sold it to the Nashville restaurant for display.
Now, the plane will return to the family for at least a two-year makeover job.
"I'm tickled to do it again, it's kind of a cycle," said McSwiggan, who was in charge of the Saturday project.
"Structure-wise, it's great. I found just a few areas of corrosion. This project will take a lot of money and patience. There's nothing hard about it, just working with big things."
The plane's engines will be replaced, as will the wiring and other equipment. When Tooie is fixed, it may be worth some $200,000, he said.
"But it's not about the money for us," Walker said. "It will fly like a new plane and will actually help save lives again."

I came across 'Tooie' myself, at that restaurant, in 2001: My Visit to the Deep South 2001

Jürgen Scherbarth sent me an update on "Tooie" in march 2009:
This former Nashville C-47 N2312G "Tooie" still lies untouched in the grass. Plans are to rebuild one 'new' airframe from N2312G and the former Cleveland-Lakefront resident N236GB, which was recently acquired by the Indiana Air Search & Rescue Inc."

Phil Brooks wrote me in May 2013: "DC-3 'Tooie' seen on a trailer at Franklin Flying Field, Indiana (3FK) on Saturday May 25th; what's the plan?" See for photo my page Photos by Others, Page 37.

Gordon Reid sent me this photo in Sep.2008; Gordon is a faithful contributor to Propliner magazine for many, may years.
N156JR at Alice,TX
N156JR c/n 200 at Alice,TX


Gordon seems to travel always on 'warp-speed'.. He wrote: "I was in the US from July 17 until August 13 2008, mainly to spend time at Oshkosh. However, I also did some touring, looking for Propliners.. So I thought you might be interested in a listing of airfields I visited where I noted a Propliner!
LAX DC-3 x 2 : Chino Convair x 2, DC-3 x 3, C-46 x 2 : Goodyear/AZ DC-7C : Glendale DC-3, Mesa DC-3 x 3, DC-4 x 5 : Roswell/NM Convair x 6 : Midland/TX C-46 Fort Worth/Meacham Convair x 2 : Denton S/DC-3 : Gainesville DC-3 x 4, Convair x 3, Carvair : Paris Martin 404 : Mena/AR : DC-3TP x 5 : Rantoul/KS DC-3, DC-4 x 3, Convair : Rockford/IL DC-3 x 2 : Oshkosh/WI DC-3 x 11, DC-3TP : Oshkosh/Basler DC-3 x 17, S/DC-3, BT-67 x 4, Convair : Bloomington/IL DC-3 : St Louis Parks DC-3, Convair x 2 : Jackson/MS DC-3 x 3 : Houston/Hobby DC-3 : Victoria/TX DC-6, Martin 404 : Alice/TX Convair : Brownsville Viscount : Laredo DC-3, Convair x 2, YS-11 x 4 : Hondo/TX DC-3 : Fredricksburg DC-3 : El Paso Convair x 7 : Santa Teresa/NM DC-3, S/DC-3, DC-6B : Pima/Davis Monthan Convair x 17 S/DC-3, DC-3 x 2, DC-7B : Marana Regional DC-4 x 4, C-121 x 2 : Eloy DC-3 : Casa Grande DC-3 : March AFB : DC-3, Convair, DC-4 : Chino DC-3 : Orange County DC-3 : Long Beach DC-3 : Santa Monica DC-3 : Van Nuys DC-3."
Good to see so many still survive!!

Gordon also wrote:B-17 nosegunnerposition
"It is a long way to drive from Los Angeles to Oshkosh for an airshow, however there were a lot of great 'supporting acts' along the way and I never felt at anytime that I was pushing it.
Best seat in the house was a shot I took in the Collings Foundation B-17G N93012 as we cruised at 1,000 feet over southern Wisconsin!"

I have never been to the famous Reno National Championship Air Races myself, hope to go there one day, meanwhile I have to do with this Tigercat shot (Sep.2008) sent to me by Jim Babcock:
Tigercat
Named "Big Bossman" Mike Brown's F7F-3P (Bu No. 80503) is the photo-recon version of the aircraft. Obtained from the Lonestar Flight Museum in 2002, the fighter's military history included stints at MCAS Cherry Point, Miramar, and El Toro with VMD-954. Sold surplus, the Tigercat's history is picked up in 1989, where R. Waltrip registered her as N800RW after a ground-up restoration.
When Mike Brown bought the plane, it was flown to his Ione, California hangar where it is still based. "Big Bossman" is now one of five flyable Tigercats in the world, and the first to ever race at the National Championship Air Races, "the world's fastest motor sport", held every September in Reno, Nevada, as race number 1. [www.sandersaircraft.com] The Grumman F7F Tigercat was the first twin-engined fighter aircraft design to enter service with the United States Navy. Designed for the new Midway-class aircraft carriers, the aircraft were too large to operate from earlier decks. Although delivered to United States Marine Corps (USMC) combat units before the end of World War II, the Tigercat did not see combat service in that war. Most F7Fs ended up in land-based service, as attack aircraft or night fighters; only the later F7F-4N was certified for carrier service. They saw service in the Korean War and were withdrawn from service in 1954. [Wikipedia...]

The Reno Air Races take place each September at the Reno Stead Airport a few miles north of Reno, Nevada, USA. Air racing is billed as 'the world's fastest motor sport' and Reno is one of the few remaining venues. Begun in 1964, the Reno Air Races feature multi-lap, multi-aircraft races between extremely high performance aircraft on closed ovoid courses which range between about 3 miles (Biplanes and Formula One) and about 8 miles (Jet, Unlimited) in length per lap. [Wikipedia...]

Nigel Aylmer sent me these images and I have added his comments:
N4770 "Last Friday (22Aug08) I drove up to Lawrenceville,GA and paid a visit to Gwinnett County Airport (KLZU).
This was to take a trip on the EAA's Ford Tri-Motor. Even though the weather was far from its best, we still got to fly in the Tri-Motor much to my surprise and delight!
Parked on the apron was N4770, Handley Page HP137 Jetstream Mk.1 (msn240). It had been towed out of a training school hanger that was being used by the EAA for the Rides etc.
N4770 is registered to Technical Education Services Inc of Virginia Beach; other airframes of theirs are in use here too."

I found on Joe Baugher's website a reference to a US military past... Three Jetstreams had been purchased by US Army: 85-24687 (c/n 224), 85-24688 (c/n 218) and 85-24689 (c/n 240).
85-24689 had originally been registered G-AXRH and after service was registered N4770; at some point it has been registered as N12224 & N11218.

Further googling brought me to www.logbookmag.com, which offered following information:
"Msn 240, HP.137 Mk 1, Line Number 40, First Flight 16 January 1970, Notes: Initially transferred to the International Jetstream Corporation on 6 February 1970, as G-AXRH, before being delivered to the Airspur Corporation on 24 February 1970, and re-registered as N4770. After a period of storage at Edmonton, Canada, it was purchased by the Century Aircraft Corporation on 27 June 1975. The airframe was converted to Century III specifications during January 1979, and then leased the following month to Air Illinois. It was purchased on 4 May 1980, by Dorado Wings. The airframe was repossessed by the Federal Aviation Administration on 15 March 1980, withdrawn from use and placed in storage at Daytona Beach, Florida. It was then sold to the Hawkeye Institute of Technology in May 1987."

Nigel continued his report: N94589

N94589 "On the way back (22Aug08) to Savannah, I decided to go the backway and call in at Covington,GA (K9A1).
I had seen pictures of a DC-3 here in 2006 on Airliners.net and Google Earth.
And indeed, luck was on my side: DC-3C N74589 msn9926 is still here!
But maybe not for long, because while talking with the FBO guy, I was informed that it had been abandoned and that the FBO as of 06AUG08 Dixie Jet Services Inc., had become the owner...
They are in the process of selling it to a Museum in Belgium, which maybe completed this week, so the FBO guy said. He also said they had just got the engines back and they were in their hanger.
So time will tell if this is true or not.
And another obvious question would be: which museum?"
Unfortunately, the deals seems to have fallen thru, as in August 2009 it hadn't been ferried out and looked a little worse for wear... Pity! Who's next?

More of Nigel's photos can be found on Vintage Jet Airliners, photos by Friends & Guests

In july 2010 it arrived at Oshkosh, possibly for turbo refurbishment; read a report by Timo de Vries on my Photos by Friends and Guests (27).

UPDATE: N74589 was restored and in full D-Day invasion colours participated in the 70th anniversary at Cherbourg, France in June 2014.

N121KT Geurt van den Berg sent me this image, taken during travels through parts of Canada and Alaska in 2008.
This dehavilland DHC-2 Beaver has c/n 1407 and was delivered by deHavilland to the US Army in 1959 with serial 58-2074.
It found a home in Alaska, with various owners, since 1992.
One of these owners was Rustair of Anchorage, but presently it is operated by K2 Aviation and is photographed here at its homebase Talkeetna,AK.
Rustair owns or has a large share in K2 Aviation.
More on this DHC-2 Beaver on DHC-2.com

On guard Josh Zollo sent me this image, of him at work at Chico Air Attack Base (or CAAB) which is a CAL FIRE Air Base, also Station 49.
He wrote: "..our little base is sandwiched between two Aero Union hangers. We do have our own road access.
When Aero Union P3's are in Chico, they have to come to us for retardant loads."
I had visited Chico & Aero Union in May 2008, but had not gone over to the Air Attack Base.

Jason Pineau's photography
Jason Pineau ('jspitfire') has his homebase at Yellowknife,NWT and he shows his images on Flickr.com.
See MORE..

Which one is this? Stephen Cos sent me this in Aug.2008, with the question:
"Here is a picture of a nose section sitting on a trailer in Cleveland,Ohio...
I was wondering if you have any knowledge of this nose? I do have a picture of the company where it was sitting but would need to find it (if it would help).
The facility was a transport company located very close to KCLE airport."
Steve Cos
Newmarket, Ontario

EMAIL


Antti Hyvärinen responded with the following:
"I remember seeing that DC-4 nose for sale on Ebay, maybe about 1-2 years ago. Attached are a couple of pics I saved. I seem to remember the tail was sold separately. It might have been somewhere in Arizona..."

Ralph Pettersen (of ConnieSurvivors.com) reacted promptly with 2 photos and comment;
"I believe I photographed this same aircraft at the small general aviation airport in Los Banos, CA in September 1990..". See my age dedicated to this mystery..


See also other Propliner Mysteries..

I received an interesting request from Pekka Kauppi of Finland. He has purchased of what remained of DC-6 N90MA (c/n 43128), scrapped at Chandler Memorial (AZ) except for the cockpit...
But someone has taken the door and Pekka is looking for a replacement.
N90MA
The photo on the right, taken by Ralph Pettersen in 2000, shows N90MA in better days. Click on the image for a link to larger image on A.net

Photos of N90MA on AIRLINERS.Net

 

Cut off at the hinges:
Pekka intends to restore it as a flight simulator in Finland and anyone who has a lead to a DC-6 door is welcomed to email me so I can forward it...

In May 2008 I was myself at Chandler Gila River Memorial Airport, to see a remnant of stored propliners, see here MY REPORT.

A photo of the cockpit arriving in Finland can be seen on my PAGE 17

C-FCUE John Olafson sent me this image of Buffalo's C-FCUE, a Douglas C-47A c/n 12983. C-FCUE was bought in 1992 and remained for a long time in its red/white livery, named 'Mel Bryan'.
Evidently, it has been restored for passenger transport and looks splendid in Buffalo's current livery!
Date of photo © J.Olafson: 19Jun08 (at Red Deer,ALB).

Geurt van den Berg sent me some photos taken earlier this year at Skagway.
Bushhawk
N570BC is a Found FBA-2C1, registered to Paul Swamstrom of Haines,AK on 23jan08.

The Found FBA-2 was a 1960s Canadian four/five-seat cabin monoplane produced by Found Brothers Aviation. The Found FBA-1 prototype first flew on 11 August 1960. It was a high-wing monoplane with a fixed tricycle undercarriage. The production version was to be the Found FBA-2B but the aircraft was produced with a conventional tail-wheel landing gear as the Found FBA-2C. The first production FBA-2C first flew on 9 May 1962.
[Source: Wikipedia]
Skagway airport
Skagway, not an airport you want to make a go-around in low visibilty...
N692AR
DHC-6 Twin Otter N692AR (c/n 692)
of Promech Air

Pierre Victor wrote me in August 2008:
"I made a recent trip in Kenora, Ontario, like you did. I had half an hour flight in Otter CF-CBA.... What a sound!!"
C-GAQJ
C-GAQJ approaching the dock
Cockpit DHC-2
Cockpit of C-GAQJ
CF-CBA
For more photos of floatplanes at Kenora,ONT see my 2007 report

dc3 at ushuaia Peter Heeneman sent me this (Dec.2006) photo of a DC-3 at a remarkable location: Ushuaia! Dubbed the southernmost city on Earth, Ushuaia is the capital of the Argentinean province of Tierra del Fuego.

This is a C-47A of the Argentinian Navy, serial 0172 / 5-T-22 with c/n 9578.

A group of enthusiasts from the local aeroclub "Cabo de Hornos" have taken care of this restoration in recent years. A 2004 photo on AIRLINERS.NET shows progress.

Peter Heeneman display his images at www.aviationphotos.net

informal days
In Augus 2008 Maarten Buma wrote me:
"In 1955 my my Dad emigrated from Eindhoven,Nederland to South Africa, to a town called Sasolburg. My brother, myself and my Mom came in 1956 when I was about 2 years and 6 months old.
It so happened that my Dad was planning to go back to the Netherlands in 1960, but he had to finish some contract. Problems at the company he worked for made him plan to return to Nederland. So we had to go and he was to follow later. After about six months back at Eindhoven, things changed for my Dad, for the better, in South Africa and we had to come back to SA and permanently stayed. We flew to SA with the "Connie", my most famous aircraft.
We flew TREK Airways from Luxemburg to Johannesburg.
I remember we had the three right hand seats in frond of the aircraft. The roar of the 4 fantastic 18 piston radial engines was the most beautiful noise and still gives me shivers if I hear a DC-3 or DC-4 flying over my house in Pretoria.
As far as I can remember we had two refueling stopovers in Africa.
In those early days my parents had often family coming over to visit and I know that my Momís sister came with a similar aircraft, from LUXAIR. The only difference was that the color of this aircraft was blue and white where TREK was red and white.
I always remember when the news was out when it was flown to Warmbath. But this was far from where I grew up. Today I still have some old photos that I took when I worked in Warmbath in 1976 for two months.
The photo shows the Luxair Connie when my Mom's sister arrived; the latter is waving at us from the door of the aircraft.
Maarten.

Kristof Vandermoere sent me these photos, taken on Iceland at the rather remote 'Egill Olafsson Folk museum' in Hnjotur.
One of the 3 aircraft here on display, the DC-6 is rather a mystery; could it be TF-OAA? Read on...

17191 R4D-5
Douglas R4D-5 17191 (c/n 12980); ex USAAF 42-93105.
To storage May 1946. Converted to R4D-8 (C-117D) with new c/n 43379, returned to USN from Douglas December 1952. Retired from service 1973; in 1987 was on display at NAF Keflavik, Iceland. Moved Sept 2002 to Egils Olafssonair Minja-Og Fugminjasafn at Bjargtangar, Iceland. [Source: Joe Baugher]

Photos also at flickr.com/photos/sigurtor and www.flickr.com/photos/7772786@N03/854931107/in/set-72157600911489623/

cockpit
Egill Olafsson Folk museum' te Hnjotur

TF-OAA?
Is this former Iskargo DC-6 TF-OAA?
On the righthand side was written, only partly readable,: Spr....land. Maybe from even before its Iskargo career? Douglas DC-6B TF-OAA (c/n 45060) was reported stored/wfu at Reykjavik in May77. Its registration was cancelled on 05Dec79.

I contacted Tómas Dagur Helgason, who in turn contacted Pétur P. Johnson and he provided the required information:
"The cockpit is from former Iscargo Douglas DC-6B TF-OAA c/n 45060.
This aircraft was bought from Japan Air Lines by Fragflug hf. in 1969 for use on Biafra relief operations, from Dahomey, for the International Red Cross.
It was the last DC-6B, and last propellor aircraft, in service with Japan Air Lines!
It was originally registered in Iceland as TF-FRA, but this was later changed to TF-OAA after the Biafra conflict to facilitate movements for various relief organisations in Western Africa, including Nigeria.
In 1973 Fragtflug was split into two separate companies, Fragtflug and Iscargo, with TF-OAA going to the latter. TF-OAA was withdrawn from use at Reykjavík after being damaged in a fire.
The aircraft was broken up at Reykjavík in 1983 together with DC-6A TF-IUB."
THANKS GUYS!!

Interior
Ex Iskargo?

An-2 RA-50502 Antonov An-2 RA-50502

While I have not been at Hnjotur myself, I did make an extensive Iceland trip, saw many planes, in 2007.

RA-50502 Hnjotur
Cockpit

Otter iin Take off
Geurt van den Berg sent me some photos in July; he shot these during a cruise along the Alaskan coast. He reckoned it was a good way to see floatplanes. I can testify to that, not having been on a cruiseship but I did visit destinations such as Ketchikan and Juneau 2 years previously.
Geurt shot the above photo of DHC-3T N3952B (c/n 225) and I messed it up in Photoshop...
N338AK
N338AK (c/n 262) & N337AK (c/n 418)
N753AK
N753AK (c/n 7)

C-GCZE
John Hume visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton,ONT and scored this image of Beech D18S C-GZCE (c/n A-156) parked outside.
I have fond memories of this museum having been here twice, the last time in 2006, see PHOTOS.

The website OldProps has an extensive Census of the Beech18.

The best book on the Beech 18 has been written by Robert K. Parmerter (sold through the Beechcraft Heritage Museum) and here are some titbits on the production of this little skytruck...
During its 33-year production run, the Beechcraft 18 was produced in the following differerent basic airframe models: 18, A18, B18, C18, D18, E18, G18 and H18. Beech did not place a hyphen between the airframe letter and the number 18.
Found with these different airframe models were a variety of engines, each of which had its own suffix letter:

  • 18A: 350hp Wright R-760-E2
  • 18B: 285hp Jacobs R-830 (L-5)
  • 18C: 525hp Continental R-9A
  • 18D: 330hp Jacobs R-915 (L-6)
  • 18R: 420hp Wright R-975-E2
  • 18S: 450hp Ptratt & Whitney Wasp Jr

  • The engines represented by the suffixes A,B,D and R had powered 27 pre-war production model 18s while 32 D18C's with the Continental R-9A engines were produced post-war. All other civil & military models (8.928 or 99.3 percent) had factory installed P&W Wasp Jr R-985 engines, designated by the suffix 'S'.

    John Hume wrote: "I visited the museum at Winnipeg while on holiday in July (2008).
    After a visit to the museum I went to the Military Air Park and whilst there saw the museum storage compound where two of their Beech 18ís are at present...
    These photos show the current state of CF-AMY (the yellowish one, left) and CF-PJD (the metal one)."
    See also photos by Pierre Victor above
    CF-AMY
    CF-PJD
    Of CF-AMY I know little more than its c/n: A-46, a very early Beech 18. And CF-PJD is A-380.
    Fortunately John had some to add:
    C/n A-46: NC44639 The State of Illinois, 1946 - N44639 The State of Illinois, reregistered N777V -  CF-AMY Atlas Aviation - Western Canada Aviation Museum.
    C/n A-380: NC90515 - N90515 - CF-PJD Hooker Air Services - Western Canada Aviation Museum, 1980.

    An-24 at restaurant at Cambodia
    Willem Overtoom included this shot in his newsletter, which was quoted to me, while travelling in Cambodia in July 2008.


    He wrote (my translation): "I arrived at Sihanoukville, which I had visited 5 years ago too. It still isn't a city but rather a collection guesthouses, small hotels and a beach. There is no evidence of city planning, but there is a harbor, a cluster of streets, buildings.. And a few kilometers from there again some buidings, streets, small business and some governmental buildings. East of there more of the same... There is no city centre... A lot of walking if you don't have a motorcycle at your disposal!
    A few years ago the beach of Victory Hill underwent a sizeable reconstruction and resorts and hotels, even casino's have been built here. Next to the pier a hangar has been built; it isn't large enough for the Antonov 24 it accommodates... It will serve at its last resting place as a decoration
    for a restaurant / nightclub here..."

    I have a seperate section of aircraft located Off-Airport...

    RP-C2639 An-26

    Antonov 26 RP-C2639 Ron Mak returned from the Philippines (July 2008) and wrote me: "I noticed this AN-26 at DMIA-Clark with RP-C2639 registration and 'Batam Logistics' -titles; the next day another name was painted on, 'Interisland'.
    RP-C2639 is c/n c/n 77305509.
    They operate also 2 Yak-40s. One is at Caticlan-Boracay with some damage after an incident during landing (ran off the runway and the nosegear collapsed).

    I think this An-26 will take over the routing to this beautiful island.

    Ron Mak has a dedicated webpage with more of his photos.

    N102SY Ptarmigan Air
    In a short span of time I received both images of N102SY (above) and N103SY (below)...
    Martin Prince wrote me about DHC-2 Beaver N102SY at Bethel: "I biked up to the lake today (04Aug08) and snapped a few shots of the Beavers operated by Ptarmigan Air."
    More photos by Martin Prince Jr can be found on his dedicated pages- PAGE 1 and PAGE 2.

    John Olafson wrote me on 08Aug08: "I went to Kelowna today, to visit STOLairus and see the two Otters they recently acquired. I got to photograph them in their crowded ramp area.
    N103SY (c/n 296) looks like a well used Otter and will soon be re-registered on the Canadian registry."

    Martin Prince Jr sent me images of N103SY at Bethel,AK last year.

    N103SY
    N103SY
    "C-FUKN (456) was last working at Selkirk, Manitoba and has a nice paint scheme recently applied. It will be converted to the Walter turbine. I got the understanding that one of these Otters is to be leased out and the other put up for sale."
    C-FUKN

     

    N801W Douglas sent me this C-119 photo, asking me to help with the identification.
    The tailnumber N801W has been painted on, rather crudely. The photo was made by Steve Robbins at Eloy,AZ on 12Apr1980.
    I hope someone can help me on its construction number and what happened to it.
    close up

    I browsed to 1979 - 1983 (Vol. 1-18) of Propliner magazine, but found no images of this N801W.
    There is no reference of N801W (afaik) in Alwyn T.Lloyd's book about the C-82 packet & C-119 Flying Boxcar; but then the amount of info on the civilian careers of these aircraft is limited.

    Bob Reid offered the following theory:
    "I am wondering if the date on the photo may be incorrect? N801W has always been registered to a Beech 65!
    The aircraft in the accident as shown below was a drug runner and I recall this accident well, as I was working for the State of Arizona as an investigator..
    The C-119  exploded on impact, as it was filled with 55gal barrels full of avgas. There wasn't much left.
    The  N number on the photo taken by Steve may have been fictitious?
    NTSB Identification: LAX79FA059 - 14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
    Event occurred Sunday, July 08, 1979 in CASA GRANDE, AZ
    Aircraft: FAIRCHILD C-119L, registration: N1040E
    Departure point: Chandler,AZ.
    Type of accident: no.1 engine failure during flight cruise, emergency landing, made an intentional wheels up landing off airport in open field, fire broke out after impact.

    Note: no mention of the operator. See also ASN report.
    Fact remains that the date is earlier than the alleged date of photography and quoted tailnumber is different than the N801W roughly painted on.
    Images of N1040E to compare? N1040E was also a Lockheed Learstar, see 1970 photo.

    Whilst on the subject of C-119's, I thought you might enjoy what Jay Carter wrote me:
    "I flew mostly out of Anchorage from 1977 to 1984. In particular, the C-119 Boxcar N9027K was one of the airplanes that got my attention.
    In the summer of 1982 I flew that one along with 5 others that belonged to Jack Gifford's Flying Service.
    Late in the season, I was departing Dillingham at about 3 am for ANC. We used to carry up to 24,000 pounds of fish, but we only had about 18,000 this night. It was September, so it was dark at 3 am now. The 30 inch check on run-up came up just a wee bit short of the 2600 RPM that is supposed to show at 30 mg... But it was close.
    So we let off the brakes and rolled for takeoff. Right about V1, FO Ken Johannssen, calls out that the number two is failing! It still showed positive BMEP, so there was really no choice but to rotate and go...
    Number 2 indeed was working itself backward, so I called for "Throttle, mix, prop, feather, check for feather, check for fire". Checklist complete, started my turn back, and Ken says "yep, she's on fire"... panic!
    We had fire bottles on those. It's also incredibly loud at takeoff in a 119, even with one in feather. It climbed, but not much. Went downwind at about 300 ft. I knew the airport well enough to make a visual turn to a rounded base leg. Rolled onto a short final but couldn't see the runway. There is a river on short final so I knew right where I was but couldn't see the runway. Ken and I spotted it about the same time, and I was not lined up exactly right. Ken says better go around. No way! I skidded it over, called for gear down, was in the flare, nose gear still up, said don't worry about the nosegear Ken we are gonna live, and right as the mains hit, the nose wheel came down and locked!
    Made the first turn off. Praise!
    The Boss was there. He said nice job, but I have one question. I asked what?. He said how come you didn't use the Pilot controlled runway lights here at Dillingham that were installed last year? Dunno boss, I never flew here at night..
    I had made the take off without runway lights before so I wasn't too worried about the TO. But it sure would have helped to land!!
    True story.
    But the best part of my Alaska experience was flying with Merrill Wien in 1977. I see that his son Kent sent some pictures that you used on your website. The Wien Family were the best and most influential Alaskan aviators that I ever had the pleasure of knowing.

    See N9027K N9027K on my Anchorage 2006 report

    N703AU Tom sent me an image of P2V-7 (SP-2H) Neptune N703AU, Aero Union's tanker 03. Its former US Navy serial was 147967 (c/n 726-7217). It was exported to Chile during 2000, photos can be viewed on my Airtanker Id page.

    Tom also wrote:
    "Have a look here hwww.scancal.org/airattack/tanker42/index.html The images on this site belong to Jake Hickok, like this photo of N703AU. He is a member of the Associated Airtanker Pilots Association, as I am, and we know each other from the message boards."

    DC-3 N308SF for sale (but not sold) on eBay, July 2008
    See 2017 update further below!
    N308SF for sale


    During Jul08 I found N308SF (c/n 18984) for sale on eBay, by C.J. Aviation Services LLC, asking price US $88,000.00 but highest bid was usd 50.100,- and thus remained unsold. Although it was reported to have flown during Jul08 (to Houston,TX?), perhaps a demo trip..?
    The eBay page offered some interesting details:
    "Vehicle Description: 1943 DC-3 that is current Part # 135! This bird is well maintained and ready to go. Lots of history with this girl. 1943-46 flew in the war. 1946-1952 flew for several small airlines. 1952 to 1963 flew for Piedmont Airlines as the Tidewater Pacemaker. 1964 to 1984 went to the French Navy. Back to the US in 1984 and has been a 135 freight bird since. This is not some derelict bird that has been sitting around she just flew this week 5/02 and runs great. This bird must go this is our 3RD price reducation down from $150K!!!
    1943 DOUGLAS DC-3/C-47 N308SF
    Airframe: 52,000+ TT
    Engines: 850 & 1250 SMOH
    Props: 670 SPOH (fresh tear-down inspection for AD)
    (Avionics: King KMA-24H Audio panel, KX-155 Nav/Com w/glideslope, KX-155 Nav/Com w/glideslope, King KN-62A DME, King KR-87 ADF, King KT-76A Transponder w/encoder, Strike finder stormscope, 3-place intercom, NSD-360 HSI).
    Features include: Current Part 135, Diamond plate floor, Gill cargo liner, Ramsey winch, Cargo (C-47) doors.
    Exterior: Recent touch up on gray and landing gear wheel wells
    Interior: Cargo
    Ready to go to work."
    C.J. Aviation Services LLC

    N308SF on Airliners.net

    N308SF was transported by road from Punta Gorda to Shell Creek, joining N133D; purpose is restoration to original C-47 52-100521 by Frank Moss & 2 sons Glenn + Charlie, 15Dec13.
    Actual owner is Walker Logistics & N308SF is to return to Membury,UK and painting to original 42-100521 'Night Fright' of the USAAF 79th Troop Carrier Squadron (436th TCGp), is to be done in the UK by Tony Bianchi at Personal Plane Services.
    In Scramble's #457 (June 2017) I read that the DC-3 was disassembled at Shell Creek by vintage aircraft specialist team 'Edwards Brothers Aviation', put on a lowloader and driven to Brunswick post on Georgia, shipped overseas where it arrived at Southampton docks and by lowloader transported by road, under supervision of the Edward Brothers team again, to Coventry (May 2017); the wings, centerpart and various other parts travelled seperately from the fuselage.
    At Coventry it will be resored by another team to full airworthiness (hopefully).

    For sale (July 2008): Douglas DC-3C N583V (c/n 12369). N583V


    Chris Austin of USA Aircraft Brokers Inc. wrote:
    "I am trying to get the word out that I have recently listed a 1942 C-47/DC-3 for sale in Fort Worth, TX, USA.
    Serial No. 12369/N583V has sat for many years at this location while undergoing work by a few different owners.
    I am doing my best to keep this aircraft from going to the "parts bin." Your help in getting the word out is greatly appreciated!"

    And indeed it was sold: Registered 31Jul12 to Airborne Imaging Inc. N583V attended "The Gathering of Warbirds & Legends" on 01Aug13 @Forbes Field in Kansas. At that time it had been overhauled but the specialized equipment had yet to be installed. N583V operates next to N92578/cn9028 and N737H/cn6062.

    Incident seizing for marijuana smuggle 1981 is described on this link
    http://federal-circuits.vlex.com/vid/niver-wayelon-penland-stanley-mccune-38394411

    More on its move to Airborne Imaging:
    "After 30+ years of sitting dormant at Sycamore Strip (9F9) airport in Fort Worth, Texas DC-3 N583V took to the air. It was a short ferry hop that occurred 25Sep2012, from Sycamore to Midway (JWY): a trip of about 25 miles."
    http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=47775

    Snafu Special
    Douglas C-47 43-15073 (c/n 19539) was abandoned at Rajlovac airfield (near Sarajevo) since 1994, since she was grounded by machine gun fire.
    Members of the Merville Battery Association started in Nov07 on an adventure: to recover this C-47 Skytrain for preservation in Normandy,France: Google maps

    By June 2008 they could report 'mission accomplished'!
    Click on the image, or HERE, to learn more about this superb accomplishment!

    See my photos taken 25Sep2013 at La Batterie de Merville.

    Staggerwing at AnchorageTrade ShowMartin Prince Jr sent me some images of the Anchorage 2008 Air Trade Show. One was this fabulous Beech D17S Staggerwing N9885H .
    Click on the image to see more of Martin's photos including the Air Trade Show.

    The Twin Beech has been sold, the Staggerwing is still for sale...
    Beeches, nose-to-nose

    Phil Livingston wrote me on 30Jun08:
    "I have owned my Staggerwing since 1969. In fact, after trading a racing AT-6 Texan for the Staggerwing, I raced it in the only Staggerwing Race ever held at the Reno National Air Races...3rd place.
    Also flew it to the tip of South America in 1974 (and return) and then I flew N9885H across the Atlantic through Greenland in 1976...
    After recreation stops in Iceland and UK, we overflew the WWII Normandy Beach landing zone and finally touched down in Holland (just in case the French were not happy with our low level tour of their waterfront!). We then spent a week on one of your islands, Texel, before continuing the sojourn. The airplane has been based at my home in Girdwood,Alaska since 1979."


    Phil continued:
    "The time has now come for the Staggerwing, and perhaps my Twin Beech, to return to Europe. At age 72 I am finally ready to part with these old friends.
    The Staggerwing is now completely rebuilt. The rebuild is better than the original manufacture of the airplane which was done in a tent for lack of manufacturing space in 1942. We corrected many manufacturing errors caused by the high tempo of work in those days. Originally, my airplane was delivered to the United States Navy. Thanks to Heritage Aviation Ltd., which primarily does work for the Reynolds Museum in Alberta and other air museums in Canada, it is now one of the finest Staggerwings in the world.
    The Twin Beech was not rebuilt 'ground up' but I have owned it for 13 years and must have replaced every moving part! It is also a beautiful specimen of its kind.
    They are both classics in the real sense. I am sure there are very few of either type in Europe. Considering that they were both designed in 1932, they have a competitive history with European aviation development. (I also owned a ME 108 at one time....that was a direct competitor of the Staggerwing).
    Considering the 'Euro' provides a huge discount on the dollar, I had just made up my mind to locate web sites in Europe and begin advertising both classics for sale.
    There is a picture of my Staggerwing that appeared in the a commercial publication by Jet Aviation Companies of Zurich. It was sitting on their ramp in 1976. However, I suspect it is no longer a part of their advertising.
    My website is www.livingstonalaska.com. It has 254 pictures of the Staggerwing during rebuild and a start on the picture file for the Twin Beech.
    I would appreciate your help identifying European sites that would find my buyer."

    UPDATE: N9885H was sold in 2013 and crated to Europe where it arrived at FAST Aero in Antwerp (Belgium), to undergo maintenance for a buyer in the Netherlands.
    It arrived at Antwerp on 13Nov2013 and FAST carried out some improvements on the airframe. N9885H was orginally built as a US Navy GB-2 with BuNo 12334 (c/n 3991) but soon after WW2, in 1946, demilitarized and sold as N9885H.
    At Antwerp it was rolled out on 03Apr2014 and is expected to make its way to its new base at Lelystad, Netherlands.

    The 'Twin Beech' D18S/C-45H N9004Z (c/n AF-505) was bought by the Historical Flight Foundation Inc of South Miami,FL and registered as such on 05jan09.

    Staggerwing NC9885H
    Beechcraft Staggerwing: an aircraft with finer lines is hard to imagine. Now for sale!!

    Staggerwing NC9885H
    When Henk Wadman read the above account he told me how he cycled over to Rotterdam Airport on 06Aug76 to take these photos of the visiting Beechcraft Staggerwing NC9885H...
    It had come from London-Luton and it had an extra fueltank built in.
    Note it has "Humming Bird" written on the cowling.

    Phil wrote about this photo:

    "That was actually a picture with my mechanic and co pilot Doug Cashen (an Englishman originally from Liverpool) signing the bill...
     
    Doug and I just liked adventures. In 1974 we flew the airplane from Seattle Washington to Ushuaia Argentina just for the fun of it. It was a memorable trip. Once home we got bored and with a couple days notice for Doug, we launched to Europe with the intention of going East until we got to Alaska.
     
    Unfortunately, we had a landing gear collapse in Corfu Greece. Part of the damage was a broken lower wing spar, landing gear system, and prop. We weren't going to be able to fix these in Greece, so we loaded the wing onto a charter jet with a couple friendly pilots to take to Dunstable Gilder Port UK and then subsequently sent the rest of the airplane back to UK by container ship.
     
    The work done on the wing was excellent but the ballance done with the insurance companies "lowest bidder" was unsatisfactory. We weren't quite dumb enough to continue the trip with the airplane in poor shape, so we shipped it back to the US and repaired the worst all over again. It was never right however so finally I had the airplane completely rebuilt at a museum shop in Alberta Canada. The Canadians did a spectacular job.
     
    The Staggerwing design was flawless but because of the pressure of war during production a lot of short cuts were taken and mistakes made. These airplanes were destined for the elite of Hollywood and the Kings of Europe but ended up being produced for the military. This airplane was originally built in a tent because there was no space left in the plant in Wichita Kansas...!
     

    Today N9885H is far superior to those originally manufactured during the war. We replaced many defective components which were thrown together in the war years (1942) and replaced them with remanfactured originals or more functional upgrades. "Rosey The Riveter" despite her claim to fame was not all that experienced when she stepped into the job while her husband served in uniform. However... God Bless. We wouldn't have won the war without her." 


    UPDATE:
    It was reported to me during early Feb.2014 that Beech Staggerwing NC9885H has been imported from the USA and was being assembled in Antwerp,Belgium (having arrived 13nov2013) for an owner in the Netherlands!

    This Beech Staggerwing has ventured in these parts of the world before; here are the history details, in part provided by Henk Wadman of Airnieuws:
    In 1942 c/n 3091 was built as a GB-2, in a tent due to lack of sufficient building space, and delivered to the US Navy with military serial BuNo.12334.
    After WW2, on 30oct1946, this aircraft was struck off charge and put up for sale.
    On 13Mar1956 it was registered as N9885H, in 1973 NC9885H was put on the tail (no doubt to emphasize its vintage, classic provenance) and these days it wears tailnumber N9885H again.
    Only once there was as Beech Staggerwing race during the air races at Reno,NV. That was on 18Sep1970 and N9885H finished fourth (the owner told me 3rd! -Webmaster). Various long trips were undertaken with this Beech, decorated with the name 'Humming Bird'; in 1976 the owner at that time started in Seattle for a trip around the world, which was to go via Greenland and Greece but did not go entirely as planned...
    On 06Aug1976 NC9885H visited Rotterdam (Netherlands), having arrived from London-Luton. From RTM the course was set for Corfu in Greece, where diaster struck: it made a wheels-up landing!
    A damaged wing was shipped by air to England for repairs, while the rest of the aircraft followed by ship. Repairs were completed at Manston,UK though the owner had some of these repairs looked at later back in the USA.
    In 1979 the voyage continued from England to Australia and from there, via Midway, back to Seattle.

    The owner since 1969, Phil Livingston, had also flown NC9885H to the tip of South America in 1974. He wrote me in 2008 that because of his age he had it put up for sale. It seems he finally succeeded, as in november 2013 N9885H was crated and shipped to Antwerp for re-assembly by Fast Aero.

    Rumor has it that it will be based in the Netherlands at Lelystad airport.
    Beech Production List

    UPDATE july 2015: "..there is a post on Facebook with pictures of NC9885H at Moorselle in Belgium, flying on June 16 this year, one person suggested it is based at Antwerp". https://www.facebook.com/groups/41407135412/search/?query=nc9885h

    Beech 17 Staggerwing NC9885H

    N79MA
    C-47 Skytrain N79MA of the WW2 Airborne Demonstration Team during makeover... (June 2008)

    N734Q (c/n 1395) Martin Prince Jr sent me this photo: "DHC-2 N734Q was out this morning [25Jun08] doing touch and goes on Hangar Lake."

    Most recently it was registered 22Nov04 to the bros. Powers.
    Check out their website: Pa Pa Bear Adventures. They are based in Bethel (aprox. 400 miles west of Anchorage) and their website tells all about hunting- and fishing trips and all kind of other adventures they can help you with.

    Martin has a growing set of images here AT THIS WEBSITE..

     

    Photos © David B. Tanner

    David took these photos on 22May08 at Lake City,FL

    May 2008 found Florida suffering from many wildfires:
    Over 90 fires burned at some point in the Sunshine State... 44,000 acres had burned as of Monday May 19th, with the largest fire "The Mustang Corner Fire" consuming over 32,000 acres in the Everglades 15 miles SW of Kendall,FL.
    Tankers #00, #07, #45 operated out of Lake City,Florida.
    Tanker 07 arrived in Lake City on Saturday May 17th after a long flight from Missoula,Montana. T07 made one pit stop along the way in Springfield,Missouri.
    [Information courtesy Kit Robinson]

    My Airtanker Page

    Tanker 07  N807NA
    Tanker 45 N445NA

    Madagscar Bart Nopper and Hans Wiesman went to Madagascar in May08 to salvage parts of some DC-3s which are rotting away on a dump there.
    Hans converts DC-3 wingtips into furniture!

    Click on the image for more photos on Flickr.com

    Peter Skerry went to Alaska in May 2008... SEE MORE... N7848B
    Curtiss C-46R Commando N7848B (c/n 273) of Everts Air Cargo in splendid Alaska scenery.

    HA-MAE IL-14

    Rolf Larsson wrote me in April 2008:
    "In addition to the black & white IL-14 pictures I sent to you some time ago, I hereby send a few colour pictures...
    Although in regular service in Europe the Malev aircraft are not so often illustrated, HA-MAD c/n 14803028 and HA-MAE c/n 14803029 were both East German built VEB-14P and both pictured at Stockholm-Bromma in the mid-1960s.
    Both of them have been reported as flown to the Soviet Union in 1970 and most likely scrapped there. Or has anyone any info about the ultimate fate of these aircraft???
    TZ-ABG c/n 146001050 of Air Mali was pictured by me at Monrovia Spriggs Payne airport in March 1967 and I believe the ultimate fate of this IL-14 is also unknown...."

    The full Il-14 production list, as compiled by Soviet Transports team, can be downloaded from Aad van der Voet's website (free of charge!). Several other types there as well: www.oldwings.nl

    Aad van der Voet wrote me in July 2008: "Today the Soviet Transports team learned the identity of Il-14 CCCP-61663, which is mentioned in the production list file, but without a c/n.
    As it turns out, this aircraft is c/n 14803029, which makes it ex HA-MAE !
    So the fate of HA-MAE is now known, and it still exists at Yakutsk today."
    "HA-MAE became CCCP-61663 circa 1970 and was converted into an IL-14LR ice-reconnaissance aircraft. It ended up in storage at Nizhniye Kresty, where it was seen in 1992, and again in 2003 (now partly broken up). The fuselage was transported to Yakutsk in 2005, where it was mated with the wings of IL-14 CCCP-41863. It was then placed on display at Yakutsk, and noted in June 2008. So I'd say a happy end for this one." (Source: Soviet Transport team, who else...?)

    HA-MAD IL-14
    TZ-ABG

    A.H. (name withheld on request) sent me this:
    "Here is a picture of a Convair 440, owned by Highline Airways of Saskatoon (Albert Ethier), taken in July 1981 at Key Lake, Saskatchewan.
    Plane was used to transport workers to the Key Lake Uranium mine under contruction. I recall the plane being absolutely in mint condition - basically a new airplane. It was purchased from the U.S. military and had been stored in Arizona.
    The old piston engines gave a lot of grief and the plane was used for only a few months. The owner later acquired two Convair 640 aircraft for the northern runs."
    [The name Albert Ethier also features prominently on Stored CL-66B's at Saskatoon.]
    Highline Airways


    In final preparations which should bring Lockheed Constellation N749NL back in the air, a gearswing test was performed on the 'Dutch Connie'.
    After having been raised on jacks, the gear was retracted and lowered several times. This went well and the wheeldoors closed as they should do.
    A final test was the emergency procedure to lower the undercarriage in case of loss of hydraulic pressure, provided by the 4 engine pumps. With a handpump the gear can be lowered (the DC-2 lowered its undercarriage that way, a task for a fit co-pilot...) and this takes some strength to perform.
    All tests were concluded brilliantly and the next step would be a test flight!
    The Aviodrome would welcome donations to make this Constellation fly again., which would be a unique feat as only 2 have that ability at the moment: 1 in Switzerland and 1 in Australia!
    MORE ON THE AVIODROME AND ITS AIRCRAFT (even BY NIGHT)
    Nosegear ready to drop
    Test completed successfully!

    N98EL in take of from Lake Hood Martin Prince took these photos on a visit to Lake Hood in May08.
    N98EL has been registered to Alaska Enchanted Lake Lodge (King Salmon,AK) since 30Mar90; that is what I call a faithful service!

    More photos of Alaskan Martin Prince Jr HERE...

    Fred Barnes wrote me: "Thought that you might be interested in some aircraft seen during my vacation in the US in June 08..."
    And indeed I was and I bet I am not the only one, so here goes...
    UC-67 N777LW
    N777LW Douglas UC-67 s/n 3963
    Rebuild nearing completion.
    Moses Lake, WA 06Jun08
    SP-2H N4235T of Neptune Aviation
    On standby for the summer fire fighting season:
    Lockheed Neptune SP-2H N4235T s/n 150282, Neptune Aviation. Missoula,MT 08Jun08
    Sadly, Tanker 9 crashed on 01Sep03.
    This is what Kit Robinson wrote on Yahoo's airtanker forum:
    "Tanker #09, operated by Neptune Aviation, has crashed shortly after takeoff from Reno/Stead airport.
    Witnesses report the aircraft was already on fire just after takeoff and was trying to return to the field, but the fire consumed the aircraft and it fell from the sky in a ball of fire. The aircraft hit powerlines on its way down, cutting power to many areas Northwest of Reno. Sadly both crewmembers parished in the crash.
    Tanker #09 had been working a fire in the Hope Valley area over the last couple of days. Tanker #09 was loading out of
    Minden/Tahoe on Sunday along with Tanker #25 and SEAT #440. Today (Monday) Tanker #09 continued to work the fire in Hope Valley with Tankers 22(25 returned to Chico) and 440. Tanker 22 had just departed Reno/Stead ahead of #09 between 18:15 and 18:45.
    Let us keep the families of  these brave aviators in out hearts and prayers."

    John Olafson wrote me in July 2008: "I visited Red Deer again last month and was welcomed at the Air Spray hangar and allowed to take myself on a self-guided tour of their facilities and aircraft..."
    C-FLXT


    "I was pleased to see that they have acquired another L.188C which is now in the hangar and will be converted for air tanker use, so will likely be operational in that role next fire season.
    This one is registered C-FLXT and is c/n 1130. Its last owner was the National Science Foundation where it was registered N308D.
    I like the colors it is painted in and probably it will remain that way. As usual the hangar was full of other aircraft including helicopters."
    I walked the ramps of Red Deer myself in 2007 and photographed C-FLXT outside the hangar, awaiting its turn. Click HERE for photos and the aircraft history (scroll to about mid page).

    Alas, FLXT was only used as spare parts supply! Seen on 06Jun16 @Red Deer, stored outside with most parts gone on this external link: elbows-aviation-shots.co.uk/RDR(16-14)C-FLXT.JPG

     

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