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 probably wouldn't find their way to Online use or publication. |
To prevent them from getting lost, subject permission of the sender, I would like to publish them on this page.
John Lozon sent me these remarkable photos of a Lockheed C-121J Constellation "preserved on ice"...
On 08Oct70 C-121J tailnumber 131644 (c/n 4145) suffered an accident on Williams Field, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. It has remained there ever since.
I don't know who took these photo, as they were passed on to me without info on this, but I would be happy to credit the photographer(s) if they make themselve(s) known with convincing details. Nor do I have any details on when these photos were taken.
|Here are two more links with photos:
John Weaver on www.flickr.com and
Bart Nopper acquired this front section of an unidentified DC-3 and he intends to restore it. He could use some help in his quest for its identity and finding parts to complete this mission-of-restoration!
This DC-3 could have been bought by Pall Mall Clothing (from Basler?) and brought to Holland to decorate one of their shops; help to identify this DC-3/C-47 would be welcomed.
John Olafson made a visit to Selkirk, Manitoba (Canada) and found this Douglas DC-3 CF-QHY, apparently sitting idle.
I was in the understanding it was still flying for Plummer's Lodge, but this seems to have ceased.
John wrote: "This DC-3 has not flown for a while. I think it did some supply missions during the winter a couple of years ago in Nunavut."
Selkirk Air is based here, but only operates single-engined aircraft.
Some historic details: delivered as 43-48744 on 16Sep44 to the US Army Air Force (later: USAF), but quickly transferred to 977 RCAF Dakota 4ST 21Sep44.
In Sep.2006 I received confirmation from Sioux Narrows Aws / Plummers Lodges that CF-QHY was still owned by them, however "...to operate the piston DC-3 for our short summer operation in the Arctic is difficult and we have converted our two DHC-3 Otters to turbines over the last two years and have been operating with them instead of the DC-3, to see how it would work out."
Follow CF-QHY to the next owner and see my report on a 2007 visit to Gimli,Manotoba.
My Photos by Friends & Guests #58 has it at Basler Turbo Conversions plant at Oshkosh,WI.
John Olafson sent me these photos of Noorduyn Norseman Mk.VI C-FSAP (c/n 231), taken at Selkirk,Man. during the summer of 2006. |
The Noorduyn Norseman was designed by Robert B.C. Noorduyn, of Dutch ancestry; it was produced from 1935 to 1959, originally by Noorduyn Aircraft Ltd. and later by the Canadian Car & Foundry Company. A total of 903 Norsemen were produced, and many are still (or could be) in active service. The Norseman was the plane that Glenn Miller was flying in when it disappeared somewhere over the English Channel... More on Wikipedia.org
Here it is seen decorated with Lynn Lake Air Service-titles; anno Sep.2006 it is registered with Transport Canada for Nueltin Lake Air Service of Lynn Lake,Manitoba (since 07Dec94). I would welcome more details on the individual history of this aircraft: exactly when was it manufactured and operated by whom & when?
This is another Noorduyn Norseman, again taken by John at Selkirk. It concerns CF-LZO, a model UC64A with c/n 535.
It wears a badge of Wrong Lake Airways: a previous owner?
A nice website for the Noorduyn Norseman is www.norsemanfestival.on.ca; this festival is at Red Lake, which is a small gold mining community in Northwestern Ontario.
About DHC-2 C-GPHI (c/n 838, registered Enterlake Air Service, Selkirk 24Apr02) John writes:
C-GFIQ is DHC-2 Mk.1 c/n 632 and is also owned by Enterlake Air Services (reg'd 05Jul88); it sits in storage here and hopes for better days to return...
John Olafson kindly sent me this photo and information (Sep.2006):
"Here is a link to the restoration of Norseman CF-DRE.
Tom Beudeker sent me these photos, he had found them in his father's collection. The photos were taken at Hato Airfield at Curacao, during World War 2.
The aircraft on the left is the rare Douglas DC-5. Taken in 1940.
For another DC-5 photo see the one Jan Spanjaard sent me.
Below (right) a photo of maintenance on a L.Constellation engine; see also here.
Tom also sent these; he wrote: "The Connie tails were taken at the airport of San Josť, Costa Rica. Under a magnifying glass I could read a sign that says "Aeroporto El Coco".
On the left is KLM's PH-LKD L.1049E c/n 4560 "Ion" (later converted to L.1049G, scrapped at Schiphol-East 25Jun63)..
Before WW2 my father worked in the Merchant Navy; during the War he sailed on on tankers between Maracaibo and Curacao. The first 2 photos were probably made around that time.
After World War Two my father became a Flight Engineer with KLM and he has flown on Lockheed Constellations from 1948 until 1964."
|PH-LKL is L.1049H c/n 4840.
KLM named it Desidirius Erasmus.
Later it flew for World Airways,
Flying Tiger Line, Murphree Air Int'l
North Slope Supply Co and Unum Inc.
Tailnumber was N45516.
Last owner was Aircraft Specialities.
It crashed in 1975, in Arizona, details very well
read about the Lockheed Super Connie's sad fate...
Alfie Goodrich sent me this photo in, taken by his father Terence Goodrich (in 1956 presumably) of DC-6B HB-IBA in employ of Swissair.
I have written the full history of this Douglas Six in my 2003 report, when I found it stored at Fairbanks,Alaska as N999SQ.
Meanwhile it has found a new purpose in life: as a decoration of a rooftop of a shop in Fairbanks; a photo can be seen on my Off-airport webpage.
|"Had a holiday in California,Arizona and Nevada this April(2006). Heading west after visiting the Grand Canyon, I passed a small air museum on the roadside and this Connie was just begging to be photographed. I immediately thought of you and how you have a soft spot for them as I do." -John Adams (july 2006).|
|This is Lockheed Constellation VC-121B N422NA (c/n 2605) on display at the Planes of Fame Museum, Valle,AZ. Allegedly it can be made airworthy again, the engines are testrun at regular intervals.
Its former identity was 48-0613 while in the service of the USAF; it saw use as a VIP-transport by General MacArthur.
The tailnumber shows its use by NASA. This Connie has also been on display at Fort Rucker in Alabama.
|Tom Beudeker sent me these photos (below) of N422NA, taken on 16Aug06.
N422NA's history can be best read on www.conniesurvivors.com/L749.htm
From Nils Rosengaard I received this picture of Lockheed L-12 OY-AOV, taken at Egeskov Museum, Denmark, in July 1970.
That same aircraft is now (2006) at the Military Museum, Kamp van Zeist, preserved as L2-100. See also photos of a pictorial update, 29JUN2011.
In June 2006 I received these photos from Jim Reed (former C-119 Flt Test & Instructor Pilot, 782nd TCSq. Jim flew C-119's in Europe from January 1955 to March 1958) and he added the following information-
N74KW is a Douglas C-53 with c/n 7317. I quote the following history from Joe Baugher's excellent website: 42-47375 to civil registry as NC15582 Feb 1945 with Pan Am. To Servicio Aereo de Honduras SA (ASHSA) May 1953 as XH-SAD. June 1955 to Lake Central Airlines as N21712. May 1967 to air Florida Sunshine as N74KW. To Pacific National Airways, to Pro Air Services. Currently owned by private user. (end quote) -Webmaster
After Class 55-D : The C-119 assignment in France was Jim's 1st assignment out of pilot training and in 2004, on the 50th anniversary from graduation, the first reunion of Class 55-D Pilot Training was held. And, after 50 years, a web site was started which includes links, memorabilia and also info as to what the Class 55-D members did after graduation.
"The airplane is parked in front of the passenger terminal and the battery is dead.
"Some years later, after the airline had been bought out ( I believe by Air Florida) one of the old Air Sunshine DC-3's on a charter, was lost East of Miami. The suspect was a lightning strike, as I recall."
I would welcome information about the identity of this DC-3.
Bill Bradshaw sent me this photo of CV240 N1022C (c/n 147) in July 2006 and he wrote:
In Dec.2006 Bill wrote me:
In april 2016 issue of Air Classics I read that the US Airline History museum had closed its doors in early 2014; most of its aircraft & collection went to the National Museum of Commercial Aviation in Atlanta.
Update Dec.2016, after reading up on N1022C on www.nationalaviationmuseum.com I found that N1022C was still at Orlando-Apopka,FL (confirmed by a look on Google Maps), awaiting funding to make the move possible. One may fear that a move up north to Georgia may be a long while yet!
During July 2006 I was sent this photo. The sender included the following info:
This is Douglas DC-7C N8216H (c/n 44927), which I have as abandoned without further use since (at least) 1985. I think it is a miracle that the aircraft has survived for so long!
A short extract from the caption: A shifting cargo of industrial diesel generators during take-off from Port Sudan in 1976 caused very substantial damage to the fuselage and rear pressure bulkhead... She has been abandoned there ever since...very derelict state...
Incidentally this was SAS LN-MOB "Frede Viking", delivered April 8 1956.
Thanks guys!Considering the photo was taken in 2004: is it still around in 2006?
Well here is an update sent to me in Feb.2007:
Vintage photos of Howard Hughes visiting Fairbanks,AK in 1938 can be seen on my webpage Photos by Friends & Others page 7
Peter ten Duis sent me some photos taken in March 2006 at Goodyear,AZ of Douglas DC-7C N777EA (c/n 45549), which is former KLM PH-DSR.
After years of storage here at Goodyear,AZ it seems initiative is on its way to make it fly again!
The gents in the cabin (below) are Richard Spalding (technician and participated on its last 3 flights) as well as Patrick (sorry, don't know his last name), who were at work on the aircraft upon Peter's visit. Joel Quinn of the GYR airport authority decided to have a look too, never having had the opportunity to visit the insides of this Classic Airliner.
Peter added: "It was great to see those KLM labels still on the plane, can you imagine?!"
It was leased to Starflight Interpublic at some point and in Dec67 it went to Dallas Aero Service. General American Oil Company became the next owner and Omni Investment was again next.
Various owners followed, including Pyramid Oil in Mar73 which registered it as N777EA. Its last flight was on 21Feb76, from Tucson,AZ to Goodyear-Litchfield,AZ where it has been "resting" since...
In 2002 it was rumored it was bought by a religious sect! "TJ" wrote me (may06): the plane was owned by a minister (Robert Morley) (sp) who planned to use this ex-LadyBird Johnson) transport for missionary work. But it must be about 10+ years since he was part of a TV programme about planes stored in the desert of the western US.
Trygve "TJ" Johansen
Bob Reid sent me this in Oct.2006:
Bob Shane sent me this update (Oct.2006):
Pity... I saw it myself in May 2008 and indeed it seemed abandoned again.
These photos were sent to me by Victor Montijo Jr in August 2006.-
Victor writes: These pictures were taken at Westchester County Airport in White Plains,NY (about 30 miles North of NYC where it was based).
|"The black & white photos were taken by a young man (1963 or 1964) who worked for us as a cleaner, while going to school studying photography."|
"Glancing thru your web site I came across the pictures of N777EA, ex N904ME, ex PH-DSR.
It happened to be the last commercial piston aircraft built by Douglas. Next on line was the first DC-8."
"I happen to know a lot about N904ME, as it is very dear to my heart. I worked on it while employed by KLM at JFK. When it was delivered to KLM at the factory the wings were packed with dry ice so as to get the maximum amount of fuel to make it non stop from Long Beach to Paris, which it did!
I left KLM and went to work with Starflite Inc. at Westchester County Airport in White Plains NY, where it was based. Along with myself from KLM was Captain Peter Rowland, who was the PIC on all flights.
The aircraft was converted at Horton & Horton in Fort Worth, TX from a 100+ pax down to 42. The conversion took about 4 months and the aircraft was used exclusively for the Interpublic Group of Companies. It was used once by Lady Bird Johnson and her daughter to fly them from Texas to Jackson Hole, WY. Other than that it was for InterPublic's use only.
The Annual inspections were done either at White Plains or at Aviolanda in Woensdrecht, Holland where I supervised the work being done by the greatest group of technicians I ever have had the pleasure to work with.
I was the Chief Mechanic on the plane and flew with it all over the world.
When hard times fall on corporations the first thing to go is the Aviation Department and thats why she was sold.
I have loads of photographs of Initiator 7, as what it was named. Affectionately we called her the White Whale, as she was painted all white with a Gold band down the fuselage window line and 13 stripes on the tail.
She brought back loads of memories for me and a tear to my eyes upon seeing her still around and in pretty good shape."
Lockheed C-121C Constellation N73544 suffered this embarrassing incident at Basle on 05Mar06 after an extraordinary snowfall...
Not a pleasant situation to look at, is it?
Unfortunately I cannot give credit to the photographer as it circulated on the internet and the photographer is unknown. but I have Alexandre Avrane to thank for forwarding it to me.
This aircraft is described in detail at Ralph Pettersens excellent website: Connie Survivors
Here are photos of the Breitling Connie on Airliners.net
Graham "air-to-air" Robson found N73544 also in his viewfinder
John Lameck sent me this vintage photo of the ramp at Anchorage, Alaska. It was taken by John P. Stewart (in May 1972).
John Lameck wrote me: "A Lockheed L-100-382-14C N9262R (c/n 4248) delivered Oct1968 to Int'l Aerodyne, leased to Interior Airways Nov.1969-Jun.1972. It is currently ZS-ORD with Safair (Jun05).
The photo also shows a nice selection of Bob Reeve's planes.
Alexandre Avrane wrote me (May 2006): "Crystal ball says this was probably shot around 24Apr71... Clue is the L.188 of Nomads in ANZ c/s in the background.. probably on delivery !?"
John Stewart wrote me in July 2006: "Yep that photo is mine. ANC had a small observation deck (the first time I used it was in 1968) that only allowed views towards the Reeve ramp and a few Alaska A/L gates. That area is now where the A (?) concourse is (the one used by Northwest). I do remember the date, now, it was in May, 1972 (I found another slide I took on the same trip).
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