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.
|Dirk Septer sent me some images taken at at Fernando Ribas Dominicci (Isla Grande) Airport, San Juan, PR:
and (one shown below) Cyril E. King Airport, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in Jan.2010. More images at Dirk Septer's Caribbean Propliner Page
N132FS C-47A (c/n 14333/25778)
Registered since 24Jan06 to GD Aircraft LLC of Atherton,CA... probably for use of its parts.
|Ron Mak sent me this photo of DC-6 G-APSA in KLM livery for the film Bride Flight; seen here at the Aviodrome, Lelystad's Aviation Themepark in the Netherlands. [Date 01Sep2007]
|N99AS was registered on 18Feb2010 to Brooks Fuel of Fairbanks,AK. In March 2010 Chris Pasley published images of N99AS being scrapped...
wrote with that image:
This is how it arrived at Concrete (2010) as shown on the link
N99AS seen in slightly better days: my 2008 visit to Mesa's Falcon Field, Arizona, USA.
And see my page Photos by Friends & Guests (35) how it became anno 2012.
| Kenneth Swartz sent me these images after reading about my exploits at Arnprior's salvage yard, where one of these HS.748's ended up...
HS.748 C-GGNZ (c/n 1690) is seen on the right, the other one has its registration blacked out. That last one I came across Ed's Salvage yard in Arnprior last year, by deduction using images on internet, I concluded that this is C-GBFA (HS.748 c/n 1781).
HS.748 C-GDUL, here -like the ones above- seen at Carp in May 2005, also ended up
at Arnprior's salvage yard.
"I am located on Ile Bizard, Quebec, Canada. Ile Bizard is a small island at the junction of Lake of Two Mountains/ Riviere des Prairies, just before the whole thing flows into the St. Lawrence river at Montreal.
(Oct.2009 saw me in the area.. - Webmaster)
I am an aviation buff.
Even though I'm Canadian, I did a brief hitch in USN, where I served on board the USS Shangri-La, CVA 38 Essex class aircraft carrier during Vietnam war.
I'm recently retired from 30+ years as a materials testing technologist, specialising in aircraft and aerospace materials, specialty in 300M material heat treating.
The picture of you in that Waco biplane has prompted me to send you a few pictures of a Waco that I flew in, a couple of years ago.
The plane CF-LEF (Waco UPF-7, c/n 5311, Central Aviation Inc.) was selling rides at the Canadian Aviation museum in Ottawa, Canada. I just couldn't resist...
My pal Bruce Smith, also a serious aviation buff (and recently retired from a long career of taking care of the ice for the Montreal Canadians Hockey Team..!) and I went up for a half hour, which went way to fast!
I the picture I am the one on the left, with the beard, Bruce on the right.
I have also flown in an old Stearman biplane as well. I think flying in an open cockpit like that really captures the essence and spirit of flight...the wind in one's face...the roar of the radial engine, (I'm a radial buff as well) the smell of exhaust and hot oil...I love it!!"
Chet Eleveld sent me this image of DC-3 N63440.
Read more about this aircraft on my webpage:
Thanks to Phil Brooks for forwarding this article.
More on these hulks, see Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North
|Frits Klinkhamer sent this photo in Jan.2010; he had been unable to explain the 6 WSAC code on the aircraft.
The F- coded aircraft in the background put this photo probably somewhere in France, perhaps at an air base and the call sign may refer to some special unit. For the answer on this, see below!
Nanne Dijkstra wrote: "I saw this DC3 at Paris-Orly on july 28th 1966.
It shows here registration 6W-SAC, making it a C-47 of the Senegalese Air Force.
The W is now closer to the 6.
There is also a navigation light on the vertical stabilizer."
F-GEFX was C-47 c/n 6207, last registered to Aero Stock and 'fate unknown' (Aerotransport.org)
Nanne Dijkstra flies the DC-3 for DDA Airlines, see A REPORT of mine...
|Kelly Walker was at the scene, shortly after the Curtiss C-46 Commando C-GYHT crashed at Churchill...
"I came across you page of abandoned plane wrecks of the north. Shown is a crashed C46 in Churchill, Canada. I was there the day it happened...
This photo was taken shortly after the crash. The wreckage is still there, most of the paint has eroded away. I've never seen any other pictures taken at the time of the crash.
The people you see walking around the wreckage in the picture, are Ministry of Transport personnel; they wouldn't let us go any closer than where we parked."
"I lived in Churchill between 1978-80. I worked there for an airline, Transair, as an Air Cargo Agent. During the early 1980's, I worked for another airline, Pacific Western Airlines, as a Loadmaster on a Lockheed Hercules aircraft."
The crash happened on 13Nov1979.
|Michael Prophet sent me this photo when he read about my Oct.2009 visit to the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation. This is where this fantastic 'skytruck' ended up.
"This photo was taken at Kenai Airport (Alaska) on 24Jun1994; Boeing C-97 N117GA is seen departing at 23:00 (hence the sunset mood..) for Bethel,AK.
We found Jim Blumental with his DC-4 (N51802) at the Kenai ramp, together with the humongous Grace Air C-97, flying on fish (salmon) contracts. N117GA flew several sorties. We slept in the car (on the ramp!) so we wouldn't miss any of the action!"
For more on Michael's quests for the Vintage Airliner see his website, www.michaelprophet.com
| Jerry Morelock sent me these photos, of a remarkable early Atlantic flying boat: Latécoère 521 .
--The inaugural flight of the Latécoère 521 took place on 10 January 1935, followed by a demonstration flight in December 1935 via Dakar, North Africa to Natal, Brazil, then north to the French West Indies. Having reached Pensacola, Florida, it was caught in a hurricane and wrecked. The aircraft was returned to France by ship to be rebuilt, before going into service with Air France on the trans-Atlantic route. In June 1937, it flew non-stop to Natal before returning to France via the North Atlantic. Then, equipped with more powerful engines, the aircraft made four further return flights to New York, between May and July 1939.
Jerry added to this-
Raimund Riedmann sent me this air-to-air photo, shot from the flightdeck (of ..?); date not given.
Pablo Romero sent me the following details of a C-119 crash in Spain.
Fairchild C-119C-18 / Registration 50-0163 / Date: Wednesday, February 9th., 1954.
"I was an eighteen years old student of the Merchant Spanish Navy and before going to bed, I was studying at my working table, fighting with some problem about sea navigation.
Cáceres was covered by a bad fog. At about 01:30 AM, I heard an airplane flying over my house, two times; the second one was too low for a normal flightpath on the track Madrid-Lisbon. I was sure that they were in trouble, perhaps looking for an emergency landing at Cáceres militar airport, which was closed at night...
Early in the morning a broadcasting by local radio informed us of a plane crash, at about 8 kms from town. Fortunately the whole crew had jumped with parachutes from the plane and all had landed safely.
The people of Cáceres celebrated the good fortune of the American crew, which was invited by the city council for a 'Spanish wine ceremony'.
The crew members were: Capt. Guillermo (Williams) Adams (aged 37), Lieutenants Thomas Johnson (27), Jhon Mattheso, Sergeants Clement Seric (22) and Merven Strang (32).
The picture shows 3 crew members, accompanied by some Spanish military authorities, plus an American representative of the US Embassy at Madrid, amidst the wreckage of the C-119 Flying Boxcar; the plane crashed at only 7 meters from a small house where a family of shepherds were sleeping and fortunately no one was injured.
I wonder if any member of the crew of that flight C-119C-18 tailnumber 50-0163 has ever read this comment or is recognized in the photo by anybody.
I hope that above history is interest to you and your readers. Please let me know if somebody can identify any of the Americans crew of that plane.
I would like to add that the plane had departed from Frankfurt (Germany) with destination Azores Islands and when they were west of Finisterre (Spanish NW coast), one of the engines was gone. In an attempt to reach Lisbon´s airport, they continued flying south over the Portuguese coast, but the foggy weather and the loss of altitude made them change course in order to avoid any mountains. And while going east, they were looking for Cáceres airport. When they arrived at Cáceres, the heavy fog prevented them from finding their alternate destination and fuel starvation made them decide to leave the C-119 by parachutes."
More on the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar (or 'propellor driven wheelbarrow') on my website HERE..
Ron Mak sent me some more images from his fascinating propliner collection
(More of Ron's work HERE and HERE)
Fokker F.27 Friendship from Guatemala TG-AOA, taken at Tikal on 29Oct1980.
Ron compiled of this fine Dutch product;
c/n 10261 | F-27-200 | f/f 08Oct1964
PH-FGC to All Nippon JA8636 del 03-11-64, bought by Air Niugini P2-BNF 28-11-1974 rr P2-ANF 11-11-1975, sold to Aviateca 06-04-1978, to Guatemala A.F 01-01-1983, cvt to F27-400M march 1985, returned to Fokker as PH-FGC 16-06-1987, leased to Sudan Airways as ST-ALF october 1987, returned to Fokker 29-08-1989 as PH-FGC, sold to Air Jet as F-GHRC november 1989,
Source: TAHS production list.
Notes from the Webmaster: From Air Jet it went to Lina Congo on a lease (F-GHRC), then it moved to Germany for WDL Aviation (D-BAKB) and as such it is presently stored at Köln (source ATDB.org)
Bernard added "ZS-DRJ is going to Pretoria to get fitted with turbine engines." Certainly good news as this bird hasn't flown in over 10 years!
Most of the histories of these aircraft are on my page dedicated to my 2004 visit to South Africa.
Gary Newman wrote me in Dec.2009 and sent along some C-119 images.
Gary wrote me: "I purchased some photos about a year and a half ago from the widow of a C-119 crew member. I have no other information on the man or the location of the photos; my guess would be DEW line support/exercise."
Curtis Dyson wrote in Jan.2010:
"I got some interesting news on PBY-5A YV-584CP (c/n 1736). She's still in Venezuela, on a military base at Port Ordaz. The airport owns her along with a Canadair CL-215 (passenger version!), two DC-3's, and a 727. All the aircraft have not flown in many years and are waisting away, esspecially the PBY.
A couple of co-workers of mine went down to Port Ordaz, for Buffalo Airways, to look at the CL-215, for purchasing. They were also told that the military wanted all the other aircraft off the airport, so the word is now that Buffalo Airways will also take the DC-3's and YV-584CP if the purchase goes through...
With the sad shape of YV-584CP i sin, it will have to be shipped back to Canada and may never fly again. There is a lot of corrosion in the wing spars, which you can see from outside, and I cannot think of what you would find with a bit of digging ".
PHOTOS © BUFFALO AIRWAYS
Douglas C-47A YV-147C (c/n 13833/25278) at Puerto Ordaz
| Gordon Reid sent me these photos, taken in 2009, during one of his extended roadtrips in search for propliners across the USA...
Kevin from Tulsa wrote me: "The man behind this museum/collection is Andrew Donohue. He's local here in the Tulsa, OK area. He has been collecting a handful of aircraft for a while, and also has a glider to display with the C-47. As he gets going, it should be a neat collection."
UPDATE: in Dec.2018 the Heartland Air Museum (Bristow,OK) seemed no longer in existence and I found N231GB for sale (USD 190.000,-) on Platinumfighters.com (Airframe: 21.168 Total Time Since New).
Douglas DC-3 N751A (USAAF 292277 C/Z4 'Boogie Baby' at Frederick, Oklahoma.
Preserved at Oklahoma Airborne Museum.
Gordon has a long track record for chasing propliners, the DC-3/C-47 a most obvious survivor.
Gordon wrote: "The DC-3/C-47 has always been a big part of all my trips to the US. On my first trip to the Miami area in 1968 I noted 41 between Miami/Opa Locka and Fort Lauderdale. Two years, later in 1970 when I returned to Miami, I noted 35.
In 1969 I did my first car trip round the Southwest USA and logged 109 DC-3/C-47's! However, these figures were inflated by 35 noted at MASDC/Davis-Monthan and 46 at Ryan Field...
I am still trying to compile a master list of DC-3/C-47 I noted in North America, it would contain more than 700 registrations and serials.
Looking forward in attending Oshkosh EAA show this year, for the DC-3 fly-in this summer...
This photo is a shot I took at Ryan Field in Nov.'69, where 35 US military C-47/C-53/C-117 were lying on their bellies awaiting scrapping. What a great morning that was, going from aircraft to aircraft, writing down serials and units carried by each one!"
G.D. Mills sent me these images 19Dec09, which I compiled into one.
Graeme Mills'website is www.kiwibeavers.com
Jacques Hémet sent me these images, of DC-3 F-BFGX operated by Hémet Exploration.
DC-3 F-BFGX in Somalia, take off from the bush...
This undated photo shows F-BFGX parked alongside a Lockheed Constellation of Air France
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