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.
|March 2014: "Vancouver Island Air (VIA), untill recently known for their fleet of Twin Beeches on floats, is now a totally turbine Otter operation.
Two of their three Beeches have been sitting all 'wrapped up' for a few years as well as their engine-less DHC-2 Beaver C-FWCA.
Their third Twin Beech C-FGNR is being stored in their hangar, up for sale.
UPDATE: It was sold and flew across the Atlantic Ocean to Belgium, where it arrived in July 2015. See an item on Photos by Friends & Guests (43).
More photos on pages dedicated to Dirk Septer's propliners and bushplanes.
Keith Rowson did me the pleasure of sending me this update of DC-3 5H-LVR; Keith wrote:
"Here are some images taken 15Mar2014 in Dar Es Salaam, of 5H-LVR.
Been there since Indigo stopped operations. This aircraft has a fascinating background. Plenty of info on your website. 5H-DAK is in Zanzibar. Also noted was Nord Noratlas 9XR-GY and Caribou ex Tanzania Airforce."
Del Mitchell forwarded me these photos taken by Leslie Scott:
Del wrote: "I am writing an article for Propliner Magazine on one of Roger Brooks' airplanes: C-54T N8502R, currently stored at Wendover Airport, Utah.
A 2010 photo was sent to me by Craig Smith, see HERE..
Some information on Tanker 65 (c/n 27367/313): It was operated by TBM (based at Tulare & Visalia,CA) fighting the forest fires. Operational during summer of 1998 based on contract at Ramona,CA June 1998 - Nov.98.
This was shared on Facebook by Springbok Classic Air:
"On 16 August 2013, ZS-NTE took the participants of the Axe Space Competition to Parys.
Andre Moll was the photographer for the event. He took this beautiful photo and shared it with us."
Click on photo for link to Springbok Classic Air Facebook page.
Paul Weston sent me this captivating image, he added:
" I thought you might like this Pilatus Porter 9N-ABK photo taken in Lukla, Nepal.
This was in the late 1970's when I trekked over 300 miles through the Himalayas.
While I tried, to no avail, to get myself in the pilot seat (pilot jobs were only available to Nepali and Indian individuals) I thoroughly enjoyed the aerial perspective of this region.
Also, I had a brief but pleasantly intense interaction with the Swiss factory pilot who described to me the procedures and techniques he used to beat out the Turbine Beaver in the high-altitude fly-off demonstrations and win the Katmandu Contract!"
I googled for details and found on http://rzjets.net/aircraft/ :
For me (webmaster) the Pilatus Porter will always be connected to Air America (CIA) and the war in S E Asia:
"At least 37 PC-6 Turbo Porters were flying for the CIA by Air America, Continental Air Services, Bird & Sons, ICCS Air Services and Air Asia, Tainan. From the beginning Air America used its Turbo Porters in three theaters of South East Asia: Several were assigned to an Air Force contract for use out of Saigon as liaison aircraft. Several were used to support the CIA's Hmong program in Laos, and two went to contracts in Thailand, especially to support the Royal Thai Border Police."
Yukon Cornelius published this fine image on his Facebook page; N405LC 01Mar14 LYC405 ANC/OME/OTZ/ANC
N405LC (c/n 5025) was reg'd 21Jul1999 for Lynden Air Cargo LLC, Anchorage,AK.
Steve Whitby shared this photo with the hair-raising background details on it, on Facebook's Fire Bombers
Have opened a page on propliner photos by Bill Hill; and here is one exemple. Follow this LINK for more details on SU-ANO and a bounty of other images.
Moe White Jr shared this photo through Facebook (15Feb2014, perhaps 14th Alaska Time).
It shows Beech 18 N233H being towed back to Bethel,AK: a while ago it ran off the runway at Kwethluk,AK and probably is in need of some inspection & repair.
For more on N233H see my Page 38 - Photos by Friends & Guests
Erling Baldorf sent me this mystery image...
He wrote: "This photograph was shared on a Facebook group, called Old Copenhagen, and a woman stated that this is a picture taken by her dad on 05May1945 of Copenhagen Airport, the day that Denmark was liberated.
I looked at the picture and with the aircraft there it sure is not May 5th, 1945! And as I kept looking at it, at the planes etc. I came to the conclusion that it’s actually the Fokker factory at Schiphol, and that it must be after Fokker started building the Meteor jets and Sea Fury, so around 1951.
I think the picture is taken from the canal area but need some proof as no-one will believe me!"
Rich Hulina wrote:
"Mark Stachowiak holds Bamaji Air's Beaver C-GDYD steady for this great April 2011 winter shot!
Check out page 163 of 'Bush Flying Captured' to see what shot I chose for the book."
Richard Nash shared these historic documents (Air Freight Rates from Dec.1951):
"I recently retired after 48 years in airfreight. As I was sorting out my rubbish I came across this old air cargo tariff. You might like to see some of the airline adverts and aircraft they were operating at the time."
More on a page dedicated to Richard Nash's vintage aviation recollections
Basler BT67 'Turbo DC-3' N142Z (c/n 20494) seen in US Forest Service splendour, now something of the past.
The photo was copied from the US Forest Service website, alas without any name of the photographer to credit.
The following text was copied (Feb.2014) for information from said website: "The Douglas DC-3TP is affectionately known to smokejumpers as the DOUG. The last Forest Service owned DC-3 aircraft received turbo prop conversions. The DC-3TP continues a long and proud tradition of supporting smokejumper and paracargo operations and has carried the fleet into the 21st century.
History (from Flickr.com TVL1970's photostream):
Jørgen Mangor wrote me for help in order to identify the aircraft and circumstance on these two photos. He wrote: "I am a retired airport manager from Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup). I work voluntarily for my old company after 52 years of service. In the archives I found a number of old photos, among them the enclosed two.
I think both of them showing Fokker aircraft, but I am not sure.
That one with two men standing is shot at Kastrup, the other one in Amsterdam.
There are no marks of copyright and no information at all, unfortunately."
Dale Sandberg sent me some photos of propliners surviving in the Wyoming desert at Greybull. More on my Log Reports from Greybull
Tanker 126 is N7962C
Joe Marott sent me this: "Here is a personally taken picture of N7212C located at Chandler Field, Fresno, CA in 1980."
C/n AF-75, Beech TC-45G delivered to USAF as 51-11518.
Paul Weston sent me these images, of his flying days in the early 1980s, in Alaska:
Paul wrote with this photo: "Here is a shot taken of our aircraft's shadow, a DC-6, and the Augustine Volcano. It was taken enroute from Dillingham to Anchorage or Kenai. We were hauling fish so this was not an unusual altitude!"
Here's Kaiser-Frazer C-119L N8504W (c/n 259) at Dahl Creek,Alaska:
MORE PAUL WESTON PHOTOS ON MY WEBSITE HERE..
Richard Nash sent these images to share some valuable aviation history:
Airwork was formed in 1928 and initially developed Heston Aerodrome as an aviation and social centre.
Besides flying instruction (also at Perth and Shoreham) the company undertook aircraft maintenance and its first air transport experience came in 1932 in Egypt, when it helped set up an airline which is now known as.. Egypt Air!
In 1933 Airwork helped to set up Indian National Airways.
During WW2 Airwork helped to train the Royal Air Force but when the war ended they returned to commercial aviation.In 1946 a fleet of Dragon Rapides and Vikings was acquired.
In 1950 cariied its 10.000th passenger on the service between Wadi Halfa & Khartoum - London.
During 1948 Airwork formed a subsidiary company in East Africa named Airwork (East Africa) Ltd with its Hq in Nairobi.
Airwork flew 74 sorties for the Berlin Airlift.
Airwork continued its contracts for the military and on governmental contracts. In 1952 4 Handley Page Hermes aircraft were purchased from B.O.A.C. for trooping flights to Kenya and the Egyptian Canal Zone.
By 1954 Airwork's shareholders included the Blue Star Line and the Furness Whithy Line, both large shipping companies.
In 1953 Airwork acquired the rights to operate cargo flights from the UK to Montreal and New York. For this two Transocean Douglas DC-4 were leased. The inaugural flight departed London Heathrow on 01Mar1955. But after 9 months these services were suspended. An initial order for two DC-6A's was subsequently cancelled as these were meant to replace the DC-4s.
1956 was a year of consolidation and the fleet consisted mainly of the Hermes for trooping contracts.
During 1958 Viscounts replaced the aging Vikings. The Viscount operated the service between the Uk and Khartoum, Sudan via Rome, Athens & Cairo.
During 1959 the trooping contracts decreased and the Hermes aircraft were sold or scrapped.
On 01Jul1960 Airwork merged with Hunting-Clan and Air Charter to form British United Airways.
Source: 'British Independent Airlines 1946 - 1976', by A.C. 'Tony' Merton Jones - The Aviation Hobby Shop (tahs), 2000.
Henk Geerlings sent me this photo recently, taken on 01Aug2002 in the Yorkshire Air Museum. One can see that a wing of C-47B G-ANAF (c/n 16688/33436) had been put on C-47B G-AMYJ (c/n 15968/32716) here.
Both aircraft were owned by Air Atlantique, G-AMYJ was donated to the Yorkshire Air Museum.
Since G-ANAF still flies (2013), I assume 'YJ donated a better wing to 'AF before it moved to this museum.
Rich Hulina, who published that marvellous photobook Bush Flying Captured, recently published this photo on his Facebook page.
To learn more about Rich Hulina's fascinating photography visit my page Rich Hulina / Bush Flying Captured
In Jan.2014 Ed Stewart visited Mesa-Falcon Field (Arizona) and was allowed by the owner Terry Herbert to have an extensive look at DC-3 N844TH (ex/NC88740, C-FIMA and N582LA). It was of interest to me as I had come across plane & owner in 2008, HERE..
Ed added the following information (on facebook): "The owner happened to be in the middle of changing a cylinder so, since I had 'smaller fingers' I was asked to help to could reach the back nuts; spent the better part of the afternoon getting oily and messy but it was kind of fun!
Then doug Morrison added more info to this Gooney Bird: "Except for Aero Services D-17 Staggerwing this would more than likely be the oldest surviving aeromagnetic survey aircraft - it flew survey for many years!
In july 2016 it was sighted with Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh.
Don Wray published an excellent photo report on facebook in Jan.2014 about the salvaging job of ALCI's Turbo DC-3 C-GEAI
C-GEAI had quite a career; to quote from my files: registered N72BF it was seized Sep.96 (also have it as 'N72BF BT67 Asset Seizure & Forfeiture rgd 11.94'); at Basler's in Oshkosh 1998. It was meant to be delivered to Colombia as HK-3575X but this came not to pass. Then in Aug.'97 it was reg'd N200AN to Good Aviation LLC and while ski-equipped was put for use on Antarctica.
In 2000 it was reported at Missoula,MT operating for World Air Logistics. In 2001 it was seen at Ft.Wainwright (Alaska) in livery and titles for Enterprise Airlines, in use as a smokejumper aircraft; a photo by Frans Truyens in Alaska 2001 HERE..
On 01Nov2001 it was reg'd C-GEAI for Enterprise Airlines, which had its homebase at Oshawa,Ont. It was used for automotive charters for GM Canada.
In April 2004 it was reported in a white colourscheme at Oshawa and under repairs after damage suffered on Antarctica. This happened during a windstorm in oct.2002 and it took until Feb.2004 before it was flown out.
During 2005/6 it was again reported at Antarctica, involved in 'ALCI program'.
The aircraft is, by the way, not a Basler conversion but one of two USAC/AMI-65 turbo-prop conversions; it was upgraded by Basler at a later stage.
In May 2006 it was reported back at Oshawa, in full livery and named 'Lidia'. And Enterprise Airlines had become Triumph Airways. And on 13Dec07 renamed Antarctic Logistics Centre International (ALCI) Aviation.
C-GEAI was reg'd on 28Sep09 to Kenn Borek Air of Calgary,ALB.
In June 2010 it was at Yellowknife,NWT (photos by Dirk Septer), still wearing the Enterprise Airlines titles!
On 12Jul2012 it was reg'd to Cargo North, but C-GEAI may have remained on the Kenn Borek AOC for flight operations.
Then disaster struck again for C-GEAI on Antarctica when on 20dec2012 it hit a snowdrift whilst taking off from Holtana Glacier, 2 people were injured.
A remarkable feat for the crew to get this challenging job done under extreme circumstances.
I would welcome more details on this history of this aircraft, its owners & operators, people who have worked on it & with it. EMAIL
George Chomkovski sent me these images from his collection.
Help on identifying or adding details would be appreciated.
More on Ted Stull and the business Wings Ltd was in, see ABANDONED PLANE WRECKS OF THE NORTH
The sign in the background of the skidoo reads as Starratt Airways. In the book 'Pioneering in Canadian Air Transport' I found something on Starratt Airways. Here are a few lines from Chapter XI (page 169) 'A Change of Government':
The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre website included information on Starratt Airways:
Starratt Airways also employed Canadian bushplane pilot and poet, C.R. 'Charlie' Robinson. Information on this individual welcomed.
made me aware of the wreck of C-FOOY (CF-OOY) near Iqaluit. This is Douglas C-47A c/n 12411 CF-OOY.
Information from the website polarpilots.ca:
It ran out of fuel and landed here on the tundra in 1975.
More on this and other plane wrecks on my page Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North
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