Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (49)


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

With the ever growing popularity of Social Media (Flickr, Facebook, Instagram) the barrier has become much lower for people to share their photographs or scans of slides; imperfection to post aviation images is no longer an issue.
I noticed a decline in requests for publication on my website (a decline I welcome, as I struggle with the workflow) on my 'Guest Pages', so now some of these images shared below will be copied from Facebook & Flickr by me. For preservation of their historic value as I see it; always with proper credit to the photographer, of course!

Btw, while I am on social media, picking up on aviation news, I use it mainly for other interests while my website remains my main focus to share my interest in vintage aviation.



Over the years I have grown quite fond of the 'mini DC-3': the Beech 18 or Twin Beech.
I noticed a restoration project passing, probably will take years, so to expose it for our memories I inquired further and thus the information was compiled.
Another Beech 18 saved for restoration
Zac Smith posted with these photos: "Headed home all loaded."
Whem prompted for more information, he replied: "Moving from Cali, California to Fergus Falls, Minnesota
to be restored, so it may fly again." "It's Bjørn Ringdahl's plane."

Bob Parmerter provided the full history from his files-
"Beech c/n 8281-
F-2B 44-87022 USAAF delivered Brownsville 02Apr45.
Departed US 16Apr45 for Caribbean Air Command, Air Base Sqdn, Albrook Fld, Canal Zone & still there 30Apr47.
To San Jose, CA 1Jul48.
Stored for reclamation at Hill AFB Oct54.
Sold by Disposal Agent Hill AFB BS 12Oct56 for $7,111 as C-45F N8031H to Ball-Ralson Flying Svc, Hillsboro, OR.
M J M Inc, Seattle, WA BS 26Apr57.
Hamer Corp, Roseburg, OR BS 18Mar59.

Modified to civil C18S (retained the camera belly hatch & 2 oblique rear side camera windows) 23Apr59.
CofA 29Sep59 & first logbook entry that date.
Rereg’d N218HC 21Oct59.
D18S type landinggear installed at some point.
Byerly Avn Inc, Peoria, IL BS 17Jan65. Door off approved for skydiving.
Jack Wilson dba Wilson Air Svc, Glenallen, AK BS 7Apr66. Ferry permit to AK 06Apr67.
Pete W. Knudsen & Robert A. Paulson, Anchorage, AK BS 18Jun69.
Canadian Aerocon spar strap installed.
De-reg'd 28Sep71, failure to submit annual report.
Ferry permit Alaska to Hayward, CA 14Dec75.
James Teegarden, BS 15Nov76.
Rolland R. LaPelle, Walnut Creek, CA BS 15Nov76.
CofR 17Feb77.

Under restoration at Livermore, CA Aug04 with 5,500 hrs TT.
CofR reissued 28Jan09.
For sale on Ebay 06Aug12 by LaPelle at Livermore, CA. Has a little over 6,000 hrs TT.
Bjorn K. Ringdahl, Fergus Falls, MN reg’d 27Dec12 & expired 31Dec15.
Photographed on trailer at Van Nuys, CA for transport to Minnesota 10Mar17."

"Early photo as N8031H via Collect Air Photos:"
Beech 18 N8031H, via Bob Parmerter (FB)
"Quite rare as it’s a 1945, ex USAAF F-2B (photo recon ship - note the rear fuselage camera port),
44-87022 (c/n 8281) that served in the Panama Canal Zone during the war."

The WWII-vintage Curtiss C-46 Commando has become quite rare in this world, and the rarest of them all is this one: a passenger C-46!
C-46 for sale on Bolivia!

This is Curtis C-46D-10-CU c/n 32941, ex USAF 44-77545 and later rereg'd N32227.
It came to Bolivia and operated for Frigorifica Santa Rita. Since at least 2002 it has been with Lineas Aereas Canedo, they tried to operate it for a while but couldn't generate the business for it.
I noticed it for sale in 2007 for US$ 600.000,- and saved the specs asper website:
Specs (2007) C-46 CP-973
I know attempts were made to bring it to the USA but no deal was made. Perhaps, since the price obviously went down and global economy is on the up there may yet be a flying future for this bird...

Michael Prophet visited Cochabamba in 2010 and actually was a passenger on a flight with CP-973!
His report:


Michael Prophet wrote me soon after I posted this...
'Noticed your update on CP-973; did you know this aircracft has WW2 history..?!
Michael quoted from
"Dec. 1944 - Constructed as a C-46A-10-CU by Curtiss at Buffalo, NY, USA. Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-77545.
Circa 1945 - Transferred to 313th Troop Carrier Group, Achiet, France.
1945 - Took part in Operation Varsity - dropping paratroops of the 17th Airborne Division near Wesel in Germany east of the Rhine".


George Macadie contributed this excellent photograph (sent 20Mar17) of KLM ConvairLiner PH-CGD, c/n 104
CV340 PH-CGD by George Macadie
Convair CV340 PH-CGD (c/n 99) with KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines.
Beautiful times when one could get so close to travelling family or friends and to get a picture in!
George sent me this fine image in relation to a Rolf Larsson image shared on Photos by Friends & Guests (48) and shared again below (with abbreviated text). I found George Macadie's photograph worthy of opening a new page
for Photos by Friends & Guests ... number 49! Onwards and upwards!

Convair PH-CGD Martinair, by Rolf Larsson
Martin's Air Charter (MAC) Convair CV440 PH-CGD, leased to Linjeflyg.
The name 'Pieter Brueghel' stems from KLM use, as one can see on the photo above.
Rolf wrote on this occasion: "In 1965 Linjeflyg leased CV340/440 PH-CGD, which was delivered on 31Dec1964
and leased until April 1965. It was a replacement for SE-CCK, which was tragically lost on 20Nov1964 (ASN report).
We flew it in basic Martin's Air Charter (MAC) colours, but with LIN on the tail!"



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Created: 20-Mar-2017