Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (51)


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.

A question by Graham Robson on Facebook's AMARC INFO led to solving a little mystery on my page PLANE IDENTITIES: a previous unidentified C-130 Hercules at Coolidge now id'd with photos over the years and
reactions by the members of the FB group.
C-130 forwaqrd fuselage derelict at Coolidge,AZ


The delays in completing the Lufthansa Starliner must have driven DLH's management to distraction and now there is another setback! 14Aug2017.
Starliner in Auburn,Maine covered in foam

"Fire-suppression error sends foam pouring out of Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport hangar...!"

See my 2009 & 2011 visit to this fantastic project: USA / Canada (Auburn visit)


Catalina PH-PBY made a successful emergency landing at Lelystad 15Aug17 when its noselandinggear refused to deploy.
PH-PBY emergency landing Lelystad 2017

Details of this occurrence: See its detailed history on my page PH-PBY

Saying goodbye to Evergreen's B-17 with a start up and takeoff from McMinnville,OR (KMMV ), going down south, to Texas.
B17 N207EV to Collings Foundation
See details on its history on my 2012 report, a visit to McMinnville's air museum

North American SNJ-6 BuNo.148112 (N3639F) by Nate Wilburn, shared on Facebook (10Aug2017)
'Formerly owned by the late Bobby Younkin, now owned & operated by Jeff Shetterly'
SNJ-6 BuNo 148112 by Nate Wilburn

Rich Hulina ('Bush Flying Captured') posted this on Facebook (july 2017), and wrote: "I spent a day last week chasing airplanes with the 'King' of Canadian Aviation book publishing, Larry Milberry of Canav Books (website). Here he is in Nestor Falls, Ontario."
Rich Hulina and Larry Milberry (CANAV) on the bushplanes trail (2017)
C-FBTX is awaiting restoration and is in need of some x-ray tests first; C-FJOF is depicted on my Vermilion Bay 2007.

I understand a second edition of Bush Flying Captured, another 'coffee-table book', is in preparation!

Greg Lee (volunteer at the MMF) sent me this photo of P2V-7 (P-2H) N4235N, Neptune Aviation's Tanker 10, preserved for posterity at Missoula's airport in Montana.
Tanker 10 preserved at Missoula's airport (by Greg Lee)
See my visit in 2014 to Missoula (& Neptune Aviation) as well as the Museum of Mountain Flying there.

DC-3 ZS-NTE (C-47A c/n 11926) has been repainted in Aer Lingus colours! Revealed in july 2017, the photo and details per
ZS-NTE in Aer Lingus livery, by Frank Graelish

From that website: "The IHFF is delighted to be associated with the appearance of a flying Douglas DC-3 in Ireland during the summer of 2017.
This project was initiated by IHFF board member Hugh Flynn and made possible by the support of Aer Lingus, which originally operated the DC-3 between 1940 and April 1964."

"The DC-3 appearing in Ireland was manufactured in September 1943 and is currently registered ZS-NTE. It served with the Royal Air Force until transfer to the South African Air Force in 1945."
See my report on ZS-NTE c/n 11926 on my Propliners in S.Africa, 2004.

The construction, who owns, operates and maintains ZS-NTE (and for what period of time) is as yet unclear to me. I think it is a lease; it returned to Germany (where?) soon after this display. We're awaiting a 2017 display schedule and details of ownership, etc.

Dirk Septer shared some photos, and wrote: ".. taken at the Yellowknife, Northwest Territories airport, on 18June2017.
These four aircraft were taking part in the 2017 Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour. The larger team of pilots were performing with their aircraft in 97 (!) air shows during the summer of 2017."
Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017
For the other aircraft see Dirk Septer's gallery - page 2

Paul Weston shared with me another vintage (1980s) aviation photo for his gallery (see HERE..)
Carvair N83FA at Anchorage, by Paul Weston
Carvair N83FA at Anchorage, by Paul Weston

On eBay I found this Douglas A-26 Invader for sale and inquired on Yahoo's forum Classic-Propliners for its identity

A-26 N26AB Invader for sale
A-26 N26AB Invader for sale

A-26 N26AB Invader for sale
A WW2 warbird I (manufactured 1944, USAAF 44-35493), post-WW2 converted for 'executive use'.
Hopefully it will find a new owner.

The eBay page contained some useful information-

Onmark - Marksman
1,300gal/fuel capacity
TT AF 5000hrs.
Pratt & Whitney R2800-CB17's L&R TSOH 350hrs.
Hamilton Standard 43E60 Reversible PROPS
Hydraulic Steering
AII Approved Progressive Inspection
DC-6 Wheels & Brakes
Needs control surfaces redone--Aleron & Elevators
Owner has ".. have all log books, has a faa aproved mantancf [sic], with
some work it can be airworthy, with out afairy [sic] permit" and
"... i have tidle [sic] to it for over 25 years".

Nicolai Musante: "N26AB has been for sale for years, at least since 2003 when I saw it parked and looking very tired with a ´For Sale´-sign in the window.
Can only imagine, what she must look like now. Fingers crossed she will be picked up by someone willing to make her airworthy in a corporate style scheme.
Wouldn´t it be nice with an airworthy Marksman??
The other A-26 (N576JB) is still inside with the museum."

Bill Bailey: "it's an OnMark Marksman C, a pressurized executive conversion. It used the windshield panels from a a DC-6 and had a higher cabin roof."

The eBay advertisement ended as 'This listing has ended. The seller has relisted this item or one like this.' (20Jul17)

Robbie Shaw added this photo: "Photograph of it taken in March this year."

A-26 N26AB, Dona Ana County Airport (25Mar17)



back to top...


Created: 20-Jul-2017