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.


Gerben Groothuis sent me these 2 images (dating from Feb.2017) for identification
Unidentified at Tucson salvage yard
With the above photo Gerben wrote: "can you help with the identification of the C-131 (or T-29) nose found stored
at the Pima Air Museum? I know about the TS-2A next to it, that's N425DF/136583/D-401."

Other airframes that need identification: Searchfor..

HU-16 at Western Int'l yard
Bare metal HU-16 @Western International yard (Tucson)
For the research of my USA 2017 pages (Tucson's salvage yards) I came across this one but had the same
problem with identification! Please help: EMAIL

Grant Newman sent me a few images for my Off-Airport Gallery (see..)
McDonald's DC-3 at Taupo,NZ - by Grant Newman
'McDonald's Diner DC-3' at Taupo,NZ
The Taupo McDonalds has been voted 'the coolest McDonalds on the Planet', out of some 35.000
restaurants around the world!

ZK-APK 'Mangaweke' by Grant Newman
DC-3 ZK-APK (c/n 34227), 'Mangaweke Skyliner'

You'll like my 8 images update to the Bill Hill gallery on my website

C-47 D-CNSF of Nordseeflug by Bill Hill; images provided by Richard Nash.

C-47 9G-AAE Ghana Airways by Bill Hill

Douglas DC-6 N12347 (c/n 44071/401) by Jim Thompson shows a nice winterscene in northern Alaska.
DC-6 N12347 in Alaska by Jim Thompson
N12347 was moved in 2003 and, alas, the owner seems to have made little progress to convert it to his 'man cave'..?
I recorded it on film in 1995 and on that page you'll find a 1991 photo as well.
See also my gallery of Aircraft Off-Airport

Last time I was in Alaska in 2012, but I did not make it to this one; next time!!!

Grant sent me a few 2017 photos, more on Off-Airport ASIA
WWII transports at Seoul's War Memorial
Curtiss C-46D Commando RoKAF 10-541 at Seoul's War Memorial

RoKAF C-123 in Boramae Park
Fairchild C-123J RoKAF 40622 (54-0622, c/n 20071) @Boramae Park, S.Korea

Ron Mak shared this photo of Grumman HU-16 N4796U, in better days, after seeing it reported on my USA 2017
HU-16 N4796U by Ron Mak (1986)

See Ron Mak's gallery on my website PAGE 1 | PAGE 2 | PAGE 3

Rich Hulina shared this photo, winter in west Ontario!
Bush Flying Captured: winter in west Ontario
Rich Hulina recently published Volume 2 of 'Bush Flying Captured'

'JoeJoe' Prince sent me this photo of Everts' N747CE landing at ANC.
N747CE of Everts' at Anchorage IAP
'Taken yesterday (02Jan17) at PANC, C-118A N747CE (44661/628)'

Photo's by JoeJoe on my website: PAGE 1 | PAGE 2

Ken Swartz went to Israel in november 2017 and shared a few photos with me:
C-97 039 at Hetzarim - by Ken Swartz
Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter 039/4X-FPN (c/n 16767; 52-2736) found preservation at Hatzerim.

C-119 045 at Hetzarim - by Ken Swartz
Three Nord Noratlas aircarft are preserved at the Air Force Museum of Hatzerim, here is N.2501D 045/4X-FAE

For more photos see Kenneth Swartz' gallery on my website HERE..


Airspeed Oxford
Airspeed Oxford, with titles 'The Noon & Pearce Organisation' (?) and 'Airspeed' t/t on the fuselage.
Neville took this picture at Nairobi´s Wilson Airport, approx 1961.
With part of the registration under the lh-wing readable (RMU? KMU?), I found a good match on
this website for VP-KMU, ex/ V3889. A considerable
amount of aircraft were converted from military AS.10 (post WW2r) to civil use.
Wikipedia has a good list of Oxford variants. I could not place The Noon & Pearce Organisation.

Through I can share these images of the demolition of Ilyushin IL-18GrM EX-18006 (Sep.2016)
IL-18 EX-18006 being broken up (2014)
This scrapping took place at Bishkek (Frunze) - Manas (FRU / UCFM)
Formerly known as Pishpek and Frunze, Bishkek is the capital and largest city of Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Republic)

IL-18 EX-18006 being broken up (2014)

IL-18 EX-18006 being broken up (2014)

IL-18 EX-18006 being broken up (2014)
Ilyushin IL-18GrM EX-18006 (c/n 187009904)

History of EX-18006
From, online aviation database

IL-18 EX-18006 being broken up (2014)
Centeral (sic) Air - CA

IL-18 EX-18006 being broken up (2014)
Leased and (last?) operated by Central Air, returned to Sky KG Airlines - here's the end of the line

IL-18 EX-18006 being broken up (2014)
Scrapping of Ilyushin IL-18GrM EX-18006 (c/n 187009904)

IL-18 EX-18006 being broken up (2014)

IL-18 EX-18006 being scrapped at Bishkek
Final stages...

N43872, ex/ VC-118A 53-3294 USAF (msn 44665)
C-118 N43872 has been moved (2016?) from the Air Museum on Lake Hood to a nearby motel.
Dec.2017 by JoeJoe Prince (see JoeJoe's photos on my website)

Dirk Septer shared some images of his visit to Budapest's Aviation Mem'l Air Park
Ilyushin IL-14 HA-MAL of Malév Hungarian Air Transport

Ilyushin IL-18Gr HA-MOG, Malev Air Cargo

More on Dirk's visit and other propliner images see his gallery on my website

Recently I came across the location of Curtiss N800FA, on Facebook, at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in New York
C-46 N800FA at Glenn Curtiss Museum
Curtiss C-46F Commando N800FA, ex/ Fairbanks Air Service (of Alaska).
Photo by Josh Lindsey.

Location of Glenn H Curtiss Museum: Hammondsport,NY
Location of Glenn H Curtiss Museum: Hammondsport,NY
Adress: 8419 New York 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840, USA
Only a 2:30 drive from Niagara Falls! Some 135 miles / 220 kms.

Previous identities of c/n 22595: 44-78772 - N67996 - N614Z - CF-ZQX. Operators such as USAAF, Flying Tigers, Zantop / Universal Airlines, Aerodyne, Trans Arctic (Fairbanks,AK), Ilford-Riverton Airways (Canada), May74 bt Fairbanks Air Service (March'76 renamed Great Northern A/L, rr N800FA).
Damaged on 17Mar75 while landing at a frozen lake 100 mls SE of Barrow,AK. But repaired & bt Coffe Point Fish Co. for US$65000,-. In Apr84 bt Atone Air Inc, El Paso,TX. Probly seized for smuggling, 10dec87.
Preserved at Smithsonian Museum Store, Geneseo NY in the 1990s (acquired 31Aug88).
On loan to National Warplane Museum (Elmira,NY) by April 2000, transported by truck to Elmira and reassembled (parked on ramp until summer of 2002) . Failed to restore to airworthiness, due lack of sufficient funding.
The loan of N800FA was transferred to the Glen H. Curtiss Museum, the actual move was in July 2002, but it took until Sep. 2003 for all permits for display in front of museum to be in order.
Last I heard was a process of deaccessing N800FA to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum (2005?).

Want to see the badge that has been erased on the tail? Check Also more photos & details there.

You might like to browse the C-46 Census (worldwide!) on

Ron Mak recently sent me some photos of which I show here Lockheed L.1049 5T-TAF
Lockheed L.1049 5T-TAF by Ron Mak
5T-TAF has c/n 4618 and this L.1049G participated in Biafra's humanitarian airlift.

More on Ron Mak's GALLERY



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Created: 14-DEC-2017