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 item in my daily newspaper made me google for the transport of this Iyushin ('Ilyuchin') to the Novapark in Graz.
I found a video of hoisting the IL-18 IL-62 in place, added onto Facebook in the morning of 06Apr18.
IL-18 placed at Novapark, Graz (April 2018)
IL-18 to Novapark in Graz
Photo by Ulrike Rauch (shared on Facebook)
"Transport 'Rumpf' Ankunft 05Graz2018 @Wohlfühlhotel Novapark Graz"

I found, after more googling at the end of the day, that this is not an IL-18 but
OK-GBH Ilyushin IL-62 (c/n 62404), ex/ CSA Czechoslovak Airlines; previously preserved at Heidenreichstein

Andrew Usugan ‎shared this image of deHavilland DHC-2 N77KZ on 'Bush Planes Alaska' (Facebook)
N77KZ by ANdrew Usugan

On 05Apr2018 N77KZ (c/n 950) landed in Tununak,AK.
N77KZ was reg'd 19Mar16 to Michael Air Service, owned by Michael Renfro. That outfit also goes by the name of Alaskan Adventures. That rough strip certainly looks like a true Alaskan Adventure!
Michael Renfro also owns Yute Commuter Service, but that operates as a seperate Air Taxi operator.

This Beaver has had an interesting career! It flew under the following registrations: 55-3485 • S-1 • 55-3485 • N9630A. Reg'd S-1 it was on loan under Military Assistance Programme (MAP) to Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu) / Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). Delivered on board SS American Trapper, 24Nov1956. On 01Sep1974 this DHC-2 was returned under the loan terms. []

In 2012 I came across it myself, see my 2012 Lake Hood report. On the gallery on my website dedicated to JoeJoe Prince's propliners and bushplanes N77KZ is featured too: HERE...

Grant Newman visited the 'Civil Aviation Museum of China', in Beijing, on 20Sep2017.
He found the below aircraft defied identification... Help would be appreciated! (EMAIL - state url of page)
Grant Newman at Civil Aviation Museum of China in Beijing (9-2017)
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Little hope to identify this one as numerous attempts have been made, afaik.

Grant Newman at Civil Aviation Museum of China in Beijing (9-2017)
Lisinov Li-2

Grant Newman at Civil Aviation Museum of China in Beijing (9-2017)
Lisinov Li-2, 38068 or 38043 ??????

Grant Newman at Civil Aviation Museum of China in Beijing (9-2017)
Again not much to identify this airframe of a Y-5
Jürgen Scherbarth put an identification to this one, see my Searchfor... page

I never visited this museum, only the named Datangshan Air Museum (a.k.a. Beijing's Xiatangshan Air Museum) in 2002.
Grant's photos were taken at the China Civil Aviation Museum, which is at Chaoyang (Beijing city) and not @Xiaotangshan. Two different museums!

Neil Aird sent me this 'blast from the past' from his collection.
Avistion scene at Schiphol, 1966
Photo by Ken Marshall: Amsterdam IAP 'Schiphol' on 15apr1966; photo via NeilAird (

Neville Webb sent me these in Jan.2018
AN-12 UR-

Ukrainian Air Alliance at St.John's!  Wednesday 31 January 2018

Neville wrote me:".... last week [26 Jan?] passed by St. John's Airport YYT and noticed two Antonov An-12BK transport aircraft  UR-CAK and UR-CAJ  of Ukraine Air Alliance (UAA) at the Irving Aviation ramp!
Both aircraft with rear gun turret [windows fared over] and gun housing still in place!
UR-CAJ was unloading cargo.  
Both these planes were built in the 1960s and fly world wide.

Three DHC-8 aircraft were also parked on the ramp including Bahamasair (!) DeHavilland Canada DHC-8-314 Dash 8-300 aircraft: C6-BFP (ex/ C-GFHZ, OE-LLW, N394DC, G-JEDA, N994DC) and another one cocooned in blue
wrapping with the tailplane removed.
A bitterly cold day it was, so cold three sets of batteries lost their charge...
Pictures taken by holding camera against the mesh fencing and hoping..."

See Neville's gallery on my website

Gerben Groothuis sent me these images:
Opa Locka visit by Gerben Groothuis, Jan.2018
Antonov AN-12BP UR-UPZ (c/n 402002) of Aeroviz (formed from Aerovis Airlines in 2016)

Opa Locka visit by Gerben Groothuis, Jan.2018
Unmarked. Aeroviz was formed from Aerovis Airlines in 2016 and at time of writing (01Apr2018) seems to hold
four AN-12s to its name: UR-CPZ (An‑12BP 402002), UR-CCP (An‑12AP 2340505), UR-CBF (An‑12A 2340507)
and UR-CFB An‑12BP 6343802. The latter is/was being overhauled in Rovno,Ukraine - could it be this is the one?

Opa Locka visit by Gerben Groothuis, Jan.2018
Miami Air Lease Convair CV-440 'Metropolitan', N41527 (TC-131E 55-4759; c/n 346).

Opa Locka visit by Gerben Groothuis, Jan.2018
DC-3 N138FS c/n 9967; Alen Enterprises Inc, former Four Star Aviation.
See for more photos of N138FS in its past career: Photos by Friends & Guests #47

Arnold Begeman noticed that the aft fuselage of DC-6ST N867TA has made its way down from Fairbanks,AK to Red Deer in Alberta.

N867TA, @Oldprops website "Crashed and destroyed Nuiqsut, Alaska, 9/01. Rear fuselage section at Fairbanks."
So now we see it sighted at Red Deer in March 2018. I wonder: for what purpose?

N867TA in better days w/ NAC:

See my page on the Douglas DC-6 'Swingtail'.

Mark Griffith published this in March 2018 on Facebook:
C-123 bar in Costa Rica
John Leone remarked: "It's in Manuel Antonio, which is a smallish town south of Jaco.
See also

This aircraft is detailed on my OFF-AIRPORT LATIN AMERICA gallery

These images by Roger Maxwell open a new page on Photos by Friends & Guests: #54
C-119 N15501

Roger wrote: "Here are a few pics of C-119 N15501 taken this weekend (03+04Mar2018)".

I visited Buckeye,AZ myself last year, SEE MY REPORT

The Failrchild C-119 Flying Boxcar is of special interest to me, see my C-119 Index Page



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Created: 14-DEC-2017