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.


Watching online Tour de France 20Jul18, 10kms from finish at Aéroport de Valence Chabeuil this DC-3 came into view!
It had a USAAF insignia on the fuselage. Michael Prophet responded with info: 'This is the Aces High C-47 which suffered an engine failure on its flight back to the UK and is awaiting an engine. It took part in filming a new
Catch 22 movie and aircraft included 2x B25s from the US plus a Ju52; filmed in Italy."

Douglas C-47 Skytrain 'L4-D' N147DC / '2100884'; getting a new engine installed at Valence (FR).

I found some info on the Catch-22 remake:
"After a more than 70 year absence, the breathtakingly beautiful island of Sardinia is once again echoing to the clattering roar of R-2600 radial engines. Sardinia, a semi-autonomous region of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, is hosting a small fleet of WWII-era warbirds, including a brace of B-25J Mitchell bombers, a Douglas Dakota and a Junkers Ju 52/3m.
The aircraft are taking part in filming for a new adaptation of Joseph Heller’s satirical anti-war anthem, Catch-22.
The production is set for release in 2019 as a 6-episode, limited run series for the web-streaming television service HULU. It will also air on Channel 4 in the UK and Sky Italia in Italy who are co-producing the show alongside HULU.

Everts' Curtiss C-46 Commando crashed at Manley Hot Springs,AK
Everts' C-46 crashed at Manley Hot Springs,AK
From Facebook's 'Taildragger Pilots United'

From: (date of update here 21Jul18)
Type: Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator: Everts Air Cargo
Registration: N1822M --- C/n / msn: 22521
Location: Manley Hot Springs Airport, AK (MLY)
Narrative: 'A Curtiss C-46F cargo plane reportedly force landed at Manley Hot Springs Airport in Alaska, USA, following the loss of engine power on one of the two engines.
Photos have appeared online showing the C-46, named 'Salmon Ella', just past the end of a runway with the nose section covered by a tarp. The nose section seems to have suffered severe impact damage.
The date of the occurrence is unclear, in any case between 7 and 17 July 2018.'
The date shown on my Facebook page (via ASN link) leads me to believe the post was made on July 16th, due to the time difference between Alaska and Central European Time.
NOTE: The same source with Everts Air Cargo that confirmed me the crew escapes without injuries (thanks goodness!) also stated there were flaws in the ASN report, stating the narrative did not originate from Everts, no contact was made with the company.

A link was forwarded to me, showing "Converted a DC3 airplane into a food trailer. Located in Compton Airport!"
DC-3 rebuilt into a foodtrailer!

Compton/Woodley Airport (IATA: CPM, ICAO: KCPM, FAA LID: CPM) is a county-owned public-use airport located two miles southwest of downtown Compton, in southern Los Angeles County, California. It is used for general aviation as an alternative to Los Angeles International Airport, which is situated about 8 miles (13 km) to the west. [Wikipedia]

DC-3 rebuilt into a foodtrailer!
As yet I have no clue about the identity of this Douglas DC-3, its construction number or former N-number.

Phil Brooks forwarded me this link with additional details:
'Compton' American AL Flagship, now a foodtruck
'Flagship Compton', American AL Flagship, now a foodtruck (also referred to as 'foodtrailer')

"American Airlines converted a DC-3 aircraft that served during World War II into a gourmet food truck, dubbed the DC-3 Gourmet, and it’s now open to the public at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) in Compton, California."
"The organization will use the truck as a fundraising tool to support its programs."


Online research led me onto Instagram and a reaction by... The Aviation Warehouse (El Mirage,CA)...
Candidate DC-3/C-47 for the Compton Foodtrailer
The reaction by The Aviation Warehouse (18Jul2016), referring to that bottom photo copied from their website as
'DC3/C47 mock ups for sale' : "Yes, the second one was from here". Not exactly 100% certainty in that text...
Note the black lining on the upper nose cone as well as the opening on the lower part of the nose cone (landing light?).
Hopefully those '(United) States Navy'-titles lead to an identity at some point...?
Btw, there may well have been a swap with the cockpit sections, with DC-3 #1 (XA-REP, afaik), but the 26Nov2017 Instagram photo shows work having been done and intact with cockit section of DC-3 #2.

I consulted Google Earth and compared the 2016 and 2017 images, which shows work being done in that #2 position...
Screendumps GE of Aviation Warehouse
So even if the email by the Aviation Warehouse is a bit vague, the work on a DC-3/C-47 being done here shows
a major project and coincides, me thinks, with the 'DC-3 Gourmet' food trailer project...
Note cockpit seperated from fuselage.

Robin Petgrave of @DC-3 Gourmet (Instagram) confirmed me (July 18, 2018): "You are correct".

Anyway, we still need a US Navy BuNo. for that C-47 (C-117D?)

deHavilland DHC-3T Otter N3952B crashed, not for the first time in its career!
Shared on Facebook: Otter N3952B crashed

An april 2016 photo online showed N3952B back in Ketchikan for the summer operating for Taquan Air.
ADN wrote here: "Here's a U.S. Coast Guard photo showing where a floatplane with 11 people on board crashed on a mountain near Ketchikan this morning.
Thankfully, only minor injuries were reported and all were rescued."

C/n 225 held the following previous identities: '57-6107 • TI-SPG • (C-GAOG) • (C-GAOJ) • C-GGON'
There is a very detailed history to be found on

Tragedy struck for Convair CV340 ZS-BRV and its occupants on 10Jul2018!!!
ZS-BRV crashed after take off from Wonderboom, 10 july 2018

"Convair 340 ZS-BRV crashed and broke up during a test flight out of Wonderboom Airport, reportedly carrying about 20 occupants.
During takeoff from Wonderboom Airport, the aircraft was seen trailing smoke from the no.1 engine. Eyewitnesses also reported observing flames.
The pilot flew a circuit for an emergency landing back ton runway 29.
It went down about 6 km to the east of the airport. The aircraft impacted a shed and broke up.
One of the crew members sustained fatal injuries as well as a person on the ground.
The aircraft had been donated by the owner, Rovos Air [sic], to the Dutch aviation theme park Aviodrome.
It carried the colour scheme of the former Dutch airline Martin's Air Charter (later renamed Martinair) and was to be ferried to the Netherlands with an expected arrival at Lelystad Airport on July 23rd, 2018.
The accident flight was the final test flight before the planned start of the ferry flight on July 12th."

I had seen ZS-BRV in 2004 , when Rovos Rail had Convairs ZS-ARV and ZS-BRV operate as Rovos Air on deluxe package tours to e.g. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; see my Propliners in S.Africa 2004.

More info on

DH89A Dragon Rapide G-AHXW, by Dirk Septer (2018)
DH.89A Dragon Rapide G-AHXW, by Dirk Septer (2018)
N683DH (G-AHXW) rebuiltand repainted at Sealand Aviation in Campbell River over more than a year-period.
For more details and a photo before the make over see Dirk's gallery on my website

Ken Swartz visited the Aviation Warehouse, nearby El Mirage,CA earlier this year.
Aviation Warehouse storage
'11' is a Percival C.51 (P-66) Pembroke. Ex Belgian AF RM-11/OT-ZAK. Registered N51970 (c/n P66/32 C51)
See Ken's gallery on my website

In april 2018 I visited The Aviation Warehouse too, see my CALIFORNIA 2018 report

Gerben Groothuis sent me some 1983 photos taken at Mojave,CA
C-133 N136AR, by Gerben Groothuis
Douglas C-133A Cargomaster, N136AR (c/n 44706)
Ex/ USAF 56-0136, reg'd NASA as 928, rereg'd N136AR (Foundation for Airborne Relief) and N136AB
(Properties Investment Enterprise Ltd). Alsolooked at a 2008 move to Travis Air Museum... Only N199AB made it!

My records show both at some point registered to Cargomaster Corporation, for spares for the 2 C-133's kept
more or less operational in Alaska, C-133A N199AB (see operational on photos by Stu Sibitzky) and mine 2003
Another was one kept at Anchorage by Cargomaster Corp., but N133B (c/n 45584) was crapped during summer 2000.

More photos by Gerben Groothuis on his gallery on my website


DC-3 N1350A disassembly at Rolla
Joel Moellinger shared this photo of C-47B N1350A (c/n 33032/16284) being disassembled at Rolla for a move to Basler
My pages Photos by Friends & Guests #11 and Guestphotos #18 has more on this long term stored resident at Rolla




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Created: 14-DEC-2017