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.


Another project to determine identity and fate!
C-54D 9Q-CBK
Douglas C-54D, 9Q-CBK; ex Royal Danish Air Force (N-625). @Luik-Bierset Airport, Belgium. 26Jan1978.
Its 'swingtail' conversion is clearly visible.
Ron Mak asked help in determining whether this is c/n 10452 or 10730. Solved on my Search for Aircraft Identities


See also Ron Mak's propliner galleries on my website: PAGE ONE | PAGE TWO | PAGE THREE

Robert Fulwiler sent me this image in Oct.2018, he wrote: "This is a photo of C-123K marked as WV 548. I took this photo 18Nov1970 at the airfield in Pleiku, RVN (Camp Holloway).
Flight was to Tuy Hoa.
C-123 548/WV USAF
Fairchild C-123 Provider 55-4548 (c/n 20209) was converted to C-123K. It went to the Vietnam Air Force, later
went to the Royal Thai Air Force. Presently preserved in Don Maung AFB Collection / Museum. []
Listed on the website

The Fairchild C-123 Provider is an American military transport aircraft designed by Chase Aircraft and then built by Fairchild Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.
In addition to its USAF service, which included later service with the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard, it also went on to serve most notably with the U.S. Coast Guard and various air forces in Southeast Asia.
During the War in Vietnam, the C-123 was used to deliver supplies, to evacuate the wounded, and also used to spray Agent Orange. [Wikipedia, more..]

Chris Thompson did me the great pleasure for sending this from Hawaii!
N70BF on contract at Hawaii
Here we have a photo of DC-6A N70BF on the ramp at Kalaeloa Airport (PHJR), the former NAS Barbers Point.

Chris wrote me earlier: "You might be interested in an update on N70BF.
In her Navy days (BuNo.131617), it was stationed at NAS Barbers Point with transport squadron VR-21, basically from the day she was accepted until the squadron was decommissioned in 1977. 
C/n 43720 spent her time here flying across the world, but primarily in and out of the Vietnam conflict area.

In January 2018, she returned home to Kalaeloa Airport, the former NAS Barbers Point – 65 years since she was first here, and 40 years since she left!
Since the picture you have on your DC-6 page, she’s been converted with spray nozzles above the wings, and storage tanks – in fact, old KC-97 fuel tanks – in the fuselage.  Her current owners, National Response Corporation, have her assigned here to fulfill a contract to spray oil dispersant in case of an offshore oil spill. 
[Note- National Response Corporation probably is not the owner but the operator, leasing N70BF from Florida Aircraft Leasing; it is still reg'd to the latter on FAA's Registry -Webmaster]

One of our museum volunteers was a kid here in the late 1950s, and his father worked as a crew chief on this very same aircraft.  He now spends his time as her modern plane captain, lavishing much-deserved attention on her, and sitting in the very same seat his father did six decades ago.

DC-6A c/n 43720
Rolf Larsson sent me this on 18Oct18: "I took the picture at Opa Locka on 09Mar09; the info was painted on the lower aft part of the fuselage. Interesting to see that it is now officially registered as a DC-6A, originally being a military R6D, later C-118B!"

On my page DC-6 Technical the variants are explained, which you will also find on Wikipedia.
The R6D-1 to C-118B was a simple administrive change in 1962 for aircraft types with the US military.
From my page I quote 'The US Navy took delivery of 65 examples, designating them R6D-1. The US Navy redesignated them C-118B in 1962.
The US Air Force accepted 101 C-118As.'
The DC-6A was nicknamed 'Liftmaster', designed to haul freight.
It us my understanding that the C-118B was designed to be able to change its configuration, from passengers to cargo and vice versa. From my own files I noted that in 2002 this C-118B was refurbished by Florida Air Transport (under same ownership as Florida Aircraft Leasing) with 'new' engines and fitted with a new cargo door.
Its FAA registry notes its Certificate of Airworthiness dates from 06Sep2000, for the owner mentioned.

Its current type designation 'DC-6A' fully describes its use, as a freighter (but obviously still configurable for special purposes such as spraying oil despersants, as currently on contract for oil spill response operations).

Neville Webb wrote me about a 21Sep2018 re-visit to the crashsite of RB-36H 51-13721.
RB-36H 51-13721 crashsite @Newfoundland

Visit Neville Webb's gallery on my website for more details plus links to drone videos

A fun item I could not resist noting here too: A DC-3 converted to Campervan in Australia!
Dc-3 Campervan @Brisbane
It's got the unmissable nose of a plane, yet no wings. It's got four wheels, but
there's nothing else like it on the road! Not in Queensland, not in the world!

The story of a wrecked DC-3 put on a 1939 K-5 International truck chassis and converted to a motorhome!

I've seen photos of it pass me online every now and then, but recently came across a very comprehensive article and interview, so I decided to copy some of it here, make people aware.

How a military plane crash landed in the bush in 1947 and
wound up as a campervan.

By Patrick Williams
[Sep.2018 - ]

So how did an aircraft once belonging to the Dutch Navy end up registered as a campervan in a Samford Valley driveway?
On the night of 26Mar1947, DC-3 (Douglas C-47A-25-DK, c/n 13210) W-12, operated by the Netherlands East Indies Navy, was brought down by a lightning strike on a flight from Sydney to Jakarta. It crashed in the Katherine Gorge.
All 6 people on board survived and the cargo was undamaged.
It took 6 weeks to get the plane out of the bush and on to the main road where it could be towed the rest of the way.

Brisbane-based KLM Royal Dutch Airlines caught wind of the crash. It was just the thing they needed — the body of a plane to test out their overhauled engines.
The wingless plane spent two years there, before it was purchased by marine plumber Bill Chater in 1950. Mr Chater built his motorhome, and got 10 years of joy out of it before an accident left him with injuries to his legs. He could no longer drive, and so the van was put on ice for decades.

Decades would pass until Mr Werner Kroll met Mr Chater. They hit it off, became vast friends.
Werner Kroll tried to buy the motorhome, but Chater would not have it.
The friendship continued up until Mr Chater died in 1990. Unbeknownst to Mr Kroll, his friend had left the 'airbus' he so desired to him!
Mr Kroll spent years working on the motorhome — painting it, tinkering with it. He even put in a new diesel engine.
By 1995 it was ready to hit the road once more.

Mr Kroll has taken immaculate care of the DC-3 ever since it came into his possession. But he knows it won't last forever, and just like Mr Chatter left the campervan to him, Mr Kroll must leave it to someone else.
"It has to be a guy who can look after it", Kroll says.
Mr Kroll said he already has a future owner in mind — a DC-3 fanatic from Japan he has known for about a decade. "He's been all over the world, he's written two books about it. He's also a fantastic artist," Mr Kroll said.
It's not an easy decision to make.

Other references used for the above:

DC-3 Motorhome in Queensland

This 'VH-DAK' motorhome was also adressed about 10 years ago on my Photos by Friends & Guests #08

More photos: (Dec.2010)

Motorhome 'VH-DAK' at the gasstation
Photo from Facebook's 'ABC Perth', no name to credit.

This photo was shared on Facebook's 'Round Engine Aero' group in Sep.2018
Percival Pembroke N510RP
Hunting Pembroke C51 N510RP (c/n Serial #: P66-29) is seen here on transport, after decades of storage at Anoka.
Destination is Nashville, Michigan - 'north of Battle Creek by about 20 minutes'.
There's (allegedly) interest in Belgium to make RM-9 fly again.
Here is a 2004 photo on and one in 1999 on Air-Britain's ABPic

Anoka County–Blaine Airport (ICAO: KANE), also known as Janes Field, is a public use airport in Anoka County, Minnesota.
Round Aero Engine produced a brief history of RM-9:
brief history of RM-9:
●Built in 1954
●Served with the Belgian Air Force 21 Squadron/15 Wing as RM-9
●Sold to Air America N51964
●Registered to Interamericana de Honduras S.A. as HR-ITA
●Sold to Panazzo Farms Corporation now registered N510RP
●Ownership changes 2 more times
●Purchased by us, disassembled & transported to Michigan, where she awaits a buyer, without the fear of scrapping

The above roundup has the registration of N702JM for Sean Keating (Certificate Issue Date: 04Nov2004 - Cancel date: 13Sep2013) missing. I think it was in the 1990s I met Sean, he had the Pembroke then and intended to work on a restoration, but never got round to it. He sold it many years ago, that person seems to be missing to in the above list.

This history by seems to do it more justice-
History of Pembroke C.51 N510RP (ex/N702JM)
We see identities HR-ITA and N702JM added too, as well as more details on owners/operators.

The Percival Pembroke is a British high-wing twin-engined light transport aircraft built by the Percival Aircraft Company, later Hunting Percival.
The Pembroke was a development of the Percival Prince civil transport. It had a longer wing to permit a higher fully laden weight. The prototype flew on 21Nov1952. Production was complete in early 1958.
It entered service with the Royal Air Force as the Percival Pembroke C.1 in 1953 to replace the Avro Anson for light transport duties. As with other RAF transports, the passenger seats are rearward-facing for improved safety.

The 'business' of Round Aero Engine explained: ".. It is our goal to get all of these forgotten & neglected birds to those who can return them to the air. If there's one at your airport, or you know of one in a field, give us a call.
As you can see, size,type, or location doesn't matter. All deserve the chance to be in the air once again, and we will find the prosperous home for them to achieve that once again!"

Fred Barnes did me the great pleasure of adding this glorious image of Pembroke 'RM-9' during its days as N51964:
Percival Pembroke N51964 by Fred Barnes
Fred wrote me: "I have here a photo taken at Blackbushe Airport, UK on 04May78 when the same aircraft was sold as N51964. Still has basic Belgian Air Force colours and RM-9 code. Great to hear that it may be saved and restored!" has a fine 1978 photo (black&white) of N51964 (ex/RM-9/OT-ZAI) by Mick Bajcar at Ft.Lauderdale

And Ron Mak followed suit with an image of this Pembroke operating as HR-ITA in Honduras!
Pembroke HR-ITA by Ron Mak in 1980
This must be during its days with Interamerican de Honduras. This airline was founded in 1974 and lasted
until 1977 (source: has a photo by Vito Cedrini of HR-ITA taken on 19Sep1978.

Arnold Begeman took this photo while visiting Saskatoon airport to harvest spares of the stored Fokker F.28 Fellowships, gathering memorabilia for a Time Air museum. The F.28s are in the process of being scrapped.
F.27A Friendship, stored at Saskatoon
Fokker F.27J (modified from F.27A) Friendship, C-FTPA (c/n 104; ex/ N2777R)
FTPA was destroyed at Wollaston Lake, the wreck was moved to Saskatoon-YXE during the late1980's and
saw use as fire trainer.

Norcanair had five Fairchild-built Fokker F-27 aircraft acquired from Hughes Air West in 1976-77, which it used for regular flights. Norcanair became part of Time Air in 1987.

Norcanair was the name of a Canadian airline that existed from 1947 to 1987, and again briefly in the early 1990s and from 2001 to 2005.
Norcanair traces its history back to M&C Aviation, founded in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1930 by private pilots Richmond Mayson and Angus Campbell.
Moving soon to Prince Albert, this bush-flying firm survived the Great Depression by concentrating on carrying prospectors and travelers into Saskatchewan's heavily forested north.
When WW2 broke out, the firm's technical expertise was put to work running an overhaul facility in Prince Albert that maintained aircraft used by the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

The final update of a project that started in Feb.2014: The Bill Hill | Richard Nash photo gallery
C-4 Argonaut, G-ALHS (c/n 164) of Derby Airways
C-4 Argonaut, G-ALHS (c/n 164) of Derby Airways.
Derby Aviation was formed in Feb.49 by 1938-established Air Schools Ltd, taking over all civil flying activities
from its parent company. Light aircraft operations transferred to Air Schools in 1959 and renamed Derby Airways,
again renamed to BMA in Oct.'64.

The final update amounted to 12 images, but follow the link above for a virtual pandora box of vintage aviation photos!

A few images in celebration of the Lockheed Starliner restoration by the SAA Museum
Starliner restoration by the SAA Museum
The tow is kept cautious but with steady progress , much the same as the restoration!

Starliner restoration by the SAA Museum
Lockheed L.1049A Starliner, ZS-DVJ (c/n 1042)
See vintage images on my 'ZS-DVJ remembered by Erik Eriksson' (features also updates during recent times)

Email by John Austin-Williams, 18Sep2018
"We are delighted to announce that our Lockheed Starliner, ZS-DVJ, was towed to the museum’s aircraft park on Monday the 17Sep2018, The chairman’s 60th birthday!
We gratefully acknowledge all of our sponsors that have helped us get to this point, they are mentioned on the various 'Connie' pages of our website.
There is still a long road ahead...

The story of our 'Connie' can be followed by visiting the various pages on our website, see links below. ¬Basic history of ZS-DVJ. The dismantling at Klein Kariba in May 1979 and the reassembly at the then Jan Smuts Airport. ¬Dismantling beginning at SAA Technical in mid-2011 and completed by October 2017 at Denel Aviation. ¬The move to Rand Airport, 12th of October to Friday 13th of October 2017. ¬Reassembly at Rand Airport, starting April 2018 and towing up to the Museum’s aircraft park, 17th of September 2018.
Kind regards from a hot day on the Highveld in Johannesburg!
John Austin-Williams ('Jaws')
Chairman: South African Airways Museum Society




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Created: 19-SEP-2018