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, airliners.net, jetphotos.net, 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.
'Yukon' Cornelis came across this photo online and forwarded it to me (Feb.2019) for he couldn't
find any (online) information to it. Well, it has been mentioned on my website for many years...
The history (except for its mysterious ending) is described in Air-Britain's 'The First Seventy Years' publication:
C/n 9037 ¬ '42-32811 delivered on 05Feb43 to USAAF as 42-32811 -[period of no details]- various locations (Walker, Smoky Hill, Biggs) in 1945 - RFC Bush 03Oct45 - NC57539 Hoosier Air Transport Corp. (1947) -
Delta f/n 61 28Feb49 - Charlotte Aircraft Corp - Aircaft Ferry Services Inc 30Sep59 - T.3-25 Spanish Air Force - Disappeared 02Oct1973, written off as result of the (suspected) accident.'
That last line is not a literally quote from the DC-3 book, but has to do with its disappearance and the content of a webpage of mine: The Search for Douglas DC-3 ECT-025 - Go check it out !!!
Once upon a time... there was this idea to create an aviation museum at Battle Mountain,NV. But it never worked out and
for many years the military planes stood abandoned in a compound at the site of the road, near the airport. Gradually
the aircraft disappeared to collectors or other museum initiatives that never got off the ground. This C-119 N5216R
was the last plane standing... A purchase was too complicated for the local authorities and even reputable aviation
museums were denied a purchase. There are links with the Dept. of Defense though ownership seems vague and
the 'object' has no obvious papers that could conclude a 'bill of sale' (asper recent advertisement).
This C-119 Flying Boxcar needs to move one way or another for redevelopment here.
The most recent and promising attempt was made by two guys in Alaska, who want to put the fuselage on a trailer.
More details on My visit in 2008 and Photos by Friends & Guests #53.
In support of two difficult to identify DC-3s at Charlies Hostel (see my Airplane Mysteries), Ron sent this photo:
Douglas DC-3s of C.M Aero Services stored at Manilla: RP-C1352, RP-C1353 (c/n 25571/14126) and RP-C1354
C.M Aero Services was formed by Charlie Miller in 1985 and closed shop in 2000.
Ron Mak's propliner gallery on my website: PAGE 1 | PAGE 2 | PAGE 3
Ron also shared some fine photos (here's 1 of 4) of Douglas C-47B SX-ECF (c/n 33206),
Jim Monahan saw my photo of DC-3 N26MA taken at Lake Elsinore (14May2008) and drew my attention to
The Corrs video 'Breathless'. Thank you Jim, that video is certainly worth watching, not only for the DC-3!
DC3 N26MA featuring in the Corrs video, 'Breathless' on YouTube.
It also flew (acted a part?) in the James 007 Bond movie, 'Quantum of Solace'.
N26MA (c/n 2169) is still current, its latest certification registry dates from 12May2017.
MACEDONIAN AVIATION (1972 - 1074)
On 02Feb2019 Roger Byron-Collins wrote me with the following:
"I was intrigued, indeed fascinated, to read all he information on your site regarding the airline I formed at the age of 25, namely Macedonian Aviation at Southend Airport where I based my airline in 1972, until I sold out my shares to Mr Ralph Goldstraw in the summer of 1974. You asked for comments or input so I trust this missive and photos help.
I have further information that you may or indeed may not find helpful about the background and the establishment of Macedonian Aviation.
For background: I was born into aviation life as my father was RAF aircrew with 40 years service and I lived in RAF married quarters through my childhood years.
Whilst living with my parents at RAF Northolt I wished to obtain a PPL. When I was just 17 years old I started a course at nearby Denham airfield Uxbridge. I soon realised that it was only for professionals as I nearly had a nasty accident on landing.
Dove G-APZU was relocated to Southend and I then purchased the 'workhorse' of BAE Filton, a Dakota DC-3
Ron Mak photographed DC-3 G-AMPO in 1973 at Southend; Ron Mak has an extensive series of photo on my website
The Dakota crew underwent training with Dan Air at Lasham and it paid many visits to Gatwick and Southend during this period. However in September 1972 G-AMPO undertook a very eventful trip...
My business partner married an Indian diplomat's daughter at the Anglican Church in Beirut, Lebanon and a wedding party of 30 guests flew out on an MEA scheduled flight from Heathrow. The day after the wedding Palestinian terrorists murdered Israeli athletes at the Olympic games in Munich. The Israelis retaliated by attacking and besieging Beirut Airport which was closed and there were no scheduled flights to get the guests out of Lebanon!
I telephoned my pilot Harry Chang who said he would take the Dakota from Gatwick to extract the party.
Harry Chang knew Beirut airport well and advised the guests to remain on the beach by the airport which he would overfly and once he had landed to run to the aircraft and they could embark.
Some 12 hours later after refueling at Genoa and Brindisi, G-AMPO landed at Beirut airport escorted by Israeli military aircraft. The entire 30 wedding guests climbed over the perimeter fence and sprinted for the aircraft which did not shut down and it took off again within minutes for Nicosia Cyprus with the Israeli escort.
The wedding party and reception continued their celebrations at The Dome Hotel in Kyrenia (before the island was divided). The wedding guests returned to the UK with Cyprus Airways and the crew and I returned in the Dakota 2 days later to Gatwick via Genoa.
Painting by renowned aviation artist John Young; Roger wrote: " G-AMPO depicted while fleeing Beirut, en route to
Nicosia (Cyprus) on 10Sep1972, after the Israels bombed Beirut airport following the massacre of the Israeli athletes
at the Munich Olympics. It rescued me and 30 British people who were attending a wedding in Beirut.
The aircraft was escorted out of Lebanese airspace by two Israeli fighters."
Later in September 1972, after completion of crew training G-AMPO returned to Southend to commence operations. On November 5th it took its first paying passengers to Amsterdam.
In conclusion, for almost the past 40 years [I] specialised in the purchase of former UK military property, mainly Married Quarters, but also a couple of ex RAF airfields and the former Bomber/Strike Command HQ, Bawtry Hall.
Med vennlig hilsen / Kind regards
deHavilland DH.104 DOVE 8, G-HBBC c/n 04211: '14 May 2010 To Roger Charles Gawn, Trustee of:, Melton Hall, Melton Park, Melton Constable with c/r G-HBBC (DH104 DOVE 8, 04211).' Apparently still based at Compton Abbas, Dorset.'
A few more details on my Photos by Friends & Guests #57 on Macedonian Aviation
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