Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (58)


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.


Fred Barnes went to Duxford IWM for 'Daks over Duxford' on different dates than I did and shares some here:
N8336C 'Tabitha May'
DC-3C (C-47B) NC33611 (c/n 34378) in vintage Pan Am livery and named 'Tabitha May'.

Fred wrote me: "I was lucky to do a 'fly in' to Duxford on 30th May, with two friends, when the weather was sunny but not all of the Daks had arrived.
We returned by car on 4th June, but sadly the weather was not the best for the paradrop and photography.
Here are two photographs taken on 4th June: LN-WND 'coming back on one', with the port engine shut down, and 'Tabitha May' firing up after work on the port engine."

DC-3 LN-WND landing at Duxford
The blades turned to reduce drag.
Engine problems would cut short the 'D-Day 75' participation of Dakota Norway.
Very disappointing to all concerned.

See my extensive report on 'DAKS OVER DUXFORD (2019)'

Whilst on the subject of DC-3s, Fred had seen an issue on my Photos by Friends & Guests #57, on Hiper (or Hi-Per) conversions of the DC-3. The facts are not always clear to me: a full conversion seem to have included more powerful
engines such as were put on the DC-4 plus wheeldoors to reduce drag ('maximizer speed kit'). But some of these
Hiper conversions did not include the engine change or went back to the original Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp.
I would welcome more information: EMAIL (please include the URL you're referring too).

DC-3 F-BCYV in 1973 by Fred Barnes
C-47A F-BCYV (c/n 10141) of Vargas Aviation taken at Exeter on 1st June 1973. Photo by Fred Barnes.
It has the 'maximizer kit'-type wheeldoors, not sure if it is a full Hiper conversion with upgraded engines.

A little bit of history on this C-47A: From USAAF (42-24279) it went to Air France (F-BCYF; opf CEP/Centre d'Exploitation Postale from 28/10/48) and afterwards was operated by Fretair, Vargas Aviation and Uni-Air then
'became' J5-GAL for LIA of Guinea Bissau. And seems to be still around, status: 'stored at Bissallanca / Oswaldo
Viera' (Guinea Bissau). [Info courtesy per 7-2019; nil info on a Hiper conversion].
Air-Britain's 'DC-3, The First Seventy Years' has no information of a Hiper conversion for c/n 10141 either.

C-GJDM at Peterborough visited by Ken Swartz
DC-3-2000 C-GJDM at Peterborough visited by Ken Swartz; for more on this see Ken's gallery on my website!

Following the disassembly of C-119 N5216R at Battle Mountain,NV - For more see my C-119 Info Page #4
Disasembly of C-119 N5216R at Battle Mountain (2019)
'Boxcar Bulletin' May-July 2019. As one can read, for the RCAF nose a home has been found..

Albert Davidson shared this photo on Facebook, identified by others as a DC-6.
DC-6A N578AS in UAL colours.
The paint on the nose seems to have a slightly weathered look. The trailer does not appear to be suited to haul
it over considerable distances. Owner a collector or retired UAL pilot? (EMAIL)


I thought this list I came across a forum would be of interest to copy and save!
By John Terrell-
Being on a DC-3/C-47 kick over the past week, I thought I would spend a bit of time collecting as much information as I could on all variants of the DC-3 currently flying (including turbo-conversions), world-wide.
Here are my results (187 at current count):

Bolivia: 1 (CP-2421)
Colombia: 16 (FAC1654, FAC1658, FAC1667, HK-1175, HK-122, HK-1315, HK-2006, HK-2820, HK-3037, HK-3215, HK-3286, HK-3292, HK-5016, PNC-0256, PNC-0257, PNC-0258)
Denmark: 1 (OY-BPB)
El Salvador: 2 (FAS116, YS-53C)
England: 5 (G-AMPY?, G-ANAF, N147DC, N473DC, ZA947)
Finland: 1 (OH-LCH)
France: 3 (F-AZTE, F-AZOX, F-HVED)
Germany: 1 (ZS-NTE)
Guatemala: 1 (FAG590)
Hungary: 1 (HA-LIX)
Iceland: 1 (TF-NPK)
India: 1 (VP905)
Kenya: 1 (5Y-WOW)
Mauritania: 1 (5T-MAH)
Netherlands: 1 (PH-PBA)
New Zealand: 3 (ZK-AWP, ZK-DAK, ZK-JGB)
Norway: 1 (LN-WND)
Russia: 3 (RA-05738, RA-2059G, RA-2944G)
South Africa: 9 (SAAF6839, SAAF6852, SAAF6885, SAAF6887, ZS-ASN, ZS-BXF, ZS-CAI, ZS-CRV, ZS-DIW)
Sweden: 2 (N41CQ, SE-CFP)
Switzerland: 2 (N150D, N431HM)
Thailand: 8 (RTAF46151, RTAF46153, RTAF46154, RTAF46155, RTAF46156, RTAF46157, RTAF46158, RTAF46159)
Turkey: 1 (N3291)
United States: 90 (N103NA, N115U, N131PR, N137PB, N138FS, N141PR, N143D, N146RD, N147AZ, N151ZE, N15MA, N15SJ, N17334, N18121, N193DP, N198RD, N1XP, N200MF, N231GB, N24320, N25641, N25673, N26MA, N271SE, N272R, N272ZZ, N2805J, N28AA, N28TN, N29TN, N3006, N300BF, N300MF, N30TN, N3239T, N33611, N33644, N33VW, N34, N341A, N345AB, N346AB, N34DF, N353MM, N400MF, N41HQ, N437GB, N43XX, N44587, N45366, N467SP, N472AF, N47E, N47SJ, N47TB, N500MF, N5106X, N534BE, N56V, N583V, N587MB, N59314, N60154, N61981, N62CC, N64766, N64767, N64784, N705GB, N728G, N734H, N737H, N74589, N791HH, N7AP, N814CL, N8336C, N836M, N86584, N8704, N87745, N877MG, N882TP, N8WJ, N92578, N932H, N9796N, N982Z, N983DC, N99FS)

Purposely not included: N16005 of the Lyon Air Museum and N1944A of the Fantasy of Flight collection - both are not currently operated.

I don't know exactly how many of the Thailand Air Force Basler fleet still remains active at this time - I've listed out all of them except for RTAF 46152, as I know that one is now on outdoor static display at Phitsanulok.
With regard to the list of types in the US, this is not just a listing of all of the N numbers registered in the US (there are far more!) - each one that I have listed has been verified to have been active within the last 5 years and could still fly at this time.

John: "I wouldn't be surprised at all if there is still a large swath of DC-3's (and related types) still to add."

Last edited by JohnTerrell on Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:24 pm, edited 22 times in total.

When the Museum of Mountain Flying (Missoula, Montana) was restoring their 'Miss Montana' to airworthiness they
needed to lease or purchase another DC-3 for crew training in order to get under way to England in time for D-Day 75.
They bought this 'Western Airlines' DC-3A N33644 (c/n 4123); reg'd 16May19 to Western Airlines (Drummond,MT). NC33644 Western Airlines with the Museum of Mountain Flying

A few notes on this airframe from my files: Owner Michael G. Kimbrel flew his NC33644 at least from 1996 as a privat plane. Visited the EAA Venture in Oshkosh that year, in July. Kimbrel is (or by 2019 perhaps was) a Delta pilot and flew it in his spare time.
Mike Kimbrel even has or had a DC-3 instructor rating and owns (or owned) a 1.800 ft privat grass strip & hangar somewhere SW of Olympia,WA and organized a yearly Fly-in yearly on the sunday after Labor Day.
Reported 26Apr04 at Oakville-Kimbrell airstrip and again in April 2007 at Oakville,WA area (on grass strip along Chehalis River near the Portor bridge).
NC33644 participated on 25Jul2010 at Rock Falls AP (MKE),IL the event 'DC-3, The Last Gathering'.
So maybe it was time for Mr Kimbrell to let his DC-3 go, I am sure he found it to good home.

I have a quote from the museum: "This would never been able to happen, without out Western AL 102 N33644 that was used to train and certify all of the 6 Pilots that took 'MISS MONTANA' to Normandy and back."

NC33644 '102' Western Air Lines
NC24320 and NC33644 together in one frame. Note the sponsors helping Miss Montana for participating in D-Day 75
Great to see Neptune Airtanker involved too! See also my page dedicated to my 2014 visit to The Museum of Mountain Flying, when getting NC24320 to fly was thought to be no option at all for the costs and work involved.

Beech G18S N233H (c/n BA-481) seen derelict here at Bethel,AK 04Jul2019
Beech 18 N233H of Renfro's at Bethel,AK
N233H of Renfro's Alaskan Adventures suffred a landing gear collapse 15Jun10 upon landing at Napakiak, Alaska
Had been reg'd 12Feb2010 to Michael W. Renfro of Bethel,AK
Allegedly Renfro's, after they salvaged the engines, they donated N233H to the local fire department for training.
Previous reg'd to Bilco Air LLC of Danville,IL it seems this Twin Beech has reached the end of the road here at Bethel.



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Created: 05-JUL-2019