Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (60)


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.


Following 'plane wreck' I copied from Facebook's (Beech 18/ C45/ AT11/ SNB Group) for the text seems to offer hope for some sort of restoration!
Joel Russell posted photo and the following text: (Cut and paste from another group I’m in). This plane was brought to Liberty (no state mentioned). A young man told us it belongs to a doctor in town who is going to clean it up and make it safe for kids to explore."
Beech C-45 N9809Z at Liberty
The data insert was copied in by me (Webmaster, RL). Source

Helpful comments was posted by a former owner, Chris Hrabina: "I owned this plane and sold it to the Superintendent of Liberty ISD who is the current owner. It does have a cool history, it was stolen in the early 70s from Ohio if I remember and flown to Victoria. It was then purchased by David Rodgers and moved to his property. I acquired it in 2015-ish."
I think Liberty ISD refers to Liberty Independent School District, in Liberty,Texas.

Phil Brooks shared his 1983 photo of DC-3 N62WS, from the 'romantic days' propliners
played a role in cops (DEA) and robbers (drugs smugglers).
Impounded C-47 N62WS at Indianapolis, April 1983, copyright Phil Brooks
Impounded C-47 N62WS at Indianapolis, April 1983, copyright Phil Brooks.

Phil wrote: "The Drug Enforcement Administration chased the crew up from Florida, after observing them dropping bales out. The crew was arrested upon landing (the DEA King Air landed behind them) at the now-closed Kelly Field in Mooresville, just southwest of IND.
This happened in the fall/early winter of 1980, from what I can tell¬
The aircraft made its way to IND, where it sat for several years. I can’t remember if I noticed when it was gone, as I was away at college, and not visiting the airport as much as before.
The next thing I heard about it was on the front page of the Indianapolis Star on Memorial Day weekend 1984.

One thing I remember is that the crew’s bodies had been hacked up after the crash. I never heard anything else about that incident, oddly."
Check out: /
'Originally delivered to the RAF in WW2 (42-92228 / FL596), this DC-3 was later converted to an executive aircraft for the T Eaton Co (hence the registration, CF-ETE). Here it is in service with the Hudsons Bay Co. on northern supply work. After replacement with a Twin Otter it ended up in the US (N62WS) and got impounded over drug smuggling in 1980'.
'24 March 1984 - Crashed during an illegal flight in a mountainous area of Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica. The airplane was carrying a load of weapons for the Nicaraguan Contras militia.'

Kenneth Swartz sent me this in Feb.2020: "This Albatross was still at Longview Airport, Kelso,OR (KLS/KKLS)
airport on 03Feb2020. The particular photo was taken two years ago."
HU-16 N121FB
I did a little digging into the history of Grumman G-111 Albatross N121FB (G-339): see Ken's
on my website and many other propliner images he shared with me!

Having noticed above photo, Fred Barnes shared his photo of N121FB with me.
Albatross N121FB 1980 by Fred Barnes
Fred wrote: "I have a photo of Albatross N121FB at Fort Lauderdale on 09Oct1984 in all white livery.
It was at Chalk's at the time, but I believe it was intended for 'executive' use."

Dirk Septer shared 3 Catalina/Canso airframes he came across in 2011, in New Zealand, on his gallery
Catalina, ZK-PBY (2011)
ZK-PBY seen well wrapped on 14Mar2011 ; it can also be seen elsewhere on my website:
Photos by Friends & Guests PAGE 9 and PAGE 45 (post restoration).


Received word and a photo form Everts Air, regarding their DC-6 N151:
DC-6 N151

"N151 is in its final C Check with Everts. When it comes out we will finish flying the time down leaving enough to ferry it to Norway. We are gearing up for April."
(This DC-6 will be donated for preservation in Norway).

N151 elsewhere on my website (a.o.):
¬ My propliner visit to Anchorage IAP, 2006
¬ Page 20 - Photos by Friends and Guests
¬ USA 2012: vintage planes - Oregon and Alaska
¬ Propliners by Martin Prince Jr - page 2

Regrettably DC-3 (C-47A) PP-VBF (c/n 10156) has been scrapped...
DC-3 PP-VBF scrapped

From my files: '42-24294 del 30Aug43, wfu/std 15Jan46, 19Jun46 Reconstruction Finance Corp(US military surplus organisation, NC68358 Air Carrier Supply Corp (no date), NC68358 Hughes Tool Co (no date), PP-VBF Varig delivered 05Dec47, pres Parque do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro circa Sep71, PP-VBF canx reg 18Jul74, Jan80 moved to Rio Galeao after damaged by vandals, Mar80 on display after restoration.
Scrapped 31Jan20 (Facebook 'Aviation Wrecks and relics').

The recent scrapping of DC-3 PP-VBF (c/n 10156) led Ron to share this photo with me, showing it in better days!
DC-3 PP-VBF VARIG, by Ron Mak

See for propliners Ron's Propliner Gallery: Page 4 + PAGE 3 + PAGE 2 + PAGE 1

Sean found Douglas C-54E N460WA at Castle Airport (Atwater,CA; 23Jan20) in some maintenance.
C-54E of Florida Air Transport at Castle-Atwater, by Sean Keating (2020)
See Sean Keating's gallery on my website for more photos of N460WA (as well as many other propliners)

Propliners by Ron Mak
Ron Mak provided me with a set of 10 photos, taken in 1971 at Panama's Tocumen Airport.
See for the update Ron's Propliner Gallery Page 4 I added extensive history details to these photos.

My contact with Joey Barnes dates back all the way to 2005, for items discussed (including the Beech 18) on my page dedicated to Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North. We lost contact, but not after I purchased and read his two
books about his 'Kingdom of Obsolete'. Today, 27Jan20, I noticed a post on Facebook and got reacquainted!
Beech 18 CF-PJG
Situation during X-mas 2019, preservation in the freezer!

CF-PJG on dry land, awaiting transport to The Kingdom of Obsolete!
CF-PJG on dry land, awaiting transport to The Kingdom of Obsolete!

Twin Beech CF-PJG on transport to The Kingdom of Obsolete!
Jan.2020, Twin Beech CF-PJG on transport to The Kingdom of Obsolete, where Joey Barnes rules!

Joey posted this on Facebook's 'Beech 18/ C45/ AT11/ SNB Group':
"We made no plans but it all worked out to bring my Beech 18 back to the Kingdom.
The 1983 IH Paystar 5000 plow truck, known as Thor, made short work of the 4 feet of sugar snow to dig out the beech 18 plane! The community all pitched in and the loading was all done in 3 hours with the call letters on the wings facing out for the world to see. LOL
We even tarped the burnt cockpit, like a diaper, to catch any loose debris so it didn't fall on the road. When we drove past the airport in WHO-ville last night it is hard to believe that 49 years ago this plane took off from this airport on it's last flight."
Joey is located in North Manitoba.

I googled for info on this Twin Beech CF-PJG and stumbled on from which I quote ¬
Beech 18 Expeditor C18S
Last Military Serial: 43-35832 +++ USAAF Construction Number: 6569
Last Civil Registration: CF-PJG +++ Latest Owner or Location: Calm Air Ltd, Lynn Lake, MAN
That website also gave a chronological history:
1944 Constructed as an UC-45F.
1944 Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 43-35832.
Redesignated as C18S.
27 December 1962 To Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO with new c/r N6415C (C18S, 6569).
17 July 1963 Civil registration, N6415C, cancelled.
To Rev. W. Leising/Oblate Fathers, Fort Williams ONT with new c/r CF-PJG.
1969 To Joseph Flemming, Yellowknife NWT keeping registration CF-PJG.
1970 To Calm Air Ltd, Lynn Lake, MAN keeping c/r CF-PJG.
06 January 1971 Involved in an incident. Landed gear-up on snow strip Elenor Lake, MAN.
21 August 1971 - Involved in an incident. Another one! Tipped on nose during takeoff from Reindeer Lake, SASK.
./end quote from

You may find this lengthy read of interest: King of Obsolete recovers sunk Beech 18 from Reindeer Lake - Posted by Hugh MacCallum on September 15th 2016.

Joey has a full account of how he got submerged CF-PJG on dry land on his website: CLICK HERE! Amazing project!

There's more down there... Check out
Joey has his mind set on recovering the 2nd Calm Air Beech 18 submerged in near Kinoosao, check my Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North. This one as yet defies identification (EMAIL).
"The call letters CF-PJG were on the wing (of the recovered Beech 18 -RL). But wings are like panties and can be removed. Under the black call letters painted in blue is CF-PJC!
On june 26 2016 we salvaged this plane with the wheel up in the wings when we were looking for the Beech 18 that they drove from arctic lodge on the ice and had the wheels that were pinned fall through the thin ice.
There is no record of the beech 18 crash at arctic lodge other then a few pictures which none of them showing the call letters..." Chasing a ghost?
Unidentified Cal Air Beech 18 submerged Kinoosoa Bay / Reindeer Lake
Joey: "The 'arctic lodge' Beech 18 that Mac (McCrimmon -RL) drove to the Bay of Kinoosao had the tail haywire together for the trip. On this picture you can see wood and hay wire on top of the tail in the centre."
./end quote
So this is the one sunk at Kinoosao which Joey has his mind set on to recover in 2020 from its submerged condition.

Meanwhile... Joey 31Jan20: "We used the Green Toy this afternoon to unload the Beech 18 known as CF-PJG. It almost looks to be flying again due to the angle of dragging it off."
Beech 18 CF-PJG at The Kingdom, 31Jan2020



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Created: 27-JAN-2020