Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (61)


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.


Douglas C-47A ETM-6011 (c/n 9252) was moved from its display spot at Santa Lucia AB, probably to make room
for renovations on the air base. This was posted on Facebook in Jan.2021.
ETM-6011 being moved at St Lucia AB
If anyone knows where it is going, drop me an email! EMAIL

Rolf Larsson sent me this photo of Convair CV440 XA-LAF (c/n 402) in Jan.2021.
CV440 XA-LAF, ultimate fate obscure. By Rolf Larsson (1983)
Rolf wrote: "CV440 XA-LAF, in the colours of Aerotur, which I took in Cancun 28Apr1983. Named 'Carmelíta'. "

CV440 XA-LAF, history by
CV440 c/n 402, history by : fate unknown.

So many propliners, which had their photos taken before the early 1980s, ended up as 'ultimate fate obscure'. Or even unidentified, such as on my page Searchfor which include an unidentified Convair T-29(?), perhaps a drugsrunner.

Decades ago, a visit to Greybull airport in Wyoming sort of confirmed my developing taste for 'propliners'.
Their history as well as the mystery of aeroplane identities fascinated me. Various revisits and report by others
are numerous on my website. Martin Perkins joined in with some useful contributions on identities of those preserved.

C-119 06: N5215R or N961S???
Martin wrote: ".. here are some details on Greybull, which I visited on the 8th June 2011.
C-119 marked as '06'. A label by the door states this is aircraft N961S. This has always confused me, as
everyone else believed it to be N5215R, which I do not agree with."

The mystery of C-119 '06' has bothered me for many years, I came across 2 in the 1990s. Like Martin Perkins wrote, many identify this one as N5215R. But the label, probably put on by the museum, identifies it as N961S. But based on what?
I started this website 20 years ago and one of the first pages I compiled was my PHOTOS taken at Greybull in 1995, soon followed by my KGEY LOG-Report for the many questions about identities and their ultimate fate.
I revisited Greybull museuam and the storage area in 2014, CHECK IT OUT.

My KGEY LOG REPORT has N961S in '79 & '80 as 'all metal' (id'd as c/n 10872, ex/RCAF 22120)
N5215R was moved to the aviation museum at Battle Mountain,NV - painted as N5216R
N5216R was reported at the C-119 at Battle Mountain museum but when bleached it showed N5215R underneath
N5216R was preserved on H&P's ramp but a different tail number appreared underneath

Q: Would H&P have taken the trouble to repaint an all metal bird in RCAF c/s for presentation at its office?
Q: Was the identification of the all metal C-119 perhaps incorrect?
Q: The label was most probably put on by the museum's staff: its identification based on what ?


Beech 18 N73291C, preserved at  the Greybull Aviation Museum
Beech 18 N7391C, preserved at the Greybull Aviation Museum.
Martin: "I was lucky enough to get up close to this and found this marked beside the door. Confirms N7391C."
The damaged rudder may have been the reason why it was reported as removed at some time, for repairs?

Lockheed P-2 Neptune N173A on the ramp at Greybull AP, Wyoming
Lockheed P-2 N173AM on the ramp (2011)

Martin Perkins wrote me in Jan.2021: "The picture of A-26 N4818E caught my eye in your TEXAS 2015 report.
I see it seems to be have been ‘off radar’ for a few years, and although I cannot confirm its location for the whole period I can confirm that I came across it at a site in Georgia. I came across Mallards Landing Airport, a residential airfield with houses all around the grass runway (featured a number of times on my website).
This is where I found N4818E (44-35371) parked up with some of the front Perspex missing.
[A-26 Invader N4818E (44-34371) by Martin Perkins (2009)
Photos taken on the 02Jun09 by Martin Perkins. For more photos & details see my TEXAS 2015 REPORT.

This photo was shared on Facebook 31Dec20, by Nick Finzer ('Aviation Wrecks and relics')
C-47 316062 (43-16062) at Isachsen on Ellef Ringnes Island
C-47 316062 (43-16062) at Isachsen, on Ellef Ringnes Island. The photo is copyricht Derrick Midwinter.
See also my Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the Arctic North, an older post for more details and another photo by Derrick

This was shared by Adam Boatman on Facebook, 31Dec20. Screendumps from a video.
DC-6 N666SQ in North Pole, Alaska
The video does not show a wooden cabin, which shows on (HERE & HERE), photos by Ralph M.
, dated 12May2019. There's a wooden cabin now next to it (which does not show on the video).
Its history cab be read on my Photos by Friends & Guests #54, with links to elsewhere on my website

Super Guppy (#1) F-BTGV at Bruntingthorpe sadly beyond saving, being scrapped on site; by Ken Miller/FB, Dec.2020
Super Guppy at Bruntingthorpe being scrapped; by Ken Miller Dec.2020

History and details of F-BTGV on my report UK2003, a.o. a visit to Bruntingthorpe.

George John Tonking shared this photo on Facebook's Aviation Wrecks and relics in Dec.2020.
DC-3 off-airport, Benoni, S Africa
John wrote: "Benoni, South Africa C47/Dc3. Photo 17Dec20".

Comments on this post, the ones relevant: "It's in the yard of the daughter of a Dakota legend flippie Vermeulen."
"It's the ZS-BXJ, cn 12413, been there since 2007 or so."
" -Cockpit shot of 2018"

A 2005 by Michal Petrykowski is shown on my website HERE..

From my (RL) files:
'C-47A c/n 12413 ¬Ex/SAAF 6829, rereg to ZS-BXJ dec95 South African Aws Hist. Flight. Still under restoration 1988. SAA Historical Flight to be discontinued 'WIE' (mar99). Ln Swartkop AFB 5jun99. Same jul00, incomplete. Current 2002 with SAHF but under rebuilt. Ln 15Nov04 @Swartkop, dismantled and no m/s, restoration by SAHF.'


In 2003 I photographed C-123K N98 (ex/ 55-4548) in Alaska and Charles E. McCormick responded with this photo.
C-123K 55-4548 at Pleiku, Vietnam
McCormick wrote (Dec.2020): "From Bernie Weisz Facebook Page. This image was made 18NOV70 while I
was waiting for a flight out of Pleiku. C-123K Tail Number 55-4548". Photo by Robert Fulwiler.

Charles E. McCormick (Major AD, AUS Retired) also wrote: "I worked for Vinnell Corporation at POW Main, Point Barrow in 1966 and was a member of D Company Eskimo Scouts (ANG) before I enlisted in the Army and went to Vietnam as a U.S. Army Warrant Officer Aviator in Dec 1968-Dec 1969.
I retired from the Army in 1987 and now live in Wisconsin.
My uncle, George Thompson of Alaska Inc and Music Inc (Fairbanks), brought me to Fairbanks in 1966 from Kansas City, Kansas.
I flew TH-55, TH-13, UH-1 A,B,D and H and OH-6A helicopters in the U.S., Vietnam and Germany."

C-123 55-4548 is also discussed on my Q&A page.

Ron sent me photos of an unidentified Convair T-29 at San Jose, in Nov.1980.
Convair "The Spirit of St. Lucia"
Convair with "The Spirit of St. Lucia"-titles. This mystery is doing my head in!

Convair TI-ARN at San Jose by Pierre Alan Petit (1989)
Convair TI-ARN at San Jose by Pierre Alan Petit (1989). At first I thought that Ron's Convair was TI-ARN,
but Ron supplied this photo and the aircraft don't match (antennae!)

I traced TI-ARN to its present location, a stripclub in town
Convair plane in San Jose strip club

More on my Searchfor, how I reached a tentative conclusion for this (extensive) research


Ron wrote: 'this part of a Convair at Fort Lauderdale with a weird tailnumber: VY-LLA; I don't think
'VY' is a valid country prefix..? Perhaps an error by the painter?'
'VY-LLA' for scrap at Ft.Lauderdale; by Ron Mak (1981)
I did the research, which is detailed on Ron Mak's gallery on my website: PAGE #4

This was shared on Facebook, Nov.2020.

Douglas C-54E-15-DO VH-EAY (c/n 27352; ex/ VH-PAF). This aircraft is now with HARS, underwent full restoration to airworthy condition and has been allotted the registration VH-EAY.

DC-4 VH-EAY of HARS (2020)

The history of c/n 27352 (ex/ VH-PAF) has been detailed on my Oz 2005 page and a visit to HARS' base at Wollongong is on Oz 2005, Page 2.

Ralph Pettersen (of wrote me in Dec.2020: "I reached out to an Australian contact, asking to confirm the Facebook report that the aircraft is airworthy, and he received the following response from HARS: "We haven’t set a target date for the DC-4 to fly and there’s still lots to do on the aeroplane before this happens."
My contact added that the current focus is getting Travolta’s B707 ready for its flight to Australia."



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Created: 28-Nov-2020
Updated 28-Nov-2020