Ron Mak's Propliners

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Well-known in Dutch and international propliner circles, Ron Mak's history with classic transports goes back a long, long way.
Ron has been particularly involved in the Consolidated PBY Catalina, at some point actually organizing tours with this fascinating flying boat, but his journeys to countries far and wide concerns all vintage propliners and I am proud to be able to share some of his images and recollections here.
Where applicable, Ron has added his comments.

Photos © Ron Mak Collection

 

A thread on my Photos by Friends & Guests (48), started by Rolf Larsson for finding the fate of Convair CV340
SE-GTE (c/n 99) prompted Ron to send me these fine photos on 20Mar17 in support of msn 99's history & fate.
CV340 LN-FOF at Schiphol, by Ron Mak
The history (and fate!) of this Fred Olsen transport is detailed on my page Search for Plane Identities

And sightings of this very same 'propliner' later in life, as N14CD at Ft.Lauderdale:CV340 N14CD at KFLL, by Ron Mak

CV340 N14CD at KFLL, by Ron Mak
Sometime after 27Nov1981 N14CD was scrapped, but a more exact date is missing. EMAIL

 

This update was made 17Mar2017:

C-119 line up
The Flying Boxcars formed the main transport element of the Belgian Air Force from 1951 to 1973.

With the arrival of the C-119G Flying Boxcar for 15 Wing a 3rd squadron was formed to share the type with 20 Smaldeel, and this was established on 01Apr1954 as 40 Transportsmaldeel, based at Melsbroek.
Following the pattern set by the other 2 squadrons of 15 Wing, a Sioux indian head was adopted as the unit insignia, but circled in green.
40 Smaldeel remained in commission only until June 1954 when it was disbanded as an economy measure and the Boxcars re-grouped under 20 Smaldeel.
Between 1957 and 1960 the 'green' Sioux was used by the Transport Flight at Kamina, Congo, but 40 Smaldeel was re-formed in June 1961 and once again claimed the insignia.
With the arrival of the Hercules, the Boxcars were placed in storage and 40 Smaldeel disbanded on 31Jun1973.
The unit was later made a helo Smaldeel under a different insignia.
From: 'Belgian Military Aviation', by Paul A. Jackson (Midland Counties Publications, 1977)

 

C-119
C-119 CP-11 OT-CAK (c/n 10685) served Feb.1961 - Oct.1975, scrap parts used for the CP-10 at Melsbroek.
Its registration would be CP-11 while 'OT-CAK' would be its radio callsign. It was ex/ USAF 51-2702 and went, supposedly, to Norway after its phase out (which is in contradiction to Ron Mak's information - but see below).

Joe Baugher's website has c/n as 10691 for 51-2701 and : "....CP11, radio call sign OT-CAK. Returned to USAF
12Sep1955. Converted to C-119G by SABENA. To Royal Norwegian AF as 12702/BW-H 'Hiawatha'.
Ret to USAF in 1969. To MASDC as CJ308 18Jul1969. Declared excess 26Dec1973. Scrapped in 1976."

But.. Joe Baugher has on that same page another CP11/OT-CAK!
51-2696 (msn 10685) to Belgian AF 13Oct1952 as CP5, radio call sign OT-CAE. Returned to USAF 12Sep1955. Purchased by Belgian government 21May1959. Converted to C-119G by SABENA between 1955 and 1957. Transferred to Spanish AF in 1956 as T.9-4 but not accepted and returned to USAF at Chateauroux, France
that same year.
Moved to Brussels for storage and transferred back to Belgian AF 20May1959, being reserialled CP11, radio call sign OT-CAK.
Struck off charge Jan. 1975 and broken up at Neuville, Belgium

Anyone an idea which CP-11 we are looking at here? I have a feeling it is c/n 10691 51-2701... EMAIL

 

The batch 51-2690/2717 were C-119F-FA Flying Boxcar of which some were converted to C-119G.

C-119
Fairchild C-119G CP-22 OT-CBB (ex/USAF 52-6023; c/n 10953)
Joe Baugher has: "52-6023 (msn 10953) to Belgian AF Feb 23, 1954 as CP22, radio call sign OT-CBB.
To storage at Koksijde 02May1972. Returned to USAF July 1974. Scrapped at Koksijde 1977-78.

Melsbroek, some history of the 15 Wing.

In 1950, the 15th Wing of Evere moved to Melsbroek where the buildings and runways, established during the occupation by the Germans, lend themselves for development of a modern airport and which could be adapted to the needs of the increased flight operations. The infrastructure in Evere had become inadequate, not least due to the lack of a paved runway.
That year 2 DC-4's were acquired to be used for flights to the colonies.

On 24Sep1952 the first C-119 Fairchild Packet ('Flying Boxcar') arrived in Melsbroek. They were the first of a total of 46 aircraft in use for tactical airlift of 20 Squadron.
For this purpose, a third squadron, no.40 was established; it had been dissolved in 1955, but was again re-installed for operations between 1960 and 1972.
The remaining DC-3 Dakota was operated by 21 squadron.
When the Oxfords and Ansons were to be replaced in 1953, the 21 Squadron received 12 Percival Pembrokes.
These aircraft (especially the ones with a glass nose) were put to good use for aerial photography and calibration, in addition to the transportation of light cargo.
Meanwhile, it was found that the DC-4 were insufficiently equipped for the task for which they were purchased, connecting Belgium with its colonies.
Thus in 1958 two DC-6 were acquired from the USAF and in 1960 another two from Sabena.

The Flying Boxcars were decommissioned between 1971 and 1973 and disposed at the aircraft park of Koksijde.
The DC-4's had been phased out in 1971. The career of the DC-3 in the 15 Wing ended also at Koksijde,  flown over for storage in 1976. And the Pembrokes and DC-6 were phased out that year too.
From:  www.dakota15wing.be/Vliegtuigen_NL.html (translation by webmaster, RL)

See various C-119 pages I have on my website C-119 Index Page

 

C-119
Fairchild C-119G CP-38 OT-CBR (ex/ USAF 52-6051; c/n 11119)
Joe Baugher has for 52-6051 (msn 11119): "to Belgian AF 21Feb1954 as CP38, radio call sign OT-CBR.
To storage at Koksijde 01Dec1972. Returned to USAF July 1974. Scrapped at Koksijde 1977-78."

C-119
C-119 CP-32 OT-CBL (ex/ USAF 52-6045; c/n 11084) served from Feb.1954 - July 1974.
Joe Baugher has for 52-6045 (msn 11084): "to Belgian AF 14Feb1954 as CP32, radio call sign OT-CBL.
To storage at Koksijde 10Feb1972. Returned to USAF in July 1974. Scrapped at Koksijde 1977-78."

C-119
Fairchild C-119G 46-22; ex/ USAF 52-6037 (c/n 11076)
C-119G-35-FA 46-22 Italian Air Force (ex/ USAF 52-6037); it crashed at Kwamouth, Congo on 02Feb1961.
Joe Baugher's USAF 1952 Serials offers: 52-6037 (MSN 11076) to Italian AF as MM52-6037.

ASN Crashreport C-119 Italian Air Force 46-22
aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19610202-0

The Aeronautica Militare Italiano operated a total of 65 C-119's between 1965 and 1979. No.46 Stormo had been established in 1940 as a bomber unit.
C-119s were introduced into the Italian Air Force on 19May1953 and based at Pisa (San Guista). The No.2 Gruppo became the 1st squadron to be equipped with C-119s.
A USAF training unit was in place there to assist with the transition of No.46 Stormo.
The airplanes were finished in aluminized paint; the USAF roundel were removed and replaced by the Italian AF roundel. Codes for No.46 Stormo were applied to either side of the roundel. The USAF serials were retained
on the vertical fins.

In 1954 the 46e Stormo was redesignated No.46 Aerobrigata Transporti Medi (Medium Transport Brigade).
No.50 Gruppo was formed late-1960s when the C-119J's came into the inventory.
In 1963 the C-119G's received a camouflaged scheme, followed in 1965 by the C-119J's. A green/grey paint was applied. Dayglo orange (later yellow) bands were applied to the nose, wingtips and booms.
Smaller USAF-style serial numbers were applied to the fins with an 'MM' -prefix, representing Matricola Militaire or military serial.
While the nose colours remained for each squadron, the codes were changed to provide squadron identity as follows: No.2 Gruppo 46-20 thru 46-39, No.50 Gruppo 46-50 thru 46-69, No.98 Gruppo 47-80 thru 46-99.
Four C-119s (46-55, 46-62, 46-30 & 46-68) were used in a VIP -transport capacity.
Three C-119s were converted for use in the ECM role, by 71 Gruppo / 14 Stormo (46-30 ex/ VIP, 46-35, 46-63).

From: 'Fairchild C-82 and C-119' by Alwyn T. Lloyd (Aerofax, 2005) - the only authoritative C-119 publication in print!

See my C-119 dossier on my website PAGE ONE - PAGE TWO - PAGE THREE - PAGE FOUR

 

 

This update was added 25Feb2017:

Fairchild C-119K 917 (c/n 11171), Debre Zeit unit, Ethiopian Air Force
Fairchild C-119K 917 (c/n 11171), Debra Zeit unit, Ethiopian Air Force.
Joe Baugher has this Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar as 'USAF 53-3160 (msn 11171) converted to C-119K.
To Ethiopia as 917. Abandoned at Debrezit [sic] in 1996.' Googling 'Debre Zeit' I came to Harar Meda Airport
but Google Earth did not show a twin-boomed transport as far as I could see. Probably scrapped.

Note that this Dutch air base was always known as and officially named 'Twenthe Air Base'; why the 'h' was added
is unclear, the area is known as 'Twente'. When the airbase was demilitarized the name was corrected to Enschede Airport Twente (Wikipedia EN - Wikipedia NL). In my 'military days' (1970s) it had nos. 313 & 315 squadron based.

C-119 3C-ABA, a Hank Wharton plane
Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar 3C-ABA (c/n 10689) at Manston in 1982.
By an image on Airliners.net I found the following information:"Ex: 51-2700, CP9/OT-CAI, conversion C-119F
to C-119G. To: G-BLSW, N2700, scrapped 1994 at North Weald."
Here is an image on Airliners.net ('late 1980s') showing msn 10689 wearing both registrations: G-BLSW and N2700!

One immediately wonders who had this unmarked C-119 registered in Equatorial Guinea? Well, that was the infamous
Hank Wharton and the outfit was Bata Int'l. Apparently that operation lasted from 1981 - 1983 and also operated
Boeing 707s 3C-ABH and 3C-ABI. I doubt if 3C-ABA ever flew and commercially operated as such outside the UK...?

Hank Wharton makes up for some interesting reading!
Like here on www.mercenary-wars.net/biafra/jim-townsend.html
His real name was Heinrich Wartski and he was born in Germany in 1916. He came to the USA in 1937.
Wharton (or Warton) operated under several diffent company names, e.g. North American Aircraft Trading Co (a.k.a. 'Biafra Airways', with all 5T- registrations being fake!) and ARCO Bermuda in 1969-71. That last one was based at Sao Tomé, Basle and Stockholm.
Mike Zoeller did an excellent write up on www.oldjets.net/good-guys-went-bad.html

The above airframe history would make it the same airframe as the Belgian Air Force C-119 CP-9 below!

C-119 CP-9 by Ron Mak
51-2700 / CP-09 OT-CAI / 3C-ABA / G-BLSW / N2700; was scrapped at North Weald in 2003.
It is the same airframe as 3C-ABA depicted above.

See what I wrote on a UK 2003 propliner trip.......

C-119 N2700 scrap at North Weald Little remains of this Fairchild C-119F N2700 (c/n10689). I don't know in which movie this airframe played a part, if ever, but it must have been quite some time ago.
It lies disgarded against the hangar.
This Flying Boxcar served the US Air Force as 51-2700 and went to the Belgian Air Force as CP-9.

It entered UK's civil register as G-BLSW (after being modified from C-119F to C-119G) and was later reregistered as N2700.

Info by Joe Baugher's USAF serials
A fine photo by Dré Peijmen as 3C-ABA at Manston,UK 26Jun83 can be seen at Airliners.net

The cockpit is in even worse condition.

During Sep.2007 it moved to Redhill:
"During late September ex North Weald based C-119 cockpit section was rescued from the threat of potential scrap by members of the Wings Museum which is based at Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey.
The relic became threatened by ongoing pressure from the local council to 'tidy up' the outside aprons around the hangers at North Weald Aerodrome.

 


Air-Britain'
s quarterly magazine 'Aviation World' published a detailed history on the 'British Boxcar in their Spring 2010 issue, see this Acrobat Reader .pdf document

C-119 53-7871 Royal Maroccan Air Force
C-119G 0-37871 (53-7871; c/n 11296) of the Royal Moroccan Air Force (CNA-MI or CN-AMI)
And two more B&W photographs of the same airframe:
C-119 53-7871 Royal Maroccan Air Force
C-119G 871 in some serious maintenance at Brussel's Zaventem Int'l Airport

C-119 53-7871 Royal Maroccan Air Force
Fairchild C-119G 53-7871 of the Maroccan Air Force seen in 1970 by Ron Mak at Brussel's Zaventem IAP.

C-119 53-7857 Royal Maroccan Air Force
Fairchild C-119G 0-37857 (53-7857; c/n 11278) of the Royal Moroccan Air Force (CNA-MK or CN-AMK)

I have compiled a dossier on the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, see my pages ONE + TWO + THREE

 


 

 

Ron Mak sent me these 2 images taken at Managua IAP, Nicaragua in 1980; he wrote: "I've sent you 2 images of DC-6s which I photographed on 04Nov1980. I am unable to find anything on these Sixes. Quite possibly the tailnumber AN-MEG was fake, but I think YN-BWZ could have been the real thing - yet I cannot find anything on it.
Perhaps one of your readers is able to shed any light on the identities, the operator, their fate..?!"

YN-BWZ DC-6 in Nicaragurua 1980 by Ron Mak
DC-6 YN-BWZ, @Managua (1980). That round badge which has been removed may hold a clue?
A good theory of that scrubbed logo can be read below, made by Alexandre Avrane.

EMAIL

AN-MEG DC-6 in Nicaragurua 1980 by Ron Mak
DC-6 AN-MEG, Nicaragua (1980)

The online database ATDB.aero has a listing of both YN-BWZ & AN-MEG, but with few details.
Aeronica (=Aerolineas Nicaraguenses, based Managua and operated 1981-1992) was listed to have operated 1 Douglas DC-6A (YN-BWN c/n ?) and 3 DC-6B/F's (YN-BFO c/n 45324 - YN-CBE c/n ? - YN-BWZ c/n ? 'to Trans Dominican Airways TRADO and fate as 'disposed').

And AN-MEG does have a listing at ATDB.aero, but c/n ? and operator 'private users in Nicaragua'; which raises suspicious thoughts about its use in my cynical mind! No 'fate' except 'disposed'; could have been ditched during an illegal transport, rotting at the bottom of the sea or at some hidden airstrip in the jungle...


Eduard Sorokin was first to reply:

1) I consider, both planes - YN-BWZ and AN-MEG - to have valid registrations.
2) Their owner is not AERONICA (which was only established in 1981), but LANICA CARGO (Líneas Aéreas de Nicaragua) airline (both DC-6s are cargo versions, almost without passenger windows).
And YN-BWZ has the 'Cargo' title on fuselage.

My conclusion is confirmed by this plane list:
http://www.avionvideo.com/dynamic/factsheets/1102009175337.pdf
Note the upper part of far left column, it mentions both these aircraft I consider, this is the list of planes, shown in videos from this DVD: www.avionvideo.com/programDetails.asp?pid=25
Possibly, there are more details on those planes in this videos.
(Note: the video was compiled from work both by Ron and his brother Chris Mak and the footage may well depict these images we have as subject-Webmaster)
Evidently these DC-6s belonged to LANICA CARGO.

Here is some more infirmation:
- By March 1975, LANICA's fleet consisted of two Convair 880s, three C-46s and four DC-6s that served a route network including domestic services, as well as international passenger and cargo services to Mexico City, Miami and San Salvador. See also the Wikileaks document of 19Aug1976, below.
- At May 1981, the airline had a fleet of two Boeing 727-100s, three C-46s and one DC-6 (other DC-6 was probably crashed, or written off, or sold somewhere). https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976MANAGU03921_b.html
This document mentions "TWO CARGO DC-6'S"; these could well be YN-BWZ and AN-MEG.

I also found 2 Ebay auctions with LANICA DC-6 aircraft (sadly, not titled 'CARGO') images today:
- DC-6B AN-BFM, February 1975
www.ebay.com/itm/Lanica-Airlines-Douglas-DC-6BF-AN-BFM-Managua-February-1975-Aviation-Aircraft-/351145180467?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item51c1e23d33
DC6 AN-BFM Lanica
- DC-6B AN-BFO
www.ebay.com/itm/POSTCARD-Lanica-Nicaragua-Douglas-DC-6B-AN-BFO-Miami-/291421044713?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item43da0c3fe9
Lanica DC6 AN-BFO

Based on the above reaction I checked www.atdb.aero and found for Lanica Cargo:
DC-6 N74841 (c/n 43056, leased from private users in USA - fate: destroyed)
DC-6/F AN-AMI (c/n 43058, ex/ N90894, to Hemisphere Aircraft Lsng, fate: scrapped)
DC-6B/F YN-BVI (c/n 44117, ex/ CC-CDH - fate scrapped in Panama, 1983)
DC-6B AN-BFM (c/n 45175, ex/ N93120 - rereg to N9920A, fate obscure)
DC-6B/F AN-BHB (c/n 45216, ex/N6580C - to Altas Modas, scrapped)
DC-6B/F AN-BFN (c/n 45322, ex/N93126 - to Altas Modas, destroyed)
DC-6B/F AN-BFO (c/n 45324, ex/N93127 - to Altas Modas, destroyed)

With AN-BFM and AN-BFO accounted for and in above images not resembling Ron Mak's Sixes, we have remaining as candidates:

  • DC-6 N74841
  • DC-6/F AN-AMI
  • DC-6B/F YN-BVI ((but cancel YN-BVI due to below update by Ron Mak)
  • DC-6B/F AN-BHB (but cancel AN-BHB due to below update by Ron Mak)
  • DC-6B/F AN-BFN
  • Lanica (Lineas Aéreas de Nicaragua) based Nicaragua, Managua; operated 1946-1981.

    Alexandre Avrane (www.aerotransport.org) offered the following:
    "Ref DC-6 YN-BWZ, I would hazard that the scrubbed logo on tail is from Exaco, e.g.:
    Lanica Cargo DC-6 mystery

    [Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Exaco_Cargo_Douglas_DC-6B_Volpati-1.jpg or
    www.airlinefan.com/airline-photos/4816724/Exaco-Cargo/Douglas/DC-6/TI-ALW/ ]

    "Exaco used TI-ALS (45059) and TI-ALW (43530), but could have operated more: TI-AOQ (44259/475), TI-AQQ (45059/704) and TI-ARM (44652/610) are unconfirmed candidates.
    Ref DC-6 AN-MEG, can someone with better knowledge than me tell if this is a DC-6A or a C-118?"


    Some fleet information I found among my books:

    Lanica World Airline Fleets 1979

    Lanica World Airline Fleets 1981


    Ron Mak sent me two images of DC-6 AN-BHB (c/n 45216), to be discounted too as candidates for above 'mysteries':
    DC-6 AN-BHB at Antigua by Ron Mak
    DC-6 AN-BHB at Antigua Int'l Airport 04Jun1980

    DC-6 AN-BHB at Antigua by Ron Mak
    Douglas DC-6 AN-BHB at Antigua Int'l Airport, 12Nov1981; by this time AN-BHB had been seized.

    DC-6 YN-BVI aog at Panama (wfu) by Ron Mak
    YN-BVI is another Six we can cancel from the candidates, as Ron noticed it a short while later
    at Panama Tocuman Airport, 13Nov1980, showing the result of some misfortune.

    So we should now consider this shortlist:

    • DC-6 N74841 - this DC-6 was damaged beyond repair on dinsdag 24Jan1967, Oakland,CA (ASN report)
    • DC-6/F AN-AMI - image but is date unknown (@Managua airport). C/n 43058 career: N90894 - VH-INW - AN-AMI - N90894 - YS-03C (and reportedy scrapped as such in 1975 [source]). YS-03C AESA 1974 image. This image seems to lack the number of windows for c/n 43058 to be a candidate for AN-MEG.
    • DC-6B/F AN-BFN - image 1976. In 1979 c/n 45322 overran runway the runway at Charleston,WV while the aircraft was carrying about 20000lb of marijuana on board. No doubt it was seized, then what ? Two images of AN-BFN does show the (Lanica) cheatline changed from red to blue: 1976 (blue) & red (1970). Bob Garrard has an image on Flickr and wrote the following: "Douglas DC-6B(F) (cn 45322/939) Returning from an engine run up, this aircraft was destroyed in a crash in West Virginia on 6/6/79 with a later operator. Taken 5/76." So it can also be discounted as a candidate for Ron's images.


    • In short we have exhausted our candidates which are commonly known as Lanica's aircraft!


    Help if you can! EMAIL

     
    Ron Mak sent me this photo, accompanied with a query:
    Beech 18 EC-ASJ

    This Spantax Beech 18 EC-ASJ was seen at Las Palmas on 10Dec1970.
    The question is: is this the same Beech 18 that is parked these days at Malaga? That one has a different looking nose and different radar equipment, but carries tailnumber EC-ASJ plus Spantax S.A. titles. Compare..
    REPLIES:
    by John Bennett on the Beech 18 Yahoo forum:
    "These are two different aircraft, the original EC-ASJ is c/n AF-752 and is currently with the Fundacion Infante de Orleans at Cuatro Vientos in Spain.
    The ‘EC-ASJ’ preserved at Malaga is c/n BA-6 in false marks, which was originally N3600B, CN-MAQ (Royal Moroccan Air Force), PH-LPS, N9886A."

    By Aad van der Voet on the Classic-Propliners Yahoo forum:
    "The 'EC-ASJ' on display at Malaga is Beech E18S N9886A c/n BA-6, painted as EC-ASJ.
    www.airliners.net/
    The real EC-ASJ, as seen in 1970, is Beech C-45H Expeditor c/n AF-752, currently based in airworthy condition in Spantax colours at Cuatro Vientos, with the Fundación Infante de Orleáns. It was first registered as EC-ASJ on 04 May 1962, initially with Trabajos Aéreos Insulares.
    It has kept that registration ever since.
    www.airliners.net/

     

    Beech 18 at Addis Ababa 1988

    Beech 18 at Addis Ababa's Int'l Airport Bole on 21Jan88.
    Ron wrote: "According to my research this is ET-ABM (c/n 3333), a Beech AT-11-BE Kansan a.k.a. C18S Expeditor; this is a former USAAF warbird, adorned the serial 42-36953.
    As N73533 it was owned / operated by John W. Mecom Oil Company, Aden and based at Salif; registered to Ethiopian Airlines 31Mar1965.
    It crashed on 01Mar1967 at Gondar, when it ground looped in a 15 knot cross-wind while landing on a training flight from Dire Dawa...
    Pilot J. Fulchron and two trainee pilots escaped uninjured.
    Registration was cancelled 28Aug1967, but the aircraft moved to Addis Ababa and was used in AMTS, as an instructional airframe."
    [Info from 'Bringing Africa Together, The Story of Ethiopian Airlines'].

    Bob Parmerter, author of the authoritative 'Beech 18: A Civil & Military History', contributed the following history of this airframe:
    'c/n 3333 AT-11:
    42-36953 USAAF delivered Roswell Bombardier Training School 05Nov42. Accident 13Feb45 New Mexico. Accident 11Aug45 Carlsbad, NM.
    Reconstruction Finance Corp, Ponca City, OK 25Oct45.
    Slick Oil Corp, Houston, TX (CAR Feb57) as N73533. John W. Mecom Oil Co, Houston, TX (CAR Nov.'61, Jul64) based at As Salif Arpt, Aden, Yemen for drilling sites in Muscat, Oman.
    Ethiopian Airlines, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia reg'd 31Mar65 as ET-ABM.
    Accident 01Mar67 Gondar, Ethiopia when ground looped on landing in 15 knot crosswind on training flt. 3 uninjured.
    Registration canx 28Aug67.
    Used as instructional airframe at Ethiopian Airline Technical School at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with 549.51 hrs TT.
    Seen abandoned there by 1981. Photo derelict at Bole Arpt Addis Ababa Jan88.
    [Note CAR = Civil Aircraft Register (the Feb57 & Nov61 Registers were actually AOPA computer printouts paid for an AOPA member. Jul65 was print copy done by FAA)].'

    Beech 18 ET-ABM Ethiopian Airlines
    Bob Partmerter sent a scan of a xerox of ET-ABM taken in Jan67 a few weeks before the crash.
    F from Air-Britain Archive 1987 #1 issue; photo credit G.J.R. Skillen.


    DC-6 cockpit wreck at Addia Ababa mystery
    It does seem that this wreck, of DC-6 ET-AER, is still around in 2013 - see Plane Mysteries!

     

    Ron sent me this photograph in Feb.2016; he wrote (Webmaster's translation):
    "This is SAS DC7C, OY-KND which I came across at Bordeaux-Merignac on 02Dec1972.
    In the TAHS 'bible' Piston Airliner Production List I read that it was broken up at Copenhagen (CPH) during
    Nov1967..? And that the nose section went to Egeskov Veteranmuseum in Egeskov,Denmark."
    So how come that discrepancy of this DC-7C 'Seven Seas' @Bordeaux in 1972, while it had been reportedly been broken up in 1967?

    Read on, Niels Helmø-Larsen spotted the fault!

    DC-7C OY-KND by Ron Mak, 1972
    DC-7C OY-KNC. Rumours are that it was impounded and/or abandoned at Bordeaux in 1967 on its way to Biafra.


    I found that www.ATDB.aero had the following information, but no mention of the year it fell victim to the scrapper:
    "Scrapped (fire trainer, front section to Egeskov for Copenhagen Museum) at CPH."

    From that TAHS reference book (published 2007) I also learned that OY-KND was delivered new to SAS on 11Aug1957 and was subsequently named 'Rolf Viking'.


    Niels Helmø-Larsen was soon to respond through Yahoo's Classic-Propliners forum:
    "Your (and Ron Mak's) info regarding SAS DC-7C is a mix-up between OY-KNC (c/n 44932) and -KND (c/n 45211)!
    OY-KNC is the one on Ron Mak's photo above, at Bordeaux (b/u 1980!) and indeed OY-KND was broken up Kastrup in Nov.1967; the cockpit section was saved, but am not sure if it is still at Egeskov these days."
    Niels included a link to a photo of OY-KNC www.flickr.com/photos/kenfielding/16538377802


     

     

    Ron sent me this photo in Feb.2017 during another period of activity researching The Tangled Histories of Colombian DC-6s HK-1776 and HK-1776-W. He sent me below photo, but alas found on secound examination that it was a very similar DC-6, HK-1276-W.
    But too interesting not to share, I thought!
    DC-6 HK-1276-W at VVC, 19feb93 by Ron Mak
    DC-6 HK-1276-W (c/n 44056) at Villavicencio on 19feb93 by Ron Mak


    Ron wrote when sending this image (translation NL->EN by RL):
    "The DC-6 arrived in a sneaky way, I remember that well! And it rolled on until the far end of the airfield.
    We started walking in that direction, to get a better picture, but we were stopped and not allowed to proceed.
    The photo was made during the landing and unfortunately out of focus, it took me by surprise.
    In those days you could walk up to that part of the airport without a problem and the refusal this time made me suspect we were stopped because HK-1276W was transporting a load nobody should see..?"

    History of DC-6 c/n 44056 by ATDB.aero (screendump 04Feb2017):
    ATDB.aero history of DC6 44056



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    Created: 20-Mrt-2017