USA NORTHWEST 2014

~GREYBULL,WY~
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Copyright Ruud Leeuw Photos © R.Leeuw

During a vacation in the US Northwest I found the opportunity to plan a few aviation visits en route.
In 1994 I had visited Greybull airport, when Hawkins & Powers was still operational in the aerial firefighting business; at Greybull they had their headquarters and maintenance base.

These days Greybull airport has no active aviation operator, but the airport has seen large scale renovations with a new, longer runway and upon my visit work was being done on taxiways. These renovations were allegedly started (or plans made) during the administration of President George W. Bush and may had some future military use in mind. A large hangar had been built as well.
But such military use seems to have been cancelled during the President Obama administration, though the project -making Greybull suitable for heavy aircraft- was allowed to continue and be completed.

Some years ago the aircraft in storage were put up for sale and indeed a few left, either for use by a museum or the way of the scrapper. More about this later on, but I found plenty of aircraft still present and jumped and ran among the desert vegetation for a solid two hours.
Enjoy!

 

THE AVIATION MUSEUM @GREYBULL


Greybull aviation museum
I'd had other reports that the museum wasn't open on their visit, so indeed I was not surprised that I came facing the
same 'closed' sign. However, later on I was assured that it had been open during the summer.

Cor Bijvank wrote me some details about the museum (02Feb2015).
The Chamber of Commerce of Greybull became involved in an effort to put back new life in the museum and wrote me.
The museum was more or less closed since Ralph Reiner passed away in 2009. He was a striking and remarkable curator of this museum.
Nobody seemed interested in running it after that. It was also difficult to fill Ralph's shoes, he was a legend in these parts! He could tell tall tales of his flying career in WW2 and the Korean War; there was no end to his stories of shooting down planes and how many enemies (Germans, Italians, Koreans, Chinese) he had killed in combat.
Cor Bijvank (owner of the Greybull KOA) wrote: "For years I listened to his stories; the number of enemy planes grew and the detail in his stories and descriptions became richer, improving over time. It was a sad loss when he passed away in Jan.2009.
I fondly remember the days when this 80-year old character walked into my office at the KOA Campground and we shared a beer or (his favorite) a Courvoisier brandy. He talked, I listened.
The past season the museum was open as a try-out. The interest was promising, so we plan to open this season (2015) again mid-May, with an official reopening on June 13th."

Jeffrey S. DeVore visited the museum on 03Jul2015 and found it open! Admission 2 dollars per person or 5 dollars for a family, storage facility not included. Good news.

 

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Consolidated Vultee P4Y-2 Privateer N7962C (c/n 59882), former Tanker 126.

Greybull aviation museum
Consolidated Vultee P4Y-2 Privateer N6884C (c/n 59701), former Tanker 127. Manufactured in 1959.

The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer was a World War II and Korean War era patrol bomber of the United States Navy, derived from the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
The Navy had been using unmodified B-24s as the PB4Y-1 Liberator, and the type was considered very successful. A fully navalized design was desired, and Consolidated developed a dedicated long-range patrol bomber in 1943, designated PB4Y-2 Privateer.
In 1951, the series was redesignated P4Y-2 Privateer.

A limited number of refitted PB4Ys continued in civilian service as airtankers, dropping fire retardant on forest fires throughout the western United States. On 18Jul2002, one such refitted PB4Y, BuNo 66260 operated by Hawkins and Powers Aviation, broke up in flight while fighting a wildfire near Rocky Mountain National Park.
Both crew members were killed in the accident, and the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily grounded all large air tankers in the region.
Following the accident, all remaining Privateers were retired. (See 2002 airtanker crashes.)
P4Y-2 Privateer on WIKIPEDIA

 

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Most likely this is Beech 18 (UC-45F) N7391C (c/n 8460). Geoff Goodall has an image that shows the tailnumber.
These are my notes from previous years: '1979=derelict 89=on tail:2888 C-45F-BH;
prob'ly tail of other acft! 2003-in museum compound. 2005=44-87201A. 29Jul06 in museum compound. 
16Nov08 Be18 seen on aerial photo, N7391C? Present Oct.2013 in bare metal.'
Jeffrey S. DeVore visited this museum on 03Jul2015 and found this Twin Beech missing... Gone where? Why? EMAIL

Greybull aviation museum
A Fairchild C-119 without distinguishing markings. H&P swapped parts around and various identities have
always been a mystery. The jetpod on top of the fuselage often helped to identify the airframe, but since
these were also swapped with other C-119s this offered few certainties. The lightning flash on the fuselage
and the Canadian Air Force roundels help some but H&P owned a batch of them. During my visit in 1994 there were
two C-119 airframes with '06' on the nose. I repeat my request for help to identify this airframe EMAIL.
In theory this is or could be c/n 10830 for in 2005 '10830' was read on a nosewheeldoor. Could someone check?
But I think this is the '06' that was presentable enough to be parked as a gateguard, with the Beech 18,
near the office in 1994; not the dilapidated one way out in the field.

Greybull aviation museum
Ignore the tailnumber N5216R, for this is N3935, C-119G c/n 10824 (ex RCAF 22113). See Greybull 1994 for explanation.
Now I regretted finding the museum closed, as I would have loved a check inside for any telling identifications.

At the time of my growing interest in propliners, and the C-119 in particular, I started a seperate C-119 dossier, see HERE..

 
GREYBULL AIRPORT (KGEY - South Big Horn County Airport)

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I could find no identification on this Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Besides 3 green Hercs in the boneyard, for many years
there was also a grey one - which I did not see in the boneyard now. From my Greybull Log Reports I found that N8230H
had red engine cowlings too, like this one. For similar features compare: http://www.airliners.net/photo/0386771/L/

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I think this is N8230H.
The large hangar is been put to 'able to accommodate a Boeing 747'-specifications, but while it is of considerable
size, certainly compared to anything else at Greybull, I don't think it would be big enough. It was probably built
to work on MAFFS C-130s (I had a report which had 2 USAF airtankers reported here, in 2005), but that deal went south.

N8230H is tied to USAF 57-513 (c/n 3220), see www.c-130.net/aircraft-database/
Also on Joe Baugher's website: 57-513 (c/n 182-3220), with Hawkins and Powers Aviation of Greybull, WY as N8230H.

In Dec.2014 I received following email:
"My name is N.J. Cantrell, I live at Ashcamp,KY. I'm looking for a C-130 with an Air force tail 57-513 which is maybe your N8230H.
I'm trying to find any log books that would tell me if it had any fly time in Vietnam, around or between 1966 thru 1968.
The 'VA' has denied me of any pension or any benefits, since I can't proof that the plane was ever there. And the Air Force is saying it wasn't there.
So if you can help me I sure would be thankful for any help."

 

 


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HERE WE GO...!

GREYBULL AIRPORT (KGEY), PLANES IN DESERT STORAGE

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Lockheed C-130A N132HP (ex/ 56-0507, N4172Q). It has N4172 scratched through, maybe the Q has already faded.
The tailnumber N132HP (as N4172) has been spray-painted in a coarse manner: this C-130 was never intended to fly.

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Above and below N132HP seen from the other side.
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N132HP still has the USAF serial '0507' on the nose.


 

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Lockheed C-130A N133FF, ex/ 56-0535.
Identified by the vague '535' showing through the paint on the nose and by previous obbservations "with the
tyres on the wings" over the years. The nose radome has been swapped with an operational C-130 at some point.
These C-130s are probably still owned by the Pride Capital Group (or D&D Enterprises?), unsold at auction some years ago.
Though one or all could also belong to Harold Shepard (a.k.a. Harold Sheppard Jr), more on him later.

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'535' at some point to make look like '635', why? How does the '7' and '59' relate to this airframe?
Sid Nanson helped me out here: "The '59' will be part of the AMARC Park Code, which was 'CF059' for this aircraft.
And I am fairly sure the '7' is something to do with AMARC as well, but what the significance is, I'm not sure.
I did read somewhere, that serials and markings are meant to be painted out before an aircraft is removed
from AMARC after sale, this is usually done with a thin wash of paint, in this case brown."

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C-130A N133FF sure has an inviting open door...

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That desert shrubbery gets in everywhere!

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Not much left of this one! The photo below shows a close up of the forward fuselage...

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A closer look at the reappearing serial clearly shows '0740' and '167th TAG'. Could this be (Joe Baugher): "58-0740
(c/n 282-3537) converted to WC-130B and back to C-130B, and then to GC-130B. Destroyed on ground by
Hurricane Andrew at Homestead AFB Aug 24, 1992." I have no candidate, it seems, among my previous 'Log Reports'.
This website seems to confirm this identity: www.aerialvisuals.ca
I assume that since it was damaged no FAA N-number was ever assigned
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Lockheed C-130A Hercules 57-0511 (c/n 3218). I wonder what the story is of that red paint on the engine mounts?

From www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier:
Circa 1957 - Constructed as a RC-130A-55-LM by Lockheed at Marietta, GA.
Circa 1957 - Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Air Force with s/n 57-0511.
Circa 1957 - Transferred to 1370th Photo-Mapping Wing, Turner AFB, GA.
May 1966 - Base of operations changed, to Forbes AFB, KS.
Served duty in Vietnam.
Transferred to 9th Weather Recon Wing, Keesler, AFB, MS.
Converted to a C-130A. Transferred to 118th Tactical Airlift Wing, TN ANG, Nashville, TN.
1971 - Transferred to 143rd Tactical Air Lift Group, Rhode Island Air National Guard.
To Hawkins and Powers, South Bighorn County Airport, Greybull, WY with c/r N134HP.
26 March 1990 - Certificate of airworthiness for NR134HP (C-130A, 57-0511) issued.
The AeroVisuals has a photo, dated 13Sep97, N134HP at the Greybull ramp. With bright red engine cowlings but still in USAF camo and ANG titles and serial on the tail.
?? - To Pride Capital Group, Deerfield, IL
./end quote

My files show 57-0511 (N134HP) stored at Greybull since at least 1990.

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I received an email, in jan. 2003, with details on its history. "This RC-130 70511 was active during 1960-64
at Turner AFB, Albany(GA), operating at the time with oper 1375th Mapping and Charting Squadron / 1370th Photo
Mapping Wing; 1370th PMW came under Air Photographic & Charting Service (APCS), part of Military Air Transport
Service (MATS), USAF. The RC-130A fleet consisted of 16 aircraft: 54-1632, and 57-0510 through 57-0524."
Thanks to Jim Kinter Sr. (Webmaster-1370th Photomapping History) for this.


 

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Manufactured around 1957 as a C-130A with s/n 57-0459, for the USAF. N135HP reg'd for H&P 16Feb1990.
Reg'd 29Sep05 for Pride Capital Group of Deerfield,IL.

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C-130s 70459 (N135HP), 70511 (N134HP) and 60507 (N4172Q, N132HP)

N135HP FAA website has registration cancelled while 'Sale reported'. To H. Shepard?
N134HP FAA website has registration cancelled while Registration Pending'. To H. Shepard?
N132HP FAA website has registration cancelled while 'Sale reported'. To H. Shepard?
Or perhaps it was only 'the fourth Herc' (the one without N-number) which is Mr Shepard's property?

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A look inside C-130 70459 (N135HP)

 

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Fairchild C-119F N37636 (c/n 253, ex/ 53-8150). On this name 'Georgia Box' Kyleb, on the WIX forum, offered:
"C-119 'Georgia Box' was owned by one of the proprietors of the Air Acres Museum at KVPC (Cartersville, GA).
The museum's principals were David Brady, Randall Porter, and possibly Lance McAfee. In the late '80's and
early '90's (not sure how far back it went from there), they owned a C-119, a P2V, a C-47, an A-26, a B-25,
a C-45; and what was the only civilian owned T-37. Most of the aircraft had "Georgia ............." as their name.
Brady was killed in a midair when flying the T-37 to an airshow, accompanying the A-26. He was making passes on the A-26.
He cut it too close, had a midair which cut the tail off of the T-37, which resulted in the death of Brady and his passenger.
This site has a synopsis of the NTSB report and is the home site for the A-26 today: napoleon130.tripod.com/id396.html

The C-119, T-28, P2V, and C-47 were gone by then or soon thereafter. The museum soldiered on until 2000 or so,
but without Brady's interest and funding, and with the aging of Randall Porter, it ultimately closed at KVPC
and relocated, on a much smaller scale, to a private airport where Randall Porter lived."

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C-119 N37636 stored at Greybull
Besides tailnumber N37636I read what seems 838150 (not 538150!)..? On a 1998 (Neil Aird, link bottom page) photo
that figure before the tailfin, on the tailboom, wasn't there yet. And also 'C-LIF' above the ANG badge, what
could that be about? Ken Dwelle, on the WIX forum, offered a very plausible possibility:
"C-LIF on the vertical fin is actually 'CALIF', as in California ANG; note the sheen is different where the A was."
Sid Nanson added "..its last unit before going into AMARC Feb 1975 was the 129th SOS/CA Air National Guard."
Compare: Andy Martin 1994 AirTeamImages

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C-119F Flying Boxcar N8505A (c/n 179)
Both these Boxcars are owned by scrapmerchant Harold Shepard, who was rumored thinking of making one airworthy
between N8505A & N37636... I won't hold my breath!

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Titles 'Troop Carrier' and 'U.S.Air Force' as well as '07' clearly readable. N8505A was registered to H&P 09Sep92.
Reg'd 28Sep05 Pride Capital Group, after the demise of Hawkins & Powers. Since then ownership went to Harold Shepard.

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Former USAF serial clearly readable: 38078 (53-8076)

 

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Fairchild C-119F C-119G N3003 (c/n 10737?).
Now here is a surprise: its certificate was renewed on 13Mar2014! For B&G Industries LLC of Greybull,WY no less.

N3003: in 1989 there were two N3003 registered aircraft: one like on this photo, metallic and with the '03'pod. The other one was in RCAF colours (+RCAF 22107 serial on tail) and considered to be one of the unmarked (no serial, no N-number) ones in later years, in faded RCAF colours.
This latter one was probably scrapped, as on this page all identities are accounted for. But there has always been a shadow of doubt on the identity of that the metallic N3003 seen above.


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N3003, with jetpod '03'.

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The ravaged innards of N3003

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Fairchild C-119G N8094 (c/n 10994), registered 06Sep07 to Harold Sheppard (sic) Jr.
Googling I found a Harold Shepard Trucking on the same adress as the FAA website: 39 Burma Road, Riverton(WY).
My money is on the FAA to have made a clerical error..? But I found the Greybull Standard and minutes of the
Big Horn County Airport also referring to Harold Sheppard Jr. The latter was summoned, through his attorney, to
move three of his aircraft off the ramp to the plot he was leasing (per 31Jan2012?)

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N8094, how do we know...?

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Well, there it is, N8094 spray-painted on the fuselage. Former RCAF 22135.

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One can read 'Air Transport Command' in the faded lettering. The large lettering has (Royal) 'Canadian Air Force'.

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Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard
Not much left of the cockpit interior.

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Plenty of parts in the back though!

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Instructions for the loadmaster, I presume. Could find no information on the construction number, etc.

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Revealing its former identity, RCAF 22135.

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Faded Royal Canadian Air Force markings

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Richard B. Gifford sent me this interesting account in Feb.2015:
"I knew about the old Hawkins and Powers operation at Greybull, but didn't realize there was such a large bone yard there. Maybe one of those bright and shiny C-130As from Evreux is there. I noticed that Clay Lacy attempted to acquire one of the C-97s.

When I was at attached to the Air Force Reserve at Long Beach in 1958, a couple of guys were going over to the Municipal side of the airport to take their ATP written, and invited me to go with them. I hadn't studied for it, and by some miracle, passed--but just by a hair!
Later, with the blessing of our Squadron Commander, I took my initial ATP check in a C-119. At the time, they required the Canyon Approach at altitude, with an engine failure during the miss. I told the Inspector that I could either climb, or turn, but not both. He was OK with that. Then I did a time-distance check off some radio beacon. I got the wrong station tuned, and as soon as I recognized it, announced the problem, retuned the radio, and got the time to station. I was certain that I had busted the check. We finished up and I was waiting for my pink slip. To my surprise, the Inspector handed me my temporary ertificate. I timidly asked why I hadn't busted for the screwed-up time check. He told me that it wasn't that I screwed it up, but how I recovered that he was interested in. He noticed my birth year (1933) and mentioned that was the year he started flying.

The FAA couldn't give me a type because (I guess) there were no civilian C-119s in service. I got Airline Transport Pilot, Multi-engine Land.
When I left the Air Force, I had logged almost 2,500 hours (off to on, not out to in) in the C-119, much of it as an instructor.

Fast forward to 1993 when I retired from United. My wife (with help from Clay Lacy) surprised me with a quickie C-119 type rating from Hawkins and Powers. Or at least, that was the plan. I received the study material (which included procedures for the third engine, a 3,400 lb thrust Westinghouse J-34) and prepared for the oral. But when she attempted to schedule the ride, the airplane was always undergoing maintenance or parked for the season or no Inspector was available or...
This went on for a couple of years. At one point, one of the guys got a little nasty with her. Someone in the company clearly didn't want the business, but for reasons unknown, kept dragging it out rather than just saying they were no longer in that
line of work. She told me that the father was helpful, and got the process going toward the C-119 Type Rating. It was the son who was the jerk. It just depended on who answered the phone that day.
As much as I would have liked it, I never got the original 'C-119' added to my ATP."
Richard B. (Skeet) Gifford

 

 

 

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Fairchild C-82A N8009E (c/n 10071)

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Fairchild C-82A N8009E is ex/ 44-23027 and Geoff Goodall's website has an image where N8009E is seen at Anchorage,AK
in October 1981, while operated by Flying B Inc of Anchorage. This aircraft had earlier been modified by Steward Davis
at Long Beach,CA as a Steward Davis Jet Packet 1600 with auxiliary jet engine on roof and other mods to improve performance.

1946: USAAF 44-23027
9 Jan. 1956: Samuel C. Rudolph, Los Angeles, CA. N5095V
18 Sep. 1956: Steward-Davis Inc., Gardena, CA. N5095V
Converted to Jet-Packet 3200 prototype.
30 Jun. 1958: Rivaereo Co., Arica, Chile CC-CRA-0507
25 Apr. 1959: S.C. Rudolph Lumber Corp., Los Angeles, CA. N5095V
1961 re-registered as N8009E.
17 Jun. 1961: Far North Flying Service, Fairbanks, AK. N8009E
23 Feb. 1963: M&F Inc., Fairbanks, AK. N8009E
27 Nov. 1967: Small Business Administration, USA N8009E
Aircraft repossessed from M&F Inc.
30 Nov. 1967: Robert G. Sholton, Anchorage, AK. N8009E
27 Nov. 1968: Florida Aircraft Leasing Corp., Fort Lauderdale, FL. N8009E
25 Jun. 1980: Outsized Cargo Inc., Kenai, AK. N8009E
15 Sep. 1980: Flying B. Inc., Anchorage, AK. N8009E
Aircraft was broken up at some point after 1987.
16 Jun. 1995: Hawkins & Powers Aviation Inc., Greybull, WY. N8009E
1 Sep. 2005: The Pride Capital Group LLC, Deerfield, IL. N8009E
30 Aug. 2006: Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Hagerstown, MD. N8009E
Fuselage currently preserved.
Source: www.c82packet.com/index.html

 

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And Fairchild C-82A N5102B (c/n 10152)

I found a very complete history onwww.c82packet.com/histories3.html
USAF 45-57782
7 Sep. 1955: Bankers Life & Casualty Co., Chicago, IL. N5102B
25 Oct. 1960: E.M. Edwards, Sacramento, CA. N5102B
17 Mar. 1961: New Frontier Airlift Corp., Phoenix, AZ. N5102B
7 Aug. 1961 converted to Jet-Packet 1600.
16 Apr. 1962 converted to Jet-Packet 1600A.
11 Jan. 1963: Tanana Investment Corp., Fairbanks, AK. N5102B
30 Nov. 1965: Interior Airways Inc., Fairbanks, AK. N5102B
14 Nov. 1973: Maurice L. Carlson, Anchorage, AK. N5102B
15 May 1981: Northern Air Cargo Inc., Anchorage, AK. N5102B
Airframe was broken up at some point after 1987.
13 Jun. 1988: Darryl G. Greenamyer Inc., Rancho Santa Fe, CA. N5102B
16 Jun. 1995: Hawkins & Powers Aviation Inc., Greybull, WY. N5102B
1 Sep. 2005: The Pride Capital Group LLC, Deerfield, IL. N5102B
30 Aug. 2006: Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Hagerstown, MD. N5102B
Fuselage currently preserved.

 

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Funny, that padlock, considering the back...

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... is quite open!

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Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard
Both C-82 airframes seem to have been acquired by Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Hagerstown (MD), but not yet collected.

 

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For me these parts have no means of identification. Suggestiones welcomed: EMAIL

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This is probably a former Ozark Martin 4-0-4, looking at those stairs and 'escape windows'. Ozark on Wikipedia.

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Ozark operated 15 Martin 4-0-4's, according to Wikipedia. I wonder where this one came from?! My guess is Sheridan,WY!

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The slogan 'Go Ozark' can still be read.
Can this be N461M, Martin 4-0-4 c/n 14227 for a long time stored at Sheridan, Wyoming...?
It was still present there in 2006.

N461M while at Sheridan (2006): www.airliners.net/photo/1164086/L/

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Quite possibly one of two here owned by Harold Shepard.

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The fuselage is wrinkled, perhaps a structural failure (landing incident?) and so ending its career, but could
also be caused by moving these fuselages around, could have happened during transport or (off)loading.

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Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard
What a sad mess.

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Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard

This is another one I struggled with, but I think I may have solved.

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Looks hard to identify, these remains, but perhaps not impossible. Read on..

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Could this also be a Martin 4-0-4, like the Ozark fuselage further mentioned earlier?
Mind, it was Mr Shepard who claimed to have two Martin 4-0-4s here, is this the second one?
That yellow/blue paint is certainly a clue for its airline livery? And there are the same Martin 404 set of 'escape windows'.


Mark Wilson sent me this image in Feb.2015, he wrote:
"I have read about your recent visit to Greybull in 2014, and in particular your theory about the Martin 4-0-4's from Sheridan.
I visited Greybull on 04Jul2011 and I attach a photo of mine of an unidentified fuselage on a trailer which could be 'your'
Martin 4-0-4, as it has the same paint on the fuselage!"
Marton 4-0-4 at Greybull, 2014


I came to suspect that these remains could be N9234C, another ex/ Sheridan MARTIN 4-0-4:
"wfu & std 77 s str Sheridan WY 09.91 metallic/derelict 03.00 s09.06 silver fairly complete and good cond broken up 09.10.09 cockpit donated to National Museum of Commercial Aviation Forest Park GA to be painted in old Eastern AL colours." From
www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/View?Registration=N9234C&DeliveryDate=75

Roy Blewett's 'Survivors 2002' shows two Martin 404s at Sheridan: N461M and N9234C. Google Earth shows two isolated airframes, near the reservoir until 30-9-2010. Then by 5-9-2011 there is only one. By 19-9-2012 both spots near the reservoirs have been vacated.
One thing that does not add up: the cockpit of N9234C, as written below, was hauled away in Oct.2009 so by Oct.2009 one of these airframes would have been partly scrapped.
I can only assume that the history slider of Google Earth may be 'a bit off'?
This 09Oct2009 photo shows a trailer in the background that could well be this Martin 404, N9234C...

Photos I found and compared:
www.oldprops.ukhome.net/Martin 404 Photographs.htm
www.airliners.net/photo/Martin-404/1164085/M/

About that missing cockpit on the image above: "In 1952, a Martin 404 airplane with the serial number N9234C came into the service of the now-defunct Eastern Air Lines. For a time, the plane ran commercial routes in, and out, of Atlanta. In the 1960s, it was acquired by singer Ray Charles, and was used as his personal aircraft.

In the 1970s, the plane was modified into a freightliner, transporting pesticides and other chemicals. Since 1978, it has been sitting in a storage facility in Sheridan, Wyo.

In Oct 2009 the plane's cockpit made a six-day journey from Sheridan, Wyo., to Forest Park, Ga., to find a home at the National Museum of Commercial Aviation."
From: www.henryherald.com/news/2009/oct/28/aviation-museum-gets-eastern-air-lines-cockpitbr/

Paul Filmer's 'Sheridan's forgotten Martins - 27 September 2006' led to, in my opinion, the confirmation I was looking for: www.skippyscage.com/aviation/wy/sheridan/
Comparing the traces of paint on image no.5 solved the mystery! Surely this is N9234C, without the cockpit!


Added information:
At one time there were 4 Martin 4-0-4's involved in an agricultural role at Sheridan,WY. But an accident (see ASN website) with one of them (N40443 c/n 14228), on 27Jun1986, cut this enterprise short (as one can read on Paul Filmer's report). I am not sure what happened to the remains of N40443 at Buffalo (?), but one of the three others flew out (which one, to where?) and so two remained: N461M and N9234C. These last two, in my opinion, ended up in Harold Shepard's possession and made their way to South Big Horn Airport.

In a newspaper article Mr Shepard claimed to own two Martin 404s, of which one in vistual complete condition and a candidate for the museum.

 

Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard
Anyone who could identify this airframe by this forward fuselage arrangement? EMAIL
This 09Oct2009 photo shows a trailer in the background that could well be this Martin 404, N9234C. The skin
damage which can be seen could be the reason this section was removed, opening up this part of the fuselage.

Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard
Plenty of spares, but what to do with it all..?

 

 

Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard
Douglas C-54B N67017, owned by Harold Shepard

Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard
Douglas C-54B N67017 (c/n 10438/169).
N67017 was for a long time stored at Mesa-Falcon Field in Arizona, for its history
see my 2008 report HERE.. And so was N67019, by the way. See also Photos by Friends & Guests (37)

Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard
Both N67017 and N67019 were probably stored elsewhere, when Harold Shepard bought them for scrap and hauled
them from Mesa-Falcon Field. Maybe he stored them at Riverton first, before storing them here with his other 'goodies'.

Greybull stored propliners and aircraft salvage yard
I wonder if someone, someday, will share me his memories of having flown with or on these propliners, N67017 & N67019,
either when in use with the US Navy or when operated as air tankers. EMAIL

 

Greybull from the air
From what I remember, when I visited Greybull and H&P, a C-119 had been put on display near the office and entrance. So I think this image is pre-1994.
I copied this image from Facebook, alas unable to put credit to the photographer as I have no name to put to it.
Note we see runway 33 here, while the last image below shows runway 34. Craig, 'N4073F' on the WIX forum, offered: " State and Fed money was
used to build a new runway a couple years ago. The old runway 15/33 is now the parallel taxiway. This past fall, the north end of the ramp was
rejuvenated and there are future plans for the south ramp area."
'RY 15/33 RECONSTRUCTED AND REALIGNED TO RY 16/34.' www.airnav.com/airport/KGEY
See images of Tanker 121 officially opening the new runway in 2010 on Rick Patton's propliners at Greybull.

Allegedly these renovations were initiated during the George W. Bush Administration; though by 2009 -when Barack Obama took office and (allegedly)
changed 'the plan' - the work hadn't started yet it seems. I have little to go on here, but my cynic mind says there is very little industry here to
warrant these large investments, hence I came up with a (secretive) military purpose. The runway has been made longer and the strength allows heavy
aircraft to land here. Perhaps we'll find out one day.

Greybull from the air
Google Earth 11Jul94.

Greybull 2003
Google Earth 16Jun2003. Compare the clear parking lanes of the above image, with the faded infrastructure on below image, only three years later!
I cannot locate the C-82 fuselages here; though N8009E was photographed at Greybull as early as 1997. Below image sees them on the top line, far left: 2 small 'dots'.

Greybull from the air
Google Earth 30Sep2006. Now the 4th (green) Herc has disappeared. In the center sits a grey Herc, quite possibly the one  now on the ramp during my visit.
But the F-27 is gone it seems, returned to brief use?
I had a note that two (FY 73-) C-130s were noted here at KGEY in 2005, but since I had no subsequent reports I deleted them. I received information that the large
hangar was built in 2007. The current occupier of that particular hangar is B&G Industries. They were banking on DoD work for the MAFFS C-130s, however, the
deal fell through. That may have explained the presence of the C-130H's as I found images online that showed them operational until at least 2010 and they had
large Tanker ciphers on them.
Would welcome info on the rumor that the huge hangar was built by Bighorn County, with federal subsidies. EMAIL

Greybull from the air
Google Earth 28Aug2009. Now the 4th Herc has disappeared. But note the F-27 back in the storage area again (far right, below).Image below sees the Herc returned.

Greybull from the air
Google Earth 21Sep2011. Compared to the first aerial view a new, longer runway (rwy 34 measures 7.000 ft) has been added, plus a taxiway. In 2009 work
was pending FAA budget approval.
Not sure if rwy 25 was still there on my 21Oct2014 visit, perhaps it was broken up?
(Airnav.com still has it current asper 19Dec2014). And by that time the museum aircraft were moved for display near that parking lot.
I also notice Tanker 97 on the ramp and perhaps that was when the air tanker equipment was taken out for Clay Lacy.
The DC-4 and Martin 404 airframes, fuselages on their bellies, found on the far left of the storage area, have not made it onto these aerial views. Maybe all four are owned by Harold Shepard and recently brought up here (from Riverton?).

Google Maps, screendump dec.2014
Google Maps screendump made in dec.2014. Compared to my visit the parking arrangement was quite different, perhaps having to do with seperating
the airframes bought by Harold Shepard (I think it went like this: 'moved north' across that waving dirttrack and to a designated bit of land leased
by Mr Shepard , the unsold ones, moved 'south').
The 4th Herc has reappeared, not in line with the others, and all four accounted for by the time of my visit Oct.21st 2014.

Google Maps, screendump dec.2014
This is still the current aerial view on Google Maps at the time of compiling this page (dec.2014). Besides the unmarked C-130 there were no aircraft
parked out on the ramp. I have pencilled in where the museum aircraft were parked on display. Renovations & rebuilding was done on the ramp and
taxiway in the top of the photograph, where the small aircraft are parked. The remaining ramp and taxiway was planned for 2015: the winter was
approaching.
It would be nice to compare a more recent aerial view, as I think more buildings were added (small hangars?) but it is hard to recall a picture of my
visit as I was focussing more on the planes than airport renovations and alterations. EMAIL

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Links to browse my website on Greybull aeroplanes and the mysteries involved:
My visit in 1994
My log report on the tailnumbers then and where they went
A 1983 report with images by Fred de Ruiter
Ralph Pettersen visit in 2003
David Ellis sent a 2004 report

EXTERNAL LINKS
Neil Aird's 'Walkabout 25Apr98'
Airliners.net
Big Horn County Airport
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MORE ON THIS NORTHWEST USA 2014 TRIP:
PAGE 1 - WASHINGTON STATE
KENMORE AIR HARBOR, SEATTLE
HISTORIC FLIGHT FOUNDATION AT PAINE FIELD
MISSOULA'S MUSEUM OF MOUNTAIN FLYING
PAGE 2 - IDAHO MONTANA WYOMING OREGON
WARHAWK MUSEUM, NAMPA,ID
ERICKSON COLLECTION, MADRAS,OR

 

 

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