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Well, what's new here...


After having started this website by the end of 2000, I found it useful to keep track of the changes; the initial start contained 4 pages on the Douglas DC-3, one each on the DC-4 and DC-6 and one on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. Plus two text pages with general background information on the C-46 and the DC-6. Soon followed by The Lockheed Constellation with one page and a visit (my first dedicated propliner visit abroad) to Sharjah ( 2 pages, on the Antonov An-8/An-12 and Ilyushin Il-18).
Later the TRAVEL Pages were added and indeed, a Blog.
And the rest, they say: is history!

Happy anniversary 2001 - 2018, and counting...

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    These are the updates:

    19Oct19
    Sadly DC-3 N437GB ditched near Nassau 18Oct19; see my Photos by Friends & Guests #58.

    15Oct19
    Updated my Greybull 2014 page with news of a new home for C-119 N3003

    14Oct19
    Updated my Off-Airport N.America with a recent sighting of Martin 4-0-4 N255S

    20Sep19
    Updated my Photos by Friends & Guests 27 about the Soplata Collection - reduced to Planetags?

    19Sep19
    Updated, added details and photo, to the crash of CV440 N24DR on my Photos by Friends & Guests #58

    18Sep19
    Updated one of my earliest webpages, DC-3 Page 3, with details of where D-CXXX (1), ex/ G-AMPZ, ended up recently.

    15Sep19
    Added a pictorial update of the Carvair wreck on the Chandalar River bank in Alaska; Abandoned Plane Wreck of the North
    Updated an older page, pics by Rick Patton at Greybull,WY with info on C-118A BuN.152689 (now N747CE)
    Added a 14Sep19 pic of C-118A N747CE at Bethel,AK on JoeJoe's Alaska photos
    Updated my Visit to Coolidge,AZ 2008 with details on the crash of IAR's N119TG (ex/ N138FF)

    13Sep19
    Photo by JoeJoe Prince showing DC-6B N151 09Sep19 on his gallery, relevant for its supcoming preservation

    12Sep19
    CV440 N24DR crashed on 11Sep19 while on approach into Toledo,OH; Photos by Friends & Guests #58
    Fred de Ruiter shares a 2019 photo of DC-6 YU-AFF at Ljubljana IAP; Photos by Friends & Guests #58

    10Sep19
    JoeJoe Prince caught Ptarmigan Air's DHC-2 N734Q on a fine take off; JoeJoe's gallery (page #2)

    09Sep19
    C-131B N7813B has found a new home at the Yankee Air Museum; Photos by Friends & Guests #58
    Updated my page on C-47 N12907 / '349926' at the Carolinas Aviation Museum

    07Sep19
    Found a pictorial update of C-131B N1360D stored at Roswell,NM; Photos by Friends & Guests #58
    Update on the transport of the Lockheed Starliner, a failed project, from Maine to Germany this week.
    Updated the item on the 3 ex/ Israeli C-47s for sale by Global Industries at Villeneuve,ALB; AlCan 2006 page 2.

    02Sep19
    Ken Swartz was roadtripping though eastern parts of the USA last may for planes; added onto Ken's vintage propliners gallery

    30Aug19
    Ulrich F. Hoppe sent me a fine photo of C-47 HC-ALD preserved at Tabatinga in Brasil; Off-Airport Latin Americas
    Ken Swartz shared an 'ugly duckling': N540GW is a turbine-converted Grumman G.44 Widgeon; Ken's propliners gallery on my website

    27Aug19
    Russ Norwood shared an interesting 1968 photo of a USAF C-119, taken at Pope Field,NC; C-119 Info Page #4
    Dirk Septer wrote a few years ago an article about Vancouver Island Air (VIA); text reproduced on Dirk's aviation gallery

    26Aug19
    Report on the Airshow Wings of Freedom 2019 event, near Ede (NL) 24Aug19.
    Gerben Tornij shows the reason why 9Q-CUK (ES-AKE) 'Congo Queen' was (a.o.) absent from D-Day75; Photos by Friends & Guests #58

    25Aug19
    Updated my California 2018 report for Beech 18 N141ZA, restoration complete and handed over to new owner
    Added the US Wildfire Air Tanker Base Directory (2019) to my Airtanker page
    Corrected a misidentification & wrote history on 'Vera Lynn II' on the Basler pics below, Photos by Friends & Guests #58

    23Aug19
    Simon Paul visited the EAA Venture 25Jul19 and shares some Basler photos & info on my Photos by Friends & Guests #58

    21Aug19
    JoeJoe Prince shared a photo of Everts Air's N251CE visiting Bethel,AK; JoeJoe's propliners and bushplanes

    20Aug19
    Updated my Parco Tematico dell' Aviazione report concerning the move of C-47 mm61826 to the Czech Republic
    Updated my Off-Airport Europe with a GE screendump showing the location of DC-3 SX-ECF preserved

    18Aug19
    Found another picture of DC-3 HK-2820 off the runway Photos by Friends & Guests #58

    17Aug19
    DC-3 HK-2820 of Aliansa was involved in a runway excursion; Photos by Friends & Guests #58
    Updated my Rimini 2008 page with news of the move of DC-3 mm61826 (c/n 4380)

    11Aug19
    Added something on the 'speedpack' in my background info on the Lockheed Constellation
    Roy Blewett located DC-3 'ETM-6043' on GE, updated my Off-Airport Latin America
    On my Off-Airport N.America I added a HU-16 preserved on the Missouri stateline, near a liquor store
    Chris Ogden provided more data (lat/long coördinates) on the Yukon C-47 mystery wreck
    Ken Swartz shared a recent photo of the 'Geo' BT67 C-GGSU, published on Ken's propliner gallery.

    09Aug19
    Editted some details and webpage layout on Conroy 'Skymonster' 9G-LCA

    07Aug19
    Ian Whitlock shares a photo of 'Dutch Cat' PH-PBY at its new home New Smyrna Beach; Photos by Friends & Guests #58
    On Paul Weston's Alaska Flying added DHC-2 N37741 on a summers day in a crater lake called Jewel Lake

    06Aug19
    Casey Lasota sent me 2 pics for my Abandoned Plane Wrecks: C-82A N208M and Carvair N103 both derelict in Alaska

    02Aug19
    TRAVEL: added UK2019 traveloque, ENGLAND and SCOTLAND

    31Jul19
    The C-47 in Bangkok, near Seacon Square Mall, on Off-Airport Asia updated with a GE image for its location

    28Jul19
    Added derelict Beech SNB-5 N10909 on my Off-Airport N.America
    On Off-Airport Asia added a C-47 in Bangkok, near Seacon Square Mall. Identity unknown.
    And also on Off-Airport Asia a C-123 42 kms from Bangkok, ex/ RTAF 289 (USAF 57-6289): now 'Coffee 123'

    22Jul19
    Fred Barnes went to 'Daks over Duxford' on different dates than I did and shares some on Photos by Friends & Guests #58

    21Jul19
    Added BT-67 N141PR, converted last year, to Ken Swartz' gallery, noted 01Jul19 at Oshawa,Ont. To Enterprise Air?

    20Jul19
    Ken Swartz took stock of the plucked DC-3 C-GJDM at Peterborough (YPQ); his gallery on my website
    Received an update of disassembly C-119 N5216R in progress: C-119 N5216R at Battle Mountain,NV

    16Jul19
    Updated my Daks over Duxford (2019) Page 2 with some other aircraft present; all done now, my goodness..

    15Jul19
    An unidentified forward fuselage / cockpit section appeared at Idaho Falls Reg'l AP ('Mainliner Los Angeles'). Photos by ... #58

    14Jul19
    Michael Prophet shared some info & photos for my D-DAY 75 PAGE-1

    13Jul19
    Updated D-DAY 75 PAGE-1 on typos and added some additional pictures

    12Jul19
    Fourth and final page on recent aviation finds & visits in England & Scotland: Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum

    11Jul19
    Item on DC-3A NC33644 'Western Airlines' on my Photos by Friends & Guests #58
    Someone made an effort to list (recent) active DC-3's (world-wide), published on WIX forum and copied to my Photos by ... #58
    Updated D-DAY 75 PAGE-1 and PAGE-2 with comments (DoN) and info.

    10Jul19
    Pending correction for typos, a few additions and possible contributions Daks over Duxford (2019) Page 2 is now public

    09Jul19
    Page 1 of Daks over Duxford (2019), dedicated to D-Day Squadron, is about done; next is the European participants to this unique event

    08Jul19
    Found I had never fully corrected N877MG's c/n mistaken as 25638 to the widely accepted c/n 20806; DC-3 Page 2

    07Jul19
    Making progress with my D-Day 75 Years at Duxford IWM, the page on D-Day Squadron about half way complete (need more history details)

    05Jul19
    Eric Rutter opened Photos by Friends & Guests #58, sharing derelict Beech G18S N233H of Renfro's at Bethel,AK

    04Jul19
    Bob Parmerter shared the history of C-45 N460K (see below); Search For Identities updated
    Updated item on Photos by Friends & Guests #56 on BAHF's grounded C-97 N117GA in need of replacement engine
    Updated my page on a 2005 visit to the Carolinas Aviation Museum with news on upcoming closure this year...

    03Jul19
    The unidentified Beech 18 wreck at Nome,AK has been identified, thanks to Bob Parmerter: Search For Identities
    Received an update by John Wills of disassembly in progress: C-119 N5216R at Battle Mountain,NV
    Scott Alford sent me an update w/ photo of DHC-3T of Superior Airways in a new colourscheme, Photos by Friends & Guests #57

    02Jul19
    Added an unidentified Beech 18 wreck at Nome,AK on my Search For Identities gallery
    While ending MyBlog 2019Q2 I opened a new one for this 3rd quarter of 2019

    01Jul19
    Updated the caption of DHC-2 N94DC with details of its recent crash; Dirk Septer's vintage propliners
    Added on my Q&A page a search in CIA and/or MI6 involvement during German coverts ops into Congo-Léopoldville (1960s 'Congo Crisis')

    27Jun19
    Philippe Lavigne shared two N2501 Noratlas photos for my website; Photos by Friends & Guests #57
    Updated my UK 2019 report (work in progress) with Twin Pioneer G-APRS and a RAF Jet Provost in a beer garden...

    26Jun19
    Started my webreport UK2019 on recent travel to England. First to be detailed are HS.748s VH-AMQ & VH-AHL at Southend (SEN).

    21Jun19
    BT-67 C-FKGL of North Star Air went down into a lake, see my Photos by Friends & Guests #57
    Philippe Lavigne added info on the NorAtlas transport Gabriel variant on my Scanned Archive

    19Jun19
    C-119 N5216R is being dismantled at Battle Mountain,NV for transport - photo on Photos by Friends & Guests #57

    30May19
    Update my Photos by Friends & Guests #54 with the location of DC-6 N666SQ in North Pole,AK
    Updated and weeded out dead LINKS

    24May19
    Added a vintage advertisement of DC-4 flights by KLM to Miami
    Updated my Off-Airport Asia page, an ex/ Thai military (Navy?) C-123 preserved near Muak Lek in Thailand

    24May19
    Updated my Off-Airport Asia page, the item on DC-3 'Sister Ann' in Japan

    23May19
    Updated my page on DC-3 'Betsy' VR-HDB with a pic of 'sistership' VR-HDA, also in Hong Kong
    Updated my Canada 2007: Gimli page with a 2016 view of C-46F C-GIBX, another pic by Jean Vouillon
    C-54 N74AF was added on my Off-Airport gallery, located on PR 107 near Aguadilla IAP, Puerto Rico

    22May19
    Updated my Canada 2007: Gimli page with a current view of C-46F C-GIBX; a sale awaits a final conclusion

    20May19
    Updated fate (scrapped) of USAF C-119 at Granbury,TX on C-119 Dossier, page #4
    Restyled & updated my page Visit to Buffalo Aws at Red Deer,ALB in 2006
    Joshua Lester shared an update for my Off-Airport NAm: C-97 hulk at Unalakleet,AK

    14May19
    Updated my Coventry Air Museum visit in 2011 with details of D-CXXX (ex/ G-AMRA) and D-CXXX (ex/ G-AMPZ) in Berlin

    12May19
    DC-6 I-DIMA in Italy added onto my Off-Airport Europe

    11May19
    Updated my Off-Airport Asia for Thai AF C-47A 'JIG 112' at a gasstation on Route 36 in Thailand

    10May19
    Updated my Off-Airport Asia for Thai AF C-47A c/n 9414 with a 2019 pic
    Bill van Dyck shared a video on FB showing DC-7 N4887C at Coolidge moving under own power! Coolidge Airport,AZ 2008

    09May19
    Update on C-130 N118TG on my page Visit to Coolidge Airport,AZ 2008
    Photo of S-2 N436DF / Tanker 100 as art in Phildelphia, on my Off-Airport N.America
    A C-46 (unidentified) preserved in Udon Thani (Thailand) has been nicely repainted; Off-Airport Asia

    08May19
    Identity check on 'ETM-6043' near Monterrey would be most welcome; Off-Airport Latin America

    07May19
    Updated my Off-Airport Latin America with a recent photo of C-54A HK-136
    Updated my Off-Airport Europe with news that Vickers Viscount SE-IVY was removed from a theme park

    06May19
    Update on derelict DC-3 N51938 in Missouri, on my Photos by Friends & Guests #18.

    05May19
    Updated the details on DC-3 C-GJKM on my page Visit Yellowknife 2006 regarding recent landing in open terrain

    03May19
    Vickers Viscount G-AZNA, off-airport in Belgium, is reportedly for sale

    30Apr19
    Updated and restyled my Visit to Air Spray at Red Deer (2006)

    25Apr19
    Today I went to the opening of Thijs Postma's exhibition '100 years KLM' at the Nederlands Transport Museum

    22Apr19
    John Vogel sent me 'before & after' pics of C-53 N8336C, since 2018 done up in fine Chinese 'Civil Air Transport' livery

    20Apr19
    Updated my gallery Here & There, in Holland with images of Fokker F.27 'PH-NIV' gate guard at Schiphol

    15Apr19
    William Swirsky sent me a photo of N88740 for my page DC-3 N5000E & Aero Service Corp

    15Apr19
    Another Kenting C-47 plane wreck 'surfaced', which is which (CF-OOY vs CF-OOV); Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North
    Photos on Paul Weston's gallery of C-119 N5216R seem to reopen discussion on the identity of N5216R at Battle Mountain,NV

    14Apr19
    Mike Smyth again commented on a 'plane mystery' and seems right on the nail identifying DC-4 N32DR at McAllen,TX.
    Simon Beck wrote me a while ago a suggestion for the mystery C-119 'N801W': N8501W?
    Updated my Cherbourg (D-Day 70th anniversary) page with news DC-3A HB-IRJ has been sold to Turkey

    12Apr19
    Ken Swartz shared a few Nov.2018 photos taken in British Columbia; his gallery on my website

    10Apr19
    Starliner N8083H has arrived at JFK's TWA terminal, approaching final stage of becoming part of a lounge; Photos by Friends & Guests, #57

    09Apr19
    Updated Ken Swartz' gallery with three recent photos

    08Apr19
    Restyled my page South Coast Airways Surrenders

    06Apr19
    Updated details of the 2018 crash of Dragon Rapide 'G-AHXW' at Abbotsford on my Photos by Friends & Guests, #55
    Updated my Friends & Guests, #39 , details on Turbo Dak C-GEAI suffering not once but twice incidents on Antarctica, but both time repaired and flown out.
    Updated my 2009 page on a visit to Dubendorf's air museum with news that JU-Air suspends all Ju-52 ops
    On my Unidentified Planes I have added a red Beech C-45, roadside I-25 south of Augusta,GA (25 miles from its previous location)

    04Apr19
    Added an unidentified Beech 18 on my Off-Airport gallery, roadside I-25 south of Augusta,GA

    30Mar19
    Added CV580 ZS-LYL to my Off-Airport (Africa) gallery

    28Mar19
    Added C-47B P2-003 onto my Off-Airport Asia page, it sits at a pub 'Amaroo Tavern' in Moree,NSW

    26Mar19
    Restyled Bob Schultz' account on his career which includes air-to-air & interior photos of DC-3 N950

    24Mar19
    Starliner N8083H has made it from Auburn,ME to New York City; updated my Starliners @Auburn 2009 & 2011 visits

    24Mar19
    C-47 C-FDTH at Red Deer is in fact C-FBAE (now severely stripped of parts for restoring C-FDTD at St.Hubert); Friends & Guests, #57

    22Mar19
    Updated my visit to the Coventry Air Museum in 2011, on G-AMRA, that this C-47B saw its restoration at Berlin-Schönefeld terminated

    21Mar19
    Restyled my DC-3 Fly Inn at Lelystad 2006 page (deleted the thumbnails)

    19Mar19
    Buffalo's C-54G C-GBNV is now at Red Deer and outfitted as sprayer (budworm, oil pollution at sea, et cetera); Photos by Friends & Guests, #57

    18Mar19
    Restyled my webpage dedicated to DDA's modest 25th anni celebrations in 2007

    18Mar19
    Restyled my webpage dedicated to flightseeing over Holland in DDA's DC-3 PH-DDZ (2005)

    17Mar19
    Nigel Aylmer suggested a cockpit found at Wade Salvage (Atco,NJ) to be of Convair 880 N804AJ; Plane identities..
    Updates on Ron Mak's gallery for A-26B N500MR plus photos & history on Canso's C-FPQO (N427CV) and 5B-PBY (N315KM)
    Cessna Crane CF-LED was added to the Nanton air museum in Alberta (item has link to my 2007 report of the museum). Photos by Friends ..., Page 57

    12Mar19
    Came across a vintage photo of R4D-1 (C-47) XA-GEU; no history of what happened to it. Photos by Friends & Guests, page 57
    Added the A-26B Invader on my Off-airport (N/Am) page

    11Mar19
    FAA's DC-7 N464 has been suggested as the unidentified FAA propliner at Wade Salvage (Atco,NJ); Searching for identification
    Found in DC-6B N90756 a better candidate for the remaining airframe at Wade's Salvage (Atco,NJ); Searching for identification

    10Mar19
    DC-3 HK-2494 of Laser Aéro (Colombia) crashed yesterday, with sadly all occupants fatal; Photos by Friends & Guests, page 57
    Hector Vazquez sent me a better photo of the Douglas wreck at Wade's Salvage, Atco,NJ; searching for identification
    Tanker 68, DC-6 N90739, was scrapped at Redmond,OR in 2007; fwd fuselage now at Wade Salvage. Photos by Ted Quackenbush

    09Mar19
    CF-TES will move from Winnipeg to Poland, transported General Kazimierz Sosnkowski during WW2 Page 57
    C-121 HI-393 and DC-3 HH-CNE survive at Santo Domingo-SDQ; Photos by Friends & Guests, page 57

    07Mar19
    Mystery 'Big Doug' wreck at Wades Salvage Inc (Atco,NJ) added on my Plane Mysteries

    03Mar19
    A nice update with a winter photo at Selkirk (Man.) for my gallery on Rich Hulina's Bush Flying Captured

    02Mar19
    TRAVEL - report of visit to Texel plus a few sidetrips

    01Mar19
    C-119 N5216R, longtime resident of Battle Mountain,NV has been acquired by Rolling Boxcar! See My Visit Battle Mntn and Photos by Friends & Guests 53

    21Feb19
    Editted my Alaska/Canada 2006 PAGE 2 webpage, got rid of the thumbnails
    Same for Aero Space Museum (2006)

    21Feb19
    Editted my AlCan 2006 webpage, got rid of the thumbnails

    18Feb19
    Added a few details on C-47 'Sister Ann' displayed near Lake Hamamatsu,Japan on my Off-Airport Asia gallery
    And added DH.114 Heron JA6159 on that same gallery, my Off-Airport Asia
    And on that same gallery update on Fokker F.27s preserved at People's Park, Yangon, Myanmar; XY-ADZ and XY-AEW
    On my page about submerged DC-3 and C-46 near Bimini I have posted an update on the C-46

    17Feb19
    Captured some screendumps while catching up on Planesavers videos, E34-E46; Photos by Friends & Guests, page 57
    Reworked my Yellowknife 2006 (page 2) page, quit epleased with the result and happy memories!

    15Feb19
    'Yukon' Cornelis forwarded me a vintage DC-3 photo, of Delta's N57539, which has bearing on the disappearance of ECT-035 (ex/ T3.25)

    11Feb19
    Opened a new aviation page on my website, a gallery named Here & There, in Holland

    06Feb19
    Reworked my Yellowknife 2006 (page 1) page

    05Feb19
    Ron Mak sent me a very fine 1973 photo of DC-3 G-AMPO in support of the Macedonian Aviation history; Photos by Friends & Guests, page 57
    Ron Mak contributed a photo for the Searchfor gallery, of DC3's stored at Manilla, now two at Charlie's Hangar Hostel
    A sizeable series of 1977 photos taken at Quito's aviation museum were added to Ron Mak's page #3 gallery
    Ron also shared with me a 1983 photo of SX-ECD (& SX-ECF) stored at Athens (LGAT) airport, relevant to Off-Airport Europe
    And Ron found some (4) 1993 photos of C-47 SX-ECF preserved at Helliunikon-HEW, also on his Ron Mak's page #3

    04Feb19
    An extended account on Macedonian Aviation (1972-1974) opens a new edition of Photos by Friends & Guests, page 57!
    Jim Monahan made me aware of the role DC-3 N26MA (Paralift / PM Leasing) plays in The Corrs video, 'Breathless'. Page 57.

    03Feb19
    Daniel Bourque sent me a photo of Fairchild F.27J CF-GND, crashed in 1968 and featured on my Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North
    DC-3 N33611 is for sale, though also expected to participate in the Daks over Normandy 2019 event; specs of c/n 34378 HERE...

    02Feb19
    Roger Byron-Collins wrote me interesting background of DC-3 G-AMPO in the early-1970s; DC-3 Page 3

    30Jan19
    Added Google Earth screendumps to indicate the 'Off-Airport' DC-3 location in Athens,Greece.
    Added an item on DC-3 C-GJDM at Peterborough,ONT for its use as parts supply refurbishing N308SF 'Night Fright', HERE..

    29Jan19
    Item dedicated on Mikey McBryan's 'Plane Savers' intitiative and Vlog; see my Photos by Friends & Guests #56

    27Jan19
    Added a report by Kyle G. Cameron of visit to crash site HU-16 7237 onto my Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the Arctic North
    Addition to my Off-Airport Latin America gallery, a DC-6 (most likely HK-3530X) in Puerto Colombia
    Another addition to my Off-Airport Latin America gallery: DC-3 HC-ALD in Tabatinga, Brazil

    24Jan19
    C-47B SX-ECD now adorns Restaurant Dekatria in Athens,Greece; see my Off-Airport Europe.

    23Jan19
    The 2 C-47s at Charlies Hostel in San Juan, Philippines have finally been identified, Searchfor..
    Noted that Buffalo did a bulksale of DC-3s at Red Deer to Basler Turbo Conversions; update on my Red Deer 2006 report

    22Jan19
    Sadly Turbine DC-3-65TP N467KS crashed 21Jan19 in Ohio, both crew fatally injured; Photos by Friends & Guests #56

    18Jan19
    Phil Brooks forwarded a Facebook post by Henry Toh as a screendump to me, fit for my Asia Off-Airport Gallery

    03Jan19
    John Olin agreed to share a few vintage C-119 photos on my C-119 dossier, page 4

     

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