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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:

    21Sep18
    Arnold Begeman recently photographed Norcanair's F.27J stored at Saskatoon; Photos by Friends & Guests #56

    20Sep18
    A project that started Feb.2014 now (almost) completed: the gallery of Bill Hill & Richard Nash vintage planes photos; PAGE ONE | PAGE TWO

    19Sep18
    L.1049A Starliner ZS-DVJ has been towed to the SAA Museum grounds - on my (new!) Photos by Friends & Guests #56

    17Sep18
    Updated my Photos by Friends & Guests #45 for C-53 N34D 'Beach City Baby': restoration complete and ready to fly!
    There's an unidentified Twin Beech at an abandoned gasstation in Vinemont,AL - help! Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    15Sep18
    Catalina PH-PBY has been sold to the Collings Foundation in the US; PH-PBY

    10Sep18
    Chris Thompson wrote me an update on DC-6 N70BF which has found useful employment on Hawaii; Check Six

    09Sep18
    I was looking for details of overgrown S-2 planes in a yard near St.Augustine(FL), but found they are all gone; Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    07Sep18
    Updated the item on C-119 N5216R at Battle Mountain,NV and its delayed move to Alaska; Photos by Friends & Guests #53
    And another update on the delayed move of C-46 C-GIBX from Gimli to Alaska, see my Gimli 2007 report

    06Sep18
    Added 23 photos of Convair Liner (340 - 640)- and RR Dart manuals; to illustrate training back in the days; Convair Tec
    P-2 Neptune N445NA/T45 has arrived at the Yankee Air Museum for preservation; see my Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    05Sep18
    The unidentified 'Lockheed Twin' @Burning Man 2018 added to my Searchfor.. gallery
    Updated my CV5800 page about C-GKFS (ex/ ZK-KFS) fate: parted out / scrapped
    Gerben Groothuis shared a series of photos taken in March 2018 at Vancouver,BC see my Photos by Friends & Guests #55
    Via Phil Brooks I received a 2018 photo by Eric Teoh of Iceland's C-117D c/n 43309: ICELAND 2007 updated

    03Sep18
    Updated my 2008 Chico,CA (Aero Union) report with relocation of Howard Super Ventura N183PL

    03Sep18
    In my Searching for Identities gallery I have added two DC-6 forward fuselages at Marion-Zuehl airfield, Texas.

    02Sep18
    John Vogel shared with me several photos of preserved planes at McClellan, how they arrived in their original livery.
    Photos by Friends & Guests #55
    Scott Kordes shared on Facebook two DC-6 forward fuselages, stored at Zuehl,TX - their id's? see my Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    31Aug18
    Updated my page 'Schiphol, the old days' with a series of historic postcards

    30Aug18
    Fred Barnes shared a photo of DC-6 N12347, taken on 04May1986 at Anchorage,AK, on my Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    29Aug18
    Ben Allan Smith sent me an update on The Tunison Foundation and 'Daks over Normandy' intentions; on my Cherbourg, 70th D-Day anni

    28Aug18
    Working on a (P-3 Orion) fleetlist of a new aerial firefighter, Airstrike Firefighters LLC; on my Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    27Aug18
    A new selection added of images from the Bill Hill collection, part of the Richard Nash archive.
    Photos of Beech 18 N2813J, derelict, by Patrick Joseph Sheehan‎ added on my Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    26Aug18
    Dirk Septer visited Fairbanks,AK 01Aug18 and shared some photos, a.o. DC-6 N12347 on the Steese Highway

    22Aug18
    Updated Photos by Friends & Guests #54 for the desert Aero Trader's storage yard

    21Aug18
    Updated Ron Mak's gallery #3 with 3 additional vintage B-17 photos

    20Aug18
    Added a few more photos by Christopher Lennie of the DC-3 crashsite in the Yukon, on my Abandoned Wrecks of the Arctic North
    Updated the item on crashed C-46 N1822M on my Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    19Aug18
    Updated my Visit to Talkeetna (AK) 2012 for crash details of DHC-2 N323KT

    14Aug18
    On my blog (will be archived as Blog-2018Q3 in due course) I did a write up of 1960s (Dutch) aviation books, Alkenreeks
    Did a write up on Hugo Hooftman, aviation journalist and -author, on my Aviation Reference Books Remembered

    14Aug18
    Dillon Barron shared a photo of Albatross N122FB flown out of Pinal Airpark, saved from the scrapman; on Photos by Friends & Guests #55
    Updated Christopher Lennie contribution on my Abandoned Wrecks of the Arctic North

    13Aug18
    Christopher Lennie sent me a contribution for my Abandoned Wrecks of the Arctic North
    Rod Saigeon sent me a photo of Dragon Rapide G-AHXW taken at that fateful day at Abbotsford; on Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    12Aug18
    Updated the item on PBY-5 N423RS, on Frits Klinkhamers gallery, for its current status at St.Lucie County Airport,FL
    Twin Pioneer G-APRS has been moved to a 'glamcamping' in Scotland; see the update on my 2011 visit to Coventry airport & museum

    09Aug18
    Updated my Lockheed Starliner ZS-DVJ, remembered by Erik Eriksson with a new milestone in the restoration of ZS-DVJ

    04Aug18
    TRAVEL: added my 2018 pages ENGLAND PAGE 1 | PAGE 2 | ORFORD NESS

    30Jul18
    Jeff Nordin shared photos of C-47 17220 at McCall,ID - a place I visited in 2014; one photo for comparison on Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    29Jul18
    The 'Dutch Catalina' PH-PBY will be put up fore sale at the end of this season; see my webpage PH-PBY

    28Jul18
    DC-6 N6174C of Everts Air Cargo made its last flight in 2016, to Chena Hot Springs; Photos by Friends & Guests #55
    DC-7C OY-KND has its forward fuselage preserved at Denmark's Flymuseum; Photos by Friends & Guests #55
    Ron Mak shared his 1972 photo of OY-KND to show it in better days; Ron's gallery on my website

    26Jul18
    Added info on the C-46 N1822M of Everts Air: it will be hauled back to base! Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    25Jul18
    Finalized my aviation subjects of ENGLAND 2018, the last being an impressing of Air-Britain's 2018 Fly In at North Weald

    24Jul18
    DHC-2 N9878R of Regal Air crashed on 18Jul18, the pilot was killed; a report on my Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    23Jul18
    L.12A Electra Junior NC14999 was damaged @Zwartberg-Genk in Belgium 01Jul18; Photos by Friends & Guests #55
    C-47B N47HL of the Highland Lakes Sqdn (CAF) was destroyed by fire 21Jul18; Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    22Jul18
    Added a report of a visit to the 100th Bombardment Group Memorial Museum to my England 2018 report

    21Jul18
    Textual updates to my 19Jul report of visit to the NTM
    Further update, by Robin Petgrave, that my theory on the DC-3 Gourmet foodtrailer is correct
    C-46 N1822M was seriously damaged recently at Manley Hot Springs,AK; Photos by Friends & Guests #55
    Aces High C-47 'L4-D' N147DC is undergoing an unplanned engine change at Valence,France; Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    19Jul18
    Found a recently delivered DC-2 to the Nationaal Transport Museum made over to a stunning beauty!

    18Jul18
    Update on the DC-3 'Flagship Compton' foodtrailer and a new candidate!; Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    17Jul18
    A visit to the Lincs Aviation Heritage Museum opens my England 2018 report

    13Jul18
    Update on the DC-3 'Flagship Compton' foodtruck, but no identity yet; Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    12Jul18
    A DC-3 fwd fuselage has been converted to foodtruck a.k.a. foodtrailer! No identity yet; Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    11Jul18
    Convair 340 ZS-BRV crashed yesterday after take off from Wonderboom (S.AFR); see my update on Propliners in S.Africa 2004
    deHavilland DHC-3T N3952B, from Ketchikan, crashed in mountain area; Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    08Jul18
    Updated my 2014 page on Montana's Museum of Mountain Flying with their mission statement to fly their DC-3 N24320 to Daks over Normandy in 2019!

    06Jul18
    Dirk Septer shows the DH89 Dragon Rapide N683DH (G-AHXW) rebuilt and repainted at Sealand Aviation in Campbell River

    23Jun18
    Gerben Groothuis shared images of C-133s N102AR and N136AR at Mojave,CA in 1983; see his gallery on my website
    Added a few images by Ken Swartz, of his visit to The Aviation Warehouse at El Mirage,CA; see his gallery on my website

    22Jun18
    John Vogel sent me historic info & photos of C-47 N19924, which I recently recorded at Aerospace Museum of California
    Joel Moellinger shared a photo of C-47B N1350A at Rolla being disassembled for transport to Basler; Photos by Friends & Guests #55

    20Jun18
    Tim Chaloner sent me a few photos taken in the Jacksonville,FL area (a.o. Keystone Heights); Photos by Friends & Guests #54

    18Jun18
    Updated my page Aviodrome 2014 about DC-2 A30-14, an update on its present location
    Terry Fletcher provided the data on 'Teacher's Pet' - on my Seachfor page, items sent by Gerben recently

    14Jun18
    Updated the item on Chimo A/S at Red Lake on my Ontario Bushplanes 2007 page, ref takeover by Superior A/W
    Gerben Groothuis offered several images again of airframes defying identification, some derelist, some preserved; Search for..

    08Jun18
    Rolf Larsson sent me some exquisite 1940s (!) images of the C-47 I saw recently at Flabob Airport; CALIFORNIA PAGE #2

    02Jun18
    A few updates on YANKS AIR MUSEUM and several updates on MyBlog

    31May18
    Closure of my CALIFORNIA 2018 pages: visit to YANKS AIR MUSEUM

    24May18
    Added 10 photos to the Bill Hill vintage airplanes gallery on my website
    Added photos of my visit to FLABOB Airport, where I found a gaggle of Gooney Birds; CALIFORNIA P2
    And added photos of a quick visit last month to the Proud Bird restaurant (LAX) on CALIFORNIA P2
    TBM Avenger N337VT, which I photographed at Stockton,CA last month, crashed when flying it home; CALIFORNIA 2018 P1

    22May18
    TRAVEL: my pictorial account of a visit to Aquarium of the Pacific concludes my CALIFORNIA 2018 report

    21May18
    Photographed DC-3 PH-PBA in its new, 2018, livery today; added onto my DDA page

    20May18
    Ron Mak shared some photos of Boeing B-17s in civilian use in France, during 1970s; Ron Mak's Propliners #3
    VC-47D 43-49336 was destroyed by fire at Rantoul while being scrapped; Photos by Friends & Guests #54
    Bill McClinton wrote me his memories of the DC-3 'Turkey Hauler', Amerine Air and John Caruso; HERE..

    18May18
    Added a report of my visit to Museum of Flying in Santa Monica to CALIFORNIA 2018 page 2

    17May18
    TRAVEL: added a page dedicated to my visit to The Huntington Library, Art and Botanical Garden near Los Angeles

    15May18
    Added a photo of C-119F 51-2675 at Granbury,TX to my C-119 dossier
    Updated the Aviation Warehouse item on CALIFORNIA 2018
    On Photos by Friends & Guests 54 I added the location of an aviation boneyard near Ocotillo Wells, Southern California

    14May18
    Piero Gasolino sent me a photo shortly after visiting Gila Rivel Mem'l Airfield, see Photos by Friends & Guests #54
    TRAVEL: got started with PAGE 2 of CALIFORNIA 2018 (a travelgue)

    13May18
    Added a report of my visit to CAF's SoCal Wing at Camarillo to CALIFORNIA 2018 - page 2

    11May18
    Added to CALIFORNIA 2018 the (sad) background details of the F-100 Super Sabre seen at Lancaster-Fox Field
    Also added details of my visit to VCV.
    Plus started a PAGE 2, California 2018 continued.

    10May18
    Added my report on Aviation Warehouse, El Mirage onto my California 2018 report
    Bob Parmerter identified for me the AT-11 at Vintage Aircraft hanging from the ceiling; Vintage Aircraft @Stockton

    09May18
    Added propliner photos taken at Lancaster-Fox Field on my California 2018 report
    Roy Blewett was able to identify several unmarked airframes I photographed at Stockton; Vintage Aircraft @Stockton,CA

    06May18
    TRAVEL: updated my travelogue of California 2018, with photos of the Monterey Bay Aquarium

    05May18
    N113FB is the first Barron Aviation Albatross frown out off Marana storage; Photos by Friends & Guests #54

    01May18
    Taking a break from the planes, I started my travelogue of California 2018

    30Apr18
    Report of 13Apr18 visit to Castle AFB Museum included on my California 2018 webpage; there's a lot to see!

    29Apr18
    Report of 13Apr18 visit to Vintage Aircraft at Stockton,CA - could use help for unidentified airframes!

    28Apr18
    Some updates and editting on my China 2002 page
    Updated CALIFORNIA 2018 with images of CDF & USCG aircraft at Sacramento-McClellan Airport

    27Apr18
    Several years ago I thought to find 'Baby DC-6' N666SQ at the Vietnam Veteran Motor Club in Fairbanks, but to find it moved.
    Dakota Sharpe sent me a photo at its new location: Photos by Friends & Guests #54

    26Apr18
    Dirk Septer captured a photo of CN-MBB, DH Dove derelict at Malaga,Spain.
    Grabbed a C-123 photo off Facebook, made an emergency landing on Southern State Parkway at night...
    A question on the correct or right Olive Drab USAAF C-47 paint specs made me add it to my Q&A page; incl answers
    C-47 N4991E @Lodi Airport Café added onto my CALIFORNIA 2018 tripreport

    25Apr18
    Made a start with my CALIFORNIA 2018 tripreport; gradually I will work to completion
    JoeJoe Prince recorded C-118 N100CE of Everts Air Cargo technical at Bethel,AK

    07Apr18
    The Ilyushin on nightly transport to Navapark Graz is not an IL-18, but IL-62 OK-GBH; Photos by Friends & Guests #54
    Juergen Scherbarth put an identification to the Y-5 sent by Grant Newman 05apr18; Search for..

    06Apr18
    Andrew Usugan shared a photo of DHC-2 N77KZ in a true Alaskan scene, at Tununak; Photos by Friends & Guests #54
    An as yet unidentified IL-18 has found its way to the Wellness Hotel Novapark in Graz (Austria); Photos by Friends & Guests #54

    05Apr18
    Grant Newman visited the 'Civil Aviation Museum of China' on 20Sep2017; he sent 4 pics of aircraft which need identification; Search for..

    04Apr18
    Neil Aird sent me a 1966 photo by Ken Marshall reminding me of the scene at Amsterdam IAP in them days! Photos by Friends & Guests #54

    01Apr18
    Added several (pdf) docs, on CIA Rendition Flights, on Stephen Whitaker's page, innature related to his research into his father's fate.
    Gerbe Groothuis sent me several images taken @Opa Locka,FL, one an unidentified AN-12; Photos by Friends & Guests #54
    Neville Webb spotted AN-12 UR-CAK at St.John's and sent me a photo; Neville's gallery on my website

    29Mar18
    The aft fuselage of DC-6ST N867TA has made its way south from Fairbanks to Red Deer; Photos by Friends & Guests #54

    24Mar18
    Updated my Off-Airport Latin America page with an image of a C-123 at a bar in Costa Rica
    Glenn Chatfield pointed out a common error on 48-795 was the 1st production C-124A and a different aircraft than C-74->YC-124 42-65406; HERE..

    23Mar18
    Updated my Starliner at Auburn page, some negative developments, threatening the completion of restoration
    Malcolm Gow shared a 2014 photo with, of the Breitling Connie on the ramp at BSL; Photos by Friends & Guests #53
    Images of C-119 N15501 by Roger Maxwell open a new page on Photos by Friends & Guests: #54

    20Mar18
    Jay Brettle shared a photo with me of DC-3 JY-ADE, the aircraft I had difficulty identifying yesterday; The Bill Hill Collection

    19Mar18
    Made another update to the gallery The Bill Hill Collection on my website

    13Mar18
    A winter update of DC-3 0-17220 stored at McCall,ID - Photos by Friends & Guests #53

    12Mar18
    See my revisit to the Aviodrome Aviation Theme Park 10Mar2018
    DC-3 N877MG is discussed on a webpage of mine, either being c/n 14193/25638 or (as the consensus has it) c/n 20806. Added info today
    BuNo.148343, which I photographed a few months ago stored at Pima Air Museum, has reached the end of the line. Read my update HERE..

    01Mar18
    Updated Nederlands Transport Museum with add'l info

    28Feb18
    Today I had the pleasure of visiting the new Nederlands Transport Museum, in Nieuw-Vennep (NL); a report

    24Feb18
    Roger Janssens sent me a correction on final destination DC-3 N8016A; Photos by Friends & Guests #53

    22Feb18
    Added a page on aviation reference books and their development

    14Feb18
    Added an image of a C-45 on a pole at Marshall's Harrison County Airport, begging for indentification. Photos by Friends & Guests #53

    13Feb18
    Added on Searchfor a few images provided by Ron Mak and Juergen Scherbarth, looking to identify the DC-3s at Charlie's Surf Hostel in the Philippines

    12Feb18
    C-119 N5216R will get a new career in Alaska, however with limited mobility, with Organic Oasis. Photos by Friends & Guests #53

    11Feb18
    JoeJoe Prince showed DHC-2 N77KZ in business in Alaska, a former Koninklijke Luchtmacht Beaver! Photos by Friends & Guests #53

    05Feb18
    TRAVEL: my USA Southwest 2017 (2 pages) report

    02Feb18
    Andy Mac sent me a photo of C-47 N8061A on its way from Ohio, to ...; Photos by Friends & Guests #53

    31Jan18
    Added a 1966 photo of Dragon Rapide G-AHJS by Neville Webb to his gallery on my website Also 2 pics of DC-7 G-ATAB (1966).
    Added 2 photos by JoeJoe Prince, 01Jan2018, at Anchorage (south ramp) of DC-3 N19906 and C-119 N8504Z, see his gallery #2

    22Jan18
    Updated my page South Coast Airways in reference to DC-3 G-DAKK with Dec.2017 images at its new location (@Overloon)
    Bob Leicht sent me an update on the C-119 48-0352 restoration at Dover AFB; C-119 Dossier, page #3

    18Jan18
    Updated USA OCT2017 Tucson's Salvage Yards w/ ident of a bare metal HU-16 (BuNo.142428)

    17Jan18
    Grant Newman shared two Off-Airport DC-3s in New Zealand with me
    Gerben Groothuis sent me 2 2017 images for identification, one stored at Pima Air Museum, other @Western Int'l yard

    16Jan18
    An eight images update to the Bill Hill gallery on my website

    15Jan18
    A nice 'Winter 2017 Alaska' update by Jim Thompson, of DC-6 N12347; see Off-Airport N.America

    14Jan18
    Updated Pima Air & Space Museum visit 2017, for A-26 43-22494 and C-60 'LT909'

    13Jan18
    Updated Pima Air & Space Museum visit 2017; think I am basically done now for that Oct.2017 trip

    12Jan18
    Updated Tucson's Salvage Yard and USA 2017 Pima Air & Space Museum

    11Jan18
    My USA 2017 PAGE 2, Tucson's Salvage Yard and Flight over AMARG & Pinal Airpark are ready to be published

    10Jan18
    Finished USA 2017 PAGE 1 and am putting final touches to the remaining pages (finally!)

    08Jan18
    Seeing HU-16 N4796U on my USA 2017 report, Ron Mak sent me a 1986 photo, this HU-16 in better days
    Grant Newman sent me a few (2017) photos taken in S.Korea, @Boramae Park and Seoul's War Memorial; Off-Airport Asia

    06Jan18
    Rich Hulina shared a photo: winter in west Ontario! Photos by Friends & Guests #53

    05Jan18
    Updated Photos by Friends & Guests #52 for the arrival in the UK of 'Biffo' ZK-EPG

    04Jan18
    JoeJoe Prince sent me a photo of Everts' N747CE landing at ANC in a storm 02Jan17

    02Jan18
    Added two more photos taken by Ken Swartz at Hatzerim AFM aviation museum, Ken's gallery on my website
    Added a question on names on Norwegian AF C-119s on my Q&A-page
    Closed my BLOG 2017-Q4, will start soon with 2018 Q1


    This website was started in Feb.2001. See Old News