Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests



On a regular basis people sent me photos, to share their enthusiasm for vintage airliners or to illustrate a question. These photos have been lingering in a scrapbook or a discarded box somewhere and/or probably wouldn't find their way to Online-use or publication.
To prevent them from getting lost, with permission of the sender, I would like to share them on this page.
Photos already online (personal websites,,, etc) are not meant to be included here.

Barkley Grow CF-BQM Timo de Vries sent me this photo of Barkley Grow CF-BQM in Sep.2007. It is on display at the Aero Space Museum in Calgary, Alberta. Recently the museum added additional covered display space, a sort of big hangar of tent material. The Barkley Grow is one of the aircraft on display.

See my report on my 2006 visit to the Aero Space Museum for aircraft on display in this fine museum.
CF-GXC Timo sent me also this photo of Beech CF-GXC in response to my 2006 report when I saw it still under restoration and far from looking as beautiful as it does today.
For more details follow the link to the 2006 report.
Lockheed Ventura Timo also sent these two images, dated 21Sep07, of a Lockheed Ventura in restoration at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton.

I would welcome details about this aircraft.
Lockheed Ventura
B-25 by Timo de Vries
Timo de Vries sent me this photo of B-25J Mitchell bomber, USAF 44-30791, RCAF 5273, taken by him at the museum on 21Sep07.

See also my report of my 2006 visit to the Alberta Museum in Edmonton


Boyd Butler of Kennewick,WA wrote me the following recollection concerning the B-25:
"When I was working for Airwest Beachcraft in Seattle, back in the late 1960's, we modified a B-25 for North Star Aviation (from Alaska), the owner (?) Bob Shot (Sholton?) died in a Baron accident some years later, I think. Bob had a Chase YC-122 (at least I think that was what it was, the predecessor to the C-123) and I saw it once when he came down to pick up the spares for the B-25.
The B-25 left after we put a 1.000 gallon tank into the bombbay for fire fighting, he went to Wenatchee with a U-Haul truck, picked up all of the fresh fruit that he could find, loaded all of the airplane up, even the nose and aft of the bomb bay... He had to use the escape hatch in the top of the cockpit to enter and away he went to Alaska. He ,had to ship his bike up as it wouldn't fit anywhere!!"

Viking Ron Mak sent me this photo, he wrote: "this Viking at Basle I came across during my flight with the Swiss Connie ... (08Oct07).
This Vickers Viking is G-AIVG c/n 220 and is (or was?) to be restored... More details on

More photos of Ron's extensive collection can be found on Photos by Ron Mak.

Time ran out for this Douglas C-118A Liftmaster. It had been for sale for a long time, even donated to a museum but not taken up... So Everts Air Cargo from Alaska had it scrapped for spares.
Scrapping actually started on the 9th and ended on the 19Nov07. They made fast work of it..
Details about this propliner's history can be read here.
XA-TDR being dismantled

Bob Reid wrote me the following on 09Nov07:
"In 3 hours XA-TDR, now N48AW, will be towed the last mile around to the north side of Falcon Field to meet her death. She has been parked on the Ramp at CAF for six months receiving visitors from all over the world..
At this time I am waiting for first light to do this dastardly assignment.
As you may recall I first gave this airplane to the CAF Arizona Wing several years ago. Sadly, the powers to be at the time rejected the plane after it was in their name and registered to them.
A search for the last 3 years to find someone with the means to sponsor the aircraft and get it flying, yielded no results.
The City of Mesa is trying to improve the looks of Falcon Field and the sight of this C-118 (and others) are not pleasing to the non-flyers eye. The City wants all of these old planes gone..
Additionally, the high fuel prices are beginning to have a very negative effect on all of general aviation and especially the gas guzzlers we love to hear and watch.
We are going to ask Everts to give us the nose section so that we can make a display of the cockpit for visitors to the museum."
parts in the desert
Gutting XA-TDR
Cutters at work
Brought down
Sad looking
Cockpit, emptied out
Cockpit wiring plundered
Reduced to bits and parts
End of the line
XA-TDR, what is left
Gear, for use elsewhere
Grounded, forever!

Klaas Reinder Sluijs sent me these photos: he was one of the lucky bunch onboard Douglas DC-2 'PH-AJU' (NC39165), flying in formation with DC-3 G-AMPY and DC-6 G-APSA. They were all on their way to the Air Show at Hamburg, Germany on 14Sep07.
G-APSA from Coventry's Classic Flight has been temporarily painted in vintage KLM colours due to the shooing of a movie ('Brides Flight').
G-APSA formated with these vintage transports en route and did not start from Lelystad, which the others did. I have a selection of photos dedicated to this event on Aviodrome 2007, but could not join the flight and stayed behind.

Rich Hulina sent me this great photo on Nov 13th, 2007; he added:
"Thought you might enjoy a shot of my Otter C-FNWX, on the move for Cat Lake, five minutes ago!
Last year we pulled her out of the water this day, but ice is just around the corner though!!"
Rich Hulina
From Karl E.Hayes' monograph on the DHC-3 Otter I quote:
Otter c/n 412 was delivered on 28Mar62, but was retained by DHC as a demonstrator, registered CF-NWX. It flew for DHC for many years. When it was no longer required as a demonstrator, it remained in use as a test aircraft.
There was a proposed sale to the United States in Apr70 and marks N6225 were reserved, but the sale did not proceed and 'NWX continued in use as a test aircraft, and also as a company transport. It was often flown by DHC test pilot George Neal. The last trip he recalls flying in 'NWX was to a lake in Quebec with a load of newly hatched fish, to re-stock the lake which senior people in DHC used to entertain customers.
The Otter was eventually sold, being acquired by Austin Airways Ltd of Timmins, Ontario to whom it was registered in Nov78. It was then sold on to Ignace Airways Ltd of Ignace, Ontario and registered to that company in Dec80.
It continued to fly for Ignace Airways until a crash at McKenzie Lake, Ontario on 10Oct87. The purpose of the flight on that day was for the captain to check out the co-pilot on the floatequipped Otter. The aircraft, with the two pilots, one passenger and a cargo of sawdust on board, was near the maximum take-off weight. It took off for a VFR flight to nearby South Smoothrock Lake. The take-off run and lift off appeared normal. The pilot selected climb flap, reduced engine power and turned to fly along a valley leading away from the lake. The aircraft was at an altitude of 75 to 100 feet and approaching trees near the edge of the lake when it began to lose altitude... The captain applied power but this did not arrest the descent and the aircraft struck the trees and crashed one quarter of a mile from the shoreline! An accumulation of hoar frost on the wing surfaces and downdrafts, common in the area, led to the aircraft's descent into the trees.
The Otter was taken to Kuby's Aircraft at Kenora for a slow rebuild and in May 1992 was registered to , based at Sioux Lookout, Ontario. In Aug99 the company was reconstituted as Slate Falls Airways (1999) Ltd and it continued to serve the Ontario bush country from its base at Sioux Lookout. On 18Oct04 'NWX arrived at Fort Frances, Ontario where it underwent conversion over the winter of 2004/05 to a Vazar turbine Otter, the conversion work being performed by Lakeland Aviation.
It was again registered to Slate Falls Airways on 17Mar05.

N443CB Turbine Otter Karl E. Hayes (writer of the DHC-3 monograph) sent me this photo of a turbine DHC-3 Otter and he wrote:
"Here is some more exciting Otter news and a nice photo in the Bahamas..." N443CB has been restored recently and looks great!
On the resort's website one can see a photo of their previous Otter N335AK, which they crashed."
Karl's profile of N443CB opens in Acrobat Reader. Enjoy!
[Permission for publication granted by Karl Hayes, Stuart Smith, and Charles Bethell, provided all rights and ownership to the article are retained by said gentlemen.]
Karl also forwarded me this message:
DHC-3 144672 at Pensacola

Biff Johnson wrote to Karl: "Some of our members might be interested in the status of Otter, Serial No. 144672.
"This Otter belongs to the Navy Museum at Pensacola NAS. It was damaged during hurricane Ivan and the exterior has been restored. The interior needs a lot of work...
It was on static display at the PNS during the Blue Angel's homecoming air show this weekend, 9-10 Nov 07. It would have been nice if she could have flown!"

Roger Soupart came across this Douglas C-47A c/n 11982 in an aviation shop in Barcelona,Spain (2007):
Barcelona Former Aeromarket EC-FDH (ex/ EC-699) 'spent time' at the airport of Sabadell (near Barcelona), surviving as damaged remains after damage incurred during a landing incident in April 1992. It was rumored parts were shipped to Germany (to a museum?). The wreckage was still at Sabadell during 1995.
The forward fuselage went, at some point, to an aviation shop in Barcelona; it has been painted 1 side olive USAAF drab colours and other side is silver&white, as a Dakota of Ala. 36 Spanish air force.
The shop:
[Eric Munk wrote me in Oct.2009 and was able to inform me where other parts went to: the midsection of the fuselage survives in 'Haus der Geschichte' (Bonn, Germany).]

For more of this aircraft and other Off-airport airframes in Europe, go here.

tanker 95 N406DF

Chris Schneider is the proud owner of 3 Grumman S-2 Trackers! Tanker 95, N406DF, is one of them and was recently (Oct.2007) flown out from Sacramento,CA to Jackson,CA to continue to work on it. N406DF was flown by the US Navy with BuNo 133322. During its firefighting career it also carried the T74 identification.
Chris also owns Trackers N420DF and N423DF. He adds the following:
"We had been working on the airplane all day, so I was dressed accordingly... The pilot is Rob Diver from Texas; he is a British guy who flies DC3, DC4's etc. (large old Round Engine stuff), great guy.
I am currently 34 years old and this is the 2nd S-2 Tracker I ferried. My plan is to keep them flying as airtankers or airshow pieces, but as a regular guy I am always searching for money to keep them flying! So far this has been 100% cash financed out of my own pocket, which is a bit hard at times.
I am also on a local fire board and was a volunteer firefighter for a couple of years. My dad worked for the FAA all his life, so I have always loved airplanes; I was born in Alaska, and have travelled a lot.
Intend to keep playing with airplanes as long as I am able and look forward to flying one of my S2's once I get the Type Certificate and the money needed for fuel, etc..."

In March 2008 Chris wrote:
"I am looking to get one of my Grumman S2 800 Gallon Airtankers working this year if possible.  Anyone interested contact me.  $1.000 per month lease + $800/Hr + Minimum Hrs./Mo. + Deposit. 
Or purchase for $85K.
On a State/Local contract the airplane should gross about $200,000+ per 100 days plus Hourly rate per flight hour to a part 135 operator. "

Chris Schneider
Sutter Creek, CA - Tel. 209-296-8766
(PS "...right now Tanker 95 is the most flight ready, but T77 is listed for sale.")

UPDATE Oct.2020: Grumman S-2F-1s N406DF and N420DF on auction 'Surplus Auctions for County of Amador', US$1000,- each.

Shocking...? Douglas DC-6A N7780B a victim of vandalism... ?

For more on this see the page dedicated to photos made by Martin Prince Jr.

Twin Otter in trouble Ken Lubinski sent me this intriguing picture, and he wrote:
"Here is a pic of a Twin Otter in Yellowknife,NWT. I can not recall the exact year, maybe late 70's?
It was late spring, and the ice thin in the bay from currents. Normally pilots taxi out to the middle of the bay and then apply full power. EXCEPT in the spring... Then they apply full power right from shore, so as when they hit the thin ice they are practically airborne. Poor fellow decided to taxi out. Big mistake!
You can see there are large inner tubes under the wings, to keep it afloat. An armed forces Chinook chopper, from Edmonton, came down to lift it out. Dropped it once I believe!
No one was injured, but the plane was out of commission for some time. I do not recall who owned it, and cannot see any markings (it may have belonged to LaRonge Aviation out of Saskatoon... I think they were using those colors?) If you post it, I am sure someone could fill in the details. It was a time when gold hit $1000.US an ounce. Yellowknife was abuzz with aircraft because of old mines and gold claims opening again."

Erik Johannesson wrote me the following (likely) candidate:
C/n 143 DEHAVILLAND DHC-6-200 [first flight 03.07.68]

  • N7662 Cable Commuter Airlines "Miss Kay" DLD 23.08.68
  • N7662 Golden West Airlines MGD 00.07.69
  • N7662 Airspur Corp. SLD 08.12.69
  • CF-BQJ Gateway Aviation Ltd. SLD 00.01.72
  • CF-BQJ Damaged at Yellowknife, NWT DAM 24.02.76
  • CF-BQJ Gateway Aviation Ltd. repaired & returned to service RTS 00.00.76
  • Damaged beyond repair in whiteout conditions, while operating in Antarctica DBR 29.01.77
  • The aircraft's colour scheme is definitely Gateway's.

    Publishing it on the AvCanada Forum provided another candidate:
    That triangular "G" on the tail I am quite sure was Gateway Aviation's logo. -'OldTimer'
    Yes, it is Gateway's Twin Otter, registration was C-FJCS. We were living in Yellowknife at the time, my husband was flying for Ptarmigan, year was either '78 or 79. Brought the whole town out when the helicopter arrived to lift it out. Watched it drop back into the ice, but they did get it out. Good news, no one was hurt....great entertainment in the back bay that day! Terry said it was coming back from a trip up in the Barrens, landing there to be changed from ski's to either floats or wheels. -'PilotsWife'
    Identities of DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER c/n 250: C-FJCS, N250CM, ZK-OTR, YJ-RV8(2), P2-RDX, P2-MMU.

    Ken Lubinski sent me these also this photos; he recalled those -cold- days as follows:
    The Biffo, as found by Ken Lubinski "The Bristol was probably photographed late 1970's. The one pic shows the old mine cabin. Fellow on the left was the cook (Henry) and on the right my helper (Rick). I cannot recall their last names.
    We spent the month of Feb at that camp. It was very cold... At night water would freeze in the cabin. All the packing between the logs had fallen out, so the wind would blow right between the logs. Every morning we would have little snow drifts on our sleeping bags!
    I was doing exploration drilling at the old uranium mine for a company out of BC. I believe the company name was Noranda. Could be wrong on that one.
    Of all the years of working the Arctic, Baffin Island included, I have never witnessed Northern Lights as intense as they were there! For two nights the sky was literally alive from one horizon to the other. The colors were so vibrant, and the movement of the lights was scarry! They seemed like they were just above the tree tops."
    More on this Bristol Mk.31 Freighter CF-TFZ on Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North.

    Janna Swales hiked to the crash site of the C-47 near Haines Junction, in the summer of 2007. More here.

    Dick van den Heuvel sent me some images he made during an excellent trip through Alaska and Western parts of Canada, in 2005.

    This photo shows N51802, a Douglas C-54G, sitting in the owner/operator's yard: Brooks Fuel at Fairbanks. For more on N51802 go to and

    Brooks' Carvair N The bemourned ATL.98 Carvair N898AT of Brooks Fuel...
    At least Dick got a nice, last look! Details of its untimely demise can be found on my page dedicated to my visit to Fairbanks in 2003.

    Dick's trail along marvelous propliners brought him to Vancouver Island, where he photographed the Grumman Goose C-FPCK (c/n 1187) of Pacific Coastal Airlines. Note the Martin Mars in the background. The Goose flew from Sprout Lake to Campbell River..

    Sadly, C-FPCK crashed into a hillside  on 16Nov08 at Thormanby Island, about 50 kms north of Vancouver whilst on a flight from Vancouver to Powell River; 7 killed, 1 survivor and the aircraft written off.

    FPCK coming in for pick up
    C-FPCK in take off run
    Beautiful Canada...
    What better view from the air than that of beautiful British Columbia, and even better if Beech D18S C-FCSN (CA-16) of Vancouver Island Air flies into the frame!
    The photos were taken from another Vancouver island "Beech-on-floats", possibly C-FGNR.
    In a nice formation!
    C-FCSN showing its good side

    NC17334 by John Olafson John Olafson sent me these images in Oct.2007 and he added the following about that day's events:
    "I was in Vancouver in September and one day decided to wander out to the airport, driving around to the South Terminal area to see what I could find. To my surprise, signs pointing to the Flagship Detroit display were attached to the fence... I followed the arrows and ended up at the Shell centre where the display was set up. Half an hour later this beautiful DC-3 landed! Joining the masses, I toured the interior, but due to the press of the crowd within, I decided against photographs. It is is beautifully restored to its original American Airlines standard, complete with functioning toilet!
    The Flagship Detroit Foundation was taking NC17334 on a West Coast Tour and Vancouver was its only stop on this particular tour. Literature they handed out stated this is the oldest DC-3 still flying!
    Manufactured by Douglas at its Santa Monica facility in 1937, NC17334 was assigned serial number 1920 and factory number 45. As most DC-3's, this one has had a varied career, including time with American Airlines followed by service with a number of corporate owners followed by use as a freighter and agricultural sprayer.
    The Foundation acquired the aircraft in 2004 and restoration has taken place at the AA maintenance facilities in Kansas City and Fort Worth.
    It gave me a strange feeling to see an American Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet on its takeoff roll and I waited for the right moment and got a nice picture of it in the background with 70 year old NC17334 quietly sitting in the sun in the foreground. It is very likely that long after the 737 has gone to the smelter, NC17334 will still be flying, but is that really surprising..?"
    NC17334 drawing a crowd
    The Old and the New with AA
    open the hatches...

    NC17334 Brian McDonough sent me these photos of NC17334, a Douglas DC-3-178 c/n 1920: a true classic !
    It is operated by the 'Flagship Detroit Foundation' and proudly tours the air show circuit. What a splendid ol'timer!
    Shot at Washington-IAD on Sept.08th, 2007 at the annual Plane Pull/Open House.
    Proud Flagship of Detroit
    Cockpit of NC17334

    N47FK Fifi Kate Frits Klinkhamer sent me this image of Fifi Kate, he also wrote:
    "This is C-47 N47FK (cn 9700), good old Fifi Kate; the photo was made on a rather desolate, grey day in June, 2000 on the island of Texel.
    There are probably hundreds of photos of this vintage DC-3, but I have never seen one with the USAF serial as well as the registration..."
    Compare with images on

    N47FK became HK-4700X, ferried thru Opa Locka (KOPF) 02may10 -

    A 1946 photo was supplied to me, operating as NC49538 for Mt.McKinley Airfreight in Alaska: see my Photos by Friends & Guests page 35.

    5Y-SJP at Lokichoggio

    Dick Gilbert sent this photo in Sep.2007, taken by Rajesh Shah, and he added:
    "This picture was taken by a colleague last month (August) in Lokichoggio, northern Kenya. Can anyone provide an i/d ?
    The DC-3 in the background, 5Y-BMB, may be derelict too."
    The DC-6 was identified by a photo and information on Ken Stoltzfus' website:
    My own files show 5Y-SJP as a Douglas C-118A (c/n 44635), former N66TR (and previously 53-3264, N64695), deregistered in June 1994. It operated relief flights (as N66TR) from Lokichoggio, Kenya. It seems the roads ends here for this classic propliner!
    5Y-BMB (c/n 34375) formerly wore tailnumbers 45-1105 & N2025A. As N2025A it flew for Legion Express, sighted at Opa Locka,FL in Jul96 and ferried to Kenya a few months later, in September.
    Lokichoggio is also written as Lokichogio and Lokichokio, see Wikipedia.

    A photo was sent to me, by Rolf Larsson, showing c/n 44635 tailnumber N64695 Opa Locka on 10 March 1986, see Photos by Friends & Guests (34)

    Maarten Stoltenberg visited Guayaquil,Ecuador earlier this month, Oct.2007, and he sent me this shot made while taxiing past...
    Is this FAE76448 ? This DC-3 seems devoid of any markings...
    "Survivors" by Roy Blewitt (Gatwick Aviation Society, 2006) has 2 DC-3s at Guayaquil: FAE49785 / HC-AUP (current Mar03) and FAE76448 / HC-AUQ (current Jan00).
    My records show them both as last sighted 23Oct04 and being used as instructional airframe, while the latter was noted parked on the Navy apron.
    This photo shows military aircraft surrounding it, a sign on the hangar "Aviacion de Ejercito - Escuela de Pilotos" and the aircraft parked inside the hangar seems to be AEE-615; the chopper has '354' on the fin.
    A request for help on Yahoo forums DC-3 and Classic-Propliners provided the requested identification: it was none of the above! Instead HC-BOT was give as identity, of which one can also find an image on MyAviation.
    C-47A HC-BOT (c/n 9831) was reported operational by Nov.1997. Then by Oct.2000 noted parked at Guayaquil and stored during Apr.03 and again during Nov.04.
    C/n 9831 was with Basler in 1980 as N8064A, it did not become HC-BOT until in 1988. Gateway, a Canadian firm to which it was registered as CF-QJZ in 1971, was another previous owner.

    DC-3 at Petersburg, Alaska Photo taken in June 2005 by © Mark Petry.

    This is Douglas C-47 N8042X (cn 19041, ex/ USAF 42-100578) which ditched in Wrangell Narrows (Alaska) 26Jun89 shortly after departure from Petersburg. The aircraft was recovered for possible repair, but during the salvage the damage was actually increased.
    It was acquired by Southeast Alaska Regional Airshow at an auction in 22mar2000 and was going to be preserved on a pedestal. Anno 2007 it seems to have been relocated to a scrapheap and the future for this vintage propliners does not look good
    Here is the NTSB report:
    The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

    More can also be read on Trevor Morson's excellent DC-3 website:

    Strange visitors for this aircraft For my gallery "Mystery Planes" I was permitted to use photos taken by Mark Knaus.
    See my page Nassau DC-3's ... submerged.

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