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.


Dirk Septer sent me some images taken at at Fernando Ribas Dominicci (Isla Grande) Airport, San Juan, PR: and (one shown below) Cyril E. King Airport, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in Jan.2010. More images at Dirk Septer's Caribbean Propliner Page
DC-3 N132FS
N132FS C-47A (c/n 14333/25778)
Registered since 24Jan06 to GD Aircraft LLC of Atherton,CA... probably for use of its parts.

Ron Mak sent me this photo of DC-6 G-APSA in KLM livery for the film Bride Flight; seen here at the Aviodrome, Lelystad's Aviation Themepark in the Netherlands. [Date 01Sep2007]
G-APSA in KLM livery


N99AS was registered on 18Feb2010 to Brooks Fuel of Fairbanks,AK. In March 2010 Chris Pasley published images of N99AS being scrapped...
N99AS scrapped at Mesa-Falcon Field

Chris wrote with that image:
"While I was there taking pictures I started talking with one of the gentleman, who was working on the plane and I was able to find out its fate & destination.
The guy, who I was talking to, was there with his dad (he was the one taking the nose section and from what I am told his dad owns a very large hanger in Seattle, WA and he is going to suspend the nose section in a corner of the hanger and convert it into a guest bedroom!
The aircraft had already been slated for scrap so it was nice to see at least a portion of the aircraft saved..."
Link to N99AS image at Chris' account.

This is how it arrived at Concrete (2010) as shown on the link
DC-4 N99AS at Concrete

N99AS seen in slightly better days: my 2008 visit to Mesa's Falcon Field, Arizona, USA.

And see my page Photos by Friends & Guests (35) how it became anno 2012.

Kenneth Swartz sent me these images after reading about my exploits at Arnprior's salvage yard, where one of these HS.748's ended up...
HS-748 at Carp in 2005

HS.748 C-GGNZ (c/n 1690) is seen on the right, the other one has its registration blacked out. That last one I came across Ed's Salvage yard in Arnprior last year, by deduction using images on internet, I concluded that this is C-GBFA (HS.748 c/n 1781).
C-GDUL at Carp 2005 HS.748 C-GDUL, here -like the ones above- seen at Carp in May 2005, also ended up
at Arnprior's salvage yard.

photos by Arny Silverman
Arny Silverman wrote me the following:
"I am located on Ile Bizard, Quebec, Canada. Ile Bizard is a small island at the junction of Lake of Two Mountains/ Riviere des Prairies, just before the whole thing flows into the St. Lawrence river at Montreal.
(Oct.2009 saw me in the area.. - Webmaster)

I am an aviation buff.
Even though I'm Canadian, I did a brief hitch in USN, where I served on board the USS Shangri-La, CVA 38 Essex class aircraft carrier during Vietnam war.
I'm recently retired from 30+ years as a materials testing technologist, specialising in aircraft and aerospace materials, specialty in 300M material heat treating.

The picture of you in that Waco biplane has prompted me to send you a few pictures of a Waco that I flew in, a couple of years ago.
The plane CF-LEF (Waco UPF-7, c/n 5311, Central Aviation Inc.) was selling rides at the Canadian Aviation museum in Ottawa, Canada. I just couldn't resist...
My pal Bruce Smith, also a serious aviation buff (and recently retired from a long career of taking care of the ice for the Montreal Canadians Hockey Team..!) and I went up for a half hour, which went way to fast!
I the picture I am the one on the left, with the beard, Bruce on the right.
I have also flown in an old Stearman biplane as well. I think flying in an open cockpit like that really captures the essence and spirit of flight...the wind in one's face...the roar of the radial engine, (I'm a radial buff as well) the smell of exhaust and hot oil...I love it!!"

Chet Eleveld sent me this image of DC-3 N63440.
DC-3 N63440 Chet wrote:
"I recently came across your website while doing some research on my aircraft slide collection, which has been sitting dormant in a box for over 25 years. I am in the process of digitalizing them all.
Thought you might like a picture I took back in July 1981, somewhere in the States. "

Read more about this aircraft on my webpage:
John Caruso tells about a Turkey Hauler...

Disaster averted
Nine members of the 1960 Minneapolis Lakers and 14 other people survived a DC-3's landing in a Carroll, Iowa, cornfield during a blizzard after a harrowing trip from St. Louis without gauges, lights or a clear windshield. [ASSOCIATED PRESS]
--Link to full story: or .pdf document

Thanks to Phil Brooks for forwarding this article.

Plane Wrecks by Richard Mosse
More on these hulks, see Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North

Frits Klinkhamer sent this photo in Jan.2010; he had been unable to explain the 6 WSAC code on the aircraft.
The F- coded aircraft in the background put this photo probably somewhere in France, perhaps at an air base and the call sign may refer to some special unit. For the answer on this, see below!

Here are more photos of Frits' collection...
Nanne Dijkstra wrote: "I saw this DC3 at Paris-Orly on july 28th 1966. It shows here registration 6W-SAC, making it a C-47 of the Senegalese Air Force. The W is now closer to the 6.
There is also a navigation light on the vertical stabilizer."
DC-3 6W-SAC Senegal

Nanne added: "That picture from Frits Klinkhamer was surely taken at Le Bourget. I recognize the pre-war concrete hangar building. My first ever visit there was 1964. I think the picture of Klinkhamer was probably taken in 1963."
I received several replies after posting the question on Yahoo's DC-3 forum and Classic-Propliners, confirming the identity, such as Andy Martin's reply "definitely Senegal Air Force C-47 - 6W-SAC - became F-GEFX"

F-GEFX was C-47 c/n 6207, last registered to Aero Stock and 'fate unknown' (

Nanne Dijkstra flies the DC-3 for DDA Airlines, see A REPORT of mine...

Kelly Walker was at the scene, shortly after the Curtiss C-46 Commando C-GYHT crashed at Churchill...
C-46 wreck at Churchill

Kelly wrote:
"I came across you page of abandoned plane wrecks of the north. Shown is a crashed C46 in Churchill, Canada. I was there the day it happened...
This photo was taken shortly after the crash. The wreckage is still there, most of the paint has eroded away. I've never seen any other pictures taken at the time of the crash.
The people you see walking around the wreckage in the picture, are Ministry of Transport personnel; they wouldn't let us go any closer than where we parked."
"I lived in Churchill between 1978-80.  I worked there for an airline, Transair, as an Air Cargo Agent.  During the early 1980's, I worked for another airline, Pacific Western Airlines, as a Loadmaster on a Lockheed Hercules aircraft."

The crash happened on 13Nov1979.

Michael Prophet sent me this photo when he read about my Oct.2009 visit to the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation. This is where this fantastic 'skytruck' ended up.
C-97 N117GA Grace Air

Michael wrote:
"This photo was taken at Kenai Airport (Alaska) on 24Jun1994; Boeing C-97 N117GA is seen departing at 23:00 (hence the sunset mood..) for Bethel,AK.
We found Jim Blumental with his DC-4 (N51802) at the Kenai ramp, together with the humongous Grace Air C-97, flying on fish (salmon) contracts. N117GA flew several sorties. We slept in the car (on the ramp!) so we wouldn't miss any of the action!"
For more on Michael's quests for the Vintage Airliner see his website,

Jerry Morelock sent me these photos, of a remarkable early Atlantic flying boat: Latécoère 521 .
Latecoere 521

Jerry wrote:
"Ran across these in the proverbial cardboard box in the attic and spent a couple of days restoring them.  My father shot these in Pensacola in 1938, while going thru flight school there with the Navy.  
It's the French Latécoère 521.  A hurricane caught it the day after it flew in.  
It was salvaged and shipped back to France, where it was restored to eventually fly again.  
Germans captured it during the war and it was finally destroyed during an Allied bombing raid."

 --The inaugural flight of the Latécoère 521 took place on 10 January 1935, followed by a demonstration flight in December 1935 via Dakar, North Africa to Natal, Brazil, then north to the French West Indies. Having reached Pensacola, Florida, it was caught in a hurricane and wrecked. The aircraft was returned to France by ship to be rebuilt, before going into service with Air France on the trans-Atlantic route. In June 1937, it flew non-stop to Natal before returning to France via the North Atlantic. Then, equipped with more powerful engines, the aircraft made four further return flights to New York, between May and July 1939.
The aircraft could transport 72 passengers in a great comfort. On the lower level there was a salon with 20 armchairs and tables, six deluxe double cabins, each with its own bathroom, seating for a further 22 passengers, a kitchen, a bar and a baggage hold. The upper level had seating for 18 passengers, a storage compartment and an office for the three flight engineers.-- [Wikipedia, more...]

Jerry added to this-
Recalled this email from the editor of the Fana Aviation Magazine group in France—:
"It might be of interest for you to know that this flying boat was mainly an instrument of propaganda as it was unable to cross the Atlantic with any valuable payload.
Moreover, it was hardly able to carry its furbishment on a valuable distance. When it came to Florida, it did crossed the North Atlantic - only loaded with fuel, lubricant, crew and necessary food for the crew - to the French Antilles. There it was furbished and flown to the USA... Weighing 42 tons at take off (without furbishment), it could carry a payload of about 300 Lbs thru the North Atlantic... without stage with a good wind pushing it and without any furbishment inside!
I do not know if all those details were known at the time in the USA. Apparently all the French who were aware of that never said anything at the time. "
Suspect that the 300 pound payload consisted of mail, or perhaps for the arrival celebration, champagne..

Powerpoint presentation on the airtravels on flying boats by Clara Adams during 1930s, HERE...


Raimund Riedmann sent me this air-to-air photo, shot from the flightdeck (of ..?); date not given.
G-APSA in historic British Eagle livery
DC-6 Red Bull
Fine air-to-air shot of DC-6B N996DM
DC-6 N996DM Red Bull
A racing (Red) Bull...
Radial power roaring past...
Radial engines roar!!!
While G-APSA has eluded me in the 2 past liveries, I did photograph N996DM on a visit to Amsterdam..

On : N996DM & G-APSA

Pablo Romero sent me the following details of a C-119 crash in Spain.
Crashsite C-119 in Spain 1954

Pablo wrote:
Fairchild C-119C-18 / Registration 50-0163 / Date: Wednesday, February 9th., 1954.
"I was an eighteen years old student of the Merchant Spanish Navy and before going to bed, I was studying at my working table, fighting with some problem about sea navigation.
Cáceres was covered by a bad fog. At about 01:30 AM, I heard an airplane flying over my house, two times; the second one was too low for a normal flightpath on the track Madrid-Lisbon. I was sure that they were in trouble, perhaps looking for an emergency landing at Cáceres militar airport, which was closed at night...

Early in the morning a broadcasting by local radio informed us of a plane crash, at about 8 kms from town. Fortunately the whole crew had jumped with parachutes from the plane and all had landed safely.

The people of Cáceres celebrated the good fortune of the American crew, which was invited by the city council for a 'Spanish wine ceremony'.

The crew members were: Capt. Guillermo (Williams) Adams (aged 37), Lieutenants Thomas Johnson (27), Jhon Mattheso, Sergeants Clement Seric (22) and Merven Strang (32).

The picture shows 3 crew members, accompanied by some Spanish military authorities, plus an American representative of the US Embassy at Madrid, amidst the wreckage of the C-119 Flying Boxcar; the plane crashed at only 7 meters from a small house where a family of shepherds were sleeping and fortunately no one was injured.

I wonder if any member of the crew of that flight C-119C-18 tailnumber 50-0163 has ever read this comment or is recognized in the photo by anybody.

I hope that above history is interest to you and your readers. Please let me know if somebody can identify any of the Americans crew of that plane.

I would like to add that the plane had departed from Frankfurt (Germany) with destination Azores Islands and when they were west of Finisterre (Spanish NW coast), one of the engines was gone. In an attempt to reach Lisbon´s airport, they continued flying south over the Portuguese coast, but the foggy weather and the loss of altitude made them change course in order to avoid any mountains. And while going east, they were looking for Cáceres airport. When they arrived at Cáceres, the heavy fog prevented them from finding their alternate destination and fuel starvation made them decide to leave the C-119 by parachutes."

More on the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar (or 'propellor driven wheelbarrow') on my website HERE..

Ron Mak sent me some more images from his fascinating propliner collection
(More of Ron's work HERE and HERE)
TG-AOA F.27 Friendship

Fokker F.27 Friendship from Guatemala TG-AOA, taken at Tikal on 29Oct1980.
Ron compiled of this fine Dutch product;
c/n 10261 | F-27-200 | f/f 08Oct1964
PH-FGC to All Nippon JA8636 del 03-11-64, bought by Air Niugini P2-BNF 28-11-1974 rr P2-ANF 11-11-1975, sold to Aviateca 06-04-1978, to Guatemala A.F 01-01-1983, cvt to F27-400M march 1985, returned to Fokker as PH-FGC 16-06-1987, leased to Sudan Airways as ST-ALF october 1987, returned to Fokker 29-08-1989 as PH-FGC, sold to Air Jet as F-GHRC november 1989,
Source: TAHS production list.
Notes from the Webmaster: From Air Jet it went to Lina Congo on a lease (F-GHRC), then it moved to Germany for WDL Aviation (D-BAKB) and as such it is presently stored at Köln (source

Bernard Stander ( sent me these images recently, and wrote: "I took some photos at Jo'burg-Rand on Saturday 30Jan10 and was told that this PBY-5A will fly out of Rand in April or so."
See my march 2019 update on my Ron Mak's Propliner gallery!
Catalina 3D-PBY
Propliners at Rand
  • Antonov An-32B ZS-OWX (c/n 2806)
  • ATL.98 Carvair 9J-PAA (c/n 21)
  • Bernard John Jr in the cockpit of C-47A ZS-DRJ (c/n 12026)
  • C-47A ZS-BXF (c/n 12107)

  • Bernard added "ZS-DRJ is going to Pretoria to get fitted with turbine engines." Certainly good news as this bird hasn't flown in over 10 years!
    Most of the histories of these aircraft are on my page dedicated to my 2004 visit to South Africa.

    See also my SA Revisited 2020!

    Gary Newman wrote me in Dec.2009 and sent along some C-119 images.
    C-119 52-5900

    Gary wrote me: "I purchased some photos about a year and a half ago from the widow of a C-119 crew member. I have no other information on the man or the location of the photos; my guess would be DEW line support/exercise."
    For more C-119 photos see my C-119 Info Page and PAGE 2 has more of what Gary sent me.

    Curtis Dyson wrote in Jan.2010:
    "I got some interesting news on PBY-5A YV-584CP (c/n 1736). She's still in Venezuela, on a military base at Port Ordaz. The airport owns her along with a Canadair CL-215 (passenger version!), two DC-3's, and a 727. All the aircraft have not flown in many years and are waisting away, esspecially the PBY.
    A couple of co-workers of mine went down to Port Ordaz, for Buffalo Airways, to look at the CL-215, for purchasing. They were also told that the military wanted all the other aircraft off the airport, so the word is now that Buffalo Airways will also take the DC-3's and YV-584CP if the purchase goes through...
    With the sad shape of YV-584CP i sin, it will have to be shipped back to Canada and may never fly again. There is a lot of corrosion in the wing spars, which you can see from outside, and I cannot think of what you would find with a bit of digging ".
    Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela


    Catalina YV-584CP Venezuela
    Canso YV-584CP stored
    C-47 YV-822C c/n 9137
    C-47 YV-822CP c/n 9137
    Douglas C-47A YV-147C (c/n 13833/25278) at Puerto Ordaz
    C-47 YV-147C Puerto Ordaz

    Gordon Reid sent me these photos, taken in 2009, during one of his extended roadtrips in search for propliners across the USA...

    Gordon wrote: "On Tuesday July 21st I started the day in Altus,OK by visiting the local airfield at Quartz Mountain, then to Altus AFB where I was denied access to shoot their UC-45F.
    I then headed for Frederick,OK where I spent the morning with the WW11 demonstration team and their DC-3's N751A and N79MA. It was while I was there that they told me about another DC-3 at Bristow,OK so I next headed for Jones Memorial at Bristow... (3F7 at
    You will see from these shots that the DC-3 was very anonymous. The airfield was deserted, however as I was walking around, a car drove up and it turned out to be the local Bristow animal control officer.
    In conversation I was told that the DC-3 was an ex Mosquito Control aircraft that belonged to a local museum. There was also a B-25 rear fuselage noted and I identified that as being N3453G.
    I tried that website that you mentioned on the Heartland Air Museum (; dead link by dec.2018) and it comes up with pictures of the C-47, but no text, so how do you know it is C-47J N231GB (c/n 26108/14663)?"

    In reply to that last question I can say that when I looked at the museums's website it had photos there which clearly showed N231GB on the aircraft; less than a day later, these photos were gone! The museum seems recent, with a few single engine warbird projects too. -Webmaster.
    See how I photographed it at Marathon,FL in 1992 HERE...

    Kevin from Tulsa wrote me: "The man behind this museum/collection is Andrew Donohue. He's local here in the Tulsa, OK area. He has been collecting a handful of aircraft for a while, and also has a glider to display with the C-47. As he gets going, it should be a neat collection."

    UPDATE: in Dec.2018 the Heartland Air Museum (Bristow,OK) seemed no longer in existence and I found N231GB for sale (USD 190.000,-) on (Airframe: 21.168 Total Time Since New).

    UPDATE MAY 2020:
    On my gallery for Ken Swartz's propliners you'll find a pictorial update of N231GB at Hemet Valley Airport in California in March 2020. Reg'd 24Apr2019 to Thomas M. Hanks of Carlsbad,CA.

    UPDATE MARCH 2021: On my Photos by Friends & Guests #62 N231GB at Flabob Airport, 'Pacific Pearl' fitted out with a nice new livery by Joe Garcia and crew.

    Douglas DC-3 N751A (USAAF 292277 C/Z4 'Boogie Baby' at Frederick, Oklahoma.
    Preserved at Oklahoma Airborne Museum.
    Gordon has a long track record for chasing propliners, the DC-3/C-47 a most obvious survivor.
    Stred C-47s in the desert

    Gordon wrote: "The DC-3/C-47 has always been a big part of all my trips to the US. On my first trip to the Miami area in 1968 I noted 41 between Miami/Opa Locka and Fort Lauderdale. Two years, later in 1970 when I returned to Miami, I noted 35.
    In 1969 I did my first car trip round the Southwest USA and logged 109 DC-3/C-47's! However, these figures were inflated by 35 noted at MASDC/Davis-Monthan and 46 at Ryan Field...
    I am still trying to compile a master list of DC-3/C-47 I noted in North America, it would contain more than 700 registrations and serials.
    Looking forward in attending Oshkosh EAA show this year, for the DC-3 fly-in this summer...
    This photo is a shot I took at Ryan Field in Nov.'69, where 35 US military C-47/C-53/C-117 were lying on their bellies awaiting scrapping. What a great morning that was, going from aircraft to aircraft, writing down serials and units carried by each one!"


    Sean Barry


    G.D. Mills sent me these images 19Dec09, which I compiled into one.
    DC-3s at SYD-Bankstown Graeme wrote me: "Last weekend I popped in to the Australian Aviation Museum at Bankstown Airport and photographed 3 DC3's there." C-47B VH-UPQ (c/n 16552/33300) is shown in the righthand corner.
    C-47B VH-MMD (c/n 16553/33301) is shown in the lefthand corner.
    In the center sits C-47B VH-PWN (c/n 14556/26001), with many parts removed.
    I saw them at Bankstown in 2005

    Graeme concluded with the remark 'I understand 2 others were transported to Molong, south of Sydney, so
    will follow that up...'

    Graeme sent me on 06Feb10 the following update on the Discovery Air Tours DC-3's-
    VH-SBL was noted at Melbourne-Essendon with an engine running on 15JUN09; it had arrived at Essendon on 24MAR08 for maintenance.
    The 4 Discovery Air Tours DC-3s located at SYD-Bankstown have been transported by road to a property near Molong, NSW.
    Dates of arrival at Molong are:
    VH-BPN 25NOV09 (approx)
    VH-MIN 10DEC09
    VH-DNA 17DEC09
    VH-PWN 21JAN10 (Departed Bankstown same day)
    VH-DNF will be moved from Warnervale to Molong in early 2010.

    Graeme Mills'website is

    Jacques Hémet sent me these images, of DC-3 F-BFGX operated by Hémet Exploration.
    F-BFGX Hémet Exploration
    DC-3 F-BFGX in Somalia, take off from the bush...
    This undated photo shows F-BFGX parked alongside a Lockheed Constellation of Air France
    F-BFGX and Lockheed Constellation

    DC-3 F-BFGX
    DC-3 F-BFGX (c/n 11722) of Hémet Exploration.
    Here seen at Sfax, Tunesia with magnetometer in tow bird configuration.

    More photo by Jacques Hémet can be seen on my PAGE 21 and PAGE 22

    F-BVJH of Hémet Exploration
    Douglas C-47A F-BVJH (c/n 9336) is seen here undergoing an engine change.

    The propliner photopage by Ron Mak on this website also features a photo of F-BVJH.
    My page on Hémet Aviation has an image of this DC-3 as F-OCKH

    This is a screendump from online database, showing the career of C-47A c/n 9336 (



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