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 probably wouldn't find their way to Online use or publication.
To prevent them from getting lost, subject permission of the sender, I would like to publish them on this page.

DC-3 G-DAKK at North Weald
Nigel Kemp sent me these photos of Douglas C-47A G-DAKK c/n 9798, still in the livery of South Coast Airways and taken at North Weald,UK. G-DAKK stopped here for a few days after leaving Lee-on-Solent for Lelystad, Netherlands.

Nigel wrote: " I was working at North Weald when G-DAKK arrived,(last Sunday 24Sep2006) and was able to take some photo's of her as she landed, taxing in and once shut down took some photo`s inside."
"My work at North Weald is refuelling all visiting and based aircraft on event days. I also help out at other fly-in's, airshows and exhibition's with marshalling duties."
"During what spare time I have left, I am co-ordinating editor of the Stansted Branch of Air-Britain monthly magazine."

More on South Coast Aws can be read on: South Coast Airways Surrenders


Albatross N43846 at Cancun Hans Christian Bogstad sent me this photo in Oct.2006. He had taken it at Cancun (Mexico) in May this year.

This is a Grumman HU-16C Albatross, registered N43846 (c/n 381).
The registration 137908 on the aircraft is its former military serial.
My records show it was registered to Iron Chicken Corporation (a Wilmington,Delaware corporation) in 2004. Next I have it operating from New Orleans (Lakefront),LA for American Dream Machines Inc.
On 27Apr05 it was registered to Sally Aviation Inc, again a Wilmington,DE corporation.
At this time it shows on the FAA website as deregistered on 03Apr06 by Skinner Transportation Service (reg'd 09Dec05) as exported to Mexico.

Ray Wolfe sent me the following data on this airframe-

  • G381 UF-1 137908 USN 29-Sep-1954
  • UF-2: never converted to UF-2
  • HU-16D 137908 USN 18Sep1962 redesignated as HU-16C
  • Last USN Posting - NAS Jacksonville
  • To AMARC 20May68 as HU-16C
  • HU-16D AMARC May68 Wfu
  • Left AMARC 09Feb82 or 20Jul81 - Unconfirmed
  • HU-16C N61406 Dross Metals Inc, Tucson AZ 1986
  • HU-16C N4WT J. Proctor Aug92-
  • HU-16C N43846 American Dream Machines, Lakefront LA - 18Jul99
  • HU-16C N43846 - Cherry Air, LeCompte, LA - 2001?
  • HU-16C N43846 - Skinner Transportation Service - Dec 2005
  • Deregistered by export to Mexico - 03Apr06
  • During july 2010 for sale on auction
  • Some general information on the Grumman Albatross:
    N7025N HU-16C c/n G-409, at Coventry 2003The HU-16 was the result of the US Navy seeking a longer-range amphibian for utility transport and air-sea rescue. The smaller Grumman Goose served with the US Navy during WW2 in a transport role. Grumman won approval for design G-64 in 1944.
    The first prototype flew on 24Oct47.
    The USAF ordered 305 aircraft, designated SA-16A. And in 1957 the improved version SA-16B (with longer 96-foot wings and extended range) entered service. In 1962 the designation was changed to HU-16 (the USAF SA-16A became HU-16A and 241 aircraft were returned to Grumman and rebuilt to HU-16B specification).
    The US Navy UF-1 designation became the HU-16C and the long-wing model became the HU-16D, while the US Coast Guard model -designated UF-1G- in turn became HU-16E.
    Thirteen airframes were converted to G-111 civilian air carrier standard.
    -from: Propliner magazine 106 (2006), "The Return of the Albatross" by Patrick Dean. (The article has much more detail and information on this fine Vintage Transport).
    See also

    N8394H at Grand Junction Craig Smith, who had sent me earlier the C-123 photos featured below, also sent me this on N8394H (Sep.2006)-
    "Check out the attached pics; my wife and I found this TB-26B in Grand Junction, CO more than six years ago and revisited it this month on our way back from Reno. It appears to have gone completely untouched in the interval, as well as have the four loose radial engines and other artifacts lying about the same lot."

    "I checked with a friend and turns out the owner of the plane, the lot and the attached warehouse is a fellow who: "owns half of Grand Junction"; he flew air-cover over Tokyo Bay during the surrender ceremony on the USS Missouri in 1945; houses a collection of vintage automobiles in the warehouse; is about 90 years old and wants to find a good home for the TB-26... "

    N8394H This Invader, I found, has been involved in a mid-air accident with a Cessna 150; click here for the NTSB report. N8394H landed safely, but the Cessna N7188S crashed in a residential area (03Jul68, Reseda,CA).

    FAA's website featured "deregistered" data: Certificate Issue Date 19Jun1981 -Douglas TB-26B -Serial 29234 -Owner Rodney G Huskey of Grand Junction,CO -Cancelled 23May1997

    Warbirds Directory (4th edition, by Geoff Goodall -2004) has:
    A-26C 44-35955 USAF / Converted to TB-26B / Kenlyn Petroleum Corp 1963 - 1979 / damaged in midair collision, landed at Van Nuys,CA 03Jul68 / Rodney G.Huskey, wfu open storage at Gr.Junction Jun81 -> / struck off register on owner's request May97.

    TJ wrote: "Rod Huskey also owns another A-26, N202R (Miss Murphy) if nothing has happened recently. That has been his flier and has lately spent some time in Mesa,AZ.

    Geoff Street sent me this update in Sep.2006:
    I read with interest your article “propliners around Johannesburg” recently and thought you might be interested to see what has happened to two of the aircraft.
    EL-WNH survives as a billboard "Firstly the Liberian DC-6 EL-WNH. I was leaving Lanseria airport on the 29th August this year and noticed this clean looking aircraft, so stopped and realized it was in fact EL-WNH that had been given a new lick of paint and a fancy paint scheme !
    I can’t imagine that this aircraft will ever fly again so I can only assume it is now serving the rest of its life as a bill board.

    More on this plane on propliners around Johannesburg

    Another (2007) photo is on Page 20 of Photos by Friends & Guests

    G-PFBT or what is left of it
    "Secondly the UK registered Viscount G-PFBT.
    I can’t tell you how incensed I was when I saw this destruction taking place! This was the last remaining Viscount 806 in Southern Africa... Nothing anyone can do about it now, but this is all that remains of the aircraft now, very sad."

    More on this plane on propliners around Johannesburg


    Chris Barnes wrote me in Sep.2006 and had these photos attached:
    DH Dove at Cabo Verde 2005 by Chris Barnes "Here is a very rare early TACV model DH Dove I found at Praia Airport in the Cape Verde Islands last year in June.
    All flight controls still worked! A tribute to Dehavilland!
    Registration is CR-CAR.
    In very sad shape but repairable. This year the old airport closed and this aircraft is now on common land so it must have been further vandalized, such a shame.
    I sent these photos on to the Dove/Heron restoration group whom were not able to rescue her. The restoration lads were much more interested in CR-CAB her sister ship that was the second-hand built prototype with different service bay and baggage departments. CR-CAB alas was donated to a downtown park in Praia as a play thing and unfortunately got hauled off to a local dump about 3 years ago after virtually being stripped...
    These desert islands preserve well excepting the tropical sun on the fabric."
    CR-CAR  Dove at Cabo Verde  CR-CAR close up  CR-CAR cabin CR-CAR cockpit

    According JP Airline Fleets 2005 there is no country prefix CR-..., instead stating for Cabo Verde: D4-.
    Peter Hillman, Mike Cain, Derek King, Alexandre Avrane and Vito A.Cedrini came to the rescue-
    Mike: "The prefix CR-C** was used by the Cape Verde Islands from 1929 until 1975, when the prefix changed to D4-."
    Peter: "CR- was used for Portuguese colonies followed by a letter denoting the colony - C for Cabe Verde, I for Goa if I recall correctly, much the same as VP- was used by British colonies followed by a letter denoting the colony. D4 was adopted on independence."
    Vito: " the sixties registration CR-G by Portuguese Guinea, CR-I by Portuguese India and CR-L by Angola. I suppose CR-C would refer to Cabo Verde (in a 1975 book CR- is reported as used by Portuguese Overseas Provinces)."
    Derek: "I can confirm that CR-C was indeed used by the Cape Verde Islands. Also CR-S was used by Sao Tome and CR-T was used by Timor. I think you now have the full set!"
    Alexandre: "Should also add: CR-A = Angola, CR-L = Mozambique, CR-G = Guinea Bissau.
    Thanks guys!

    John P. Stewart wrote me in Sep.2006:
    "Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Alaska photos. I am glad you got to Homer, it is one of my favorite spots and I have been to Beluga Lake several times.
    The last time we went down to Homer we went via Girdwood, Hope, Soldotna and Kenai; nothing to shoot at Girdwood or Soldotna, but I did get some bush stuff at Hope and the C-46’s at Kenai.
    Another airport worth a visit is at Big Lake (near Wasilla). There are several aircraft salvage companies there and one has a few Beech 18’s in the grass, see the photos attached, taken at Big Lake 12Sep04).

    N8062H I think I can read the registration: N8062H.
    I would welcome more information about its history.

    Aad van der Voet wrote:
    "The first one is indeed N8062H (c/n 8387). I think it is a former US Navy Beech 18, a JRB-4, but I am not entirely sure.
    I visited Big Lake airport on June 7th, 2006."

    The registration N8062H was no longer valid on FAA's N-inquiry (issued to Robinson Helicopter) in Oct.2006.

    Terry Fletcher reported two Beech 18's still present at Big Lake on 26May08. In the follow up correspondence Bob Parmerter (author of : "Beech 18: A Civil & Military History") wrote on N8062H--
    N8026H was not a JRB-4, rather a C-45F. JRB-4 if it had been in the USNavy.
    The history of it is...
    C/n 8387 - C-45F 44-87128 USAAF delivered to Kelly Field on 27Apr45. Eglin Field 14Sep54.
    USAF auction surplus sale ‘56. Civil registered to Joseph S. Marriott (CAR Nov61) as C18S N8062H.
    Aero Svc Inc, Nogales,AZ (CAR Jun63). Wings For Christ Inc, Phoenix,AZ (CAR Jul64, Jan66). Joseph H. Wilbur, Anchorage, AK (CAR Jan67, Jan70). Not registered after that.
    Seen at Big Lake, AK Jun00 & May08 minus wings, engines & tail "

    Both this Twin Beech as well as N888E below can still be found at Big Lake in 2012, see Lars Opland's photo on Guestphotos 34 and a 2017 update at Guestphotos 52.

    unidentified Beech at Big Lake I definitely needed some help in identifying this one....

    John Stewart replied: "the tan Beech is N888E. I also shot this one while in service in (I think) 1968." See Guestphotos page 21

    Aad van der Voet: "This is Beech C-45G N888E c/n AF-255. N888E also had faded "Alaska Aeronautical Industries" titles when I visited Big Lake airport on June 7th, 2006 (they still looked much the same).
    Note that Mr. Parmerter's magnificent Beech 18 book quotes N888E as c/n AF-225, which is actually N495DM. "

    FAA's website has its registration 'revoke' but lists owner as Jack Peck dba Alaska Aeronautical Industries. I also came across the name Jack Peck in my account on Cordova Airlines, and who he was can be read there in a contribution by his Grandson, Ward R.Smith.
    Lynn Burlingame wrote me in Sep.2012, with an interesting account of Jack Peck, AAI and also about Don Sheldon's armed Piper Cub for Alaskan wolf hunting from the air..

    Bob came up with this very current update !!
    N888E"These are current shots as of 5:30 PM Alaska time, October 2nd, 2006. Both aircraft along with the S-2 Tracker are still there.
    Here is a pic of the first plane:
    This is N888E. She started out life in '51 as a C-45G Expeditor. Currently registered to a (DBA) Jack Peck of Anchorage, Alaska. She still has the "Alaska Aeronautical Industries" logo on the sides of the plane. The FAA website shows her current status as "revoked". Some research shows here original serial/AF number as 51-11698 and her construction number as AF-255.
    It was involved in an accident:NTSB website , accident investigation ANC66F0081. It was a non-fatal accident with major damage to the aircraft: a wheels-up landing..
    What I saw was a decent fuselage and wings to just outboard of the nacelles and no tail.
    AAI went out of buisness about 15 or so years ago. I flew on one of their Twin Otters once. Their level of maintenance scared me; we used to have a saying in Soldotna "Fly and die with AAI"..."
    "Those were different days: we called South Central Air (SCA was thier logo) "SCAre air" One of SCA's planes hit a moose on landing at Soldotna once... That was before all the commercial guys quit using Soldotna airport (SXQ) and started using the nicer airport at Kenai (ENA).
    Photo can also be seen, in larger format, at -
    N8062H "The second Beech is N8062H. There was nobody at the airport when I was there who knew anything about its history. "
    For more details see description above.
    The photo can also be seen, in larger format, on


    Bob Parmerter provided history details from his files in Sep.2009:
    AF-255 C-45G 51-11698 USAF Remanuf by Beech from T-7 42-2477 c/n 4153 (see that entry). Sold by Civilian Disposal Agent, Norton AFB to Earl E. Myers, La Jolla, CA BS 12Sep57 for $8,088. Reg’d as N7499C 7Oct57. Earl E. Myers & T.B. Smiley, La Jolla, CA BS 1Nov57. Rereg’d N888E 15Nov57. Experimental CofA 15Jan58 for testing & calibrating electonic equipment (ADF radio compass, Omni, marker beacon receiver, transceiver & transmitter). Installed table on top of two seats to mount cameras next to emerg exit. Another Exp CofA for photog & mineral survey 29Apr58. Standard CofA 5Mar59. Myers buys out his partner BS 12Jan60. Mayfield Car Co, La Jolla, CA BS 12Jan60. Back to Earl E. Myers BS 29Dec60. Vest Aircraft & Finance Co, Denver, CO BS 23Mar61. Alaska Aeronautical Industries (Jack Peck pres), Anchorage, AK BS 21Oct61. Jack Peck dba Alaska Aeronautical Industries, Anchorage AK BS 30Jul64. Accid 3Dec65 Anchorage, AK when landed gear-up on air taxi pax flt. Averaged 650 flt hrs as air taxi in ‘66, ‘67 & ‘69 but no flt hrs in ‘70 or ‘71. Regis revoked 14Nov73. Parts from it being sold on eBay auction Feb02 by Upper Valley Avn (grp of airline pilots not able to complete restoration), Big Lake Arpt, Chilliwack, BC Canada. Fuselage minus engines, wings, tail, & interior, still there 7Jun06.

    8387 C-45F 44-87128 USAAF del Kelly Field 27Apr45. Eglin Field 14Sep54. USAF auction surplus sale ‘56. Civil reg’d to Joseph S. Marriott (CAR Nov61) as C18S N8062H. Aero Svc Inc, Nogales, AZ (CAR Jun63). Wings For Christ Inc, Phoenix, AZ (CAR Jul64, Jan66). Joseph H. Wilbur, Anchorage, AK (CAR Jan67, Jan70). Not reg’d after that. Seen at Big Lake, AK Jun00 & May08 minus wings, engines & tail.

    [Both aircraft were still resident at Big Lake in 2009.]

    Grumman Tracker Bob sent this Grumman S-2 Tracker at Big Lake, as a bonus:

    Details & identification welcomed.

    Larger format:

    N44587 by Martin Prince Jr at Bethel N44587 is a Douglas C-47A (c/n 12857), a very fine looking vintage transport and the "money-maker" for Desert Air.
    I missed C-47A N44587 during my day at Anchorage in June 2003, no doubt it was away on business... But by sheer coincidence Martin Prince Jr sent me some photos in Sep06, including these of N44587 !
    Dennis Gladwin is the owner of Desert Air Alaska and he started hauling cargo to Alaska's remote sites in the Spring of 2001.

    More can be read on my Alaska 2003 page. And more of Martin's photos can be seen on Propliner photos by Martin Prince Jr

    Many thanks Martin!

    N401LC unloading at Bethel,AK Martin saw N401LC of Lynden Air Cargo unloading at Bethel,AK

    N401LC is a Lockheed L.100-30 Hercules, c/n 4606 and has been registered to Lynden Air Cargo since 21Apr1997.

    More photos of N401LC on

    Craig C. Smith sent me these interesting photos of C-123 Provider.
    More on this N709RR moviestar can be read on Conair's Providers

    Jailbird I came across this C-123 at Wendover in 2008...

    Craig also included these photos of Wendover AFB, where this C-123 moviestar is stored:

    Mike Barrett is an old hand at geophysical surveys; while he reacted on the subject of DC-3 C-FSAW, he also shared some general sentiments on this subject:
    "I was on the geophysical survey in Iran where C-FSAW crashed back in 1977.
    These were long flights, usually each over 10-11 hours each. For these flights, we always took full fuel and even had an additional 260 imperial gallon fuel tank inside the cabin. Along with all the survey gear which was a lot heavier back then, it was a really heavy bird!"
    C-FSAW on mission
    "I am still involved in airborne geophysical survey and earlier this year we completed an oil-mag survey for Shell in Libya. I had heard of a WWII bomber that had become lost there perhaps in 1942, I think. I’d hoped that our survey area would take us near the crash site but this was far from where we working, out near the Egyptian border. The name of the aircraft was the “Lady be Good.”
    I think it was discovered by some Pommy seismic surveyors in the 60s sometime.
    Apparently, the crew had attempted to walk out but had never made it.
    But I have flown over another lost DC-3, this time up in Irian Jaya. It was also lost back in WWII while flying over the high mountain range that traverses New Guinea and Irian.
    There had been survivors including an Aussie nurse, but the wreckage (with occupants) was also only found in the 60s when the Freeport Mining geos were exploring up there.
    I have been in airborne surveying since 1974, and although I do little actual flying today, more design and testing of electromagnetic equipment, I still enjoy the travel aspect of the business.
    This industry has more than its fair share of stories and I think a very good book could be written on the subject. Airborne surveying began just after the war and used modified old sub-hunter magnetometers to look for minerals. A large variety of aircraft have been used for this purpose, beginning with the old war-birds of course.
    Personally, I must have flown in perhaps 30+ varieties of fixed and rotor-winged aircraft over the years.
    It also has a risk factor associated with it. We ourselves lost an aircraft in Namibia only last year. V5-AAG, a Cessna 210, and to this day we still do NOT know the reason why (the equipment now is much smaller and lighter and we can now do a better job using a Ce.210 than we ever could with an old DC-3!)
    With regard to the airborne risk factor angle, I can personally attest to a few of them…
    Getting lost (in pre-GPS days):
  • Power lines
  • Jet fighter interception
  • Rough mountain terrain
  • "Bird" towing cable getting tangled around control surfaces
  • Interception by Law-enforcement Rambos..
  • Over-flying of international borders by accident
  • Military area infringement by accident
  • Onboard electrical & engine fires
  • Engine failure
  • Poor mountain weather (cloud & winds)
  • Helicopter tail-rotor failure
  • Gunfire from the ground
  • Running low of fuel
  • Pilots overstressing their aircraft…
  • To mention just a few that I now recall off the top of my head...
    Thanks Mike !

    conair tankers at Penticton John Olafson sent me these excellent photos of Conair airtankers; he wrote:
    "Here are some shots taken at the Penticton Air Tanker Centre on Sept 10. The sky was filled with smoke from several huge forest fires burning south of the area... Tail close up
    The fires originated in Washington State, and a week ago advanced into British Columbia.
    Smoke was so intense around the fires that no firefighting action was taken due to absolutely no visibility at all ! Crews in the air and ground had to wait until winds changed direction.tanker 45
    The two Convair 580 Air Tankers and the Piper Aerostar Bird Dog consist of one group. That seems to be the standard arrangement in BC for tanker operations.
    Kelowna Flightcraft builds the aircraft into tanker configuration using tanks that are designed and built in the US.
    Conair birddogConair Aviation crew and fly them and they usually come back to Kelowna after fire season for servicing by Kelowna Flightcraft. Shortly after taking these photos they went into action on the fires to the south.
    Their tank capacity is 7,950 litres."
    C-FKFB Tanker 47 This is CV580 C-FKFB (c/n 57) which was built as CV340 for United Airlines (N73129) in 1953!
    Owners included Frontier Airlines, Gem State Airlines, Golden Gate Airlines and ERA Aviation.
    It was converted to CV580 in 1964 and Kelowna Flightcraft bought it in 2003, converting it to airtanker. It was registered C-FKFB for Conair on 17Dec03.
    I photographed it at Abbotsford on 26Sep19, see Canada 2019.
    C-FEKF Tanker 45 C-FEKF started life as Convair CV340 (c/n 80) for Braniff Airways in 1953 (N3425). Owners included Frontier Airlines (N73301) , Sierra Pacific Airlines, Mountainwest, American Eagle, Rocky Mountain Airlines and Resort Airlines.
    It was converted to CV580 in 1966.
    It was registered to Kelowna Flightcraft in 1999 as C-FEKF and converted to airtanker, registered to Conair 07Jan2000 (was first Tanker 445).
    See update below!

    C-FEKF CV-580 Air tanker crash-lands in northwest Alberta!
    "Two pilots are in hospital after crash-landing an air tanker Thursday near Manning, Alta.
    No passengers were on board when the plane slid off the runway at Manning Municipal Airport.
    Neither pilot is in serious condition, according to Eleanor Miclette, the acting chief administrative officer for the County of Northern Lights.
    Miclette said the air crew lost control of the plane's steering and crash-landed at the end of the runway around 4 p.m. The aircraft, a Convair 580, leaked fuel following the crash but there was no fire.
    The pilots, who haven't been identified, made the emergency landing after fighting fires near Manning. The airport is part of a government-run forestry base, though Miclette couldn't confirm whether the plane is privately or government-owned.
    "We're just glad that both pilots came out of this alive, and that no serious injury was caused," she said.
    The cause of the crash is still under investigation, so the airplane hasn't been moved.
    Manning is almost 600 kilometres northwest of Edmonton."
    Tanker 445 in a ditch at Manning,Alberta

    From Aviation-Safety Network (ASN): May 5th, 2016 C-FEKF of Conair Aviation at Manning Airport,ALB:
    "The aircraft, the Convair CV-580 (turboprop conversion 340-32) engaged in fire suppression activities, experienced a loss of directional control and subsequent runway excursion upon landing at Manning Airport (CFX4), Manning, Alberta.
    The airplane sustained substantial damage and the two pilots onboard received minor injuries.
    The aircraft ran into a depression/ditch running 115 feet (35 m) to the rght hand parallel to runway 23.
    Photos from the scene suggest the nose landing gear collapsed as a result. The no.2 engine prop separated completely while the no. 1 engine prop was severely damaged."

    Conair Tanker 45 in an accident at Manning,ALB

    On the Yahoo Airtanker forum a message stated:
    "Conair CV-580 Tanker #445 C-FEKF has sustained major damage to the aircraft and may be written off.
    On Thursday (5-5) Tanker #445 was returning to Manning Tanker Base in Manning,Alberta having dropped on fires in the Loone Lake/ Red Earth Creek area (not the Ft McMurray fire).
    Around 16:00 local Tanker #445 was setting up for landing when the Pilot experienced some kind of medical problem, the Co-pilot took control of the aircraft.
    Tanker #445 exited the runway and came to rest with the nose gear collapsed or folded and heavy damage to the fuselage aft of the cockpit (buckled) .
    Both Engines look like they have also sustained heavy damage.
    Both crew members survived the accident but the extent of the medical issue with the pilot or injuries sustained in the accident were not available at time of report."

    ZK-BBJ 1985 Graeme Mills sent me this photo in Sep.2006, he wrote:
    "I have attached a photo of this DC-3 ZK-BBJ from 1985 when with Fieldair in my hometown of Gisborne, NZ.
    I had a few rides in her as well whilst I was working for Fieldair and have a DVD from the right-hand seat while topdressing in the hills!"

    More on ZK-BBJ can be found here.

    XA-TDR Bob Reid wrote in Sep.2006:
    "This C-118A (c/n 44633) is former USAF (53-3262) and was brought out of Davis Monthan AFB in 1972. Gene Packard licensed the aircraft at that time and it was sold to an air cargo company, and then on to another until it ended up as a drug airplane in Columbia..
    The Mexican Air Force seized the aircraft from the Columbian smugglers and put it in the inventory of the Mexican Airforce, becoming ETP-10024; they sold it to a local (registering as XA-TDR) that used it for cargo operations in Mexico under a Mexican air carrier permit.
    I ended up with it along with another guy, as it was semi-abandoned on my parking ramp at Royal Aviation (Mesa-Falcon Field,AZ).
    It was then donated to the CAF at Falcon.. but they decided it was too much of a project and gave it back. Since then been it has been donated to the Pacific Air Museum in Hawaii and they are trying to find the funding to take it to the museum on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor.
    The actual N-number is N48AW; I took this photo about four years ago, just south of my old FBO, Royal Aviation. Note the famous blue water tower in the background.".
    See XA-TDR photos on

    A new future seemed to brighten the outlook for XA-TDR, when it was reregistered N48AW on 07Nov07 to Tatonduk Outfitters (a.k.a. Everts Air Cargo) in Alaska... But instead -THE END- loomed on the horizon!
    On 09Nov07 the scrapman started his work, reducing this Classic Propliner to parts: engines, landinggear, parts & 'rotables' to be used on Everts' DC6/C118 fleet, to support the active ones, keep them flying.
    Thanks to Bob Reid for the update. Bob also sent photos of the gruesome, scrapping event.

    Dirk Septer made me aware I missed something upon my visit to Yellowknife last July and he sent me this in Sep.2006:
    "Next time you're going to Yellowknife, make sure you also walk in the opposite direction from the one you took. There's Diamond Aviation, the FBO, where a lot of interesting aircraft that are passing through usually end up.
    unidentified DHC-2 Beaver It's also the home base of Summit Air, which operates a fleet of Short Skyvans and Dornier 228s (they like square fuselages). They are really nice people (I have written about three articles about them).
    Beaver C-FGYN is parked here for the summer; it usually goes up to Cambridge Bay, but needs at least 120 hours to even pay for the insurance etc., so they were not operating it this summer.
    I am sending you one of another Beaver (or the remains of it) that you have passed on your way there in Yellowknife...."

    But what is its identity, what is the story (a crash?) and who owns it???

    Dirk Septer suggested it to be c/n 393 and owned by someone locally; more details welcomed!

    Otter c/n 127 Dennis Newell sent me this photo in Sep.2006; he wrote-
    " This is U-1A DeHavilland Otter (cn127, ex US Army 279)."

    "It is too bad 279 met her end, along with several other Otters, in Cambodia. They were great airplanes. 279 belonged to the 2nd Military Intelligence (Aviation Support) at Sembach AFB W. Germany, when she went down in this field.
    We all had a good time with that one.
    It must be a sign of the times, but the runways and taxiways at Sembach AFB were ripped up and the airfield no longer exists. But in the 1960s it was home to many Army and AF aircraft and of course a large number of visiting NATO birds."

    Nigel Aylmer sent me these 2 photos in Sep.2006.

    n153JR Here is a picture of N153JR, CV440 c/n 117, taken at St.Petersburg / Clearwater IAP (FL) on 30Aug06.

    Convairliners, by JM Gradidge (Air-Britain, 1997) has the following: As Convair CV340-38 delivered 07Oct53 to Delta AL as N4815C ("315"), subsequently converted to CV440 ("415").
    Stored on 01May69 at Columbia,SC.
    Ransome Aircraft Sales & Brokerage bought it on 03Mar70, selling it to Air Transport Inc that same date. Talking about a quick sale!
    But quickly come, quickly gone: Aspen Airways became the new owners on 15Mar70. Now what was that all about?
    On 10Apr74 a new owner was registered: Sierra Pacific Airlines, still with tailnumber N4815C.
    Music City Int'l Airways became owner (or maybe leased it?) in 1976. And Bahamasair leased it briefly: 15Feb78 - 28Apr78.
    James Smith (trading as Gulf Air Transport) became registered owner on 20Jul79.
    Enter the 1980s. TAG Leasing Inc (of Raleigh,NC) bought N4815C on 10Aug83. Danville Air Freight leased it, while operating for Orion Air and so did General Aviation (Purolator Courier) from August 1983, resulting in a purchase on 18May88.
    It was reregistered as N453GA for Emery Worldwide in Dec.1984.
    A few years later, 25Nov88, Aircraft Leasing Inc of Dallas,TX bought N453GA, operating for Skyfreighters and Kitty Hawk Airways.
    Rhoades Int'l became the new owner in Apr. 1992 and had tailnumber N153JR assigned to it. In August '96 it was registered to Four Star Aviation.
    From my own files I noticed a purchase in Sep98 by Air Alaska Cargo, but I think this deal fell thru.
    On 20Apr99 it was reported at St.Thomas (Virgin Islands) with small Air Cargo titles: probably still operating for Four Star Air Cargo.
    On 13Dec05 N153JR became registered to Jet One Express of Boca Raton,FL.

    'This vintage cargo plane loaded with bread crashed in a lagoon near Puerto Rico's international airport on Thursday, killing the airline's owner and another crew member, authorities said.
    The plane had just taken off when the pilot told air traffic control that the plane was having engine trouble, said Juan Rivera, spokesman for the Luiz Munoz Marin airport. It was returning to the airport when it crashed, killing both people aboard, Rivera said. Officials earlier said three had died.
    The plane was operated by Florida-based Jet One Express and was bound for the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
    Alejandro Bristol, CEO of Jet One Express, said his father, who is owner of the company, died in the crash. He identified the plane as a Convair 340, which was manufactured in 1953, according to U.S. Federal Aviation Administration records.
    Bristol said he was en route to Puerto Rico and declined further comment.
    Authorities earlier identified the plane as a Convair 440.
    The plane would make about 15 trips a week to deliver bread to several Caribbean islands, said Arnaldo de Leo, airport manager. It was carrying 2,500 pounds (1,134 kilograms) of bread when it crashed, he said.'

    N8040L This is what remains anno Aug.2006 of N8040L at Valiant Air Command Museum, Titusville ,FL...
    It is being used as spares supply for restoring "Tico Bell" (N3239T / 2100591, c/n 19054).

    Some history on N8040L, as much as its known (from the 1984 Air-Britain DC-3 book):
    Construction number 16975 was changed by Douglas to 34236 due to duplicating errors. It was delivered to the USAAF as 45-0972 on 25Jul45 and seem to have remained in faithfull service with the USAF for a long, long time; including a spell with the US Army Missile Command (Apr72 to May76).
    She was stored at the Davis Monthan AFB storage facility (MASDC, later AMARC), from Feb77 to 16Jul79.
    The USAF Museum of Dayton, Ohio became owner, but I am not sure if it ever went on display somewhere.
    And tailnumber N8040L was assigned to her for G Dunn of Ontario, CA on 28Apr80.
    N8040L was furthermore assigned the New England Escadrille of Cambridge,MA, during Jan. 1987. It was kept in airworthy condition and toured the air show circuit.
    From my own files I noticed it was sold to Atlantic Warbirds on 28may87. On 10Feb2000 Allied Air Freight became owner. And finally, on 22Apr03 the Valiant Air Museum became owner.
    N8040L was involved in a tragedy; retired Navy crew chief Michael McDonough was killed and a teenage boy critically injured when the landing gear collapsed and the fuselage landed on them...; they had been removing parts for Tico Bell. Michael McDonough was aged 76.

    A selection of photos of N8040L can be found on

    C-47A N842MB Nigel Aylmer sent me this photo, which he had taken 04Jul06; he wrote:
    " I took this picture at Warner Robins Museum 4Jul06. It was in the restoration area, the rest of it being in the storage area. I beleive it to be N842MB C-47A,but this is based on the fire damage to the no.2 engine area. It was written off at Donalsonville , GA 2001. What do you think?"
    This link to proves him right.

    Douglas C-47A c/n 19741 was delivered to the USAAF as 43-15275 in March 1944, but one draws a large blank for the history after that. The lifeline resumes when she was registered as N842M for the Lee County Health Unit at Ft Myers, FL in 1967 (no doubt for the mosquita pest control). Next was the Collier Mosquito Control District of Naples,FL which had it registered on 15Nov77. A year later, in June 1978 the tailnumber was changed to N842MB (Source: Air-Britain DC-3, 1984).
    On 16Feb00 a purchase by Jim Hankins Air Service was recorded; on 15Mar01 a curious incident occurred: an engine fire started on no.2 engine and the crew found themselves unable to feather the prop... The engine seperated from the aircraft and ended up in a backyard of a farmer! The crew managed to make a successful emergency landing at Donalsonville,GA.
    It was last reported at Donalsonville in Feb.2005, so between then and now it was transported to the Warner-Robins Museum.
    Andy Marden cleared this up "It was moved to Robins in Aug05."

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