Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (32)



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.


Andrew 'Andy' J. Beebe sent me this image in May 2012, he wrote:
"This is a picture of the RCAF Dakota KJ-936 taken from an after action report of 'Exercise Sweetbriar'. I discovered it while researching the loss of C-54 42-72469 in the Yukon."
C-47 KJ936 wreck at Snag, Yukon

Read all about the saga of the C-47 wreck near Snag, Yukon: see my page Abandoned Wrecks of the North

DC-3 5H-LVR IndiGo Air
Douglas DC-3 (C-47A c/n 9581) 5H-DAK was seen Nov.2011 by Fred Streep at Zanzibar (ZNZ, Tanzania), taken from a flying Cessna Ce208. See also item below on info regarding IndiGo Air.

Matthew Hague from Ireland wrote me in May 2012 and attached a photo:
"See the attached (poor quality) photo I took of a most beautiful aircraft: DC-3 (ZS-LVR) Memphis Belle.
I was hitching a lift from Blantyre to Lanseria on her, with some friends, in early 1999."
ZS-LVR in 1999 by Matt Hague

Matt asked: "Do you know if she still flies, and where she operates now?"
My reply: ... well you'll have to click to my page on DC-3 ZS-LVR, where you will also find links with information on it career as N950, and N5000E for Aero Service Corporation

See below image provided by Fred Streep:
DC-3 5H-LVR IndiGo Air
5H-LVR parked Dar es Salaam (DAR, Tanzania); taken while seated in an Oman Air 737, taxiing past (Nov.2011)

Received a very nice update by Terry Fletcher on C-53D N134D (c/n 11731) at Zephyrhills,FL
N134D restoration DC-3 at Zephyrhills

Terry wrote me:
"Whilst visiting this years Sun 'N Fun I called in at Zephyrhills.
This is regarding your previous stories about N134D from Hattiesburg,MS (Photos by Friends & Guests, page 31)
These photos were taken on 28Mar2012 showing a nice progress of restoration."

Note the cabindoor is on the righthand side of the aircraft! Someone noticed upon his march 2019 visit that two engines had been slapped on it: the right engine is a PZL and the left is a Wright 1820...! Better looking of course but for the keen eye a bit weird!
The C-53 also had been decorated with nice WW2 markings and registration '268804/Z-Z8'.
A project well done.

Roy in Kentucky wrote me: "Have been working the C-119 N15505 at Ft.Campbell on an off..."

C-119 N15505 Fort Campbell
For more in this see my pages Mystery C-119s in Kentucky (andmor eon C-119 Information Page)

Have been working the C-119 at Campbell on an off
Phil Rademacher sent me this image in April 2012; he wrote:"Here is a new picture I took of Beechcraft UC-45J (C18S) N9561 at the Hawaiian Falls Minigolf Course in Daytona Beach on 25Mar2012; it is still there but received a new paint."
Beech at Daytona Beach
The photo is an update to an item mentioned on Off-Airport Propliners North - America

DHC-2 N191Z
deHavilland DHC-2 N191Z (c/n 1006); USDA Forest Service (registered since 05Feb1957)

I have opened a webpage dedicated to Rich Hulina's bushplane photography, where you will also find
information on the exquisite photobook he has published, titled 'Bush Flying Captured'.
It features a great many bushplanes, many photographed air-to-air.

Eva Claire van der Ben sent me this photo update of Phoebus Apollo's Carvair, taken at Jo'burg-Rand 02Mar12
ATL.98 Carvair 9J-PAA is only in a slight better condition since I've seen it in 2004.
See my SA 2020 report for a revisit here!

Jack Spink sent me these photos in March 2012.
A-26 Invader C-FCUI

Jack wrote:
"I was lucky enough to get a chance to go for a flight in a Cessna 172 today out of the Wetaskiwin Airport. The terminal for them is opposite (across the flight line and field), from the Reynolds Museum.
Guess what is lying on the grounds of the airport, by the hanger used by the local flight school? YUP, the Invader Reg # C-FCUI !
It is in more pieces now than in your Red Deer photos (2006 + 2007), sadly.
I did not know that the Museum had got this one to do something with and to display it.
I've attached a couple of pictures of the plane I took this afternoon (12Mar12); the plane is now on the other side of the airport, just about as far away from the museum as it is possible to get!"

Dirk sent me these two images, taken on 29Feb2012 at the Spit in Campbell River, B.C. on a nice crispy morning.
I love the light!

C-FIGF Campbell River
DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver C-FIGF c/n 834.
C-FIGF is special to me ever since Dirk arranged a trip for me in it! See my 2010 report.

DHC-2 C-GACK at Campbell River
DHC-2 C-GACK c/n 711. Operated by Corilair Charters Limited.

History of c/n 711 can also be read on Neil Aird's website

Sean Barry published this photo on his Facebook page; he'd been involved in an eventful landing..
Buffalo's C-FBAQ hard landing at Ottawa

Aviation Safety Network had following report on C-FBAQ's landing at Yellowknife (05Mar12):
"A Buffalo Airways Lockheed L-188A Electra skidded to halt off the runway at Yellowknife Airport - YZF/CYZF, NWT, after its pilots spent an hour trying unsuccessfully to dislodge the malfunctioning right main landing gear. "

This was published elsewhere:
"Rescue crews were placed on high alert at the Yellowknife Airport on Monday March 5th when a Buffalo Airways plane had to conduct an emergency landing at about 10:45 a.m. due to a landing gear malfunction. According to Department of Transportation spokesperson Earl Blacklock, two attempts were made to loosen the landing gear but both attempts failed.
Following two touch and go tries to loosen the landing gear, the plane made a successful emergency landing.
By noon the aircraft had been towed off the side of the runway and all six people on board are okay. However, the incident led to a number of flight delays, including arrivals from Calgary and Norman Wells."

Frans Truyens sent me these images in Feb.2012 of a famous Dutch design: the Fokker F.27 Friendship.

F.27 HB-ILJ Farnair
Fokker F.27-500 HB-ILJ c/n 10596 of Farnair. Location: Antwerp. Date: ???
C/n 10596 has flown for Mississippi Valley Airlines (MVA, N334MV), Air Wisconsin (N272SA), Allegheny Commuter Airlines / US Airways Express (N334MV), Sudan Airways (PH-FTX, leased), Royal Air Inter (CN-CDC), Shell Gabon (TR-LCQ), CNET Opérations Aérriennes (10596), Héli-Union (F-GKEM), Farnair Switzerland (HB-ILJ) and currently with Airwork (NZ) registeredZK-PAX. Intermittently it returned to Fokker Aircraft Industries and was reregistered as PH-FTX.

Fokker F.27-200 OY-EBC c/n 10675. Location: Antwerp. Date: ???
C/n 10675 operated during its career for Busy Bee of Norway (LN-AKD), SABENA (LN-AKD, wetlease), bmi British Midland (LN-AKD, wetlease), Sweden Airways (SE-KXZ, transaction cancelled), Elbee Airlines (VT-SSD, transaction canx), Newair Airservice (OY-EBC), Sunu Air (6V-AHS), reported as going to Africa Air Assistance but last reported as stored at Dakar.

The oldest of the three: Fokker F.27-100 SE-KZF c/n 10266. Photo: Antwerp, July 1998.
C/n 10266 operated with: East-West Airlines (VH-EWG), Busy Bee of Norway (LN-NPI), SAS (LN-NPI, lease), Transjet Airways (SE-KZF, dba SAE Europe), Sobel Air (9G-AIR), and before it was scrapped at Accra it operated on leases to Air Max Africa and Nationale Regionale Transport.

The above histories were provided by /

Design of the Fokker F27 started in the 1950s as a replacement to the successful Douglas DC-3 airliner. The manufacturer evaluated a number of different configurations before finally deciding on a high-wing twin Rolls-Royce Dart engine layout with a pressurised cabin for 28 passengers.
The first prototype, registered PH-NIV, first flew on 24Nov55.
The first production model, the F27-100, was delivered to Aer Lingus in November 1958.
In 1956, Fokker signed a licensing deal with the US aircraft manufacturer Fairchild for the latter to construct the F27 in the USA. The first U.S.-built aircraft flew on 12Apr1958. Fairchild also independently developed a stretched version, called the FH-227.
At the end of the Fokker F27ís production in 1987, 586 units had been built (plus another 207 F-27s and FH-227s in the USA by Fairchild), more than any other western European civil turboprop airliner.
[Wikipedia, more..]


See more of Frans Truyens' Propliners on this website.

Roger Botting sent me these photos taken during a visit to Colombia in 2011; Roger wrote me: "These photos were taken on 01Nov2011; we'd chartered a Columbia Army An-32A that took at us to and from Villavicencio.
It was a great day! We spent about 4 hours on the ramp, we noted about 18 DC3's in various conditions...

BT67 PNC-0258 at Villivicencio
Basler converted Turbo-Dak, BT67 PNC-0258 c/n 15781/32529, Colombia's Policia Nacional

HK-3037 DC-3 Aerolineas Llaneras
I think this is C-47 HK-3037 c/n 20548, identified by the company titles Aerolineas Llaneras
Below are two other possibilities listed..

This spotters report from 06Jun2010 found on may come in handy:
DC3 and variants;
HK2494 saldelca, airworthy
HK122 saldelca, airworthy
HK1149 saldelca, sans engines, (in maintenance) airworthy
HK3349 viarco, derelict, near sadelca ramp
HK3293 air Colombia 1, airworthy
HK3199 aero vanguardia 1,
HK1175 air Colombia 2, ok condition, in maintenance, no wings , in air colombia hangar
HK3359 transamazonica, derelict condition, no wings, air colombia hangar
HK4700x formerly known as 'Fifi Kate'. no colours, converting to freighter
HK2663 aerolineas llanes, airworthy
HK3037 aerolineas llanes, airworthy
HK3350 aerolineas llanes, fuselage only
HK4045 aliansa ramp, for 12 years wfu
HK3215 aliansa ramp, for 7 years wfu
HK1315 aliansa, in E check, sans engines
Aerovanguardia while landing, not identified
Aerovanguardia behind hangar, reg unknown, in maintenance

HK4700 C-47 Villavicencio
C-47A HK-4700 c/n 9700, ex/ N47FK 'Fifi Kate'. More recently a photo showed HK-4700 with Aliansa titles.
A 1946 photo was supplied to me, this very plane operating as NC49538 for Mt.McKinley Airfreight in Alaska: see my Photos by Friends & Guests page 35, which also includes the full history.

HK-4700 and 5 on board perished when it flew against a mountain top on 08May2014

HK-1149 DC-3 Villavicencio
C-47B HK-1149 c/n 15148/26593 of Sadelca

HK-1149 seen minus engines; while registered as HK-1149 thi sbird has flown for Interandes Colombia, ADES Colombia, SADELCA and Aerovanguardia Colombia. has reported it as destroyed @VVC
Michael Prophet mentioned this airline in some detail on his DC-3 tribute:

Update Nov.2019: in Oct.2019 it was reported to have been moved to a grass area and the fuselage had turned brown by mold...


HK-1315 DC-3 at Villavicencio, Colombia
C-47 HK-1315 c/n 4307.

HK-1315 has a long history on the Colombian registry: c/n 4307 went from Avianca Colombia to La Urraca, then to Transamazonica Colombia, to El Venado (lease) , to TAERCO Colombia, to VIARCO Colombia, SADELCA Colombia, to Aliansa Colombia and anno Feb.2012 current and active with SADELCA Colombia (in revised livery).


HK-3199 Aerovangardia Colombi aat Villavicencio
I think this is C-47B HK-3199 c/n 14599/26044 of Aerovanguardia Colombia, seen on

HK-3199 has also seen many operators while on the Colombian registry: SARPA Colombia, COSTA Colombia, Aerovilla Colombia, Latina de Aviacion, TCA Colombia, SADELCA Colombia and last to Aerovanguardia Colombia; last report was it was stored @VVC.


HK-3349 DC-3 derelict at Villavicencio
C-47A HK-3349 c/n 11825 of Viarco Colombia, derelict at Villavicencio .

HK-3349 operated for TAGUA Colombia, Air Villavo Colombia, Aerovilla Colombia, SADELCA Colombia, ALCOM Colombia and VIARCO Colombia. It doesn't look like it will ever fly again but with DC-3s, esepcially at Villavicencio, one never knows!

Around 2014 it was moved to Tiuma Park, not too far away from VVC. More on my Off-Airp Latin America


Here is an update by Peter Gralla, forwarded to me by Michael Prophet, sent in Feb.2012 (no mention of an exact date though reference was made to be a current list of derelict and/or stored DC-3's at VVC:
HK- 4292 ex Aerolinas de la Paz, Aerovanguardia now with Aliansa
HK-3350 ex Saep , for years with Arall
Hk-3349 ex Viarco, 'destination unknown' (meaning unclear -Webmaster)
HK-4045 ex Alcom, 'destination unknown' (meaning unclear -Webmaster) - prepared for preservation Jan.2020*
HK-3199 ex Aerovanguardia, possibly with Ades
HK-3359 ex Transamazonica, for years with Air Colombia
HK-3215 ex Lacol, Aliansa, being made airworthy by Allas (new outfit)
HK-2663 Arall, being made airworthy again.

*) HK-4045 will be on display in Bogota, in the foodcourt of Centro Commercial 'Nuestra Bogota', which is expected to be opened in April 2021 and which you'll find right behind the Transmillenio Bus Terminal for the airport.

Phil Brooks forwarded me these photos by Al Minich, at Pima Air Museum, taken with his phone earlier in Feb.2012. I edited them together to one photo.
Finding out the identities of these C-117 airframes became a challenge.
Artful Gooney Birds

Al wrote: "This brings new meaning to the name "Goonie Bird". Taken @ Pima Museum, TUS, today (11Feb12)"
Phil wrote, while forwarding Al's message: ".. these were taken by Al Minich, former Aspen Airways Mighty Convair Driver!"

Boneyard Project 2012

The above compilation was made by me from some of the images found on and shows not just Douglas C-117s involved in this project, but other aircraft and parts of airplanes used as well.

Aad van der Voet ( did a thorough research into the identities of some of the planes involved:
"The Beech 18 (artwork 'Naughty Angels' by Faile) is Beech C18S (C-45B) N7829 c/n 5824, ex RCAF HB108.
The C-97 cockpit is of course ex XA-PII.

One of the C-117s (artwork 'Warning Shot' by Retna) is ex Bu50808. This still has '50808' visible on the rear fuselage, and (with some effort) also on the fin.

By the way, the three C-117s were painted while still in the ARM yard, and some of the painting started as early as April 2011. In January 2012 all three were towed to the Pima museum."

Neil Aird's website might come in handy for the task of identifying the planes involved; the photos certainly show the vast resources among disgarded planes in Arizona's desert. Much better using them for art than scrapping them for tin cans!

Found this online:

Aad van der Voet wrote an update in April 2012:
"I am happy to say that Steve Brimley recently uploaded a rare photo of the starboard side of C-117D BuNo 17177 to (possibly in response to my requests on this list and elsewhere):
Thanks to this photo I can now confirm that the Boneyard Project artwork 'Phoenix of Metal' by artist NUNCA is BuNo 17177 c/n 43306. [Bottom right on above composition photo -Webmaster,]

And here is Douglas C-117D Skytrooper, N105BF / BuNo. 12441 (c/n 43389), also involved in the Boneyard Project it seems:

Jurgen Scherbarth wrote me asking for help to identify this Convair CV240 LV-NMB:

Jürgen wrote:
"Here is another unidentified aircraft, a VT-29, from my collection for which I couldn't find any ID...
The photo was taken in August 1978 at Tamiami,FL.
There are some traces of the former USAF serial left on the tail, but I couldn't read off the complete number. Unfortunately also no visible DMA storage Code...
Maybe it ended as a drug runner down south, but definitely never made it to Argentina."

I checked the book 'The ConvairLiners Story' by J.M.Gradidge (Air-Britain) but found no LV-NMB among th etailnumbers in the index listed for Argentina. Would have been too easy.
Then I played around with Photoshop on the image and could make out '15161'.
The website Convair Production list ( provided the following details:

I checked with Joe Baugher's excellent website (
51-5114/5172 Convair T-29B c/n 245/303
Some loaned to US Navy: 5114,5116,5118,5120,5121,5125,5126,5128, 5130,5131,5133,5135,5136,5139/5143,5146/5152, 5154/5157,5160,5161,5163,5164,5167,5168,5171 to VT-29B
But no mention of LV-NMB. But from his page I could make out its manufacturer's serial (c/n): 292.

At time of writing (Feb.2012) I found on OldProps Convair Census: "XA-JOU VT-29B 292 - Wreck at Barranquilla, Mexico."

It seems that this propliner was flown to Mexico under registration LV-NMB and got a nice new livery; then reregistered as XA-JOU for another customer (Aerotours); see
Gil Sweetland wrote (Feb.2012): "I saw LV-NMB 21JUL79 at Harlingen,TX in the blue & red scheme in excellent flyable condition. " / states c/n 292's career as 51-5161 - N8060T Hillcrest Aviation - LV-NMB Privat users in Argentina - XA-JOU Aerotours (reported as derelict / parted out, impounded after drug run)

I can only assume tailnumber LV-NMB was never taken up officially.

Crash C-54 42-72616

Charles himself wrote:
ALERT, Nunavut Canada - "A good landing is one in which everyone can walk away from the aircraft; this was a GOOD landing. Unfortunately, it was not an excellent landing as the aircraft was not re-usable...
Date: October 1952 - DC4 - USAF"

To find out more about this visit my Gallery Abandoned Wrecks of the North

Ewald Lang sent me some of his old snap shots; more of his photos on my C-119 Information Page (3)

C-121 8613
Lockheed C-121 serial 8613, Gen. Mark Clark's Lockheed Constellation
Mark Wayne Clark (May 1, 1896 Ė April 17, 1984) was an American general during World War II and the Korean War; he was the youngest lieutenant general ('three-star general') in the U.S. Army. (Wikipedia, more..)
This C-121 8613 survives to this day at Planes of Fame Museum at Valle Airport Grand Canyon, see my 2008 visit

B-17 483774
B-17 483774, Search and Rescue; that serial would make it Boeing B-17G-95-DL, 44-83774 (c/n 32415)

C-119 Alice Lee
C-119 with nose art: 'Alice Lee'

Regrettably, Ewald Lang passed away on 28Jul2013, having been diagnosed with an agressive form of cancer only months before. RIP.

Stewart Lanham sent me this photo in Jan.2012:
DC-3 9414 Bangkok

Stewart wrote:
The removal of railway artefacts at the Science Museum has opened a new view of the C-47, c/n 9414, '9414'!
This is at the National Science Centre for Education (former 'Bangkok Science Museum') at Ekkamai, Bangkok (Thailand) seen on 5th January 2012.
Check out my Off-Airport Asia page, for '9414' seems to have moved, that is only the cockpit was saved..?!!

Stewart sent below photos taken at Lat Yao, Surasri Army camp, on 26Dec2011

C-47 Thai 010 preserved

C-123K 713 Thai AirForce

At the NW corner of the army airfield can be found the Vietnam Veteran Museum, open to the public at weekends and to pre-booked groups weekdays.
'1984' O-1A Bird Dog c/n 21641 ex 51-4756
6246 UH-1H c/n ex 70-16246
713 C-123K c/n 20162 ex 54-713
010 C-47 c/n 26271 ex 43-49010

Also reported by Stewart:
Jesada Technik Museum Nakhon Chaisi (west of Bangkok, near Nakhon Pathom), on 24th December 2011.

Stewart wrote:
"Jesada Technik Museum - Nakhon Chaisi (west of Bangkok, near Nakhon Pathom). I found this museum was closed for mopping up after the floods. Although the main vehicle building was clear, the access road to the aircraft and other exhibits was still flooded.
The museum expected to re-open in time for the annual Thai Children's Day [14th January 2012].
Noted as gate guard outside the main museum building:
'25190' Cessna O-1A Bird Dog c/n 21023 ex 50-1349 US Army markings
Inside with the cars: Allouette II

Further along the road, on the left, is a large shelter/hangar [access blocked by flood water]. I counted at least 18 dismantled/derelict Bird Dogs outside storage.
[HS-APA] YS-11 c/n 2135
HS-TCO TB-9 Tampico
HS-TCU PA-38 Tomahawk
HS-TZN Enstrom 480
The inside of the hangar was not open for visit.
On the opposite side of the road is a large compound which was still flooded.
The tail of a bare metal C-47 could be seen as well as part of a CH-34."

Ger Buskermolen approached me with another mystery, in reference to below photograph of DC-3 N21712:
DC-3 N21712

Ger wrote (my translation): "In september 1973 I photographed at Fort Lauderdale this Douglas C-53 N21712, seen wearing titles 'Florida Airways International'.
But I cannot find anything on this airline, 'Florida Airways International': no info on the internet and no images..
Perhaps someone could help to solve this mystery?"

This Douglas DC-3 was also mentioned on my page Photos by Friends & Guests page 02, see the photos sent by Jim Reed.
The history of this Douglas (DC-3 military variant) C-53 c/n 7317 I've quoted from Joe Baugher's excellent website:
USAAF 42-47375 to civil registry as NC15582 Feb 1945 with Pan Am.
To Servicio Aereo de Honduras SA (ASHSA) May 1953 as XH-SAD.
June 1955 to Lake Central Airlines as N21712.
May 1967 to Air Florida Sunshine as N74KW.
To Pacific National Airways, to Pro Air Services.
Currently owned by private user. (end quote) -Webmaster

C/n 7317 on FAA Registry as N74KW for JHOTI P CHATLANI, from McAllen,TX since 09Sep87 (due to expire 30Sep2012). -Current per 08Feb12.

From the Air-Britain book 'DC-3 The First Seventy Years' (Vol.2 page 355) there is mention:
"... - Bahamas Realty Corp 04May67 - Aero Services Inc., Miami Beach,FL 16May67 - Southeast Airlines Inc 30Oct68 - Island Flying Service of America Inc 10Dec 70 - Florida Airways Int'l titles at Ft. Lauderdale (Oct73) - N74KW AAT Airlines, trading as Air Sunshine, Key West,FL rereg'd Nov74 - ..
Note it specifically states 'titles', so this 'Florida Airways Int'l' probably wasn't an operator; perhaps for a film or commercial?


Brian Maddison wrote these interesting details:
"There was a SEC filing in 1972:
'FLORIDA AIRWAYS INTERNATIONAL, INC., Broward County International Airport, Fort Lauderdale. Florida _ 400,000 shares of common stock to be offered for sale at $2 per share. Organized in 1972, the company prepares to act as an air taxi as well as to provide charter air service.'

A drug-smuggling Lodestar (N711FN, c/n 18-2583) crashed in 1974, operator noted as Florida Airways International:

The 'airline' head was charged with drug running in 1974:

He was convicted, turned informant and died in a P-51 crash in 1976:
'A Justice Department spokesman admitted the prosecution case was seriously weakened by the death of key witness Kenneth Burnstine, who, acting as an informant, introduced the defendants to DEA agents posing as smugglers...'
The prosecution said Burnstine, about to be sentenced after an unrelated cocaine-smuggling conviction, voluntarily approached DEA agents and offered to identify his drug-dealing contacts.
Burnstine, a convicted kingpin of South Florida drug smuggling, died in a June 16th plane crash in the Mohave Desert.'

An interesting character, see:

Sorry for wandering away from propliners, but the above may explain why there isn't much known about of Florida Airways International. "

David R. found another image of the same plane:
"There's an image of the aircraft at "

Alexandre Avrane wrote:
"Florida Airways International shut down operations after their Lockheed 18 crashed and 1 ton of majiruana was found aboard."

So it was an airline after all, sort of and short lived...

Anson Chappell wrote me, sending this photo: "I wanted to give you a link to some pictures of DC-4 C-GXKN being transported from Norman Wells NT to Hay River, via barge. The link is HERE.

"I was working in the tower the night C-GXKN caught fire and (barely) made it back to Norman Wells...
GXKN was reported to crash in Norman Wells on your section on GPSH's runway excursion. What actually happened as per the Transportation Safety Board (whose report you link to) was that a fuel line ruptured and caused a fire!
As the fuel shutoff was not on the fire checklist until near the end, the fire burned out of control for an extended period.
When they called 'mayday, we're on fire and turning back to Norman Wells', I was working the radio and looked out the window to see a fireball streaking to the ground about 10 miles away!
Their next call said they were 'going down' and I noted their DF bearing, so I would know where to send a helicopter to check for survivors - I couldn't get firetrucks to the scene as there are no roads.
A minute or so later the pilot called back, out of breath, saying, 'We're going to try to make the airport'.. The fire had extinguished during the dive!
They lost number one & two engine and hydraulics on the left brakes, and all external lights were off.
I barely saw them cross the threshold (it was nighttime). When the captain applied the brakes the plane veered into the snow alongside the runway - as seen in the pictures.
The fire had completely burned through the flaps and elevators on the left side. Another minute or so and the spar would have failed..."

Ron Mak forwarded a request by Michel Anciaux to help to identify this 'mystery Convair':
Mystery Convair propliner in Chile

Michel wrote (my translation):
"If I remember correctly, I think I took this photo in Feb. 1974 in southern Chile, near some lake; considering the trees and plants in this photo it could be the area of Temuco - I don't think it was near or in the area of Frutillar.
But I am not entirely 100% sure!
Do you think someone could identify the aircraft (CV240?) and its location by this photograph?"

Alexandre Avrane of AeroTransport Data Bank suggested: "Looks like a Martin 202 of LAN !"
The book 'The Martinliners' by Gary L. Killion listed 4 Martin 202's:
CC-CLR c/n 9125 (FN 0299, rereg'd CC-CLMA/FN 261, then CC-CCK)
CC-CLS c/n 9126 (rereg'd CC-CLMB/FN 262, then CC-CCL)
CC-CLT c/n 9127 (FN 0058, rereg'd CC-CLMC/FN 263, then CC-CCM)
CC-CLU c/n 9129 (rereg'd CC-CLMD/FN 264, then CC-CCN)
The lack of pressurization was a distinct disadvantage to the use of these Martinliners, particulalrly for flights over the Andes and so 4 Convair CV340s were purchsed from Allegheny Airline during late-1960s; the 202s were relegated to the Santiago-Valdivia route.
These 202s were offered for sale, but even the bargain price of $30.000 each brought no offers. They were reported to be retired and scrapped in 1962.

Did one make it to a playground or restaurant, as perhaps shown here?

Michel thinks the 2-0-2 option unlikely, because of the shape of the tailfin over the fuselage.
So what do we know from the Lan Chile Convair CV340s, except for CC-CLCA:
CC-CLCB, rereg'd CC-CBH c/n 137 / sold to North Central AL rr N7528U, cvtd CV580; '94 as C-GQBP
CC-CLCC, rereg'd CC-CBI c/n 58 / sold to North Central AL rr N7529U, cvtd CV640, ended up at Zantop
CC-CLCD, rereg'd CC-CBJ - c/n 116 / sold to North Central AL rr N7530U, cvtd CV580; in 1993 OB-1535
One other Convair, a CV600, registration CC-CIK c/n 164 / CC-CIK Linea Aerea Andina Ltda ntu Jan84
--> So all CC- registered Convairs seem accounted for after 1974, including the CV600 (stored in Texas 1991).

Fernand van de Plas contributed to this mystery:
"It's definitely a Convair twin and not a Martin: the latter has a single nose wheel !
In fact, this could be CV-440 (c/n 437), ex/ CP-1008 - stored at Tongoy in former 'Servicios Aereos San Francisco' livery; written off 20Aug73.
Reference: Air Transport Hulks, Nigel Tomkins (1979)."

But Michel Anciaux could not agree with this, as he accessed the crash report and noticed that the photos with this report showed CP-1008 had a longer nose...
CP-1008 crash in Chile
Michel wrote (my translation): "This report is available in the MNAE (Museo Nacional Aeronautico y del Espacio) here in Santiago, in the archives of the museum.
I will investigate the report further, because it seems the accident seems to have happened in two phases. A flight between Cochabamba and Cerda in Bolivia encountered severe weather and the aircraft landed in Chile, in the Salar (14 de febrero) near Calama, due to shortage of fuel. The next day the flight continued and after take off from Antofagasta the actual crash happened but I don't have much detail on this yet, except that it would be 1.000 kilometers north of Santiago and over 1.600 kms from the Temuco where my photo was taken - a bit costly to transport a wreck over that distance!"

Anyway, since the mystery plane does not resemble CP-1008, the search continues...

To exclude this crashed Lan Chile CV340 (serial 301 - tail CC-CLCA) from the above query, I include these photos also sent by Michel Anciaux (acquired though the accident report of the Archivos Nacional ):

Crashed Lan Chile Convair CV340
Lan Chile bought 4 CV340s in 1960/61, using them on domestic routes - the surviving 3 were sold in 1965.
Crashed Lan Chile Convair CV340
ATDB provided info that CC-CLCA was destroyed at Vallenar, Chile
Crashed Lan Chile Convair CV340
Aviation Safety Network (ASN; see report) identified CC-C-LCA as CV340 c/n 136 written off 07May1962
Crashed Lan Chile Convair CV340
Tailnumber of this aircraft is also referred to as CC-C-LCA
Crashed Lan Chile Convair CV340
The ASN report showed no fatalities among 5 crew & 25 passengers;
the cause was a forced landing after an engine failure and found the propeller failed to feather.

Roger Botting wrote me in Nov.2011: "Taken at the Museo Del Transporte in Caracas last month.."
DC-3 at the Museo Del Transporte in Caracas

Douglas DC-3A-456 (C-47A) YV-0-MC-1 is c/n 19335, ex/ 42-100872, YV-O-MC (from: Bob Ogden's AVIATION MUSEUMS & COLLECTIONS OF THE REST OF THE WORLD (Air-Britain, 2008)

Michel Alonso wrote me on 08Feb12:
"Today, looping through your web page, I found pictures of the C-47A-75-DL YV-O-MC-1, AAF S/N 42-100872; MSN 19335.
I know the entire story about this plane, because until 2003, and since my childhood I was a collaborator in the museum were it resides. Iím 34 now and the DC-3/C-47 always was my favourite airplane!

I started to investigate about the past of this plane in 2000 when I send an e-mail to the NASM at Washington D.C.
And tThanks to Mr. Dan Hagerdon I was able to learn that the aircraft was built as a C-47A-75-DL at Douglas Long Beach, and delivered to USAAF as 42-100872 in Dec 28th, 1943.

The aircraft was assigned to the 316th TCG, 36th TCS, based at RAF Cottesmore (UK) in Feb 1944, so itís a veteran from D-Day and others operations along Europe.
The aircraft returned to U.S in 1945, being sold in Sept 1945 to Venezuelan Government through RFC (Reconstruction & Finance Corp). It was registered first as YV-O-MC in 1946, and served as VIP plane being the firs presidential aircraft of Venezuela.

All the military equipment was removed, even the Autopilot, but the aircraft is complete. Its interior is in very good shape, has little corrosion, and has all its instruments, sure could fly if a good restoration is done.
The only remaining of his original WWII equipment is a AN/AP-1 radio antenna on the nose. But also was modified to a 'DC-3' standard.
It has a little electrical kitchen inside, located in the aft section of the fuselage (near the bathroom), and inside is equipped with civilian seats. Also, as many C-47ís that fly today, it has the short carburettor scoops, not the original longer RAM/NON-RAM airscoops used on most of all the C-47ís.

Later it was re-registered as YV-O-MC-1, and was passed to the Transport & Communications Ministry, into the Civil Aviation Direction, and used as VIP plane and later for SAR purposes.

The aircraft was based at General Francisco de Miranda Airport (La Carlota) in Caracas, and was withdrawn from service in mid-1970ís when it was donated to the Transport Museum in Caracas; where it still resides today.

The aircraft was moved to the museum by road, because the airport isnít far from there, so the external wing sections were removed and the aircraft was towed by truck over a highway.

Few years ago I was even able to find the pilot who flew the C-47 on D-Day, his name is Mr. James Roberts, and he lives in Knoxville, TN.
I found him thanks a web forum and a person who provided me his address. I sent him a letter plus a picture of the C-47 as it looks now; he was astonished to learn his plane still existed!

Since 2003 Iím living in Spain, Iím an aircraft technician; that airplane was definitely a big influence in my life and really I am sorry not to have seen it since then. But Iím happy too, because after all this time I now know all its history.

Greetings from Spain.
Michel Alonso.

"And a few shots taken at the Museo Aeronautico De La Fuerza Area Venezuela in Maracay, also Nov.2011":

Maracay, Museo Aeronautico De La Fuerza Area Venezuela

John Olafson did me the pleasure of reporting from Kelowna on 25Jan12:
"I have read your very detailed and thorough account of the CL-66 aircraft and find it quite fascinating. I was happy to read a while ago that the remaining aircraft were bought by Kelowna Flightcraft and would eventually be brought to Kelowna.
I saw these two on the ramp late last fall and then today I was back to take my wife to the Kelowna airport for a flight to Vancouver and thought I should go and have a look at them. Got as close as the chain link fence would allow and took this photo."
CL-66 Cosmo's at Kelowna

"It is sad to see them looking like! When I was in the RCAF, so many years ago, I remember they were immaculately maintained and recall one of them was assigned to the Air Officer Commanding, Air Defence Command in St Hubert Quebec.
It was a beautiful sight as it took to the air on a sunny day!"



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Created: 25-Jan-2012