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, airliners.net, jetphotos.net, etc) are not meant to be included here.
|This image was sent by Pat Donaghy in Jan.2014 (below), he wrote "..a couple pictures of CF-HAS that were taken by Hugh F. Bunn, one in 1968 and another some years later.
HAS was used by TransAir of Winnipeg in the 50s and 60s on DEW Line resupply operations and was abandoned by them at The Pas airport in Manitoba. More on this and such wrecks, some existent others no longer among us: ABANDONED WRECKS OF THE NORTH
Wikipedia on the Avro York:
"The Avro York was a British transport aircraft that was derived from the Second World War Lancaster heavy bomber, and used in both military and civilian roles between 1943 and 1964.
Development began in 1941 of the Type 685 which paired the wings, tail and undercarriage of the Lancaster bomber with a new square section fuselage of much greater capacity. Production was undertaken by Avro with the hopes of sales to the Royal Air Force and in the postwar civil airliner market.
The first civilian York (G-AGJA), initially built for the RAF as MW 103, was delivered from Ringway to British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) in February 1944.
Production orders included 50 civilian Yorks and 208 military versions for the RAF – many of which subsequently passed into civilian hands."
Aaron Buchanan sent me news on DC-3, former N1944H c/n 34378/17111:
Aaron wrote: "She is now known as the Clipper Tabitha May and is owned by a small software development company. I operate as the crew chief and have been having the most fun time of my life riding aboard on her journeys!"
Aad van der Voet (OldWings.nl): "This aircraft was acquired by MS Flight Simulator entrepeneur Rob Randazzo in Nov 2011, rereg'd to N33611 on 12Jun2012; and had been painted in PAA colours as NC33611 by Nov 2012."
The project has a Facebook page: Clipper Tabitha May
In Feb.2019 I learned this Gooney Bird N33611 was offered for sale on www.controller.com:
Note that on YouTube's Plane Savers E122 the history is detailed during a walkround: NC33611 is in
See my report on D-Day 75, Daks over Duxford (2019) in which NC33611 participated in splendid form!
UPDATE JULY 2020: For sale on Controller.com/Aerosolutions US$995.000. "One of a kind corporate configured 1945 Douglas DC-3. S/N 34378 is the former transport of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Outboard and Marine Manufacturing and EAA. Low total time with only 17,896 hours. This DC-3 was the last of its model to operate carrying passengers for a Part 121 Air Carrier on the US registry and also has a number of historic aviation figures in its logbook such as Paul Poberezney and Jimmy Leeward to name a few. S/N 34378 was the cover for Flying Magazine in August 1981 and AOPA Magazine in December 2016. This is a rare turn-key opportunity to purchase an exceptionally cared for DC-3 with spare parts and support equipment."
This email from Brendan Odell arrived, photos attached, with me on 31Dec2013:
"We ferried our DC-3 ex/A3-AWP, now ZK-AWP, c/n 33135 back to New Zealand from Tonga between 20 and 22 December, arriving in Auckland on 22 December having flown 20.1 hr via Nadi (Fiji), Noumea (New Caledonia) and Norfolk Island.
Please see two attached photographs of ZK-AWP, snapped at NZAA (Auckland) on 22 December, inbound from Norfolk Island.
The aircraft will be continuing charter passenger operations with Air Chathams, based from now on at Auckland International Airport, where it is hangared at Hangar 2."
Douglas C-47B ZK-AWP c/n 16387/33135.
Richard Nash sent three images from his wonderful collection
Douglas DC-6A PH-TGA 'Dr. Ir. M.H. Damme' at Southend.
Since PH-TGA was registered 17Jul53 and rereg'd PH-DFA 19Feb1954, this is the time span this photo was taken.
Following information was from the website www.edcoatescollection.com: "In 1953 KLM purchased two purpose built DC-6A freighter aircraft. KLM's cargo operations had started to take off in a big way and they needed these dedicated freighters.
Tom Singfield did me the pleasure of sharing the remains of Douglas DC-6 HK-1700 'Fénix'seen in July 2013 at Villavicencio, Colombia. Tom wrote it was found dumped at the back of the car park.
On my page Photos by Friends & Guests (33) shows HK-1700 in 2011, still in good condition.
Kyle G. Cameron included a visit to the aviation museum when he was in Hanoi this year (2013).
This is a recent addition to the museum as VN-C516 looked markedly different in 2011: Airliners.net
It is Christmas time!
The webmaster wishes you all a verry merry Christmas and safe trails & tailwinds for 2014!
From the Voeux Amicale du Super Constellation (Nantes)
F-BGNJ (F-BRAD) c/n 4519. Its history can be read here:
Henk Geerlings sent me this nice Christmas card which I like to share:
Terry Fletcher wrote me he visited the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, near York, early in October this year.
He found G-AMYJ / 44-76384 put on a nice display.
All Dakotas were / are DC-3s but it is not the other way around! But this actually is a Dakota 6!
The Yorkshire Air Museum's history page for this aircraft is at
This link to the Air Britain page for this item shows many different operators / liveries - the last of which was the previous livery at YAM
Roger Botting found Buffalo's DC-3 C-GWIR in deplorable state, last september.
C-GWIR was taken in the storage area behind the Buffalo hangar at Yellowknife; no doubt Buffalo Airways will do one of her magic restorations on this Classic Propliner! Check out my Yellowknife Report.
Fred Wallis sent me some photos recently; he wrote: "I found 'Wild Bill’s' collection of Skyvans in Canada and took a bunch of photos; are these of interest?
If so I can send you individual pics."
UPDATE: in June 2016 an opportunity arose for an update on these Skyvans stored at Atlin.
Bob Garrard’s photostream on Flickr.com has the following information to it:
The first flight of the Skyvan, the Skyvan 1, was on 17 January 1963. It is affectionately called 'The Shed' by pilots and crew.
The above all seem to be from the Series 3.
Terry Fletcher visited San Diego,CA last May. He was there to attend the '2013 Wings over Gillespie Airshow', but the day before he visited the San Diego Air and Space Museum's Annexe. He sent 3 images to share, knowing my love for early pioneering planes.
Terry made it easy for me and provided the identification for these classic aircraft.
Terry Fletcher braced himself against the blistering desert sun, at Lancaster Fox Field (California, 26May2013) and delivered this fine image of Lockheed SP-2E Neptune N96278.
Terry: "In May 2013 I took the photo below at Palm Springs Air Museum, CA. When I got home, I could not find any information about the Fairchild C-119 in this photo."
Stewart Lanham visited Shanghai, Longhua on 08apr2012 and below is his report and photos
Mattice Lake Outfitters shared this on Facebook 31Oct2013: beautiful don't you agree?!
C-FYLZ c/n 247, here is some history from my personal database:
'Yukon Cornelius' shot this 'Super DC-3' N30TN of TransNorthern on 14Oct13; its history can be read on my webpage dedicated to a visit to TransNorthern at Anchorage in 2012.
On the Facebook page of Dany Ama O Brazil appeared this photo, alas without any information of where, when and which plane.
My index for Searching For Plane Identities has a few of those..
This wreck was identified by 'James' (the damage on the nose does the trick, imo):
Webmaster: Turkey operated 108 C-47's from 1946 to 1996, one of the few military air forces in the world to fly Dakotas into the 1990s. [www.uswarplanes.net/c47.html]
Former Aero Service staff are requested to contact Bob Welshe at the above adress.
This is in relation to the webpage which started on DC-3 N5000E, but evolved in tales and reminiscence on / by Aero Service Corporation & staff HERE
The photo used as background to this invitation is from www.puleston.org/writings-dissertation-chapter-two.html and has no bearing on Aero Service (afaik).
Phil Brooks sent this photo with a request to help identify: "My co worker was motorcycling through East Texas and ran across what looks to be a DC-4 nose section, along with a B-1 nose section.
It is on route 82, halfway between Detroit and Blossom, on the south side of the road.
Have you heard of this place, and if so, do you know the identities of the aircraft?"
Here's the link to Google Maps: https://maps.google.com/
James and Christian on Yahoo's DC-3 Group and Classic-Propliners provided the answers.
Les and Buddy Chapman seem to have an excellent reputation in hauling aircraft, as learned from the WIX forum. That B-1 cockpit seems to be in their yard since 2006 at least. They also hauled DC-3 N141JR (Dec.2012 video) but don't really know what they did with it (not on their yard).
Roger Botting did some travelling on the US Westcoast and here are some photos to share (summer 2013):
Also seen here at Sonoma County Airport, Sta.Rosa,CA:
Roger wrote: "A visit to Sacramento McClellan airfield found 7 of the Aero Union fleet of P3's."
Martin 'JoJo' Prince Jr visited Lake Hood last summer and photographed deHavilland DHC-2 N68073 (c/n 1005) sitting pretty at the dock:
Snatched this from Facebook, Canaar Panuk Agimuk witnessed a Beech 23H off the side of runway 18 in Kwethluk, Alaska.
Phil Brooks wrote to this picture: "..the Beech 18 (N233H) in Alaska: I've flown on that bird! IND-ORD-OKK-IND, 23 December 1983 (with Indianapolis Air Charter).
Fred Wallis caught N233H in better times (Merrill Field, 2010):
Phil Brooks sent me this in July 2013, writing: "N137PB was being worked on when I stopped in on Wednesday June 26th!
No good info was obtained on its future, unfortunately.
I think it's been there for almost 25 years (I first saw it in 1993), and likely hasn't flown that entire time! I didn't see the other DC-3 (N85SA c/n 11637 -Webmaster) that was there before (red and white colors), but didn't have time to look around.
Long time owner (Eugene 'Gene' Damschroder was local polictician and he died in a crash with a Cessna 206 in June 2008 and his son Rex was reported trying to sell N137PB. Maybe he succeeded? -Webmaster)
Terry Fletcher is a faithful contributor to my website and he comes across interesting aircraft while he roams the globe!
On this Max Holste Broussard MH-1521 N6HZ he wrote: "taken on my visit to Camarillo on 24th May 2013, an ex Argentine AF MH-1521.
I found a link to its history (and a photo - in better days ):
That link shows it on display as LV-WGR (PG-337) and identifies it as c/n 25C.
Following details on its history: LQ-FZM Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, 20Aug1957
- INAC - Instituto Nacional de Aviación Civil
- reg. cld. 09Dec1975
PG-337 Fuerza Aérea Argentina, 18Dec67
- wfu 1990
LV-WGR privado 30Dec92
And now, in 2013 it ended up in California, perhaps bought by a collector? The Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard is a 1950s French 6-seat utility monoplane designed by Max Holste to meet a French Army requirement.
The prototype Broussard first flew on 17 November 1952 and was followed by the first civil and military production aircraft in June 1954, and 363 were built between 1954 and 1959.
Its similarity to the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver in looks, capability and performance lead it to be nicknamed 'the French Beaver'.
Here's another one from Camarillo:
The restoration of the last surviving Mitchell Bu35857 / N5865V; it is showing good progress on the restoration of the last survivor of its PBJ type.
Restoration website see www.orgsites.com/ca/caf-socal/_pgg8.php3
In June (2013) Terry wrote:
|Paddy Green did me the pleasure of sending photos to add to my dossier on DC-3 N5831B (for some 8 years now registered as N473DC and 'living' in the UK).
"As C-FKAZ she flew for both Trans Provincial and Pacific Coastal out of Vancouver, British Columbia, following her release from the RCAF.
It is good to see what she looked like when she was an airliner. We still have the 'No Smoking'-sign switch in the cockpit (along with the JATO rocket switch from the 1950s - now that would be something to see again!!)."
For more information and photos click HERE..
Dennis Fisher wrote me from Saskatoon,SAS 04sep2013; he wrote:
"Unfortunately we see less and less large prop jobs here at CYXE...
The forest fire season in Idaho has been a problem. Saskatchewan sent two Convairs and their ‘bird-dog' C-FNAO Gulfstream 690 down there to help out. They came back today and dropped in to refuel. I found them on FlightAware and went out.
Here are some photos for your use; the Convairs are C-CGSK and C-GYSK – the Gulfstream is C-FNAO.
Btw, I saw them working on one of those old (stored) Fokker F-28’s here today. It was C-FCRU. Wonder what they will do with it or them..? A note on Flightaware said owner 'Quest' was not answering its mail..?"
Paul Koopman sent me some pictures of deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver VH-CXS (c/n 1360), taken at Cairns 02Jun13.
Delivered 01Feb1960 and registered N9861F for Air Carrier Service Corporation
As CF-XGG reg'd ..Nov1968, later revised to C-FXGG (whom?); cancelled ..Jun1990
Reg'd N211AW for Alaska West Guides & Outfitters / Alaska West Air Service, Kenai, AK.
Involved in an incident 24jun2003 (NTSB report ANC02LA060) in Nikiski, Alaska
Brought to Sealand Aviation at Campbell River, repaired in due course and left on 05Jun2007 via Vancouver in a container for Australia...
Registered VH-CXS Tropical Aviation Pty., Ltd., Cairns, QLD on 01Aug07 and operated with titles 'Cairns Seaplanes'.
Stewart Lanham sent me these 2012 pictures of NAMC YS11 JA8732 (c/n 2102) preserved; he provided the following information:
"Tokorozawa is known as the 'birthplace of Japanese aviation', being the location of the first powered flight in Japan. Saitama Prefecture is proud of its history and the council has built the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum on the site of Japan's first airfield which is now part of a larger recreational area.
The nearest railway station is Kokukoen (one station north of Tokorozawa), designed to look like a Henri Farman Biplane, and easily reached from central Tokyo.
The YS-11 is visible on leaving the station, across the forecourt, and is on permanent display, the interior being open to the public for just a few days each year. "
Photos of this aircraft and location can also seen on my pages Photos by Friends & Guests (4) and Off-airport Asia
Frans Truyens sent me this image; he wrote (my translation): "Here is a photo of PH-MAG of Moormanair HOLLAND.
I took this photo on a foggy autumn day in 1972, with a small and simple camera.
PH-MAG was chartered in 1972, for the winter season, by Delta Air Transport and operated cargo flights."
More photos by Frans Truyens on my website, and more info on PH-MAG, click HERE..
Roger Botting sent me these images, he wrote: "In San Salvador we visited (2011) the 'Museo Nacional De Aviacion' at Ilopango and were allowed to walk the ramp at the museum, which provided for a few interesting pictures of old props.
They also have some turbo DC3's on the active military ramp, but we could not visit this area and they were too far away to make pictures.
The museum is located in the old terminal and ramp area which used to be the old international airport; very interesting place to visit when in San Salvador, quite close to downtown area."
The best source of information for aviation museums can be found in Bob Ogden's books, published by Air-Britain.
Phil Gies wrote me 27aug2013: "Last week we visited friends who have a cottage on an island in Kakagi Lake. On returning home we ventured a bit South and visited Nestor Falls.
There were a couple of Beech 18s on floats, rare birds these days. So I thought about your website and snapped a couple of photos."
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