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.

N836M by Paul J.Hooper Paul J.Hooper sent me these photos in Nov.2006; he took them at Buckingham Field., FL on 18Oct06.
This one shows N836M, which is a Douglas C-47B (c/n 14532/25977) and the Gooney Birds gathered here are operated (or stored) by the Lee County Mosquito Control unit.

See my update on N836M, with Air Heritage in 2017, on Photos by Friends & Guests (48)

N838M by Paul J.Hooper This is N838M, it has c/n 20448.
This vintage Douglas transport started its career in WW2 as 45-15982 for the USAAF.

N837M by Paul J.Hooper This is N837M, c/n 12524.

It was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in Sep.2017; probably not even tied down, thrown about and damaged virtually beyond recognition - but the damaged remains showed the tailnumber.

N834M by Paul J.Hooper This is N834M, c/n 14766/26211.

Although I know the name of the airfield and know it is near Ft.Myers and LeHigh Acres, I have been unable to determine Buckingham Field's exact location.
This is what I found by googling:
"The Buckingham Air Field was the The Army Air Force's Southeast Training Center, a.k.a. the Flexible Gunnery School at Fort Myers. It was located on Buckingham Road just outside what is now Lehigh Acres, heading north. The only use of the field today is for chasing mosquitoes and hoping to eradicate them during the rainy season. Part of the old landing strip is used for planes taking up chemical sprays keep the mosquito population under control. The rest of the base has been sold as land to the Flint family.

Paul added the following driving directions:
"If you are arriving from the Ft. Myers area head east on route 884 until entering LeHigh Acres. At the junction/light with Gunnery Road turn left/north for a couple of miles when the road merges with Buckingham Road. Continue north for a couple of hundred metric yards at which point you'll see a road right leading right into the field. Continue straight ahead to the gatehouse, should you deviate you'll end up in the air park residential area.
Alternatively, route north east on 876 along the northern border of RSW until you reach route 82/Immokalee Road, where you'll hang a right turn and almost immediate left turn onto Gunnery, about 3 miley things south of the aforementioned 884. Courtesy Google maps
Michael Prophet provided this link to Google Maps.
Here is more on the history of Buckingham Field

N211GB by Paul J.Hooper This is DC-3C N211GB, c/n 14688/26133 (at one time operated by the FAA as N70).
N211GB on
Only N839M is not present here, but should be operational; last year I read that 6 are operational: two of them as so-called foggers and the other 4 fitted with spraybooms.


N836M, N837M & N211GB were all registered in Dec2010 to Dodson Intl Parts (of Rantoul,KS).
A vintage photo of c/n 26133 can be seen on Bill Hill's gallery on my website, as FAA's N70.

N341W by Paul J.Hooper N341W is c/n 13041.
It has been here since at least 2001 and by then it was reported in dismantled state. At some point it was seized by US Customs in a drugs interception operation.
Previous operators (by Oct.2017):
Concare Acft Leasing - Airline Training - Florida AL - Skyfreight AL - Lee County Mosquito Control LCMCD - Lake Wales Air Services Lake Wales AS - US Customs, confiscated in drug interception ops - Derelict at UFL59 (Buckingham Field).

24 Although it carries only '24' as identification I think this is N224GB c/n 12261; it was also seized by US Customs due to smuggling drugs and has been here since at least the mid-1990s.

The article in Propliner magazine, as described below, confirm this one to be N224GB.

Unidentified This one has large MOSQUITO- titles under the wing but from this side there is no tailnumber visible to identify it.
Frits Klinkhamer came to the rescue and made me aware of an extensive article in Propliner magazine (no.86, Spring 2001) by Martin A.Cooper "Bug Killers"; the article, over 5 pages and with numerous photos, describes this C-47A as " other C-47 graced their apron in the shape of the former Hillsborough County fogger N10005 (c/n 25527). This aircraft had been obtained for spares recovery.." It continues with a description of the livery as shown on this photo.

Michael Prophet advised a link to an image on, which shows it from the other side, revealing (in part) tailnumber N10005.

N10005 was scrapped for preservation in part. The forward fuselage was shipped to the Netherlands in May/June 2009, for the 'Wings of Liberation' Museum. See Hans Wiesman's photos on Photos by Friends & Guests, page 19

David Ellis wrote me in Nov.2006 and sent me these photos (taken July 30th 2006); he wrote:
"I wonder if you can help with a query from my visit to the Lake Hood Museum recently. I saw on your site a pic of the Sikorsky S-43 but there seems to be no mention of identity - do you know it please? "

Boeing S.43 I contacted the curator, who was able to help:
"the front fuselage is a Sikorsky S-43, NC15062, serial #4302 and was owned by Reeve Aleutian Airways."

Published on YouTube 16Oct.2012 'Historic Old Hilo - The Big Island 1940'.
It shows on opening (assuming) this Sikorsky S-43 on take off and on 0:51 passengers disembarking, with the tailnumber NC15062 in full view!
Many thanks to Alastair Jamieson for pointing this out!


I checked this mystery with Lars Opland too, he lives in Alaska and is an avid aviation historian. He sent this photo (courtesy Ted Spencer Collection) and wrote on his research-
"Flying Beats Work; the Story of Reeve Aleutian Airlines" by Stan Cohen, lists only N53294 (wore red livery, later sold to Avalon Air) in the fleetlist, but a photo caption states "Two Sikorsky S-43 amphibians were acquired in 1948..." and the one in the photo is described thus: "This S-43 had formerly seen service with Hawaiian Airlines."
Since N53294 was an ex-JRS-1, this seems to confirm 2 machines.
And my explanation of NC15062 not appearing in the book's fleetlist: by that time it was only used for spares supply.
An AAHS article stated there were 3 (!) of these planes in Alaska and that one ended up at the bottom of Tetlin Lake (an item of potential interest for wealthy collectors; cold fresh water keeps aluminum relatively well), but I have another photo (above) which shows an S.43 in delapidated condition next to Reeve's old 80A at Merrill Field, so I'm willing to bet our cabin cruiser is that one...; an ex-Hawaiian Airlines S.43. Only question then would be: which one?
Inter-Island/Hawaiian S.43's fleetlist: 4301/NC15061, 4302/NC15062, 4325/NC16934 and 4351/NC20697, according to the AAHS article.
Said article has a photocaption stating NC15062 went to Robert Reeve in Alaska and NC16934 went to Alaska Airlines: so this must be NC15062!
Thanks, I had never chased that one down before."

Andreas Morgner sent me the following in Jan.2007:
"Amphibian Air Transport's Sikorsky S-43, serial #4325. This aircraft was acquired by Amphibian in 1947 by from Inter-Island Airways (later Hawaiian Airlines) and flew with Amphibian until May of 1948. The aircraft changed hands several times and later crashed and sank in Lake Tetlin, Alaska in 1951.
The S-43 remained in the lake until it was salvaged in 1981 by Gary Larkins. The aircraft has been at the Pima Air and Space Museum since 1985 as a static display after undergoing an extensive restoration."

N53ST by Bert Dautzenberg Jur Hermsen sent me this photo of Douglas C-47A N53ST (c/n 9380), registered to Prescott DC-3 Inc.
The photo (and the others below) was taken by Bert Dautzenberg; he and Jur were cruising the US Southwest in a privat plane and landed at Prescott Municipal Airport,AZ (KPRC) a few days before a Fly-In festivity was to take place (Oct.2006).
This C-47A is based here, was manufactured in 1943 and has been with this owner since 30Nov99.

In May 2008 I came across it myself, at Mesa's Falcon Field, near Phoenix.

boeing Stearman
Boeing Stearman, identity?

Jody Pond Robert Sevier sent me these photos, memories of a stay in Alaska.
They show Jody Pond and himself with Douglas C-47A N67588 of Majestic Airlines.

Robert wrote:
"I worked for Jody Pond from 1992 to 1995 at Majestic Airlines in Salt Lake City, where he was chief pilot. When Majestic A/L went out of business, I went to Anchorage with Jody plus two DC-3s (N305SF and N67588), and he started Majestic Air Cargo. Later he used the name Galaxy Air Cargo."

N67588 can still be found at Anchorage anno 2006, unwanted and forgotten; but still a better fate than Jody's: he crashed fatally 23jan01.
Robert Sevier in Alaska
See also my 2003 and 2006 report.

C-46 at Tokorozawa,Japan In Nov.2006 Fred Streep, well-known for his restlessness and backpacking trails to exotic destinations, sent me these photos; they were recently taken during a visit to Japan, in this instant: to Tokorozawa to be precise.
The Curtiss Commando is C-46A 91-1143 (c/n 293) according to my records.

I was pleasantly surprised to find information about the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum on the ever-growing Wikipedia online encyclopedia:
"The Tokorozawa Aviation Museum (Tokorozawa Koku Hassho Kinenkan) is dedicated to the history of aviation in Japan. The museum is located in the city of Tokorozawa, Saitama and contains aircraft and other displays (many of which are interactive) and an IMAX theatre. Located on the site of Japan's first airfield which started operations in 1911, the original single runway is still visible and has been incorporated into a larger multifunction park adjacent to the museum.
The museum is located at Kokukoen station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. The commuting distance is approximately 30 to 45 minutes from central Tokyo."

JA8732 at Tokorozawa,Japan This is NAMC YS-11 JA8732 (c/n 2101) at one of the railwaystations of Tokorozawa; more about this planes can be found on my Off-airport Asia page

See also a 2012 update on Photos by Friends & Guests (38)

N411DF This is a photo made by David Tanner in 2005, it shows Grumman S-2A Tracker as "Tanker 4". Or does it...?
No, this is N411DF (c/n 476) and one-time Tanker 74. It made a wheels-up landing here at Paso Robles,CA on 20Jun01 andone can still see the damage to the prop and the retardanttank was removed. N411DF is on display here at the Estrella Warbird Museum..
The identity of Tanker 74 went on to S-2T Turbo Tracker N439DF, c/n 129C (N439DF has previously been assigned to S-2F-1 c/n 208... confusing, eh?).

This item provided for a nice exchange on Yahoo's Airtanker forum:
"The S-2A at Paso Robles is indeed Tanker T74 (N411DF).
As the fleet of S-2T's became operational many of them were given new N-numbers (T74 became N439DF as N411DF was dropped ).
During the changeover from the A-models to the Turbo models many of the old A-models had their Tanker number changed to keep an operating fleet for the summer months. In 2005 Ivisited McClelland and there were at least six old "A"-models on the ramp with tail rudders and wing flaps missing. The lack of a second number on N411DF means it was in the process of receiving a second airtanker number(#84 or #94) to keep it operational until replaced by an S2T model...
After the accident it was most likely written off and sent to the museum at Paso Robles.
Also during the change over many of the new S-2T's carry the same registration as the old S-2A models. These registrations are from "A"-models written off in accidents. Tanker N427DF was T92 lost 19June92 and is now S-2T T70.
Tanker N436DF was T100, was lost on 28Sep84, and is now S2T T76.
Tanker N442DF was T92, was lost 27Aug01 and is now S-2T T94.
Tanker N444DF was T79, was lost 07Oct87, and is now S-2T T75.
Tanker N448DF was T95, was lost 20Aug78, and is now S-2T T95.
Tanker N450DF was T90 and T87, was lost 27Aug01 (as T87), and is now S-2T T93."
-Kit Robinson

Steve Nation added:
"I think I photographed at least 3 different TS-2A in the 2004-05 seasons with tail code "74." In May 2005 at MCC I shot one active "74" and another parked over in the mini-AMARC corner, and the "N" numbers were different than the bird I shot in 2004.
I think the same thing happened with TS-2A tankers "84.".
I also understand that the practice of re-allocating "N" numbers from crashed tankers and air attack ponies involving fatalities has been stopped, but that may just be a rumor."

And Scott Minshall wrote:
"It is my understanding that when the aircraft in question had its landing ordeal that it was scheduled to be retired at the end of the season anyway. This is why they elected to leave it in Paso and donate it to the museum / tankerbase.
Also all of the turbine S-2's are based on a "E" model airframe which is a little larger than the "A" models. I know I sure miss hearing those 1820's at take off power on a hot afternoon."

Airtanker identification

John Olafson sent me this in Nov.2006:
C-FLYK Philippine Mars "The other day I read that Timberwest, the owners of the famous and historic Martin Mars have decided to put the aircraft up for sale. It's hard to imagine the Mars no longer battling wildfires here in British Columbia, having done such an admirable job for so many years.
Considering the age of these giants and the increasing costs of operating them, its not surprising that the last company left in the former consortium is selling them. The one bright light in this news is that upon retirement, one of them will return to Port Alberni to be put on display."
Martin Mars C-FLYK

"I took these photos of the Mars at Sproat Lake in May 2006. The Hawaii Mars C-FLYL had just been put into the lake and the Phillipine Mars C-FLYK was being prepared for its launching in the lake."
C-FLYL Hawaii Mars "I was glad to see one of them on shore as it made their huge size obvious.
The engineers use a clever shelter to enclose each engine as they are working on them. The aircraft are in beautiful condition considering they are never hangared and float on the water for months every year. There is a spare set of Mars wings and tail surfaces stored outside. I prowled around in the bush behind the ramp and discovered a nose section from a Mars as well.
I noticed the Phillipine Mars uses a side door drop system which is unlike the bottom drop system used by the Hawaii Mars. I wonder why the difference..?
They are using vintage support vehicles at the base and they look like they may be as old as the Mars. As well, the tender boat which the engineers use appears to be ex- US Navy, maybe from the 1950's as well."
Photo (c) John Olafson
The website of Forest Industries Flying Tankers (FIFT) has plenty of info on the 'dinosaurs':

Sproat Lake (Vancoucer Island,BC) on

N473DC in take off Ken Byrnes forwarded me these photos taken by (c) Donal Leahy in Nov.2006, depicting Douglas C-47A N473DC (c/n 19345) at Waterford,Ireland.

Photos: (c) Donal Leahy.

Magnificent fly by

Finding a place to park... Ken wrote: "This DC3 came into Waterford for a few hours on Saturday Nov. 11th; Paddy was saying she will now be hangared in Scotland until next spring."

Patrick "Paddy" Green kindly provided the names of the crew-
John Dodd, pilot; Peter Kuypers, co-pilot and Mark Edwards, engineer (of Edwards Worldwide Aviation).

More about Paddy Green's C-47A can be read on N5831B's History and it was present on the DC-3 2006 Fly In at the Aviodrome in the Netherlands.

N40415 Jon Proctor sent me these photos, he wrote:
"Thought you might like to have these shots, taken in June 2006 at the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Florida.
Alas, here is what's left of Martin 404 N40415, which you have photos of in better days and in storage. Its wings were detached for the ride from Mississippi and I am told by the museum people that the fuselage is now serving only as a storage facility and will be cut up. Another sad ending to a proud bird."

404 N40415

I came across N40415 in (slightly) better days, in 2001.
Have a look at my USA Deep South 2001 page.

N122AE Duane Delk found this photo on
He wrote me:
"I flew on the Canadair CL-44 from Feb81 until Jun89.
I was part of the original start up group that started Air Express Int'l Airlines. When this airline became Aeron Int'l Airlines, I was appointed the Chief Flight Engineer.
I flew in the CL-44 about 4600 hours.
I am attaching a picture of CL-44 N122AE on final approach at KMIA on 26May82. We were ariving at Miami (KMIA) coming from Detroit (KDTW) with an enroute stop at Atlanta (KATL).
According to my Log Book, I was the Flight Engineer on on that flight."
"I always thought that the 'Forty-Four' was pretty reliable; we had a few problems, but the 8 years that I flew on the Bird I don't ever remember having an in-flight engine failure. The story in the book (The Cl-44 Swingtail Story, by Malcolm Porter -webmaster) that I talk about when we were on a three engine ferry from London (EGGS) to Miami (KMIA) and we had to shut one down (ending up on two engines!), was due to an oil leak."

Photo published with permission of the photographer, Fred .de Ruiter; click on the photo for a link and larger image on
Here is more on Duane Delk's career. Sadly, Duane passed away on 11Jan2010.
Fred de Ruiter also travelled far and wide, here is something on a Greybull,WY visit in 1983

D-AQUI Herman Kolff sent me these fine photos of Junckers Ju-52/3MG2E of the Lufthansa Traditionsflug. It flies around as D-AQUI but is in fact registered as D-CDLH.
It has c/n 130714 and has an interesting history...
D-AQUI (named 'Fritz Simon') operated before WW2 for Lufthansa (first flight had been on 06Apr36); it went to to DNL -Norwegian AL as LN-DAH (named 'Falken'), but during WW2 it was returned to Germany as war booty, and reregistered as D-AQUI.
After WW2 it was returned to DNL and at some point was fitted with floats! It was also reregistered as LN-KAF. Later the floats were removed and at some point after 1957 it went to South America and received tailnumber HC-ABS.
Much later it was restored by an American, in 1970, who had 'found' the Ju-52 at Quito,Ecuador; it operated in the USA as N130LW & N52JU.
Lufthansa bought it, made many renovations and modifications (including replacing the BMW engines by Pratt & Whitney R1340s; its first flight after this restoration was -as "D-AQUI"- on 01Apr86.

And doesn't she look splendid?!

D-CDLH aka D-AQUI Herman had made a scenic flight on 04Aug06 in this Ju-52 and he returned the next day to the Aviodrome to shoot these photos while it arrived from a similar flightseeing flight.

Flightinfo- speed: 150km/u - engines 1800rpm - altitude: 500m

More of Herman's photo's on his own website (in Dutch).

UPDATE 26Jan2019:
'In an effort to reduce expenses, Lufthansa has announced that they are withdrawing their financial support to their foundation, the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung. The foundation has been operating the Junkers Ju 52/3m D-CDLH among other aircraft since 1986 and offered paying recreational flights in Germany and Europe. The aircraft is the oldest airworthy Ju 52 in the world and carries the historical Lufthansa colours of D-AQUI in 1936.
It is possible that the aircraft will still be available for display flights at airshows and other events but no decision has been made yet. Without their prime sponsor at least the 2019 season seems lost.
The tragic accident of Ju-Air’s Ju 52 in August 2018 was reportedly not a factor in the decision.'

D-CDLH was disassembled at Munich and put on ground transport to Hamburg for some future preservation (May 2019 update).

C-FKFS C-FKFS CV5800, the stretched ConvairLiner...

John Olafson kindly sent me these in Oct.2006 and he wrote:
"This is a stretched 580 called the 5800 which I photographed at Kelowna Flightcraft last April 24. As you can see, with the two added sections to the fuselage it makes for a very loooooooooooooong Convair. At the time, they were trying to lease it to an operator. I think they must have been successful because I havent seen it there for quite some time."

I think those propblades are truly amazing too!

CV5800 C-FKFS by John Olfason I looked up some history details.
This is a former Convair C-131F (CV440) with c/n 343. Life started as 55-4756 for the USAF, to which it was delivered on 17Oct56, but it soon became N105 for the CAA: on 29Oct56.
It was converted to a CV580 model in 1961 and was reregistered as N90 on 11Oct72.
Its career seemed to have come to an end in 1994, when it was seen parked at Oklahoma City in March, deemed 'without further use'...
Tailnumber N90 was cancelled on 23Aug94,but in Jan96 it was registered again, as N3UW, for the Dept of the Navy; this was changed to the University of Washington in May97.
All this from the good book ConvairLiners, by J.M.Gradidge (Air-Britain, 1998)
My own database records an intended sale to Mexico in 2001, but instead it went to Kelowna Flightcraft of Kelowna,BC in 2002 for conversion to a CV5800 (the 5th if I am no tmistaken); it was registered to KF on 21Dec05 and Transport Canada's website (when I checked 04Nov06) had it still listed as a Model 440.

This aircraft should not be mistaken with c/n 277 (CV5800 no.4 conversion) which was also at one time registered as C-FKFS, but went to New Zealand in 2004 and was reregistered as ZK-KFS.
Perhaps FKFS means "Fly for Kelowna Flightcraft Sales"...? I'm just guessing
I have a brief description on my website on the CV5800.

LN-WND by Mike Bursell Mike Bursell wrote me in Oct.2006 and sent me these photos:

"These shots of Douglas C-53D (c/n 11750) were taken at her home base of Oslo/Torp where the old lady is being carefully looked after by Warbirds of Norway.
The visit at Torp,Norway was both by appointment and part of a Nordic tour. We took advantage of a cheap Ryanair flight to/from Torp for a weekend (just Sat/Sun) in Norway. I contacted Dakota Norway to set up a visit. And also with another person nearby with some helicopters, as well as with the warbirds people at Kjeller. On the Sunday we covered Kjeller, Gardermoen museum (see C-47A 93797, below, far right) and the military museum in the centre of Oslo."

[See also LN-WND at the DC-3 Fly In, Aviodrome 27 & 28 May 2006]

C/n plate
LN-WND by Mike Bursell
Cockpit in maintenance
C-47A c/n 13749

Michael Östergren wrote me in Oct.2006:
ES-AKE"We now have 2 airworthy DC-3s in Sweden. Three weeks ago we were at Palma de Mallorca to fly one of them back home, to Sweden. An organization named Vallentuna aviatörsförening, with the mission to keep it in the air, has been formed."
Please see


"There have been articles in the Swedish paper Flygrevyn about the project. Me and my brother are deeply engaged as sponsors to support the organisations.
You can find an article in the present issue of 'Fly past' on the Norrtälje project".
I will keep you informed about the progress of the projects."

ES-AKE ES-AKE going homeThe group

Micheal added:
"The Captain and owner of the DC-3 ES-AKE is on the photo with the a/c in the background. His name is Ake Jansson. He is the man with the cap second from the right."

See here for more photos of the ferry flight: (2017: dead link)

The aircraft in question is ES-AKE, Douglas C-47B (cn 16697/33445) which tried for a year to make a business out of Palma de Mallorca (San Bonnet) but found too many obstacles by the authorities.

In June 2017 the Norrtälje (which became a stationary DC-3, near a restaurant I believe) DC-3 moved to another location nearby; see my update on Photos by Friends & Guests 50.

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