Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (63)


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 like to share them on this page.
Photos already online (personal websites,,, etc) are not meant to be included here.

With the ever growing popularity of Social Media (Flickr, Facebook, Instagram) the barrier has become much lower for people to share their photographs or scans of slides; imperfection to post aviation images is no longer an issue.
I noticed a decline in requests for publication on my website (a decline I welcome, as I struggle with the workflow) on my 'Guest Pages', so now some of these images shared below will be copied from Facebook & Flickr by me. For preservation of their historic value as I see it; always with proper credit to the photographer, of course!

Btw, while I am on social media, picking up on aviation news, I use it mainly for other interests while my website remains my main focus to share my interest in vintage aviation.


Ken Swartz recently wrote me about the Nolinor CV580's.
CV580 threesome of Nolinor, by Ken Swartz

Nolinor CV580s
For more of the Nolinor CV580's see Ken's gallery on my website

Ken wrote me this on 12Jun2021: "Air Spray bought Nolinor’s fleet of Convair 580s for their Allison 501 engines and propellers, to keep its Lockheed L-188 flying.
A condition of the sale was that the Convair 580s had to be removed within 30 days since their parking spot at Nolinor was going to be redeveloped...

Most of the Conair’s were scrapped at Mirabel International Airport in May 2021, with the exception of C-FTAP which was donated by Air Spray to the Time Air Historical Society in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Time Air was an Alberta-based regional airline that affiliated with Canadian Airlines Int'l in the mid-1980s and became Canadian Regional Airlines."

Arnold Begeman forwarded me some photos in June 2021.
Fairchild F-27J C-FTPA ex/ Norcanair, by Arnold Begeman
Fairchild F-27J, C-FTPA c/n 104; stored, ex/ Norcanair. Photo by Arnold Begeman, Saskatoon-17Sep2018.
History of Fairchild F-27J C-FTPA by (6-2021)
History of Fairchild F-27J C-FTPA by (6-2021)
'The converted -A wreck was moved from Wollaston Lake Airport (SAS) to Saskatoon-YXE in late 1980's and
reused as fire trainer'. It had operated one year short of 20 years.

Fairchild F-27J C-FTPA ex/ Norcanair, by Arnold Begeman

History of Fairchild F-27J C-FTPA by (6-2021)
History of Fairchild F-27J C-FTPA by (6-2021)
History of Fairchild F-27J C-FTPA by (6-2021)
Operated as N2777R by Pacific Air Lines, then by Hughes Airwest, rereg'd C-FTPA for Trans-Provincial
Airlines, to Time Air (?), to Norcanair (North Canada Air).

Fairchild F-27J C-FTPA ex/ Norcanair, by Arnold Begeman

Fairchild C-FTPA was damaged beyond repair (dbr) when the left hand main gear collapsed after landing
on a gravel runway at Wollaston Lake Airport, SK (ZWL) on 29Jun1982. It operated a cargo flight.

Arnold als sent these:
Forner Arlantic Airlines, C-GIZU at Red Deer - by Arnold Begeman

C-GXFC and C-GIZU, still in Atlantic Airlines livery, at Red Deer
L.188AF C-GXFC (c/n 1100) and L.188CF C-GIZU (c/n 2014), still in Atlantic Airlines livery, at Red Deer.
Both are now owned by Buffalo Airways; photographed at Red Deer by Arnold Begeman, Sat. 12Jun2021.

DHC-6 Twin Otter C-GBPE was recently donated to the Time Air Historical Society.
Twin Otter C-GBPE was donated to Time Air Historical Society

Arnold wrote: 'On June 8th (2021), Rocky Mountain Aircraft donated the DHC-6 Twin Otter C-GBPE to the Time Air Historical Society. It's c/n 21 and has flown at Time Air as CF-QHC. Before that (Apr-Jun 1967), it was used as a demonstrator.'

Twin Otter C-GBPE was donated to Time Air Historical Society

Twin Otters by Arnold Begeman
deHavilland DHC-6, C-FASQ (c/n 78); its history comprise the following identities:
Series 200HG N4714 • N242GW • CF-AKM • C-FAKM for more details]
C-FASQ Robinaircraft Holdings Ltd., Yellowknife, NT. Reg'd 26-Mar-2021. (Flew w/ Time Air as CF-AKM).

Twin Otters by Arnold Begeman
Twin Otters C-FASQ, C-GBPE & VP-FBL, by Arnold Begeman

Arnold spotted ex/ Conair Tanker 42, CV580 C-GYXC, at Red Deer. Now owned by Buffalo Airways.
Conair C-GYXC, Tanker 42, @Red Deer
Arnold provided the following information: 'Buffalo Joe had apparently made an offer for one of the Nolinor Convairs with the condition that it would be made flyworthy again; but Nolinor replied that was a no-deal and then Air Spray bought them all for the engines... Looks like Joe was more successful at Conair!'

Ken Swartz wrote me on some Conair tanker developments...
'Conair retired its L-188 Electras last year and it has been replaced with a Q400AT for the 2021 season.
The engines and propellers of the Electra will be used to support fleet of 8 CV580 aircraft CV580 .
Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources is contracting one Q400AT and one Convair 580 this summer.
Conair bought two Q400s from Angola in 2019 and 11 ex-FlyBe Q400s in January 2021...
They have the capacity to convert three to four Q400s to air tankers a year, since they also have to maintain more than 60 aircraft in their current fleet!
Since there is now a gap in the fleet between the Type 3 [sic] aircraft on contract (aircraft offering a capacity of more than 3.000 US gallons) --as the Avro RJ84, BAe 146-200, C-130, MD-87 and 737-300-- and the Type 3 [sic] tankers like the CL.215T, CL.415 and S-2T.
Conair still has to deliver 3 Q400MR’s to France under the existing contract.
Since the Dash 8-400 production line is 'pausing' this summer, they have bought 2 aircraft off the production line now … ahead of the scheduled delivery date to France.'


Darren Clarke wrote me in May 2021: "Thought I'd drop you a photo from 2003 for your off airport thread - it's a bit out of date now, but it is the first time DC3 CP-572 (the 12th production aircraft) reappears after being wfu in 1977 and most likely scrapped."
DC-3 CP-572 (remains) in 2003
Check out my Off-Airport Latin-America

Ken Swartz's gallery on my website has expanded to a page on historic Downsview airport and surroundings.
Sea Prince T.1 C
Sea Prince T.1, C-GJIE.

'The airshow star reported trouble to ATC before the dramatic touchdown.'
Beech18 crash N9109R
Another one bites the dust: Beech C18S crash 29Apr21.
(N9109R, c/n 5676 - reg'd 05Mar2003 to Bobby Younkin Airshows & Sales Inc.)

'Airshow performer Matt Younkin is fine but his pristine Beech 18 is a little banged up after a partial gear-up landing in St. Joseph, Missouri, on Thursday (29Apr21). Younkin was headed to perform his spectacular twin aerobatics routine at the Sound of Speed Airshow.
"As you may have heard, we had an interesting arrival at the Sound of Speed Airshow this evening, Younkin said in a Facebook post late Thursday. "The good news is that we are fine and the airplane is repairable".'

'Matt Younkin is a third-generation airshow performer in a family that has been hit by tragedy on more than one occasion.
His father, airshow superstar Bobby Younkin, while flying his plane (a highly modified Samson), collided with Jimmy Franklin’s jet-assisted Waco in Saskatchewan, Canada, B.C. in 2005. Jimmy Franklin also perished in the accident. Then, in 2011, Matt Younkin’s sister Amanda Younkin Franklin, who was a talented wing walker, died of burns suffered in the crash of her husband Kyle Franklin’s plane in San Antonio,TX.'

Mark R. Peterson sent me this sublime sunset shot of An-2 N6020S at Snohomish-Harvey Field,WA.
An-2 N6020S at Harvey Field
More on this Antonov 2 N6020S on my page USA 2014, look for Mark Peterson's images.

Ralph Pettersen shared this fine photo with me, N9015Q seen departing on 24Apr21 from New Smyrna
Beach (EVB) to Walterboro,SC (RBW).
N9015Q of BAHF by Ralph Pettersen
Ralph wrote: "During that past 9 months I have spent a fair amount of time visiting with the good folks at the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation (BAHF) at New Smyrna Beach, where they were restoring C-54D/DC-4 N9015Q.
They flew it to Walterboro, SC a few weeks ago for additional work and I was able to be there for the departure."

A good way to stay updated on propliners is Ralph's Propliner Information Exchange!

Timotheus Valbracht shared a photo on FB/'Aircraft Dismantling & Recycling' of Nolinor's Convairs being scrapped
Nolinor's Convair's being scrapped
Arnold Begeman wrote me in April this year: 'Work is in under way to scrap the Convairs of Nolinor.
Through an auction, the aircraft were bought by Air Spray, which only has an interest in the engines.
Air Spray sold CV50 C-FTAP (c/n 334) to the Time Air Historical Society, for $1."

Information by, 15May2021.
Nolinor Convair, by

Ron Mak sent me this (11May21); he wrote: '.. got this email this morning about the restoration of the LAP Convair
CV-240 which is still at Asuncion Airport in Paraguay. Could you put this on your website, maybe there is someone
who can help here: see the text Michel and Tony.'
Convair ZP-CDO @Paraguay
Convair CV240, ZP-CDO c/n 62. Photo by Ron Mak (@Asuncion, Jan. 1979).

Michel wrote to Ron Mak: "My friend Tony Sapienza, of Paraguay, is working with the local authorities on the project of restoration of the Convair 240 ZP-CDO.
They are looking for a manual related to the structure of the aircraft (fuselage, wings and other parts), as well as the instrument section of it.
As KLM did operate a few CV 240, do you know of any person or entity who could help them in this project?
All the best to you from Michel Anciaux and Tony Sapienza." Reaction to webmaster's EMAIL, for forwarding.

History by
History by on Convair CV240 ZP-CDO
This information has a note to it: " [An] Unknown Convair with fake registration ZP-CDO [was]
destroyed [on] 22/9/80 at Okeechobee, FL during drug run."

Fred Wallis photographed DC-3 (C-53 c/n 4894) N763A at Palmer,AK.
N763A at Palmer,AK - by Fred Wallis (2021)
The '2021 Great Alaska Aviation Gathering' took place on May 08-09th this year.
C-53 c/n 4894 still has the Ozark colourscheme, dating back to its days at the Prairie Aviation Museum early-1990s.
It spent many years in the air show circuit, as it will do again here in Alaska with its new owners, Norse Flight.

By Dave Leval, Published: May. 9, 2021 at 8:20 PM UTC
PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) -"Some have flown for decades, delivering supplies to remote parts of the state. Others, such as those that belong to the Alaska Air National Guard, are used to help defend us, and the nation.
They are among the aircraft on display at the Palmer Airport for the annual Great Alaska Aviation Gathering.

The free event gives people a chance to get an up-close look at some of the aircraft used around the state.
It’s great, we do it every year,” said Anchorage’s Elka Southall. “We bring the grandkids by and come and enjoy the day.”
This is the first event since the pandemic grounded last year’s aviation gather.
We’re excited to get back to it. The turnout has been marvelous,” said Anchorage’s Reed Sillers. “Lot of activity down here, it’s a beautiful day.

This year marks the first time the event has not taken place at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The Alaska Airmen Association organizes the gathering every year. This year forced a move from its usual site.

We just felt like the City of Anchorage wasn’t going to be able to plan the six months it takes to plan this event. There was a lot of uncertainties in the City of Anchorage,” said Association Executive Director Abby Austin.
We thought what a great opportunity to try something new.
./end quote

Sad news:
Patrick 'Paddy' Green died of cancer, March 2021
I learned Mr Patrick Swale Green died on 17Mar2021, of cancer. R.I.P.
'Paddy' being shortened name for Patrick, an inoffensive name for an Irishman.

N473DC Drag em Oot and Mr Paddy Green
Mr. Green has done an amazing thing, having Drag-em-Oot restored like this. (Aviodrome 2006).
He sold 'Drag-'Em-Oot' in 2017, left a legacy to be very grateful for, to see this C-47 fly for younger generations.

Though the 'Twotter' is not a propliner in the true vintage tradition, I do consider it a bushplane and look with interest upon it. Just before my interest in propliners and bushplanes took (another) dip, I started to collect data for my database on the DHC-6. But alas, soon stopped again. I blame SoMe for 'cancelling' online research..
DHC-6 C-GIED at YYT 25Apr21 by Neville Webb
DHC-6 C-GIED at YYT (25Apr21) by Neville Webb; see Neville's gallery on my website for more details.

Annica Nykvist posted this fantastic photo on Facebook ('Rädda DC-3') on 29Apr21.
DC-3 at Rädda, by Annica Nykvist (FB 2021)
See my Off-Airport (Europe) gallery for more details on this DC-3 at Rädda.

Rolf Larsson, seeing this post above, shared also a photo of '224049'
DC-3 224049 by Rolf Larsson (2017)
"As a follow-up to my (further down) and Annika´s pictures, I am sending a picture of DC-3 c/n 9911 taken at its present position: a shopping area called Norrtäljeporten , Southern part of Norrtälje.
My photo was taken on 18Jul17 and the DC-3 is still there. This is the place to which it was moved from Hotel Roslagen.

This is the DC-3 HK-2006 that crashed onto the Monfort airstrip (Vaupés) on 28Deb21, fortunately without injuries.
DC-3 HK-2006 crashed at Montfort airstrip 28Feb21
DC-3C HK-2006 (ex/ N43A; c/n 43086) in unfortunate circumstance. Better photos welcomed! EMAIL

The following is mostly a Google Translate version on what I found on ¬01Mar21 'Scare for the crew of a DC-3 in Vaupés'
'A Civil Aeronautics team traveled to Monfort (Dept. of Vaupés) this Monday (01Mar21) to establish the causes of an air accident (Sunday, 28Feb21) that occurred yesterday on the runway of that popular place, on the border with Brazil.

The plane, a DC3 with registration HK-2006 and belonging to the company Aerolíneas Andinas S.A. (Aliansa), had left Mitú, the departmental capital, bound for the municipality of Monfort (a distance of about 90 minutes). It was forced to make an emergency descent onto the airstrip of its destination; fortunately without serious consequences.
Only three crew members were on board. Although there were no injuries, the plane did show considerable damage.'

From ASN, the
Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
'The Douglas DC-3 of Aliansa had an accident while landing at Monfort Airport, Colombia. All three on board were unhurt.'

Rolf Larsson wrote me in april 2021: "Just looked at Ron Mak´s pictures from Mexico City in 1971 and noticed the
DC-4M-2, ex/ XA-NUW, which later became a café. I pictured the same aircraft on 22 April 1983 now with
DC-4M XA-NUW by Rolf Larsson (1983)
The history of this rare bird is detailed on Ron's page on my website.

Rolf shared another DC-4M Argonaut: OY-AFC c/n 146 of Flying Enterprise seen in 1963.
DC-4M Super Argonaut OY-AFC, by Rolf Larsson
Rolf wrote "Took this b&w picture of C-4 (c/n 146 OY-AFC) of Flying Enterprise at Copenhagen-
Kastrup on 23June1963." Note the 'Super Argonaut'-titles on the cheatline near the tailnumber.
History of C-4 Argonaut OY-AFC by
History of C-4 Argonaut c/n 146, by Ex/ G-AHLD BOAC. Scrapped at Copenhagen Int'l Airport.

The Canadair North Star is a 1940s Canadian development for Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA), of the
Douglas DC-4.
Instead of radial piston engines used by the Douglas design, Canadair used Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engines to achieve a higher cruising speed of 325 mph (523 km/h) compared with the 227 mph (365 km/h) of the standard DC-4.
Requested by TCA in 1944, the prototype flew on 15 July 1946.
The type was used by various airlines and by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). It proved to be reliable but noisy when in service through the 1950s and into the 1960s.
Some examples continued to fly into the 1970s, converted to cargo aircraft.

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA), the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Canadian Pacific Airlines (CPA) and British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) were the principal operators of the 'North Star', with the CPA examples known as the 'Canadair Four' and BOAC examples known as the 'Argonaut'.
[Wikipedia, more..]

This is one of four 1971 photos by Ron Mak, see his gallery on my website for more.
DC-6 HK-756 landing at MIA, FL. 06Nov71, by Ron Mak
Douglas DC-6 HK-756 (c/n 43117) of Aerocosta Colombia landing at MIA, FL. Date: 06Nov71.

Ken Swartz visited the Vince O'Connor Collection a few months ago. Vince served with the RCAF as an airframe
mechanic in the 1950s and helped maintain Vampire, Sabre and T-33 jets before leaving the service and becoming an electrician. About 30 to 40 years ago, Vince’s interest in aviation was revived and he started collecting...
PBY-5 Canso, RCAF 9825 Z-DB, msn CV-302, Uxbridge, ONT. 05DEC2020
PBY-5 Canso, RCAF 9825 Z-DB. At Uxbridge, ONT. 05DEC2020.
Today, Vince has about 20 dismantled aircraft on his farm in Uxbridge, north of Toronto. Some are
detailed on Ken's propliner gallery on my website.

Jan Houwing shared this on Facebook ('Oud Collega’s van Aero Groundservices'), april 2021.
An-12 LZ-BAC at Amsterdam Int'l Airport
Jan wrote: "Sometimes we handled exotic airlines. A textbook example of this was this Antonov An-12B of Bulgarian
Airlines - Balkan Cargo.The aircraft transported relief goods (mostly tents and blankets) in 1992 for the Red Cross
for earthquake victims in Chechnya."

An-12 LZ-BAC at Amsterdam Int'l Airport
Amsterdam Int'l Airport, The Netherlands. 1992.

An-12 LZ-BAC at Amsterdam Int'l Airport
History of An-12 LZ-BAC by
History of An-12B c/n 6343708: CCCP-xxxx, LZ-BAC, LZ-CBE, 4L-HUS; scrapped at Tbilisi, Georgia.

This is from the Soviet Air Transport database at
History of An-12 6343708



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Created: 16-Apr-2021
Updated: 16-Apr-2021