Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (64)


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.


Raymond Smith wrote me in Sep.2022: [Your C-121 by Lewis Tappan] - (further down this page), 'I believe this to
be msn 4321, 135754, accepted 30Nov54, to NADU, South Weymouth 09Jan55, coded #3. To storage at
Litchfield Park 07Sep61, struck off 21Mar63, used for parts. Total time 2.887 hours'.
Lockheed EC-121K BuNo.135754 / NADU
Source not credited by sender, Raymond Smith

Lockheed EC-121K BuNo.135754 / NADU
Source not credited by sender

This was shared on FB, on a sponsored post by Kenilworth (no credit to photographer)
KLM Royal Dutch DC4 went down in a Saudi Arabia desert
"In 1953, a KLM Royal Dutch DC4 went down in a Saudi Arabia desert (note the bent propeller blades). A Kenworth 853 transported the plane through 4 miles of sand to the nearest road. The Kenworth 853 had side-by-side radiators, 6-wheel drive, a 300 gallon fuel capacity and a Hall Scott gasoline engine."

A contributor wrote: "They likely dug a trench for the trailer and backed it up into a position in front of the aircraft. They also likely placed some mats under and in front the landing gear so they could roll the aircraft onto the trailer without sinking into the sand. All of that after jacking the aircraft up so the landing gear could be dropped and locked into place."

This 1979 Lockheed P-3C Orion (c/n 285A-5690), ex/ US Navy BuNo.161008, was offered on GSA Auctions.
While a bid of 10.000 was made, it did not meet the reserved price. (Aug.2022)

P-3C Orion BuN.161008
Reportedly reg'd as N102Z. Location NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA 23337

Rolf Larsson sent me an update (aug.2022): "Time again for a new picture of Beech 18 F-BUOP! Referring to my earlier pictures in the Off-airport/Europe section this Beech (ex/ F-BUOP) has now been repainted again; apparently the Breitling sponsorship has ended and the aircraft is now all-white.
Beech 18 ex/F-BUOP on display at Cannes-Mandelieu airport.
Click the above link for more details and previous photos.

Neville sent me these photos (29Aug22), taken by his son Robert, while he retured this week from a
short fishing trip in Labrador (NFLD).
DHC-2 C-FODB by Neville Webb at Igloo Lake
For more photos contributed by Neville see his gallery on my website.

JoeJoe described 23Aug22 as '..a busy afternoon at Bethel!'
BT67 N115U of Desert Air, on approach into Bethel,AK (by JoeJoe Prince
BT67 N115U of Desert Air.
For its history and other 2 propliners caught on camera by JoeJoe, visit his gallery on my website.

Walter van Brempt visited Alaska in June this year and sent me some excellent results!
He wrote: 'After 20 years I've revisited Alaska, June 18th - 27th, visiting a.o. Anchorage and Fairbanks.'
Propliners by Walter van Brempt, @Alaska 6-2022
Top: C-117D N28TN c/n 43354 (20Jun22). On jacks @PANC, after emergency landing Merrill Field 08Dec21.
Bottom: Douglas C-117D 39080 (c/n 43354) USAF at Antwerp (EBAW) by 'GvB' (27Jun1964).
Rebuilt to Super Dakota standard in September 1952. Served the Naval Air Facility at Mildenhall,UK from August 1964 until transfer to Kaneohe Hawaii in July 1967. Later sold to Canada as C-GGKG and continues operational in Alaska.
I asked Walter to check on Alan Larsson's role with TransNorthern, but staff 'preferred not to comment on side info'.

Walter wrote about his visit to the Alaskan airports: 'Compared to 20 years ago (my previous visit), it's a bit more
difficult to make contact and to be able to access the tarmac. But I succeeded everywhere, except with Everts Air Fuel. Despite the mediation of Everts Air Cargo, Everts Air Fuel did not have time to escort me onto the tarmac
and from outside the fences photography was made more difficult by all kinds of obstacles.'

Propliners and bushplanes @Alaska by Walter van Brempt (6-2022)
>> Aero Tech DHC-2 MK.III Turbo Beaver, N62DB (c/n 1578TB7) of of Billings Flying Svce @Lake Hood (19Jun22)
>> Turbo Beaver DHC-2 Mk.III N8820 'Wild 1' c/n ??? (DHC-2 c/n 406) @Lake Hood (19Jun22)
>> Turbo Beaver DHC-2 Mk.III, N456SF of Samuel Fejes (c/n 1683TB51) @Lake Hood (20Jun22)
>> Short 330-200, N261AG (c/n SH.3117) of Turbo north/Arctic Circle Air Svc. -stored @Fairbanks, dump (22Jun22)

Some data from my (RL) database:
>> N62DB N812LT Aero Tech LLC, Clovis,NM R05Dec11. Rr29Feb12 N62DB. R16Oct20 Billings Flying Service Inc, Billings, MT.
>> N8820 N8820 Ten Air Aircraft Corp., Minnapolis,MN R20Oct08. R10Apr21 Gooding Lake Avtn., Wasilla,AK.
>> N456SF C-FOMJ Melaire Ltd, Ft.Frances,ONT R01Mar2000. Pic'd 04Oct07 Ft.Frances AP (My Report). To Emo Investments oper'g as Ross Air from Bandit Lake,ONT., reg canx 26Jan15, exp to USA. R28Jan16 N456SF for Samuel Fejes of Anchorage,AK.
>> N261AGno previous data in my database, military C-23 Sherpa?


Grumman converted propliners in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (6-2022)
>> Grumman G-44 Widgeon N199T (c/n 1213) of Michael U. Harder, @Lake Hood (19Jun22)
>> Grumman G-44 Widgeon N90727 (c/n 1334) of, xxx @Lake Hood (19Jun22)
>> Grumman G-44 Widgeon N575L (c/n 1463) of 575 LLC
>> Grumman G-44 Widgeon N141R (c/n 1378) of Steven J. Compton @Merrill Field (20Jun22)

Add'l info from my (RL) database:
>> N199T Michael U. Harder, Dillinghan,AK R28Oct10. Pic'd Jun12 Lake Hood (MyReport).
>> N90727 Martin Burke Mees, Eagle River,AK R09Jan20.
>> N575L Frontier Flying Service Inc, R14Jul03. R21Jun21 575 LLC, Fairbanks,AK.
>> N141R Alaska Grummans LLC, R25Mar04, Anchorage,AK. R01Jan05 Cat Island Air Tour & Trading Co LLC, Golden Valley,MN. R31Oct2005 Steven J Compton, Anchorage,AK.


Propliners in Alska, Walter van Brempt 6-2022
Douglas DC-6A, N7780B (c/n 45372/875) 'Aviator' of Everts Air Fuel @Fairbanks, stored? (2022Jun23)
See my reports Alaska 1995 + Alaska/Canada 2003 + Alaska 2012 for history & details.

N651CE by Walter van Brempt (6-2022)
Douglas DC-6B, N651CE (c/n 45501) @FAI 22Jun22. (Ex/ N581 OH-KBD OO-EVG C-GHLY).
Some side info here: the fueltruck up front is fuelling Avgas into the 'Six'. The other, black one, provides fuel
for the tanks in the hull, to be delivered to remote communities, mining sites, and remote refuelling sites for helos.

Note: 45501 is not to be confused with C-118B N651CE (ntu?) c/n 45372 ex/USN 131601 @Western International
yard (std for Everts Air Cargofor parts, last reported 2017, on its tail - See my 2017 USA Salvage Yards report).

Everts' C-46s continue service in Alaska's interior
Everts' C-46s continue service in Alaska's interior
Left: Curtiss C-46D Commando 'Maid in Japan', N54514 (c/n 33285) @FAI (22Jun22) --> AlCan2003 + Fairbanks 2012
Right: Curtiss C-46D (modified '/R' 2009) 'Dumbo', N7848B (c/n 273) in hangar @FAI (23Jun22) --> C-46 @ALASKA
History C-46 N7848B by
History by (July 2022) . See also my AlCan 2003 Report.

C-46 'Hot Stuff' by Walter van Brempt, 6-2022
Curtiss C-46F Commando 'Hot Stuff', N1837M (c/n 22388) @FAI (23Jun22) --> AlCan 2003 + Fairbanks 2012

Due to the wildfires Walter saw a lot of Conair aircraft active.
Conair Convair CV580 C-FKFA
Conair's Tanker 52 is Convair CV540, C-FKFA (c/n 100) @Fairbanks (22Jun22) --> USA 2012 + Canada 2019

Conair Fireboss hard at work
Conair Fireboss aircat, Walter van Brempt, Alaska 6-2022


Turbo Otter DHC-3T, N3125N c/n 395 (19Jun22)

N3125N Katmai Air Leasing LLC, Anchorage,AK R05Jun08. Ln 13Jun10 Lake Hood for Alaska Air Taxi, on A'Net. While opb Katmai Air 15Sep20 ditched @Naknek Lake in Katmai Nat'l Park, nr Brooks Camp; unspec damage, all occupants save. [¬database RL]
See Propliners by Martin Prince Jr -

Turbo Beavers in Alaska, Walter van Brempt 6-2022
Turbo Otter DHC-3T, N116TL c/n 174 of Tordrillo Mountain Aviation @Lake Hood (20Jun22)
deHavilland DHC-3T c/n 174: C-GFTZ Alpines Lakes Air, Smithers,BC (Texas Rurbine Conversion #3), for sale Aug06 (Baron STOL kit, Yukon Cargo door, ttl 16.050hrs). Ex/ N90574 Woods Air Fuel, crashed 21May75 shortly after take off @L.Hood gravel strip; see Woods Air Fuel article in Propliner magazine 120.
R22Feb21 Tordrillo Mountain Aviation LLC,New York [¬ database RL]

Added a photo of Italian AF C-119 46-90 to my C-119 Dossier #4
C-119 46-90 (Aeronautica Militare)
Photo from my archive, collected in my 'military days' (1970s-'80s) by writing to (e.g.) public relations departments.

Here's another one from that archive, obtained in a similar fashion; I wrote to a lot of units & squadrons directly.
C-118 Liftmaster 17652
1951 Douglas VC-118B Liftmaster 51-17562 (R6D-1; c/n 43706; became N9041B + 131603 + N104DH) ¬AirportData
From Joe Baughers 'USAF Serials' "17652 ex BuNo.131603 (msn 43706). To MASDC as CG034 Mar 20, 1975.
To civil registry as N9041B with Hamilton Aviation, Tucson, AZ Jun 8, 1976."

See also my DC-6 DOSSIER


Besides the Lewis Tappan images, below, Lawrence 'Laurie' Ford also sent me these photos of the 'HARS Connie'.
HARS Connie, by Laurie Ford (2005)
Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation (L-1049F), VH-EAG (c/n 4176).
The EXIF data of this photo seems to indicate it was taken in 2005.

HARS Connie, by Laurie Ford (2005)

Lawrence wrote: 'Ellen Tappan was my partner for 10 years, which is why I have a slight interest. Ellen died of leukaemia in 2011 in Australia.
I helped her convert hundreds of Lewis's slides to digital. Ellen was quite excited to find there was still a Connie flying in Australia, at HARS (Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, NSW).

HARS Connie, by Laurie Ford (2005)

"I'm sure you know the story of it being in Australia, but in case you don't, it was something like this.
There was a Restoration Society in the USA somewhere who needed a part for a Beaufighter (I think).
HARS had the part and the USA said they would swap a Connie for the part.
Apparently all The Connies were parked out in the desert and had then eventually been recycled - except for one.
A window was broken and birds were nesting in it and it was totally polluted with bird droppings and couldn't be recycled.
A team from HARS went over and restored it and flew it back to Australia. I think they got to California and one motor packed up and they had to get another one."

See my 2005 visit to 'Downunder and the HARS 'OZ 2005'


Laurie Ford sent me this fine photo by Lewis Tappan of Lockheed PO-2W Warning Star BuN. 145934 (1049A-5515)
Lockheed PO-2W Warning Star BuN. 145934 (1049A-5515) (Photo by Lewis Tappan
Laurie wrote (04Jun2022): "This photo belonged to Ellen Tappan (deceased) and was one of a collection of slides belonging to her husband Lewis Tappan (deceased). He was obviously in the US Navy and, I believe, flew on the DEW line. Ellen was my partner for 10 years, which is why I have a slight interest. Ellen died of leukaemia in 2011 in Australia. I helped her convert hundreds of Lewis's slides to digital. This is from a batch marked 1958."

Information by Joe Baugher's US Navy Serials-
145934 (MSN 1049A-5515) - Delivered to US Navy 06May58. VW-1, NAS Agana, Guam 06May58; code TE-2. Modified as WC-121N Jul66. Named "Draggin' Lady", May67.

The starboard wingtip tank and three-foot section of wing were lost during the penetration of tropical storm 'Judy' near Kwajalein Atoll 25Oct68.
Here's the story.
'The crew gathered to be briefed on an assigned weather reconnaissance flight through tropical storm 'Judy'. The crew had made an investigative flight through the same storm the day before and had found it small but growing. The plan was to penetrate at low level (1,500 feet amsl), then to make a climb-and-ascent sounding in the eye, escaping at the 700-millibar level (10,000 feet).
The latest report (six hours prior) showed about 55-knot maximum winds. It looked like a routine flight.

The WC-121N Super Constellation lifted off from the Pacific island base and the storm was sighted at about 200nm range. After a conference between the aircraft commander (AC), combat information center officer (CICO) and flight meteorologist (Metro) concerning the radar presentation and the characteristics of the storm, they decided to proceed with their previous plan.
At a distance of 70 miles, the AC took a last look at the radar and then took control of the aircraft. The cabin was checked and the crew briefed. The wind and turbulence became more intense, so the power was increased to 2,600 rpm. The flight engineer was instructed to maintain 190 knots airspeed.
Visibility in the darkness varied between zero to a half mile in and out of the clouds. The CICO gave vectors to bring the aircraft to the storm eye. As they approached, Metro, observing winds of 80 to 90 knots, recommended heading changes to keep the wind off the port wing. At this time, the CICO's primary radar console failed, and it was necessary to move to the secondary scope which had not been set up as a back-up for the penetration...
Reorientation of the scope, including a grease pencil sketch of the wall cloud, proceeded with some difficulty, owing to sea return and clutter, but it was accomplished in nine to 12 minutes. The heavy rain and turbulence continued until the surface wind velocity decreased. Shortly, the wind became completely calm, then almost immediately began increasing from the opposite direction... When the wind shifted, Metro recommended a 180-degree turn in whichever direction was best. CICO advised that he had heavy weather to starboard and called for a turn to port, then urged a hard port turn as the wall cloud became visible on the radar.
The pilot rolled the aircraft into a 20-degree-bank port turn and suddenly encountered the wall cloud turbulence.
The first jolt caused the aircraft to vibrate so severely that the AC believed he was experiencing pre-stall shudder. Maximum power was ordered and set.
As the aircraft rolled out on the escape heading, another shock of equal severity caused the airspeed to vary by 50 knots and altitude by 800 feet. The co-pilot came on the controls with the AC as the large craft became almost uncontrollable . After about a minute, the turbulence and downpour subsided.
The flight steadied down on heading for a climb to 10,000 feet. The third pilot was sent aft to check for injuries and damage. Fortunately, no one was hurt. However, on his return to the cockpit, the third pilot observed blue sparks flashing in the vicinity of the starboard wing tip. When the over-wing lights were turned on, it was discovered that the starboard wingtip and the tip tank were missing.
The wingtip lights were secured and the other tip tank was emptied. No other difficulties were encountered, but the aircraft required five-degree right aileron and three-degree left rudder trim to maintain level flight.
A normal landing was executed upon arrival at Guamhome base. Repaired and returned to service.

To MASDC, Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ Apr71 for storage. Stricken from Navy inventory 12Jul72.
Scrapped 18May76.'

Lawrence 'Laurie' Ford wrote: "Connie photo, from the 1960 August group. There are no more photos of Lewis
in uniform after this so I assume he got out of the Navy."
Lockheed Warning Star by Lewis Tappan

On the original scan that was sent to me I can make out part of the BuN. 1357xx. Above is NA-someting that can be made out, possibly 'NAVY'..?
Ship #3 may help to identify the full Bureau Number, it is one of the batch 'Lockheed PO-2W Warning Star 135746/135761 (MSN 1049A-4313/4328. Model 1049A. Redesignated WV-2 before delivery and then redesignated EC-121K in 1962.) ¬Joe Baugher US Navy Serials
If the '3' is the last digit of the serial, it could be '135753: converted to EC-121N, then to EC-121P. Converted
back to EC-121K in 1966. To MASDC for storage Dec 16, 1975. SOC at MASDC Jun 1976.
Scrapped at MASDC Jun 18, 1981'
Another suggestion, perhaps more plausable:
'135758 (MSN 1049A-4325) Delivered to US Navy 3Feb55.
VW-1, NAS Barbers Point (Hawaii!) 10Mar55; code TE-1; later as TE-3.
Pacific Missile Range (PMR), NAS Point Mugu, CA Nov61; code PMR-758. Equipped with additional ECM consoles and antennas. One of two aircraft assigned to PMR Range operations, Frequency Management Division (FMD).
Used to monitor Command, Control & Communication (CCC) launch, telemetry, and 'destruct' frequencies for interference during missile launches from PMR and nearby Vandenberg AFB, CA.
Communicated with ground Fire, Control & Communication (FCC) vans to detect and triangulate locations of "interference" source(s).
MASDC, Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ Jun70 for storage.
Stricken from Navy inventory at MASDC 31Dec70.
Scrapped btg Kolar, Inc, Tucson, AZ Oct 17, 1974'
¬Joe Baugher US Navy Serials

ANOTHER SUGGESTION, by Raymond Smith (sent Sep.2022): 'I believe this to be msn 4321, 135754,
accepted 30Nov54, to NADU, South Weymouth 09Jan55, coded #3. To storage at Litchfield Park 07Sep61, struck off 21Mar63, used for parts. Total time 2.887 hours'.

Lewis Tappan while serving in the US Navy
Lewis Tappan, US Navy
Photos provided by Lawrence 'Laurie' Ford (2022).


Phil Brooks sent me these photos, taken by Jerry Downey (28May2022)
DC-3 toppled by storm at Columbus,IN
Phil wrote: 'Fairly certain this is the former Rhoades Aviation N139JR (c/n 20550).
Access has not been possible in the last ten years. Plane details:
Sorry about the quality... I was departing RW32 and saw her on the fence. My friend Jerry, who was
in the right seat, got off a couple photos.'

From my (RL) files: Douglas DC-3C/C-47A-DL, c/n 20550. Ex/N16475. N139JR Rhoades International, Columbus, IN. Freighter. Current nov.'96. Reported 26may01 Columbus,IN w/ Rhoades titles, but control surfaces removed. Then 09Dec01 Columbus. 12Oct02 Columbus,IN, w/ blue 'Rhoades' t/t, missing aileron, elevator, rudder and both engines. Small 'Miss Daisy'' on nose. For sale/auction 08Nov03 by J&R Acft Leasing LLC.
On 08Aug04 still @Columbus,IN +Rhoades t/t, minus engines and no rudder. Same by pic @Columbus Mun'l,IN 22Jul06. Ln 29Aug07 same, std, -engines. (No more updates in my database since 2007).

Phil Brooks revisited the sight on the ground: "I drove down to Columbus, Indiana on 09Jun22 and was able to get these photos, courtesy of Airport Management. The aircraft was tied down; you can see the wind ripped it away. Feel free to post these. A sad sight."

A sad sight, indeed!
DC-3 N139JR damaged by storm; photos by Phil Brooks (2022)

DC-3 N139JR damaged by storm; photos by Phil Brooks (2022)

DC-3 N139JR damaged by storm; photos by Phil Brooks (2022)

From - -to-auction-off-storm-damaged-plane/
By Jana Wiersema -June 8, 2022.
Quote (in part): Columbus Municipal Airport plans to auction off a piece of inoperable aircraft — possibly for use in restoration projects — following its recent spin in a thunderstorm.

A DC-3C used by the airport for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting training was damaged during an afternoon storm on May 21, said Airport Director Brian Payne. The control tower notified airport officials that the aircraft had flipped over. Following the storm, they examined the damage and made sure the plane wasn’t on any active runways. After that, there wasn’t much that could be done right away.

“It appears that the very first gust of wind — the very significantly strong gust of wind — broke all of the strapping that we had and popped all the chocks and such that was around the wheels and holding the aircraft to the ground,” Payne said. “It appears to have started rolling and rolled back into the fence. … And the sustained wind just lifted the aircraft up and flipped it over.”

He said this was likely due to how light the aircraft is. In its current state, it has no engines.

Payne estimated that the DC-3C had not flown in more than 20 years, and the airport had owned it for about eight years. It was previously owned by Rhoades Aviation and used for cargo flights. The business then sold it to a company out of state. However, the company never came to pick up their purchase, and the plane sat idly on the west ramp for several years.

"At some point we called it a derelict aircraft because the company wouldn’t come to get it,” said Payne. “The company essentially just said, ‘You can just take the airplane. We don’t want it."
./end quote

Mark W. McKellar published this on Facebook's 'Aviation Wrecks and relics' on 22May22.
DC-3 N87T ex/Tol Air by Mark McKellar (FB)
"..outside an antique shop in Wickford, RI. Wickford is near the old Quonset Point NAS."
"ex / N87T (Tol Air) - and it's for sale. Call Mark Bruce 508.244.1025" (24May22)
A 2008 photo is on Dirk Septer's gallery on my website, when N87T resided with Four Star Cargo @San Juan IAP.

This photo was shared in May 2022 on FB's 'The Milepost', a photo by staff photographer Serine Reeves
DC-6 at Chena Hot Sorings, Alaska
"The Aurora Ice Museum is a top attaraction at Chena Hot Springs Resort in Alaska".
I am hoping to visit thi slocation for this ex/ Everts Air DC-6!

Propliners added on Ron Mak's gallery, PAGE #4
Propliners at Managua IPA, 1980 (Copyright Ron Mak)


This was shared on Facebook, on the 'ConvairLiners - CV240 to CV640'-group, by Ola Carlsson (c).
LN-MAP update 4-2022 by Ola Carlsson
Convair CV440, LN-MAP (c/n 331), ex/ Norfly (for sale 1981, wfu 1982)

More 2021 bushplane images by David Perston added, and as a result have created a seperate David Perston gallery
DHC-3T C-FYCX by David Perston (2021)
DeHavilland Turbine Otter DHC-3T, C-FYCX (c/n 44)

The Aliansa Douglas C-47TP HK-5016 was operating from Inirida to San Felipe (Colombia) with 6 people
on board, when it veered left off the runway upon landing, as a result the right main gear collapsed.
Crash HK-5016
Shared on Facebook.

James Myhre wrote me 07Feb22: "My father Guy flew the C-119 from 1956 - '58 at Evreux (Fauxville
Air Force Base) in Normandy, France. He was with the 780th (39th) TCS."
Fairchild C-119 233 (1950s)

Guy Myhre with Fairchild C-119 233
Guy Myhre with 'his' USAF Fairchild C-119 #233
For more photos and info see C-119 DOSSIER PAGE FOUR

While cleaning up the attic I came across a selection of photos added to my collection in the 1970s, long forgotten.
One was this C-119 46-22 of the Italian Air Force, probably acquired through writing to a PR department.
C-119 46-22 Italian Air Force

David Perston shared some 2021 images of vintage air transports he came across in Ontario
HS.748 C-FFFS at Thunder Bay, 2021
HS.748 C-FFFS at Thunder Bay, 31Oct2021 - photo by David Perston
BAe (Hawker Siddeley) HS.748 c/n 1663 is ex/ G-BHCJ) and its last operator was Wasaya Airways.
See my Photos by Friends & Guests #11 of many years ago, operational with Wasaya A/W.

HS.748 C-FCSE at Thunder Bay, 2021
HS.748 C-FCSE (c/n 1679) at Thunder Bay (YQT), 31Oct2021
I have a photo of C-FCSE, operated by Air North, seen on 18Jun2007 on my: Photos by Friends & Guests #8

HS.748 C-GANA at Thunder Bay, 2021
HS.748-335 (Srs 2A), C-GANA (c/n 1758) at Thunder Bay, 31Oct21.
Reported in 2017 for conversion to freighter with expected operations in 2018... Alas?!

HS.748 C-GANA at Thunder Bay, 2021
"Some nice gentleman opened up GANA to let me get onboard."

HS.748 C-GANA at Thunder Bay, 2021
David: "Despite coming from the UK it was my first time on a HS748!"
Seems (almost) good to go!

HS.748 C-GANA at Thunder Bay, 2021
David: "Seen on departure from YQT (01Nov21) were these two in the fire training area. Have asked around
and it is believed that it's a CL.215/415 beside the HS.748 C-GBCY."
For C-GBCY (c/n 1803) see

Added 15 photos by Ron Mak on his gallery PAGE 4 of his Honduras 1980 trip
HONDURAS 1980 -  Propliners by Ron Mak
Douglas C-47A, HR-LAD (c/n 19999). La Ceiba Airport, photo by Ron Mak (1980). Destroyed 18Oct2019.

Its fate: 'The Douglas DC-3C N437GB cargo aircraft (c/n 19999) ditched to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean while on approach to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Nassau, Bahamas.
The pilot reported that the left engine failed approximately 25-30 nautical miles from MYNN. During single engine operation, the aircraft performance was not optimal and the flight was not able to reach Nassau Airport.
The decision was made to land the aircraft in the ocean. The airplane submerged and the two pilots onboard were not injured during the incident.'

David Perston wrote me 31Jan22: "I was using your website to research a road trip around NW Ontario this coming June. While looking at Red Lake, I noticed two of the Norsemans had been relocated to Sarnia, ON for rebuild.
Swung by the airport today. Met Dennis Ryan, who owns the flights school at YZR, and he took me in to see them.
Note the one painted in RCAF colours and carrying 2482 is CF-JIN. The other stripped down to the frame and
wingless is CF-KAO." My Red Lake 2007 Report.
Noorduyn Norseman 2482/CF-JIN by David Perston, Jan.2022
Noorduyn Norseman 2482/CF-JIN by David Perston; Sarnia, Jan.2022

Noorduyn Norseman 2482/CF-JIN by David Perston, Jan.2022

Noorduyn Norseman 2482/CF-JIN by David Perston, Jan.2022

Noorduyn Norseman 2482/CF-JIN by David Perston, Jan.2022

Noorduyn Norseman CF-KAO by David Perston, Jan.2022
Noorduyn Norseman CF-KAO by David Perston; Sarnia, Jan.2022

Sarnia is a city in Ontario, Canada. It is the largest city on Lake Huron and in Lambton County.
Sarnia is located on the eastern bank of the junction between the Upper and Lower Great Lakes where Lake Huron flows into the St. Clair River in the Southwestern Ontario region, which forms the Canada–United States border, directly across from Port Huron, Michigan.

Jim Vandermeer sent pics of C-47A N59314 and he's got a story to tell: N59314 history & details
N59314, photo by Jim Vandermeer
Douglas C-47A N59314 on the ramp at Anchorage IAP (2017)

Came across these 2007 photos on
DC-3 Off-Airport @Salamanca, Spain
"The artifact in question I stumbled upon by chance traveling from Zamora and Salamanca. Scrapyards are usually interesting sites for fans of rust and decay, but specimens of flying pots are rarely found in places like this. However, the owner of this scrapyard must have a certain fondness for these junks, since in addition to the aforementioned DC-3 also has a small plane and a small helicopter climbed on huge metal columns, as if they had frozen in flight forever."

A recent update by Scramble magazine (ceased its printed publication by Dec.2021) showed T.3-28/744-28
(C-47A c/n 9914) was moved from the above scrapyard to another yard of the Desguaces Moderno scrap company
at Castellanos de Moriscos
, N41.00901, W5.61402 (Not yet shown on GE 12Jan22 -RL).

DC-3 Off-Airport @Salamanca, Spain

Info from my (RL) database by 2001/2002: 'T3-28 preserved @ Salamanca (OldProps Census). By 11Dec02 noted on the N630 road N of Salamanca at the 'Desguaces Montero' scrapyard; C-47A T.3-28 (c/n 9914) is preserved next to the Hotel Moderne, 100-200 mtrs from football stadium.'


Recently (17Dec21) I received this call for help: "My name is Tucker and I’m an aviation enthusiast in Bellingham, WA.
I recently stumbled upon N63440 on a trip with a friend to Arlington and came home to go down a research rabbit hole for the airplane.
I’m a filmmaker and am looking to create a film telling the plane’s story; your articles online seemed to be the only place I could find information on this specific DC-3! [See on this website John Caruso tells about a Turkey Hauler... and my tripreport USA NORTHWEST 2014]
So I figured I’d reach out to you in hopes of finding out as much as I can.
I’ve reached out to Arlington Airport to see if I could go get footage and take a look around the plane, but I’d love to hear from someone with more knowledge and experience around it than I have.
Any info you can give me is a HUGE help."

DC-3 N63440 'Turkey Hauler' at Arlington,WA

Contact details:
Tucker Fellows - LTMC Media
Facebook: @ltmcmedia
Instagram: @flyltmc (photos of N63440 posted there)
YouTube: LTMC Media

DC-3 N63440 'Turkey Hauler' at Arlington,WA
More photos by LTMC Media on

Kenneth Swartz wrote me in Dec.2021:
"HS 748 images from Carp Airport, 26Jun2005: C-GOUL, C-GGNZ and 1 unknown"
HS 748 C-GDUL (2005)
See Ken's gallery on my website; and more details on these Hawkers on my USCan 2009 Report.

Graham wrote me a contribution, including pics, of the Lockheed SP-2E Neptune '209' (modex) at The Aviation Warehouse
Neptune '209' at The Aviation Warehouse
See the mystery detailed on my California 2018 Report.

N28TN made an emergency landing at Merrill field immediately after take off PANC
N28TN emergency landing at Merrill Field
From - -
'ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A TransNorthern Aviation cargo flight made an emergency landing Wednesday morning (08Dec21) @Merrill Field in Anchorage after experiencing a loss of engine power.'

"The aircraft departed from ANC on a cargo flight to Kodiak. It was in the initial climb out of Anchorage's runway 07L when the crew declared emergency due to the failure of the right hand engine (R-1820), initially requested to return to runway 07L requesting left turns only but in the turn decided to divert to Anchorage's Merill Field."
[ASN -]

Merrill Field was closed for 6 hours while removing C-117D N28TN from the runway.
Super DC3 N28TN ofTransNorthern

A post on Facebook: 'Looks very much repairable. The only problem that I see is that they currently have no airworthy aircraft as the other Superdak had a landing incident few months back and i dont think its flying yet. Hopefully the airline has good insurance.'
Note: Douglas C-117D N30TN of TransNorthern suffered a mishap recently; see my Photos by Friends & Guests #63
See also my 2012 visit to TransNothern

As I understand it TransNorthern is under new management, Alan Larson sold it..?
Would like confirmation and details. Thanks.

Dave Golberg wrote me in Jan.2022: Mike Golberg communicated by email with Alan Larson (from his
TransNorthern adress) and was told "Not much wrong with N28TN, but waiting for our spare Super Props out of
the overhaul shop. We awaiting for warmer to ferry N30TN back from Goodnews. Probably will replace a wing
on that because the tip was submerged during a high tide but we have a wing. Lawyers are arguing about [C-46]
GIBX still, not holding my breath on that one."

David Jessich sent nice details plus 2 pix on Cessna 185 F-ODKQ, crashed in the Rub' Al Khali desert, in Saudi Arabia
Cessna 185 F-ODKQ in Rub Al Khali desert, by David Jessich
Insert: the author, David Jessich. Photo dates from 1999.
For more on this see: Jacques Hémet's vintage propliners

'CAF Lobo Wing Moriarty' posted an update (23Oct21) on Facebook of N320A:
1942 Beech AT-11 Kansan C/N 877
Beech 18 N320A
'We keep getting closer to running the engines.'

New owner for Beech 18 C-FSRE..
Beech 18 C-FSRE
Floats removed and put on wheels (Nov.2021)

Mike Moulai shared his intentions on Facebook (Beech 18/ C45/ AT11/ SNB Group):
Q: Now that’s on its wheels, what's next?
Mike: "Once I get all the parts that are needed for the conversion and the annual inspection is complete, then it will be based in our museum, doing rides, and I’ll use it for pleasure.
My goal is to have it flying, with wheels on, by Christmas; then take it to our base and start the job of making her prettier again. Next year it’s planned to go to Greenland for a trip!
Then in 2023 I’ll fly it from Canada to Crete, then down to Cape Town on the vintage air rally again, then back to Canada...
She is a long way from retirement yet lol " - - -/Mike_Moulai

C-FSRE on wheels
From floats to wheels and a new flying career..?
I (Webmaster, RL) came across C-FSRE at Selkirk, stored. This is a Beech 3N (c/n A-661 or altn. CA-61) formerly
of Excellent Adventures Outposts & Air Service Ltd. (based at Ear Falls,ONT). C-FSRE was registered to
Excellent Adventures on 08Jun05 and I noticed at the time it had a prop missing. Selkirk 2007 report.

Jerry Vernon wrote me in Jan.2022:
"Has been registered to Excellent Adventures Outposts and Air Service Ltd since 1999 and is still currently registered to them. Previous owner had been Ear Falls Airways, from 1987 to 1999.
The report says it has a new owner (but obviously not re-registered to them yet), he's very ambitious!
It appears it may still be at Selkirk, Manitoba..?
I have many hours flying in them in the RCAF Auxiliary and a couple of hours flying them from the right-hand seat."

'CA-61 was an RCAF C-45 Expeditor, RCAF 1486, which was sold in 1965 to Ray’s Flying Service, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They were better known for owning Harvard 20325 (CF-RFS), which was later owned, for many years, by my friends Vic Bentley and Bill Findlay, both Directors of the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley, BC.
Harvard CF-RFS is now owned by Bill Findlay alone and I have him perform for the annual Air Cadet Battle of Britain Parade at Boundary Bay Airport (before COVID!).
Ray’s Flying Service may (?) also have owned other ex-RCAF aircraft with similar letter combinations in their registrations.'

'For a good summary, go to Mike Henniger’s website at - Serial=19426

The RCAF’s Beech Expeditors were originally Mk. I, Mk. II, & Mk. III in WW 2, but later the survivors and new-purchases were renamed as Expeditor 3T, 3N, 3M, 3NM, 3NMT, etc., depending on the seating arrangement or combination of seating and navigational training positions.
We had about 16 of them here at 442 & 443 Auxiliary Squadrons from 1958 to 1964.

A 3T was all seats (Transport), a Mk. 3M was a crew trainer and a 3N was a navigation trainer.
The other letter combinations evolved over the years. Most of ours were either 3T or 3NM aircraft, the latter with one navigator training position on the starboard side plus passenger seats.
I think some nav trainers had a nav training position on both sides, so could accommodate two nav students, but don’t think I ever saw one.

Some of our Expeditors were 'new' (or factory rebuilt?) that were ordered by the RCAF in the early 1950s, but also some had been delivered to the RCAF in WW 2 as Lend Lease (for the BCATP) or as Canpay (Canada paid for them ourselves) for RCAF use.
The Lend Lease aircraft still carried their 'HB' RAF s/ns and the wartime Canpay aircraft had 4-digit RCAF serial numbers.

What was confusing was that Beechcraft built C-45s, SNBs, AT-11s, AT-7s, etc. all on the same production line! Like a modern car factory builds sedans, coupes, hardtops, etc., red, blue, black, white, etc. all on the same line, because the basic airframe was similar...!'


DC-6 SAHSA by Ron Mak (1973)

Ron wrote: 'Here's a scan of a slide showing a SAHSA DC-6A that I photographed on Panama Tocumen, while I was checking in for the KLM flight home, and then this DC-6A came in; I dashed out quickly to the visitors' terrace, but I never saw the registration...
According to the JP Airline Fleets of 1974 there was a DC-6A in service: HR-SHB (c/n 44652 ex/ N2816J), but online I could not find the SAHSA HR-SHB; only N2816J but without this same beautiful colourscheme.
So my question: is this the HR-SHB...?'

This is from (15Nov21):
DC-6A c/n 44652
DC-6A c/n44652: 53-3281, N2616J, HR-SHB, N47029, N2816J, TI-ARM - ultimate fate obscured.
ATDB also has remarks 'no picture was found' for these tailnumbers, and 'no online register available' for
53-3281, HR-SHB, TI-ARM.
N2816J was last seen stored at Fort Lauderdale,FL in July '84. See photo.

Ron Mak's gallery on my website: PAGE ONE | PAGE TWO | PAGE THREE | PAGE FOUR

' has 2 pix of N2816J, one by Bob Garrard (1970 @El Paso,TX) showing the same c/s as Ron's photo.

'38 North Aviation' on 21Oct2021 near Ennis, MT (Big Sky Airport)
38 North Aviation on 21Oct2021 near Ennis, MT (Big Sky Airport)
'Miss Madison', a 1942 Douglas DC-3 former airliner project restoration and now a future bed and breakfast!

38 North Aviation on 21Oct2021 near Ennis, MT (Big Sky Airport)

38 North Aviation on 21Oct2021 near Ennis, MT (Big Sky Airport)

Parts in restoration:
Parts of DC-3 Miss Madison in restoration
Clockwise: Panel without rack - Aileron - Rudder - Tailcone

Danielle wrote: "I just received her wartime record (all 2 pages of it ��) that I am in the process of deciphering.
As I had found out previously, she was assigned to the Air Transport Command Caribbean wing, and looks like she
spent her time training flight crews to fly The Hump. This was out of Homestead AAF, which is still open near Miami."
Douglas C-49 43-2000
Model C-49K, serial number 43-2000
a/c order W 535-ac-30489 | date received 28Nov42 | manufacturer Douglas
Long Beach (By Air) 28Nov42
Daggett (?) Mod. 06Dec42 (REMARKS Bud 08Dec42)
Homestead 07Jan43 (Bud 12Jan43 ['Bud' = Budget?])
Carribean Wing 01May43
Homestead Field 26May43 (Delete from Caribbean Wing per 15th SCU Daily Budget Report 17Jun43)
Note: 8-30 Acc Ofl(? Official?) ATC to 1OTU St.Joseph,M? (unreadable, Missouri?) on Memo receipt (44-67)

From Air-Britain's The First Seventy Years (Jennifer Gradidge, 2006)¬
History of DC-3-455, C-49 43-2000
Some of the above in plain writing: C/n 6325 DC-3-455 NC34978 American AL - 43-2000 D28Nov42 - Carib. Wing
ATC 29May43 - US in 1943 - RFC 19Jun45 - NC19193 DPC Eastern AL, then Bt 31Aug49 by Frontier AL - B18Aug52 Soutthern Airways 05Feb53 - Zantop - Capitol - N49F Lex Corp - Union Bag Camp Paper Co, NYC Union Camp Paper Corp, Sep56 - N486C Rr in 1964 - Southern Ohio Avn Sales Co, Carrollton, R22Jan64 - Aircraft Acceptance Corp, Columbus, (1971) - PAP Co Assocs, Dallas, TX (1971) ), Les Avn Co., Vichy, MO (1973) - Baron Avn, Vichy, MO R14Jun74. N486C operated by Baron Avn Services.

Danielle wrote (March 2022): "I'm in desperate need of a left side cockpit seat!
If you know anyone that might have one, let me know.
I just picked up the cockpit seat I bought a few months ago and it will be on our airplane making it's way
to Montana next week!. It is in great shape, just needs to be sanded and painted."
DC-3 cockpit "Miss Madison"

Douglas DC-6 N747CE captured by JoeJoe Prince on 21Oct2021 at Bethel,AK
DC-6 N747CE captured by JoeJoe in 2021
This airframe was delivered to the USAF with serial 53-3290, transferred to the US Navy (serial 152689)
and went to 'civie street' for Hawkins & Powers (N233HP), reg'd 10Feb06 Everts Air Fuel (N233HP), in Oct.
2007 flown to Paine Field in Washington for overhaul and reg'd in June 2008 to Everts Air as N747CE.

See JoeJoe's propliner and bushplanes pages: PAGE ONE | PAGE TWO



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Created: 16-Apr-2021
Updated: 14-Jan-2022