Vintage Transports, photos by Friends & Guests (65)


On a regular basis people sent me photos, to share their enthusiasm for vintage airliners or to illustrate a question. These photos may have been lingering in a scrapbook or a discarded box somewhere or show travelled the same trails as I did.
To prevent them from getting lost, with permission (or special request) 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 online; imperfection to post aviation images is no longer an issue.
I noticed a decline in requests for publication on my website on my 'Guest Pages', so now some of these images shared below will be copied from Facebook & Flickr by me if I find it has some use for me. For preservation of their historic value as I see it; always preferably 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 and various non-aviation subjects.


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 & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
Douglas C-47A, N44587 (c/n 12857) of Desert Air on the ramp at Anchorage 20Jun22.
See also my visit to Alaska in 2012, which features info on N44587 and much more.

Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
Douglas C-47A, N59314 (c/n 12363) of Desert Air, ANC 20Jun22.
History of C-47A c/n 12363 (N59314)
History (Sep.2022) by, the online Aviation database.
Note: The FAA database ('N-inquiry') has c/n 12363 still reg'd to Barton M. Tiernan (19Jul2017),
the previous (?) owner of Bush Air Cargo, another operator in Alaska (current, @Palmer).
See als my dedicated page to N59314!

Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
Nice line up of Desert Air's piston DC-3's: N272R (c/n 13678) + N44587 + N59314

History of c/n 13678 only shows the following tailnumbers: 42-108983, NC88824, N272R.
TWA had operated it as NC88824 nov45-jan52. Piedmont Air Cargo flew it for a considerable time, in The South, already registered.N272R at that time.
It was named 'Miss Catharine' whene operating for Cascade Air Service.
Jeff Jordan bought N272R in the summer of 2005, with a partner, for fish hauling contracts; DC-3 N91314 was also part o their project.
Next it was registered McCollough Holdings LLC (Parker,CO), on 06Jun06, but continued operating for Cascade Air. It was based at Ephrata,WA when not out on charter.
In May 2010 N272R was bought by Desert Air Transport Inc..


Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
Douglas C-47, N305SF (c/n 6208), stored/derelict at Palmer (26Jun22).
Over past decades I came across this C-47 a few times, see for its history my AlCan 2003 Report.

Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
N400MF served Mission Flights International of Florida for a long time: 38 years! In 2015 they sold N400MF
(c/n 26877/15432) and it moved to Alaska. Performs flightseeing flights from Palmer,AK allegedly.

'Ordered by the USAAF as C-47B 43-49616. Delivered to the US Navy as R4D-6 50822 in 1944. To North Central Airlines as N2400 in 1956. Returned to the US Navy in 1962. Sold in 1966. To Missionary Flights and Services in 1984. Reregistered as N400MF in 1994. Still current on the register in 2021 owned by N400MF Inc. based at Anchorage, AK.' [¬]

'Registered to Kingdom Air Corps, former Missionary Flights that was flown to Alaska a few years ago and parked at Palmer Municipal Airport. Very nice airplane with a very nice pax interior.' [¬]


Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
Douglas C-53, N763A (c/n 4894), 'Ozark Air Lines', does flightseeing by Golden Era Aviation.
Information about its history can be learned from Photos by Friends & Guests #60 and Photos by Friends & Guests #62.

Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
BT67 N115U (c/n 33567) of Desert Air (20Jun22). Its history was recently described on JoeJoe Prince's gallery.
Douglas C-117D, N27TN (c/n 43332). Reg'd 04Jun09 to TransNorthern but unused except for parts. Wasilla 21Jun22)
For its history see my USA 1992 + Photos by Friends & Guests (27).
Douglas DC-6A/C-118A, N100CE (c/n 44662) landing at Fairbanks (23Jun22). See my Skytrucks @Fairbanks 2012.
Douglas C-118A, N251CE (c/n 44612) of Everts Air Fuel, taking off @FAI (23Jun22). See my FAIRBANKS 2003.

Douglas C-54G, N51802 (c/n 35930/324), seen stored for parts at FAI (22Jun22).
Going back a little (data from my -RL- database): 'N51802 Skymaster Aviation, Kingman,AZ. Freighter. ex/45-0477.
Ln Kingman,AZ Apr97. Ln 12mar99 Kingman. Same 01feb00, 20dec00. Ln aug01 @Kingman (Propliner magazine 1988).
Ln 12Mar03 Kingman. Bt May04 R.Brooks and ferried to FAI to replace w/o N44911. R13Jul04 Brooks Fuel Inc.
Ln 30Apr07 FAI with expectations to be oper'l in a year. Ln FAI 27Sep07, wfu. Ln Jan08 under restoration at FAI?
On auction Mar2020 @FAI. Bt Alaska Air Fuel @auction, ln ..Jan21 @FAI.
See my Alaska & Canada report, Page 3.

Evert's storage yard (22Jun22). Some call it a dump, but at one time was referred to as '.. future projects'.
Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)

Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
Grumman HU-16D Albatross, N20861 (Wasilla, 21Jun22)
My data goes back some 2 decades: 'N20861 (c/n G-425), Upper Limit LLC, Greenville,DE R13Jan04.
Owner Rob Hutchens, no location. Ln 24May09 std Wasilla,AK bare metal c/s.
N-inq: Upper Limit LLC still current. Pic'd 17Jun12 @Wasilla, n/t. Ln 13Jun16 Wasilla AP, same.'
When I checked N-inquiry Sep.2022 I noticed it was still reg'd to Upper Limit LLC, but in Big Lake,AK.

Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
Fairchild C-123K, N4254H (c/n 20052, ex/ 54-0602) @Palmer-Wolf Lake on 26Jun22, brightly polished.
R18Jun13 for Compass Rose. For its history see my Photos by Friends & Guests #18 & Photos by Friends & Guests #19.

The following information is from a post on by Tim Spearman: "Built as C-123B 54-0603, converted to a C-123K and later UC-123K. Served in Vietnam before being withdrawn to MASDC in 1981 and sold onto the civilian market as N4254H circa 1991.
Various owners including the Olympic Flight Museum and Discovery Air Charters of Titusville FLA. before moving to Alaska in 2008.
Was to be operated by a local construction company who intended to use it haul materials to remote sites, the aircraft has remained grounded since the death of the owner, John Eshleman, in the crash of their other Provider, N709RR in August 2010."

Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)
Fairchild C-119F Flying Boxcar, N1394N (c/n 10840), stored. Possibly still owned by John S. Reffett.
When I laid my eyes on N1394H for the first time, during the 1990s, I had hopes it would fly. But that hope is gone!
Its history is detailed on my Propliners on Last Frontier, 2003

A series of deHavilland DHC-2 Beavers at Lake Hood on 19Jun22
Propliners & bushplanes in Alaska, by Walter van Brempt (2022)

DHC-2 N70JE c/n 70. Reg'd N70JE LLC of Eagle River,AK (08Dec2015). It was reg'd N915RC 16May08 to James M. Eule (same owner). Severely damaged on crashing after take off Lake Spenard 07Jun09, no fatalities.
Rr N70JE on 07Jun10.

DHC-2 N310NR c/n 396. R07Jun99 to James M.Jensen. R04Apr2013 to My Holdings Inc, of Anchorage. Opb Trail Ridge Air.

DHC-2 N5162G c/n 658. R25Jun84 (!) to Walter G. Hanni of Anchorage,AK.

DHC-2 N987SP c/n 83. Reg'd to Sportmans Leasing, see JoeJoe Prince's PAGE TWO here.

DHC-2 N715
DHC-2 N715 of Alaska Air Service (20Jun22), R19Apr2018 for William E. Star (of Eagle River,AK).

DHC-2 N4444Z
DHC-2 N4444Z of Rust's (20Jun22).
R13Apr90 N4444Z Rust's Flying Service (Rustair Inc).

DHC-2 N454DB
deHavilland DHC-2, N454DB c/n 1183 (Lake Hood, 20Jun22)
C/n 1183 is ex/ C-GTLT of Yorel Properties Ltd, Campbell River,BC R09Jan09. Ln 20Feb09 @Campbell River.
Reg canx 10Apr19 with FAA Register, N454DB res for Alaskan Bushflights. R11Jul2022 for Aircraft Leasing
of Alaska LLC.

Neil Aird's DHC-2 Master Index has almost all histories of the deHavilland Beavers, in great detail!



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Created: 05-Sep-2022
Updated: 08-Sep-2022