Vintage Transports, photos provided 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 like to publish them on this page.

(c) Eric Birkeland
Eric Birkeland sent me this photo in April 2006.
He wrote: "Here's a shot of the triple tail DC-4, probably taken by my grandfather while visiting California in the 1930's. Most of my family were professional photographers, but one of his daughters was a stewardess on American Airlines DC-3's. It was probably taken on a trip to see her in California."

Note the the second, upper row of windows; these must be because of the sleeping berths (lost in further development of the DC-4).

The name on the hangar reads 'Northrop', a visit to the competition? (c) Eric Birkeland

One can read more about this Douglas DC-4E and the DC-4/C-54 in general here.

Bill Reid sent me these photos in April 2006:
"I took these pictures in Geneseo,NY on 10Aug05: 42 years after my last flight in that airplane!
I was a flight engineer and actully flew on that airplane 22103 a few times while it was on loan to us; 07May1963 was my last flight on it. It's going to take a lot to fix it up...
That is me in the striped shirt."


This is Fairchild's C-119G Flying Boxcar, manufacturers serial number (msn, a.k.a construction number = c/n) 10678.
It flew with the USAF as 51-2689 and entered service with the Canadian RCAF (22103) 09Sep52 where it served until 03Sep65. At some point it was bought by Hawkins and Powers of Greybull,WY and was registered N8092; after 1990 it probably spent most of its career grounded at Greybull, as a supply for spareparts.
It was donated to the National Warplane Museum at Geneseo,NY in 1991. The museum split up and part of the collection moved to Elmira, but this C-119 remained behind as part of the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group.
A 2018 photo can be found on Kenneth Swartz's gallery on my website.

Bill Reid also sent these:
"Here are a couple of photos I found in a shoebox: North Star 17507 taken in the mid-1950s. Not sure where.
North Star 17507 taken in the mid-1950s

North Star 17507 photographed in the mid-1950s. Location and exact date unknown.

(c) Michael Balen
This photo by © Michael Balen was sent to me in Apr.2006

Michael wrote:
"I took the attached photo of this Woods Fuel aircraft as it departed Salmon-Trout airstrip, about 150 miles NE of Fort Yukon, AK at around 1AM in late June, 1994.
I sell this photo in my photography business, so please make sure proper credit is given if you use it for any reason."
Michael Balen, -Wildside Photography-

Andre van Loon suggested: "The airplane in question is likely to be N898AL, which was the main Brooks Fuel workhorse at that time. I visited Brooks Fuel during the summer of 1994 and it was the only active dc-4. N898AL was later written off during a landing incident on a snow covered dirt/ice strip with a full load of Diesel onboard...." (C-54G N898AL c/n 35986/380 was written off during landing at Kivalina on 17Apr95 - RL)
Marc Hookerman added: "It was either N90201 (c/n 10828/559 - RL) or N898AL (c/n35986/380 - RL); 8AL came online in 1986 and 201 came online in early 1994. The only thing that points to 8AL are some of the aesthetics of the airplane. The bird in the photo is silver. N44909 and N44911 were in full Biegert paint. 909 didn't last very long - having done a handful of interior flying before being sent to Bronson Creek,BC for the Snip contract. 909 and 911 didn't come online until 1995/96 or so if memory serves me correctly. 8AL was written off at KVL and 201 was grounded after a fire on #2.
By looks of the rudder's paint: it looks to be N898AL. You'll also see N898AL flying into Gold King Creek on one of the Avion Video tapes - "Big Props USA" I believe."

Following photos were found on the Internet (Nov.2009), to illustrate N898AL's demise by nose-gear collapse. DC-4 N898ALBy use of Google Maps and Google Earth, it was concluded that there is no trace anymore of N898AL at Kivalina.
Credit for the images:
the smaller ones come from by Roland Adams (2005) and the larger one on PicasaWeb by aJ (2002)

What actually happened to N898AL can be read on Page 21, Photos by Friends & Guests... Update!

Brian McDonough sent me this photo of Convair CV580 (c/n 480), taken at Washington-IAD 13Sep04.
(c) Brian McDonough

This aircraft was built as a CV440/ C-131E for the USAF (57-2551) and delivered on 06Jan58; it was transferred to the CAA (N104) on 06Jan58 and converted to CV580 for re-delivery 16Jun61; it was reregistered N30 for the FAA on 30Jan75; this changed again to N74 on 11Oct76 and to the present N39 in May87.

N39 was offered for sale on an auction in July 2019 (with N49), but FAA's N-inquiry in Jan.2020 did not show a new owner.

"I thought, as a prop fan, you might like the attached photos, even if they are not of airliners.
These were taken by Doug Fairbanks, a former USAF SA-16 mechanic, at an annual reunion of still-flying Albatrosses, held at Boulder City on Lake Mead,NV.
As an old USAF SA-16 pilot I think they are wonderful, considering that the aircraft are over 60 years old, expensive to recondition and maintain.... not to mention they burn costly 140 octane fuel at a pretty good clip!
There were eleven of the old birds at the last meeting.
Please use the photos as you see fit.....I'm sure Doug would be pleased if they were posted and enjoyed."

(c) Doug Fairbanks
Thanks Fred (and Doug!). I am sure, like myself, many vintage prop fans would like to witness that gathering some day!

C-124 Globemaster at the Will Rogers Int'l Airport
Dennis Delk
sent me these photos and added:
Fred wrote: "Here are some pics of C-124 Globemasters at the Will Rogers Int'l Airport, sent to my Dad (Duane Delk); these are photos taken by one of his friends in the mid 1960's and digitalized.
Duane Delk was an Air National Guard Advisor as a C-124 Flight Engineer, during this time in Oklahoma City, OK. (From 1965 to 1969).
As a boy, I remember watching these aircraft flying over our neighborhoods from Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City, Oklahoma."
Duane added: " I don't know who took the C-124 pictures at Will Rodgers AP. It might have been done after I left there in 1969. The 124's remained there until about 1971 and they got C-130's."
Read more on Duane's career on vintage propliners. Sadly, Duane passed away on 11Jan2010.

C-124 Globemaster at the Will Rogers Int'l Airport

C-124 Globemasters at the Will Rogers Int'l Airport
C-124 Globemasters at the Will Rogers Int'l Airport

ZK-CIE (c) Wayne Grant

Wayne Grant of New Zealand sent me this photo of ZK-CIE, photographed by him on 19Feb06 at Wellington, New Zealand.
Convair CV580 ZK-CIE (c/n 399) had returned to Wellington the day before, returning from a lease to Peau Vava'u Air (of Tonga).
CV580 ZK-CIF flew Wellington-Auckland-Tonga on 20Feb06, continueing Air Chathams lease contract to Peau Vava'u Air.

UPDATE: ZK-CIF was declared surplus by Air Chathams per 01Oct2019 and its registry was cancelled a few days later. In january 2020 I read on Facebook "ZK-CIF is in the process of being turned into accommodation in Whanganui, NZ". ZK-CIE is reportedly still in use at this time.

(c) Brad Pilgrim Have a look at this page with (1997) photos of C-47B ZK-BBJ, taken/sent by Brad Pilgrim and John Pratt.

You'll find a 2021 update for its new future!

DC-6 N92BL by Anthony Perry
Douglas DC-6B, N92BL (c/n 43825)

Anthony Perry wrote me in Feb.2006 and sent me these photos.
"I was in the Royal Air Force and was on detachment in Belize in the late 1980s. I took these photos back in 1988 from the military site I was working on. It was a good vantage point as it was right by the taxiway for the runway. I never took many photos, as this type of aircraft was the norm every day. I regret that now.
I walked round the Stratofreighter and was even asked if I wanted a look inside! But I had to go back to the worksite.
Two lads went up in a DC-6 or DC-7 and went to Miami via Guatamala. One of the Douglas aircraft crashed in Guatamala. I have sent you these photos for your interest but also the fact that you have some photos of the Stratofreighter in storage in Miami, which I thought was a great coincidence as I was searching the Net for info on that very aircaft.
[The photo on my website Anthony refers to can be seen on my page USA 1992 -Webmaster RL].

N92BL is a Douglas DC-6B with construction number 43825 and line number 315. It was delivered to Western A/L as N91305 on 15Jan53; it was leased by Alaska A/L and went to FAA as N114 in 1963 (may be reregistered N46 for a while).
Bellomy Lawson bought it in 1978, registered it as N9042G, converted it to a DC-6B(F) in 1980. It was flown by Trans Caribbean A/L (1982), Wylie Air Cargo (1983), Bellomy Lawson (N92BL, 1983), Aerial Transit Company (1985), Bellomy Lawson (1991), Aerial Transit (1991), Carga del Caribe (XA-SEA, 1992).
It crashed shortly after take off from Cancun on 15May93.

DC-6B N92BL, by Anthony Perry
History of Douglas DC-6B c/ 43825, by (Jan.2020).
Notes to the above: when owned by B-L 'converted DC-6B in 1980; dba Trans Caribbean 10/82-1/83', and when leased by
Wylie AC it carried no titles.

Unidentified C-97 Stratofreighter landing at a worksite in Belize.

Anthony: "I had come across my old photos in the loft of my house and wondered if there was any info on any of them."
These photos were taken approx December 1988 / January 1989; the DC-6s / DC-7s were in at least every week, the Strat was much less regular, I only saw it a couple of other times.
The photos were taken from the Rapier air defence missile site that was a permanent site. I was on this site once a week every four weeks so the Strats could have been more regular of course."

Here is HI-468 in better days, 1991. It was later rereg'd as HI-468CA for Agro Int'l.
Anthony: "The other two C-97 I cannot be sure of their identity, one certainly is not HI-468 (top) as one can see by the unpainted tailfin."
Agro Air operated several C-97s for hauling freight.
HI-181 (c/n 16687) had a red cheatline plus a dark blue tail (it was destroyed, operating for Belize Air Int'l, at MEX).
HI-473 (c/n 16932) was metallic plus a dark blue tail; rereg'd HI-473CA with Agro Air Int'l.
N8540D (c/n 16984) was probably not used for flight operations (parts?); it did not have the dark tailfin.
HI-472 (c/n 17107) had its acquisition cancelled.

HI-468 is a Boeing C-97G with c/n 17026; it is former USAF 53-0244. It was scrapped by BMI in 1993.

By deduction concluded this C-97 must be HI-473 or HI-468

VH-BPL, on ground transport Michael Clayton forwarded me this photo of VH-BPL on transport to the Qantas Museum at Longreach.
The photo was again forwarded to him; I was unable to trace the photographer for due credit; if he makes himself known I would be more than happy to credit this person hence forth.

VH-BPL is a Douglas DC-3/C-47 with c/n 12873 and is shown on transport from Sydney's Hoxton Park airfield to the Longreach Qantas Museum, QLD. Late 2005 this must have been. this C-47 started out with a USAAC serial and in about three weeks, it was reregistered as A65-44 for the RAAF (1944). VH-BPL was cancelled from the register 17Aug06, registry in name of Mr John Darcy Williams.

Gil White R.I.P.) offers the following history on VH-BPL

Here is how VH-BPL turned out after restoration, as VH-EAP, on

Roderick Smith
sent me this photo in Aug.2006. The scene depicts Cairns airport (Qld, Australia): Three Air Queensland / Bush Pilots Airways DC-3s plus a Trislander and something small. Date Tuesday 17May83 by Roderick Smith.

Rod wrote: "I wasn't able to read any of the registrations from this distance and they don't show in the photo.
I did see an Air Queensland DC3 take off. It may have been a fourth, or may have been the one hidden behind the Trislander.
I am guessing from my notes and the recent thread that BPA had become AQ at some time between 1974 (when I flew with BPA) and 1983 (this photo)."

VH-BPL was bought by Laurie McIver of McIver aviation, but though it flew into Hoxton Park, from Cairns, it required some work to keep it airworthy. Laurie was working on doing it up and had borrowed some aircraft jacks from Richmond.
When returning the jacks to Richmond the vehicle Laurie was in was hit by a truck and unfortunately Laurie was killed...
According to the document online at: Laurie was killed in 14/7/1995.

J.Halterman forwarded me this photo in Feb.2006. It shows N92578, which is a DC-3C c/n 9028 and has previously been flown as
CP-1020 with Instituto Linguistico de Verano. It now flies in a sophisticated role for Airborne Imaging, a company located just
outside Dallas,TX. The pod under the fuselage has a lot to do with that.
This company works on aerial surveillance, chemical detection, research and aerial photography.
The actual photographer could not be traced (forwarded by others), nor the exact loaction or date of this photograph. But
I decided to publish this photo as there are not many photos around of this bird; have a look at a small selection on
And here is a photo on, dated 01Apr06.

Lars Gleitsmann, of the Flying Boxcars, sent me this photo of DHC-2 N5343G at unknown date/location.
N5343G is assigned (time of writing Feb.2006) to Coyote Air LLC of Coldfoot,AK (registered 13Sep2001).
The photo is quintessential of Alaskan bush flying..!

N5343G Owned by Coyote Air LLC., Coldfoot, AK.
Operated by Dirk Nickish, Fairbanks, AK, who operated from Coldfoot, AK. Regd 13-Sep-2001.

Accident details: Approx. 65 NE of Arctic Village, 65 NE, Alaska. DATE: 16-Sep-2001.
About 12:00 Alaska daylight time, the aircraft sustained substantial damage during a takeoff from a remote area, about 65 miles northeast of Arctic Village, Alaska.
The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country personal flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The airplane was registered to Coyote Air LLC.
The airline transport certificated pilot, and the one passenger, were not injured.
Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed. During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge, on 05Dec2001, the pilot reported he flew to a remote gravel bar located along the Coleen River to pick up a friend who was rafting in the area.
The pilot said he was departing toward the north from an area that was about 1,000 feet long.
During the takeoff roll, the tail-wheel struck a large rock. He continued the takeoff and landed at Coldfoot, Alaska, without incident.
A post accident examination of the tail-wheel area on December 4th, revealed damage to the tail-wheel casting, fuselage bulkheads, and a stringer near the tail-wheel attach point. The airplane repair conducted at an FAA approved repair station, included replacement of bulkheads at fuselage stations 228 and 224, and replacement of fuselage skin at stations 228 through 204. Doublers were fabricated and installed at stations 244 through 208.
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C-54 N708Z by Nigel Aylmer
Destined to be ferried to Alaska, Douglas C-54G N708Z departed Florida after major overhaul. It landed at Douglas,GA for further maintenance (and to get it out of the way of hurricanes and the salt water climate) and as a bonus found no.2 engine giving problems... If you look closely you'll see oil on 2 of the prop blades. This will have to be fixed before it can continue to Alaska.
Nigel Aylmer took this photo at Douglas,GA on 16Oct05. He flew down to take the pictures in a friends PA-28, after hearing it mentioned on unicom while flying at Metter,GA.

The individuals who restored 708Z were:
Samuel Knaub
Walter Gomez
Marc Hookerman
Douglas Castillo
Edwin Vilchez
Pablo Guzman
Martin Gomez
Some familiar names in the world of "round engines" ! They did a great job.
N708Z (c/n 36067) is destined for use by its owner Brooks Fuel at Fairbanks,AK.

Many years ago Ian MacFarlane came across N708Z in Florida and it looked quite different then. One even can say N708Z improved with age !
By end-Apr06 or early May06 N708Z it was expected to be ferried to Fairbanks,AK. But by during late Oct.06 it was still there, with no.4 engine removed for overhaul. Another photo by Nigel Aylmer, taken in July 2007, showed not much change either (though engine no.4 is off, not no.2), look here.

Sadly, N708Z never made it out of storage here at Douglas,GA. The owner, Roger Brooks, closed the doors of his company Brooks Fuel (in Alaska) many years ago and this C-54 (DC-4) is probably for sale without takers.
History of N708Z, courtesy
This screendump for N708Z's history is from, an excellent online aviation database. (Jan.2020)

ZK-AMS Pionair
Peter Layne pointed out to me I had missed Pionair's ZK-AMS during my 2005 travels in Australia and remedied that by sending this photo of "Dulcie" to me. I had missed it at Bankstown but that was probably because I only visited the part of where the museum was located; I did not go to the terminal in my haste to proceed to the Blue Mountains.
ZK-AMS cabin

Peter added the following: "I had written an article about Pionair Adventures and as a consequence me and my wife were invited on a complimentary wine tour on this aircraft. We flew on 17Sep05 in ZK-AMS to Mudgee Valley, about an hour north west of Bankstown. Great wine, great flight, great wine...!"
All photos courtesy Peter Layne, except the aerial view, which was taken by his wife Stephanie - at which time Peter was guzzling wine probably ).

Peter Layne is co-author (with Richard Waugh) of the book SPANZ - South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand and their DC-3 Viewmasters.
Peter is working on another book, about National Airways Corporation (NAC), which is about to go to the printers in December 2006.
Peter, Richard and Graeme McConnell plan to use DC-3s to launch this book... Ideally they would like to see 3 DC-3s and a Dominie fly in support, but time will tell.
Click here Here is the first NAC book newsletter, which also contains details of the planned 10-day tour.
Click here to have a look in Acrobat Reader format.
Here is a link to a publisher who has more of Peter's work: Craig Printing Co.

These gents can be contacted via email:
Richard Waugh (Project Leader) | Peter Layne | Graeme and Pam McConnell

Gil White wrote a history on ZK-AMS.
Pionair sold ZK-AMS and c/n 9286 was registered to Classic Wings Pty Ltd on 14Mar06. It was seen at SYD-Bankstown 28Mar06 with Pionair titles removed and the new registration being applied: VH-CWS. Cairns is expected to be its new homebase. Thanks to Michael Clayton for the update.

More on ZK-AMS at my page Photos by Friends & Guests (20)

Update Feb.2016:
Last noted at SYD-Bankstown 02Jan2016, being dismantled, and gone by 29Jan16; VH-CWS is being shipped to a military museum in S.Korea.

This fine looking ConvairLiner (CV580 c/n 507) wass found to be earning its keep Down Under...
The photo of ZK-KSA was made by © Mike Condon at Auckland,NZ on 04Feb06.
The titles on the front fuselage read Tauck World Discovery, which is a big US based travel company.
ZK-KSA was delivered Christchurch-Sydney-Sydney/Bankstown on 10Feb06 then flew Bankstown-Coober Pedy-Essendon-Bankstown on 12Feb06. Pionair is expected to reregister it soon to VH-PDV. [Thanks Gordon!]
UPDATE Sep.2009: Pionair's ZK-PAL & VH-PDV were sold to Conair of Abbotsford,B.C. and are expected to be converted into airtankers in due course.

Mike Condon clarified for me the recent moves of Pionair's Convairs:
ZK-PAL and ZK-KSA are owned by Pionair; the latter only since recently as it was initially imported to our region (NZ) to fly for King Solomon Airlines (KSA) and was based in Cairns for many years do very little work. Air Chathams then bought the aircraft back to NZ and it retained its KSA scheme and operated for them. Then the airline in Tonga collapsed and Pionair sent 2 DC-3s to service the island nation as Peau Air Vava'u which is owned by one of the Princes of Tonga. Then, another outfit decided to set up shop out of Tonga, called Reef Air, an offshoot of a cargo company. That is when ZK-KSA flew up and operated out of Tonga with the titles of Reef Air. The deal was not successful and ZK-KSA returned to NZ and changed ownership to Pionair who have in turn repainted the machine in its current livery and sent it to Australia to work for a living.
In the meantime, Air Chathams have placed Convair 580 ZK-CIE up in Tonga, flying for Peau Air Vavau and to this day still is doing so.
Pionair will also send their original Convair ZK-PAL to Australia and replace it here in NZ with a 50-seater from the USA in March/April of this year.
TAUCK is a travel company in the USA who once had a big contract with Mt.Cook Airline here in NZ. It was lost to Pionair some years back and this is when Mt Cook Airline stopped flying to Mt Cook and Manapouri. Pionair have since had landing rights approved at Mt Cook and also run to Manapouri. Not on a scheduled basis, just charter work.
TAUCK have only ever had enough work for one aircraft in New Zealand so ZK-PAL will remain until the 50-seater arrives.
Thanks Mike!
Webmaster's note:
1. Pionair has its homebase at Christchurch,NZ and its 2004 fleetlist listed 3 DC-3s (ZK-AMS "Dulcie", ZK-AMY "Lady Jane" and ZK-AWP "Skyliner Lucille") and 1 Convair CV580 (ZK-PAL "Joan the Jetprop").
2.ZK-KSA was in Wellington,NZ in Nov.2001, registered (23Apr98) to Air Chathams but operated by Pionair. The latter acquired it 04Nov05 from Air Chathams.


Amidst the Global Economic crisis, in 2009, Pionair sold ZK-PAL to the Conair Group of Abbotsford,B.C. and is expected to be converted into an aerial firefighter. The same happended to another Pionair ConvairLiner: VH-PDV.

Wayne Grant kindly sent me this photo of this enlarged Convair, now type CV5800 (ex/C-131F):
(c)Wayne Grant
It was ferried from Canada to New Zealand in Oct.2004 and seen on a lease by Airfreight NZ from Kelowna Flightcraft. On 07Jun16 ZK-KFS was seen at Kelowna in B.C., Canada obviously returned to KF.
Air Freight NZ ceased operations in 2016.


Botswana fleet

These photos were sent by Dan Morgan; they depict a DC-4 (C-54) he had found on my page Aviodrome Museum as PH-DDY, former VQ-ZEF. On the left is VQ-ZEF at Francistown in 1967. As the cargo door is open the registration is hidden, but Dan found a bit of work on Photoshop revealed the 'F' to the right of the open door.
The photo on the right sees VQ-ZEF on top left. The photo was taken at Bulawayo airport, Zimbabwe. Dan estimated this to be around 1967. The registration prefix VQ- probably changed to A2- around 1966-67.
The DC-3 on the left is VQ-ZEB, on the right is VQ-ZEA, the C-54 on the right is VQ-ZEG.
Dan added: "I tracked down the other two C-54s (VQ-ZEC and VQ-ZEG).
VQ-ZEC was sold to Air Trans Africa and became VP-YTY. It crashed in Nigeria in 1968 during the Biafran airlift (as can be read in "Shadows" by Michael Draper) whilst registered TR-LNV (18Sep68) to Jack Malloch's Affretair and was written off at Uli (Biafra) on 28Jun69 when the crew attempted to take off the wrong way).
VQ-ZEG ended its days with Swazi Air and was scrapped.
Of the two Dakotas, VQ-ZEA was converted to a turboprop and is now involved in aerial mapping/surveying (just goes to show what a remarkable plane the DC3 was). VQ-ZEB is now in the Zimbabwe Air Force."

This photo was taken by Dan's brother Bruce, with a Kodak Instamatic !.
A2-ZEL, a Viscount 756D (c/n 374, ex-Trans-Australia Airlines as VH-TVN), was the pride of the BNA fleet. Seen here at Francistown (probably 1968-69) the plane sports the final livery, the colours of the Botswana flag continued up the tail and just the word 'Botswana' appearing on the fuselage.
After BNA was nationalised in 1970, A2-ZEL found its way to Air Rhodesia as VP-YNI and thence to Air Zimbabwe as Z-YNI. It was involved in an accident at Harare airport in July 1984, withdrawn from service and used for fire practice. Sad end for a lovely aircraft that had given such distinguished service far and wide. (Text supplied bij Dan).

Gil White offers the following history on Viscount c/n 374.

C/n 374 - Viscount V.756D
First flight 02Jul58 deliverd to TAA on 08Jul58 as VH-TVN, arriving at Melbourne 16Jul58. On delivery the aircraft was fitted with larger tyres, with a low psi of 85, to enable operations on gravel runways on airports such as Mt. Isa and Longreach. Withdrawn from use and stored at Brisbane on 08Oct68 (ttl 24.914 hrs and 16.919 cycles).
Departed Brisbane on 27Mar69, on sale to Botswana National Airways as A2-ZEL, arriving at Francistown on 03Apr69. Impounded at Johannesburgon 25Jul69, together with Dakota A2-ZEB, on court order from Trek Airways for non-payment of UKL 40.000 fees and remained in open storage until late 1971.
Sold to Overseas Holidays and Aircraft Hire (Pty) in Jan72 as VP-YNI.
Sold to Air Rhodesia on 13Feb72 and named ' Sabie' . TFH 28.821 hrs and 20.341 cycles as of 21Jan75. Painted in overall grey anti-missile scheme in 1979, due to the loss of 2 aircraft near Kariba by SAM missiles. Transferred to Air Zimbabwe in Feb80 and reregistered Z-YNI in Oct83.
Damaged beyond economic repair following nosewheel collapse during maintenance at Harare in Jul84. The aircraft was stored, withdrawn from use. Seen parked at Harare on 02Sep91 in Air Zimbabwe's original black/blue cheatline colours, TFH 40.675 hrs, 32.435 cycles.
The end of its career came in 2002, when tail and nose section were damaged during a moving exercise: flipping first hard onto its tail before crashing back onto its nosegear... Subsequently went up in smoke when fires were lit in the fuselage by local squatters.
Source "The Vickers Viscount" (- by Ray G C Kittle, Air Britain Historians Ltd, 2008)

(c) John Adams

John Adams made this photo of Bristol Freighter (originally designated Mk.IIA) G-AIFV (c/n 12781), while it was taxying out at the old Newcastle Airport in 1960. It is seen here in the colours of Silver City Airways.
This aircraft was registered as G-AIFV on 11Oct46 and leased as VT-CID to Dalma Jain in 1946, while transferred to Indian National Aws in May47; it was returned to the Bristol Aeroplane Company on 02May49 (G-AIFV); it was then converted to a Mk.21; Silver City Airways leased it from 28Mar50 and had it listed as XF661 for trooping flights; Silver City Aws made an official purchase on 19Jun53 and named it "City of Manchester" in Nov58; it reached the end of its career in Oct61, when it was stored, and it was broken up at Lydd in Kent,UK during May62 (from: "Piston Engine Airliner Production List" by TAHS'A.B.Eastwood & J.Roach, 2002)

Truus Kloosterboer allowed me to have this photo here: it shows a school outing ("School with the Bible", Eefde - 1961) to Amsterdam IAP, in front of a Lockheed Constellation of the KLM; I can read part of the name "Negato.." and part of the registration "KC" on the wheeldoor. This would be PH-LKC "Negaton" (the name meaning 'electron'), a Lockheed L.1049G Constellation with c/n 4559.

click on the image for a larger photograph--

The above photograph reminded me of a schoolouting (1965, 10 years old) I enjoyed myself: frontrow, 3rd from the right. The aircraft is a Douglas DC-7C 'Seven Seas' of Schreiner Airways. The actual registration cannot be learned from this photo.

Paul Schaack sent me these 2 photos of Lockheed VC-121B Constellation N494TW, while staging through Cold Bay,AK in April 2005 on its delivery flight from Arizona to S.Korea (bought by Korean Airlines for ground display at its Flight Academy).


N494TW at Cold Bay on YouTube

N494TW can be admired on a few of my webpages:
My trip US 1993
Surviving Connies
Air-to-Air by Graham Robson

(c) Richard Cook, CF-THG

Vickers Viscount V.757 CF-THG (c/n 224) is seen being transported by barge to the B.C. Aviation Museum at Pat Bay,B.C. in April 2005; after having been used as an instructional airframe, followed by years of storage and neglect at Vancouver IAP, it may now face some sort of restoration and preservation. (Photo by Richard Cook).
Mark Ohman sent me photos of CF-THG, taken in August 2007.
In Dec.2008 Sean Keating sent me a link: "update for your website… the Viscount you portray on a barge has now been repainted."

See my updates on my CANADA 2010 report and CANADA 2019 report.

C/n 224 Viscount V.757
First flight 19Mar57 - delivered to TCA 28Mar57 as CF-THG. TCA became Air Canada on 01Jun64. CF-THG was stored on 16Feb64 (ttl 35.405 hrs, 37.561 cycles).
Sold to United AIrcraft Services Ltd on 27Apr74. Sold to Beaver Enterprises 10Jun75. Sold to Harrison Airways 21Jan77. Sold to the Pacific Vocational Institute on 10Jun80, withdrawn from use and used as a ground trainer at Vancouver, B.C.
Transferred to the British Colombia Institute of Technology in Oct83.
Late 1995 moved outside the hangar. In June 2003 noted discarded on south side of Vancouver IAP.
Moved May 2005 by barge to the BC Aviation Museum at Pat Bay, Vancouver Island.
"The Vickers Viscount" (- by Rayner G C Kittle; Air-Britain Historians Ltd, 2008)

C-119G N8501W

C-119F N1394N during summer 2002, standing on the shoreline airstrip of Port Lions, Kodiak Island, Alaska. It was stuck there with a failed engine and vandalism problems for 13years and 5 months, until rescued in autumn 2002.
Photo credit:

C-119G N8501W landing at Palmer,AK

Fairchild Boxcar C-119F N8501W (c/n 10880) is seen here inbound Palmer,AK on its ferry flight (after years of storage) from Anchorage,AK in 2001.
Box N1394N and Box N8501W are the only flyable 'F models (former US Marines R4Q-2's) left in the world! Photo credit:
More on these C-119s at my webpage Propliners in Alaska: the Road North..

© Phil Boots

Phil Boots sent me this photo of DC-3 PH-SCC of Fairways Rotterdam. He wrote: "I still love the propliners which I saw when I was a kid. I am putting a CD together of all the old photos I have managed to save over the years. Here is one I thought you might like: PH-SCC at Jersey on "Battle of Flowers-day", that would be the first week of August,1965. We used to get at least three Dakotas visiting from Holland every year for our Battle of Flowers (usually Martin's Air Charter, Fairways and Schreiner)".
This Douglas C-47A-75-DL with construction number 19458 has held the previous identities: 42-100995, 100995, LN-IAS, PH-SCC, OO-AVG, N3433E.
It seems that this DC-3 has been confused as ending up as 0-35732, preserved at the Rescue Heritage Hall, Kirtland AFB,NM.

It seems that this DC-3 has been incorrectly confused as ending up as 0-35732, preserved at the Rescue Heritage Hall, Kirtland AFB,NM. Research by emminent DC-3 esperts Aad van der Voet and Matt Miller, taken in account photo evidence taken at Basler's in Oshkosh (a.o. during 2010 by Roger Syratt), led to the following statement by Aad van der Voet on DC-3 Yahoo forum in jan.2011:

"N3433E c/n 19458 was never at Kirtland. The fact that it was widely publicised as being N3433E is possibly due to an error in USAF Museum documents. The cause of this error may lie in incorrect data supllied by David Tallichet, when several of his aircraft were transferred to the USAF museum in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The C-47 at Kirtland may be one of those Tallichet aircraft, but Matt Miller and I are certain that it is not, and never has been, N3433E c/n 19458.
Old and new photos show many differences between the Kirtland C-47 and N3433E (astrodome, aerials, extra windows, tail cone, warning lights, engine air intakes). They have always been two different aircraft.
This C-47 has been at Kirtland since at least May 1991 (but possibly much longer), and it is still there today. It did receive a repaint during those years, but there is nothing to indicate that in 1991 it was another aircraft than in 2010. Unfortunately its identity is still unknown.

N3433E c/n 19458 has been in storage at Memphis, TN since at least 1977, and it seems likely that it did not leave there until acquired by Basler in late 1999. It was there in full DAT colours minus titles until Dave Tallichet bought it the mid 1980s.
It is almost certain that this became the so far unidentified aircraft in USAAF paint without serial that was on display at Tallichet's Specialty Restaurant at Memphis Intl Airport.

The restaurant went out of business and according to the DC-3 book N3433E became the property of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Board. I saw this C-47 at Memphis airport in disused condition in June 1993, still in USAAF paint without serial.
Again according to the DC-3 book by Air-Britain it was sold to a Mr. Rose in May 1994, and it was almost certainly the C-47 which was since then stored in the northwestern corner of the airport (at 35.0667N  89.9826W , use the Google Earth history tool and go all the way back to 1997 to see it). It was noted there Mar1997 and Apr1999, still in USAAF paint without serial.

In late 1999 it went to Basler at Oshkosh, where the fuselage was recently rediscovered by Roger Syratt (still in USAAF paint)."

© Phil Boots

Another photo by Phil Boots, this one is PH-MAA (cn16465/33213). It was delivered tothe USAAF on 03may45 44-76881 and transferred to RAF 07may45 as KN582.
After WW2 it went to Field Aircraft Services (Jan.1950) as G-ALXM. British European Airways bought it on 28feb50.
It moved to the Continent when Martin's Air Charter (of Amsterdam,Netherlands) bought it and it was delivered on 04jul60 as PH-MAA. Phil photographed PH-MAA at Jersey in those days. MAC leased it to Lufthansa 01apr-06jun63 (operated in DLH c/s).
The next owner became Balair of Switzerland, buying it on 26oct67 and registering it as HB-ITD.
This C-47B-35-DK moved back across the Atlantic, upon its purchase by Air Transport Inc (registering it as N37737) on 27may74. It was reported at Mexico City in Jan79 in bad condition. And it was scrapped some time later.

Bill Fraser sent me these 2 fine shots of C-46s in Canada; on the left is C-46F C-GTPO (c/n 22556, in the colours of Buffalo Airways, but these days -2005- operated by First Nations Transportations Inc) and on the right is Curtiss C-46F Commando C-GIBX (c/n 22472) also of First Nations Transportations Inc

(c) Bill Fraser, C-GTPO C-46

(c) Bill Fraser, C-GIBX C-46

He wrote: "I used to work on these two C-46s when they were owned by Air Manitoba in the 80's I worked on C-GIBX in Kenya in the 1990's."
See my Gimli 2007 report, which includes C-GIBX.

Dennis Fisher sent me this photo of DC-3 (C-47A) of Points North Air:
DC-3 Points North Air Obviously a storm has passed here at Saskatoon,Canada while this DC-3 is awaiting a new load.
This is C-FNTF, named "Empress of Black Lake", it was destroyed on March 17th, 2000 in Nunavut.

Points North Air Services was founded in 1988 and operated 4 of these DC-3s: C-FCQT (cn9813), C-FNTF (cn12344), C-FNWS (cn12419) and CF-QHY (c/n 26005). has a photo of C-FCQT, while lying derelict at Points North Landing.

A very nice Oct.2015 update on C-FCQT can be read on Photos by Friends & Guests (43)

My Photos by Friends & Guests #58 has CF-QHY at Basler Turbo Conversions plant at Oshkosh,WI.

Here is another photo (credit: Dennis Fisher) of C-FNTF:
A true Canadian bushplane photo, also by Dennis Fisher, of Norseman CF-BEM of La Ronge Aviation

John Havers kindly sent me this photo: "This BOAC photo has on the reverse a date stamp of 24Oct52, which is likely when it was acquired by whoever owned it before me (I found it at a collectors fair). It would be around that date it was taken at Mogadishu, Somaliland while flying the Aden - Mombassa weekly service, as VR-AAF was only registered on 1Feb50." (Credit: John Havers Collection).
VR-AAF was a C-47B and had c/n 15274, which was redesignated to 26719. It was delivered to the military as 43-49458 upon its delivery 26Nov44, transferred to the RAF as KK137 and was again transferred in 1944 to BOAC while assigned a civil registration G-AGNB in 1945). It was leased to Iraqi Airways during July to November 1947. VR-AAF was assigned for Aden Airways on 01Feb50 and it was named "Mukalla". The trails gets dimmer after that: Jordan Airways leased it in 1953 and it was reportedly reregistered as F-OCKV for Air Djibouti in Aug.1967 but the registration was suspended in Sep.1971 and that's where it stops...
Colin Williamson (Scotland) wrote me in August 2005: "I remember Victor Roger Able Able Fox and her sister aircraft. I was an RAF National Serviceman, assistant air traffic control - Corporal - at Khormaksar (Aden) 1952 - 1954. I often spoke to VR-AAF on the tower radio, giving barometric pressure and other information. The airfield was used by both RAF and civil aircraft.
One of the most attractive civil aircraft that flew in weekly, was an Air India Constellation that flew between India and Kenya.
I noticed 2 interesting links you may want to have a look at: and, search for pictures of Khormaksar."

Thanks Colin!

B-17G 'Liberty Bell' Duane Delk sent me some photos his son Dennis took, when he was on board B-17G "Liberty Belle".
Take off had been from Manassas Regional Airport,VA. Here is another photo.
Here is more on The Liberty Belle & the Liberty Foundation

V5-NCG, click here
Bill Fitzgerald wrote me in Jan.2006 and sent me this photo:

"I took this picture on December 26, 2005. We stopped at the Windhoek airport to refuel on our way to Ongava on safari. The Pilot of our plane indicated it is a flyable plane that gets out occasionally. He did not know the owner. As you can see from the picture it is immaculate. It is parked just to the side of the terminal. This is the city airport, not the newer one outside of town. You have my permission to publish the picture."
Bill Fitzgerald
Fort Worth, Texas

V5-NCG is a Douglas D-6B with construction number 45564; it is owned and operated by Namibia Commercial Airways (NCA). This DC-6B is the last (of 704 including prototype XC-112A) of the DC-6s produced. More on my page DC-6 info

Keith Gaskell wrote this update in Nov.2005:
"An update about Namibia Commercial Aviation’s DC-6B V5-NCG ‘Bateleur’ following a visit to Windhoek to meet owner Chris Schutte.
This was one of the last two DC-6s to come off the Douglas production line. It has survived thanks to the determination and hard work of Chris Schutte and NCA’s dedicated team. V5-NCG took to the air again in 2001 after an extremely thorough three year restoration. This included the refurbishment of its original passenger interior which had remained remarkably untouched since it was installed back in 1958. As a result up to 60 passengers can still today enjoy a flight on the DC-6B, travelling in true 1950s style and comfort with spacious seating, full galley facilities and even fold-down overhead bunks in the rear cabin! The DC-6B continues to be maintained in superb condition and with low airframe and engine hours has the potential to fly for many more years.
Times are troubled, however. Chris explained why it has rarely flown in 2005. One reason is a shortage of accommodation for large groups of passengers in Namibia. However the main problem is a huge increase in costs - airport handling, parking, fuel, insurance etc. NCA has had no choice but to drastically raise its charter rates and this has led to a serious drop in bookings. For example the popular one hour forty minute sightseeing flights of a few years ago cost just £30 per passenger (what a bargain!) but these cannot now be profitably flown for less than £100. As a result of this upward cost spiral the continued viability of the DC-6B’s operation in Southern Africa is now seriously threatened. NCA receives hundreds of inquiries for a variety of charters and other work, but few are actually confirmed. Chris has also received several offers to acquire the DC-6B but is determined to do everything he can to keep it flying in Namibia for as long as possible."
NCA can be contacted through their website

At one time with NCA, this DC-6 had a sistership: V5-NCF. This Six now flies with the Flying Bulls of Salzburg,Austria. Read more here: Red Bulls' DC-6 visits Amsterdam - April 2006.

PJ-AIW Douglas DC-5

Douglas DC-5, the forgotten Douglas....
Douglas produced it without any airline backing, which was quite unique. And it did not work.
Design started in 1938; accommodation for a crew of 3 and 16 passengers was planned as standard. Customers could choose between 2 engines: Wright Cyclone or Pratt & Whitney Hornets. Prototype NX21701 (c/n 411) had its first flight on 20Feb1939.KLM ordered 4, Pennsylvania-Central (of Washington,DC) ordered 6 and Sociedad Colombo-Aelmana de Transportes A&=233;reos (SCADTA of Colombia) ordered 2. Military orders came from the US Navy, 3 for the US Navy (designated R3D-1) and 4 for US Marine Corps (designated R3D-2).
Then WW2 started. The Douglas El Segundo plant, where the DC-5 was to be produced, was needed for the build-up of military hardware. SCADTA and Pennsylvania-Central cancelled their orders. KLM received 5 DC-5s (the only commercial DC-5s) and the military got theirs (7). Prototype NX21701 was reregistered as NC21701 after being converted to 8-seat executive aircraft and delivered to William E.Boeing, named &Rover& and flown for personal use. NC21701 was impressed into military service with the US Navy in 1942; whether this aircraft was part of the batch of 3 I am not certain.
Source: Douglas Propliners DC-1 - DC-7, by Arthur Pearcy (Airlife, 1995).

Jan Spanjaard told me he has this photo in his collection because his father flew on it as a Radio Operator (which meant he worked the morse code key, there was no two-way radio in those early days) and found it among his belongings. The photo was taken at Hato,Curacao and shows PJ-AIW Wakago.

Gil White offers the following history on PJ-AIW.

Mick West wrote me in Apr.2006 with the following additional comments:
"I liked the DC-5 photo, in the West Indies. Did you know that the BA DC-5 order pre-War was at the'deposit paid' stage with the shipping arranged and registrations allocated...? This was confirmed recently by the BA museum. The order was cancelled after only 3 weeks when WWII was declared.
I think the DC-5 was quite a practical plane, but abandoned to allow concentration on the 'Dak', and I think it was the very first nosewheel airliner.
Tom Beudeker sent me another DC-5 photo.


A picture of HS.748-378 Series 2B (c/n 1784) ZS-TPW in Comores Aviation Livery in a place called Anjouan (2004) -- (©) Photo by AJ Burger.
ZS-TPW was ferried to Comores Aviation at Moroni on 25Jun04 for a lease by Executive Aerospace of S.Africa.

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This immaculate plane is a C-54G (N51802 c/n35930) , then owned and flown by Jim Blumenthal. The event was the August 2000 World Free fall Convention held in Quincy Illinois. Mark Meltzer (me) is the jumper in blue. Photo by Steve Crane who has given permission for its non profit use as long as he is given credit as the photographer.

I was on your website and saw the picture of NC8403. I believe I have a photo of this plane, taken at Felts Field, Spokane, Washington in 1929. However, the name on the plane is "West Wind" and the lettering that can be read on the fuselage says "....ER-AIR TRANSPORT". On your website it shows this plane to be purchased by Ptarmigan Airlines and that it crashed. It would be nice to have more of the history of the plane.
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NC8403, Felts Field

I talked to one of the people in the picture, my aunt, who is now 87, and she recalls that there was a special reason they had gone to Felts Field that day. My grandfather, Legrand Woolliscroft, took the picture with a box camera. After researching some more, I believe that this was the West Wind owned by Nicolas Mamer from Spokane and the reason that my family was there was his historic transcontinental endurance flight from Spokane to New York and back. (In the Buhl Sesquiplane) He returned on August 20, 1929 and this would correspond to the date on the picture and the dresses (not coats) of my family members. There is a web site on Nick Mamer and it shows many photos of Felts Field, VIP's, etc. Another picture, taken by Charlie Libby, a famous Spokane photographer, shows the "West Wind II" in 1932.
My interest in this is a result of my husband comparing the Ford Tri-motor to a Junkers Tri-motor at Shell Mara, Ecuador for a friend he was writing to about a rescue mission he was on when he was stationed in the Canal Zone, for 5 missionaries in 1956 (Missionaries Aviation Fellowship). Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.
Ed and Kathleen Praxel (Wash,USA).
Nick Mamer Tribute Photo Gallery
Brief History of Nick Mamer to Jack Knight Air Log
Felts Field Historic District

Don Shenbarger wrote me (Feb05):
From Art Wiggins listing page:
4-AT-E c/n 65 [NC8403]. 1929; Mamer Flying Service, Spokane WA.
LOCATION: Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.
Possible restoration. Not on FAA records.
See also
From Bill Larkins' book:
First flight 5-1-29. Delivered 7-10-29 to Mamer Flying Service, Spokane, WA.
5-5-34 Tom Marshall Kester and Edward H. Groenendyke, Pasedena, CA.
"While operating as Ptarmigan Airlines the plane was washed out in an accident at Flat, Alaska on 10-26-34. Remains recovered by the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum at Anchorage in the summer of 1989." Will Auen added: The West Wind in your picture is the same airplane now called Ptarmigan II that just moved from Anchorage to Minneapolis. Full name is MAMER-AIR TRANSPORT. Mr. Mamer took possession of 4-AT-E-55 (NC-9612) on 30Mar1929 and 4-AT-E-65 (NC-8403) on 10Jul1929.
Pictures show both airplanes with the name, "West Wind". NC-9612 had the number 1 on the rudder and NC-8403 had the number 2 on the rudder. NC-9612 first carried the name in large letters on the side of the fuselage behind the door. Later the name was in small letters in quotes under the cockpit window. I have seen pictures of NC-8403 with West Wind not in quotes and West Wind II. I don't know which marking was first.
Continuing with the history of NC-8403 it was sold on 05May1934. Operating for Ptarmigan Airlines, it crashed in Flat Alaska on 26Oct1934.
The remains of this Ford Tri-motor moved to the Lower 48s, for restoration by Greg Herrick; NC8403 arrived in Minneapolis Thursday, February 10th, 2005.

The photo was sent by (©) John Adams in Feb.2005 and illustrates a Douglas DC-4 (actually a C-54 military version) at Newcastle,UK; the date as well as the identity of the DC-4 (and the company) is not known.
Ian MacFarlane sent me the full details: "The aircraft illustrated is D-ABEB C-54B-1-DC (10530) of Continentale - at Newcastle 29 June 1960. Most likely a ships crew charter, we got a lot of them in those days due to the lack of scheduled services, used to get a lot of flights from/to Hong Kong.

Ian's photo work has been published in magazines and books for many years; thanks Ian !
More of Ian's work can also be seen elsewhere on my website.

Here are Ian's photos of the same aircraft: D-ABEB C-54B-1-DC (10530) Continentale - NCL 29 Jul 1960 - (©) Ian MacFarlane

Henk Wadman drew my attention to the circular windows made rectangular using black paint... making them seem larger, like on a DC-6 (an attempt to appear more modern perhaps?)

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It seems this airframe met its destiny on 17Jun61:
"The C-54 plane was chartered to fly from Hamburg to Leopoldville with intermediate stops at Luxembourg (where the 2 passengers boarded the plane and some cargo was taken on), Tripoli, and Kano. During a night time approach to Kano runway 07 the plane crashed 2nm short of the threshold and caught fire.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was the result of an error of judgement on the part of the captain, who, after sighting the runway lights, concentrated on keeping them in sight and failed to make adequate reference to his flight instruments. As a result, he allowed the aircraft to descend below the obstacle clearance limit of 360ft. In the darkness with no ground reference, the distant runway lights gave him insufficient guidance as to his height and angle of approach, and he was unaware that the aircraft had descended to ground level. The fatigue of the captain and the failure to illuminate the aircraft's landing lights were conributing factors."
Departure airport: Tripoli International Airport (TIP) Destination airport: Kano"
Thanks to investigative work by John Adams, who found this on
Read here the report on Aviation Safety Network; meanwhile the aircraft has been confirmed to be written off as reulst of this accident.

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