Propliner Photos

Propliner Photos & Videos



One of the really nice things about hosting this website are the photos and videos that arrive on a continuing basis from folks wanting to share them. Some are current, while others go back to the mid-1940’s. While I use some on the “Propliner News” page, not all can be used and I’ve created this page to collect and share these items with visitors to this website. I hope you enjoy them.

Air Spray - Red Deer, AB – August 20, 2020

Pierre Gillard visited Airspray headquarters, maintenance base and storage area at Red Deer Regional Airport in May 2020. He was kind enough to allow me to share some of his photos on this website.

Buffalo Airways - Yellowknife, NWT – August 20, 2020

Pierre Gillard visited Buffalo Airways headquarters and operations base at Yellowknife Airport in March and May of 2020. He was kind enough to allow me to share some of his photos on this website.

Buffalo Airways - Red Deer, AB – August 20, 2020

Pierre Gillard visited Buffalo Airways maintenance base and storage area at Red Deer Regional Airport in May 2020. He was kind enough to allow me to share some of his photos on this website.

Moroccan DC-7C Missle Strike – July 4, 2020

T&G Aviation DC-7C N90804 was hit by a heat seeking missile fired by Polisario Front rebel soldiers on June 8, 1988, while on a locust spraying contract in Africa. After being hit by the missile, the #1 engine departed the aircraft resulting in the aircraft making an emergency landing at Sidi Ifni in Morocco. T&G DC-7C N284 was flying in a loose formation with N90804 and was also struck by a missile causing it to crash with the tragic loss of all five crewmembers. The soldiers apparently thought the two aircraft were Moroccan C-130s. Here are two photos of the damage sustained by the aircraft. It was repaired and flown back to Arizona and stored for a number of years before the nose section was chopped off and the remaining aircraft scrapped. The nose section is current stored at the CAF Museum at Mesa-Falcon Field. Report by Paul Horst Vd and photos by Tom Karst van der Meulen.

Idlewild Airport in the 1950s – July 1, 2020

The short 1 minute/42 second
color video offers a fascinating view of Idlewild Airport (now JFK Intl Airport) back in the mid-1950s. There's got to be more footage but I've never seen it...hopefully one day additional footage will make its way to YouTube.

Alaska Air Fuel DC-4 – July 1, 2020

This five minute Crave Life video has some very nice footage of both the interior and exterior of Alaska Air Fuel DC-4 N96358. I don't quite understand what the title "Uncovering the 22 myths of the Douglas DC-4 fuel aircraft still flying Alaska" refers to but the video quality is good and is definitely worth five minutes of your time.

May 2018 Visit to Gila River Memorial Airport – June 18, 2020

Ken Swartz visited Gila River Memorial Airport on May 17, 2018 and photographed the eight aircraft that were left behind when International Air Response moved out in early 2006. The airfield, formally known as Chandler Memorial Airfeld, is owned by the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) which has a very strict no trespassing policy. Luckily Ken didn’t have any encounters with the tribal police during his visit, which can’t be said for more than a few aviation enthusiasts, including myself. While the GRIC is adept at catching folks meaning no harm to the aircraft, they are totally incapable of stopping the rampant vandalism that has been inflicted on the aircraft, including the torching of DC-4 N44908, Howard 500 N130P and most recently DC-7B
N4889C.

Flying Bulls DC-6B - Restoration of a Diva – April 25, 2020

This professionally produced 14 minute video very nicely captures the rescue and amazing four-year restoration of Flying Bulls DC-6B OE-LDM. The 1958 era aircraft was the second to last DC-6/7 type aircraft produced and has an interesting history including being the presidential aircraft of Yugoslavia’s Marshall Tito and Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda. It later operated as a VIP tour airplane in Africa before being acquired by Flying Bulls.

May 2018 National Air Force Museum of Canada – April 18, 2020

Photos from Ken Swartz's May 24, 2018 visit to the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario.

2018 Arizona/California - Part 3 – April 17, 2020

Final batch of photos taken by Ken Swartz in 2018 at various Arizona locations in 2018. Also included is a photo of C-46D 44-78019 at Palmdale Airport in California.

Frankfurt Airport C-47 and C-54 – April 16, 2020

Anthony DI PUMA forwarded the following email message and photos from Frankfurt, Germany. "Please find attached pics of C-47D 43-49081 and C-54E 44-9063, which are on static display at the end of Frankfurt Airport runway near the official spotting place. The aircraft are well maintained and weather was perfect in October 2019 when I visited. Also, thank you very much for your very interesting and accurate website I visit now at least once a week."

2018 Arizona - Part 2 – April 16, 2020

Additional photos taken by Ken Swartz in May 2018 at scrapyards adjacent to Davis Monthan AFB.

2018 Arizona - Part 1 – April 15, 2020

Photos taken by Ken Swartz at various Arizona locations in 2018.

March 2018 Aviation Warehouse – April 12, 2020

Ken Swartz toured the U.S. west coast and Arizona in 2018 and has generously agreed to share his photos from that trip. There are too many for one report so I’ll start with photos taken by Ken on March 3, 2018 at the Aviation Warehouse in El Mirage, California. The company has been in business for 35 years and specializes in the sale of aircraft mockups, cockpits, passenger cabins and other assorted aircraft parts for the motion picture industry. Although access is reportedly restricted to paying customers, Ken managed to get some interesting photos.

July 2013 Brooks Fuel Fairbanks Yard – March 29, 2020

Rolf Keller visited the Brooks Fuel yard in Fairbanks on July 1, 2013 and recently forwarded some photos of that visit. At that time, Brooks had been out of business for two years but had recently sold DC-4s N96358 and N3054V to Alaska Air Fuel. As luck would have it, Roger Brooks was outfitting the later aircraft with fuel tanks the day of Rolf’s visit and he was able to photograph the aircraft in the yard. The first eight photos are in Fairbanks with the last photo of N96358 taken on June 26, 2013 at Palmer Municipal Airport, where it was already in operation with Alaska Air Fuel.

Why Buffalo Airways Doesn't Own Turbo DC-3's - February 15, 2020

Operating in a part of the world where 100LL Avgas is scarce, many folks wonder why Buffalo Airways hasn't replaced their DC-3's with turbine verions. Mikey McBryan explains why in this
YouTube video.

Antarctic BT-67 (DC-3T) Rescue - December 31, 2019

This
YouTube video tells about the amazing 2013 rescue of Kenn Borek Air BT-67 C-GEAI "Lidia" from the Holtanna Glacier in Antarctica. The aircraft had been leased to ALCI Aviation and was conducting a tour operation when was involved in a takeoff incident on December 20, 2012 with 15 passengers onboard. Although there were only two minor injuries, the aircraft suffered substantial damage to both the forward fuselage and left wing. Facing considerable technical and weather related challenges, the team rose to the challenge and on Day 44 the aircraft was flown out headed for its home base of Calgary, Canada. Here’s a link to a summary of the accident on the Aviation Safety Network website.

Vintage 1998 Firebombers - December 29, 2019

In 1998 National Geographic Television produced a program about firebombers and the folks that flew them. The program was filmed at Fox Field in Lancaster, California and features lots of footage of P-3, Privateer, DC-4/6 and P-2 firebombers in action both on the ground and in the air. The program was 28 minutes long and is currently available on
YouTube. None of the aircraft featured in the program are currently on contract with the USFS with the P-2's just recently being retired. Airstrike currently has "Call When Needed" contracts for their P-3 with California, Colorado, Alaska and Oregon but none with the Federal Government.

Late 1960's Aerial Photo of Fox Field – December 24, 2019

I’ve seen this iconic aerial photo posted many times on the internet. It’s the California Airmotive storage yard at Fox Field in Lancaster, California taken in the late 1960s and I thought it would be a great photo to include on this website. There are 30+ Constellations and almost as many DC-6/7 type aircraft in the photo. While a few aircraft escaped to fly again, most met their fate at this desert airport. When I visited the airport in 1977, there was not one remaining. Oh boy was I disappointed!

Forgotten NP-3C – December 23, 2019

Kevin Palmero recently posted photos on Facebook of the derelict remains of former Naval Research Lab NP-3C BuNo 153442/BH-357 at Reynolds Airpark in Green Cove Springs, Florida. It appears it's been picked clean on most useful spares and probably doesn't have too much more time before the scrapman pays of visit. I plan on driving to the airpark to get some photos before it's gone.

Flabob DC-3 & C-47 – November 27, 2019

John Olafson visited Flabob Airport on November 24th and forwarded some photos of DC-3 “Flabob Express” N103NA and C-47 “What’s Up Doc” N60154 in action. The C-47 participated in the “Daks Over Normandy” event in June.

Florida Air Transport C-118B at Kalaeloa Airport in Hawaii – September 16, 2019

Florida Air Transport C-118B N70BF is based at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii on a standby oil dispersant contract. Flightcrews were undergoing recurrent training in August 2019 and Carlos Gomez sent me some interesting photos of the aircraft. I particularly like the sunrise (or sunset) shot.

Former Finnish Air Force F-27-100 on Display – June 13, 2019

Antti Hyvärinen forwarded some photos of former Finnish Air Force Intelligence Fokker F-27-100 serial FF-1. Built in 1965, she was finally retired in 2015 and was rarely seen during her military service. She’s on display at the military area of Pirkkala Airport in Tampere, which is normally open to the general public just once a year. The two other former Finnish Air Force Fokkers are at Pori Airport and used for mechanic training. FF-2 is an F-27-100 while FF-3 an F-27-400M.

Bangkok, Thailand 2018 – April 13, 2019

As a first officer for Finnair, Antti Hyvärinen has the good fortune of being able to visit many cities around the world. In 2018 his schedule included Bangkok, Thailand, where he tracked down and photographed a number of Propliners. Many thanks to Antti for sharing his photos.

BT-67 Photos at Easton Municipal Airport – April 12, 2019

Curtis Brandt works at Easton Municipal Airport on the eastern shore of Maryland and recently captured some nice photos of BT-67 N141PR doing pilot training at the airport. For additional BT-67 photos and photos of the eastern shore of Maryland, check out Curt's website at
www.skipjackphotography.com and his Facebook page.

2003 Coventry Classic Airshow – April 10, 2019

The 2003 Coventry Classic Airshow was one of the last large gatherings of Propliners in the U.K. and was held on May 31st and June 1st. The weather cooperated and there were large crowds both days including the usual Propliner diedhards along with folks from the local area out for the day to enjoy an airshow. Neither group was disappointed as the airshow included quite a few Propliner and Warbird flight demos. I met a number of enthusiasts that I had been communicating with for years but had never met in person. The only down side of the airshow was the unfortunate crash of a “Spirit of St. Louis” replica shortly after takeoff after one of the wing braces failed. The aircraft spiraled to the ground within sight of the crowd resulting in the death of the pilot. It had arrived a few days prior to the airshow from Sweden after crossing the North Sea. If the strut had failed during this flight, it would have been another one of those missing aircraft mysteries. Sadly, time marches on and this event will never be repeated.

Rand Airport, South Africa – April 8, 2019

Tobias Ralle visited Rand Airport in South Africa in October 2018 and photographed the airport's amazing collection of Propliners. Rand Airport is a privately owned civil airport situated in Germiston, Johannesburg and is home to a number of charter operators, flight schools, aircraft maintenance companies and the South African Airways Museum. Propliners at Rand range from airworthy to near derelict and it's safe to say that Rand is only second to Fairbanks, Alaska in the number of Propliners that call the airport home. Many thanks to Tobias for sharing his photos.

CV440 Fuel Stop at Meridian, Mississippi - April 4, 2019

Freddie Poitevent photographed the Convair at Meridian Regional Airport (MEI), Mississippi on March 9, 2019. Freddie recently reported on Facebook that the Convair regularly stops at the airport for fuel. Thanks much to Freddie for sharing his photos.

Mexican YS-11s and CV640s – March 4, 2019

Paul Filmer and Sandy Tweedie traveled to Mexico in February 2018 in search of interesting and exotic aircraft. One of their photo stops was Satillo Airport where they photographed the airport's diverse population of active and stored aircraft. Paul forwarded photos of the YS-11 and CV640 aircraft they encountered and allowed me to include them on this website. Check out Paul's website at
skippyscage.com which includes an extensive collection of aircraft photos from his worldwide travels.

Coventry Airport Propliners – March 2, 2019

Michael Prophet visited Coventry Airport on July 15, 2018 and forwarded the following report and photos. "I saw your posting on the Coventry DC-6 and decided to spring into action and send you these pictures. Last year I visited the Flying Legends Airshow at Duxford and together with Graham Robson we decided to make a detour and visit the 'Night Fright' C-47 project at Coventry."
"I was a super-hot summer’s day and we walked about the dusty ramps and hangars photographing the lingering DC-6s. We also visited the DC-3s sprayers, which were inside the hangar next to 'Night Fright'."
"We walked around the hangar and it being Sunday there was nobody to talk to. Our 'Night Fright' guide told me that both C-47s would need some technical maintenance to get their new certificate for flight. Since then I have not heard or seen any pictures that both or one aircraft has flown...so possibly they are only for pilot training?"

Everts Air Fuel C-46 – February 23, 2019

Nigel Rayner was in the right place at the right time when he photographed Everts Air Fuel C-46R N7848B “Dumbo” on the ramp in Fairbanks. “Found your new web page on Facebook. I now have it book marked and get access to it…excellent site. In May/June 2016 I visited Alaska and Buffalo Airways in Yellowknife (my second visit to Yellowknife) with The Aviation Society, Manchester. We visited Everts at both Anchorage and Fairbanks. We had a full tour round at Fairbanks. The enclosed picture I took at Fairbanks on Friday 3rd June 2016. There was a heavy rain shower in the morning and the apron was just drying out in the afternoon. While walking across the apron to photograph this C46, I suddenly became aware of its reflection in this rather large puddle. As you can imagine, I am rather pleased with this photograph. I think it looks right.”

Alaska - May/June 2018 – February 23, 2019

Antti Hyvärinen visited Alaska in late-May/early-June 2018 and was kind enough to forward these photos from his trip. Alaska is just about the last haven for Propliners where they can be seen in operation every day at airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Wasilla, Palmer and Wolf Lake. My guess is that they will continue to operate until avgas is no longer available.

1972 South Florida Airports – February 10, 2019

In April 1972 I visited Fort Lauderdale for spring break. On April 2nd, which happened to be Easter Sunday, I ditched my friends and did a quick photo tour of Miami International (MIA), Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) and Opa-locka (OPF) Airports. Life got in the way and it would be over 30 years before I would return to south Florida and visit these airports. MIA and FLL were totally unrecognizable from my earlier visit with only OPF recognizable in 2004. Since then it has evolved into an executive airport with propliner operators slowly being squeezed out. While the quality of these black and white photos isn't the greatest, I hope you enjoy them.
MIAMI INTL AIRPORT
FORT LAUDERDALE INTL AIRPORT
OPA-LOCKA AIRPORT

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----Created 10 February 2019-----Updated 20 August 2020