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Loading stores for the forward area, New Guinea 1942. From a batch of new C-53s shipped to Brisbane in Nov 41 under "Project X" to support US forces in the Philippines. Pearl Harbor clarified the situation and the C-53s were used between Australia, Philippines and Netherlands East Indies before taken over by the Directorate of Air Transport as callsign VHCCC.The aircraft was transferred to the RAAF from May 43 to Apr 44. It tipped on its nose landing at Nadzab on 28 Feb 44. Repaired it was transferred to Qantas Empire Airways in Jul 44 until Apr 46, when it returned to the USAAF.
Following its Army Air Force days, this DC-3/C-53 then flew with PCA Pennsylvania Central Airlines, Capital Airlines and United Air Lines as NC19917 and N19917. It was impounded in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1984 for drug smuggling. Acquired by Missionair Inc in Oct 90, Re-reg N213MA Mar 91. Seen all metal and partly dismantled at Chino CA in Mar 2011.
Actually located in the yard of the Proud Bird, an aviation-themed restaurant close to runway 26L. The aircraft was in a very much better state when it was first displayed there circa 2007 and it's disappointing to now see it like this. Originally 42-15552 with the US Army. With Pennsylvania Central Airlines Apr 45 to Apr 48 as NC19915. With Capital Airlines from Apr 48 to Jun 61 and then a short time with United Air Lines. After that it operated by a number of corporations and also private owners. It never flew for Western Air Lines.
Wartime 41-20110, this C-53 became NC19923 with United Airlines in 1944. Pacific Coastal Airlines flew the airliner from 1977 until merged with Air West in 1980 and the DC-3 disposed of. The aircraft is presently N2948B at the time of uploading.
Named "Scarlett O'Hara", this early production C-53 Skytrooper takes off from an improvised desert airstrip. 26470 later served with the USAAF's India-China Wing of Air Transport Command. From Douglas 60 years ago.