On 17 January 2007 this DC-4 suffered a fire in the #2 engine which could not be contained and spread to the wing. The crew made a wheels-up landing in the tundra 7 km west of Nenana, AK. The wreck was salvaged in Feb/Mar-2007 and trucked to Nenana Airport for storage. It was still there 10 years later.
"Clipper Westward Ho" was built as C-54G 45-0590 for the USAAF. Converted to DC-4 standard by Douglas in early 1947 and leased to Pan Am on 28 February 1947. Returned to the USAF in 1953 and operated until retirement and storage at Davis Monthan AFB. Seen over San Francisco in this Pan Am publicity photo.
At the 1970 Air Day at the U.S.A.F base R.A.F Alconbury, an immaculately presented 1945 build C-54.The transport aircraft which made oceanic crossings routine, the C-54 was retired from U.S.A.F service early in the seventies.
Stored for many years at Falcon Field this aircraft was built in 1945 and started its life with the USAF before flying for various commercial airlines and then on to NASA and finally joining Air Response where it finished it's working life.
Taxying in between firefighting missions. On 21 June 1995, while on approach to Ramona Ca., N4989P was struck by CDF Baron N156Z and both aircraft crashed. All three crew (two in the C-54 and one in the Baron) died.