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.