Really, really happy to get a nice side-on shot of this beautiful old aeroplane. Delivered to American in March 56 she was converted to a freighter in 1960 and served various companies before ending up with Turks Air in 1999. Note the outboard engine has been removed.
Stored at OPF for a number of years, N381AA was days away from being scrapped when the Perna brothers rescued her. The aircraft was disassembled and moved 230 miles north to New Smyrna Beach where she was reassembled for use as a restaurant. Unfortunately the town bureaucrats put an end to the project and the aircraft is sitting in front of the Epic Flight Academy in 2018.
This former Florida Air Transport freighter was disassembled at Opa-locka Airport and moved to New Smyrna Beach Airport for conversion into a restaurant. Conversion plans were scuttled by local bureaucrats and the aircraft is currently (January 2018) parked in front of the Epic Flight Academy.
Flies on a contract for Turks Air. But with an unservicable No.3 engine, this classic hasn't flown much recently. Disassembled and moved by road to New Smyrna Beach Airport for a restaurant project that never happened. Reassembled and currently parked adjacent to the Epic Flight Academy at the airport.