Leaving the gate at the old PIT terminal. Notice the "Fly Mohawk" sign above the door from the ramp, an airline which Allegheny later acquired. This F-27 was destroyed in a crash at Resolute Bay, NWT, while on lease to another operator in June, 1968.
There are a couple of things I well recall about my visit to Guadeloupe; one was this colourful Fairchild, the other was the total dump of a hotel I overnighted in down by the docks - a scary experience... Initially an F27A N2776R with Pacific Air Lines in 3.64, this aircraft later went to UTA (F-BFQQ), Air Affaires Gabon (TR-LWB) and TAT (F-GBRR) before conversion to 'J' and moving to the Caribbean in 1.80. Into store at Dinard 1990 and allocated SE-KZF, F-GGZP but both ntu; derelict in the woods late 90s, scrapped
These Mexican Fairchilds have tricky histories. This one carried XC-UTD as her alternative identity (hidden behind wing in this view). It was originally destined for the Banco de Mexico as XC-COX in 1962 but not taken up and immediately transferred to the Mexican AF as AP-0204. Converted from F27F to F27J in 1978. In 1987 it became XA-MCJ of Aerocaribe. Partially scrapped at Merida 1993
Started out with Allegheny as N2705J in 11.65 and later HR-LAP with LANSA and N275PH with Horizon; to Uruguay 1.88 and wfu at MVD 12.95, quickly becoming derelict with many missing parts; later scrapped