The dull grey skies over Fairbanks this morning were due to the smoke of the Parks Highway Fire, which was raging 65 km (40 miles) away to the west. But that certainly didn't make this very rare Carvair sound any less impressive...
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.
Aircraft made a wheels up landing nearby due to a fire in the number two engine while flying from Fairbanks to Fort Nixon Mine with 3,000 gallons of heating fuel onboard, the remains were transported to Nenana Municipal Airport.
Looking very nice after being restored at OPF. The aircraft only got as far as Douglas, Georgia on a ferry flight to Alaska in October 2005 when engine problems cut the flight short. Sadly, it was abandoned and the airport sold the aircraft for scrap in June 2017.
One of then only two flyable Carvairs in the world is seen here in a glorious take-off, a very rare and wonderful sight (and sound)! This beautiful oldie had already seen a lot of the world: it flew as LN-IAE, JA6012, HL4003, VH-INK, N54598, ZK-NWA, N5459X and C-GAAH, before ending up with Brooks Fuel in late 2002. Roger Brooks did a great restoration job on it, but then unfortunately crashed it near McGrath, AK on 30 May 2007.
It doesn't show, but this immaculate Skymaster was delivered to the USAAF in June 1945 (as 45-507), which means that when this photo was taken, this beauty had just celebrated its 61st birthday. Roger Brooks purchased this former Arizona-based airtanker (ex Tanker 161) in February 2006. He used it to fly all kinds of freight out of its new homebase at Fairbanks, Alaska. Unfortunately it crashlanded near Nenana, AK on 17 January 2007. The wreck was stored at Nenana Airport and was still there by 2018.