Built in May 1940 as a DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport) NC25685 for American Airlines, fitted with right hand pax door. Served USAAF 1942/44 as C-49E 42-56104. Returned to AA. Modified as DC-3A with left-hand door. Served PBA from 03.70 until 1991, latterly on schedules from Miami to Naples and Key West. Stored in 2010.
This veteran Martin began its career with TWA in June 1952 and went on to Piedmont ten years later. To PBA Jan 77 and became HI-501 in 1987, landing up in storage at Caracas from 1989 with Rentavion as YV-145C (a reg previously used on a CV-880)
Delivered to American Airlines in May 1939, this DC-3 still retains its right-hand door when operating a scheduled service from Miami Intnl to Key West for PBA in 1987. Sold to Mexico as XA-RPE in 1989.
One of six Martin 404's stored at PBA's base in Florida, soaking up the spring sunshine. A few months later this Martin was ferried to Mississippi, where it survives in poor condition, tucked away in a wooded area at Gulfport-Biloxi airport. It was still there in February 2017.