Former USAF 53-8153 registered to J. D. Gifford and Associates February 1981. Not a great day in Arlington for photography, but I never saw this Boxcar again. On September 7, 1981 N8504W was landing at Dahl Creek, Alaska when the right main gear collapsed and was substantially damaged. Luckily there were no injuries, but the aircraft was hauled away, broken up and the remains burned.
Built as 44-34313 for the US Air Force, this Invader went directly into storage until re-activated for the Korean War. Sold surplus in 1957, it became the first A-26 fire bomber conversion in 1959, working in Idaho and Oregon until 1975. Sold to Conair and flying as Tanker 23 until retired in 1987. Subsequently owned by several museums in Canada and the USA, the solid nose was replaced by the clear bomber nose. Last noted with Black Crow Aviation as N4313 after a 7 year restoration.
The second of two Caribou's brought to Malta by NewCal Aviation to refurbish for the civil market. The company outfitted the first (9J-NAA / N5844R) for Union flight of Sacramento, CA, but it was lost on October 23, 1984 during delivery when it ran out of fuel off the coast of Canada and ditched. 9J-NAB became the second aircraft rebuilt and became N900NC with Union Flights.
This 747 was with Cathay Pacific from December 1980 - January 1999 (registered B-HIC after August 13, 1997). To Air Atlantic Iceland on January 15, 1999, it was stored at Sharjah - Dubai, UAE in October 2005.
The fourth and last XP-51 was the first P-51 delivered to the US Army. It was transferred to NACA in 1942. The aircraft was placed in storage for the National Air Museum (now the National Air and Space Museum) in 1949. Acquired by the EAA in 1975, it was restored and flew again in 1976. Last flown in 1982, it resides in the EAA Museum and is taken outside for display on special occasions.
Built for the RCAF in 1943, this Canso had many civil identities in the US, Central and South America after 1946. Used by the CIA as a communications ship during "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba in April 1961, it also appeared in the 1969 movie Tora, Tora, Tora. The seaplane is pictured awaiting the attention of new owner Troya SA to be registered TG-BIV. On January 5, 1994, the aircraft had an engine failure during delivery to New Zealand. Diverting to Christmas Island and unable to maintain altitude it ditched in the Pacific Ocean and sank several hours after the crew took to the life raft.
The British Colombia government cancelled their contract with Coulson Flying Tankers after the 2013 fire season. Both Martin Mars aircraft were put up for sale and the US Navy had planned to buy C-FLYK for display at he National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL. Problems arose and the deal is yet to be consummated, so the big flying boat remains in Port Alberni painted in original US Navy colors.
This 707 was with Pan Am from November 1967 - September 1977 as N459PA christened "Clipper Western Continent". Only with Phoenix Aviation for a short time (April - July 1990) before leased out to several other airlines. It ended it days in 2003 when withdrawn from use and broken up by 2013 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Originally 41-18471, this DC-3 was used by Shell Oil of Canada before joining the Province of Alberta. Photographed at the DC-3 50th anniversary fly in that was part of Vancouver's Expo 86 World Exposition. Had been donated to the Reynolds - Alberta Museum by 1994.