This C-47A was one of two Dakotas operated by British Nederland based at RAF Bovingdon near Hemel Hempstead. It served the airline from March 1948 until November 1950. It is visiting Speke Airport with racegoers for the 1950 Grand National horse race.
Converted from RAF AS-40 Oxford DF402 for civil use. Flown by Airspan from 1948 until sale to Transjordan as TJ-ABC in September 1950. Airspan operated from Redhill and Croydon from 1947 until closure in 1953.
Speke Airport's annual busiest day in the late 1940s and early 1950s came on Grand National Day at the nearby Aintree horse racing circuit. Many racegoers arrived aboard charter aircraft from around the UK and Ireland. Visible here in 1950 are Dakotas, DH Doves, Dragon Rapides and a DH.86 Express.
The Grand National Day scene at Speke in 1950 with Northwest Airlines (IoM) Dakota G-AGHO and a BEA example in the background. G-ALEJ served Lancs Aircraft Corp from June 1949 until being burned out in a forced landing on 14.09.56.
Ciro's Aviation operated charter services from their Gatwick base between January 1947 and closure in January 1951. They flew G-AKJN from October 1947 until January 1951. It is visiting Speke on Grand National Day 1950.
Swiss Air Lines "Neuchatel" taxies towards Runway 06 to depart on the scheduled service from Ringway to Zurich (Kloten). It still wears the original all-metallic finish with no white top yet added. HB-IRV served SR from February 1949 until sale to Mohawk Airlines in November 1956.
This 1936-built four-engined 14/16-seat DH Express, ex Aer Lingus, served Bond Air Services from late 1946 until January 1951 on charter flights. Seen here at Speke on Grand National Day 1950. No DH.86 survives.