While Howard Aero's Lockheed conversions focused mainly on the PV-1 Ventura, the Howard 250 was a successful conversion of the earlier Lockheed Lodestar. This aircraft left the production line as 42-55873 for delivery to the RCAF with serial 551. After 1946, the Lodestar flew as a business aircraft and was converted in 1963. Seized for running drugs in 1976, the airplane was auctioned off a year later and is pictured when owned by Atlas Aircraft Corporation, an aircraft parts dealer. It was again seized for drug running in April 1984 with a new owner and impounded at Nassau, Bahamas.
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.
Originally 42-100903 with the US Army Air Force, this C-47 was among several acquired by Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1946. Pictured with Southern Frontier Airlines, the aircraft worked for many operators in Canada before returning to the USA as N141JR in October 1995. It had been displayed/stored at the Vintage Flying Museum in Forth Worth, TX while being restored to flying status when heavily damaged by a storm in 2012. Trucked to a new location, it has been slowly undergoing further restoration.