Northern Air Cargo used to operate two Cargomasters, which were both leased from Cargomaster Corp. in the early 1980s. Shown here is N133B, which still carries small and faded Northern Air Cargo titles on the wheel bay and 'NAC' on the fin. It also still wears serial 0-90533, as a reminder of its previous military career (ex 59-0533). Sadly this rare aircraft, one of only fifteen C-133Bs built (with the clamshell rear loading doors), was scrapped at Anchorage during 2000.
This Stratofreighter, owned by Stratolift Inc, shows misleading identification marks. It is ex USAF 52-0883 (with some difficulty '0883' can be seen below the faded U.S. Air Force titles on the nose), but the tail clearly shows '0237'. This is because the original tail fin was damaged, and it was replaced with that of 53-0237 (cn 17019). The missing engine cowlings of engine #3 suggest that this aircraft was already withdrawn from use at the time. It was slowly reduced to scrap here during 1994-1996.
N90267 is seen here being used as a spares source, possibly by Northern Pacific Transport. A sad end for former USAF Flying Boxcar 53-8154 and ex civil N4999P. It was completely scrapped by 1996, but the forward fuselage was saved. This initially went to Greybull, WY, then in 2006 it was moved to Henderson, NV, and finally in 2013 to the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA.
Gloomy Chugach Mountains looking down on the Northern Pacific Transport "apron" at Anchorage. It shows a typical Alaskan aviation scene as it existed up until the early 1990s, with a lot more tail fins than aircraft. On the right there are three C-82 Packets (left to right: N9701F, N8009E, N5102B) and on the left three C-119 Flying Boxcars (N9027K, N8505A, N8504Z). Stuck in the middle of all this military surplus is Reeve Aleutian YS-11 N171RV.
The last airworthy Cargomaster in the world (ex HI-246 & USAF 56-1999). Due to FAA restrictions it was only allowed to fly for the Alaska State government, but that included several flights in Jun/Jul 2004, to carry large loads to remote locations in Alaska. In April 2006 it flew again, to Barter Island, AK. It was then sold to the Travis Air Museum, and on 28 Aug 2008 it departed Anchorage for the last time, landing safely at McChord AFB that same day. Two days later it continued to its new home at Travis AFB, where it was placed on display. This was the last flight of a C-133 worldwide.