Wearing her "Commonwealth Games" titles in an early morning shot. In an effort to beat the black tarmac at the old Brisbane International ( which was the bane of a photographers life incidentally ) I took this shot from a set of aircraft stairs to capture more light.
Former US Air Force 44-35444 had a long military career. It served out World War II and in Korea from 1955 - 1953. Transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan) to fly low level reconnaissance with Black Bat 34th Squadron until 1969. Returned to the USA as N7656C, the bomber came to Canada with Air Spray in 1971. Converted to a fire bomber, it was with Air Spray until 2006. Sold to the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum, Hillsboro, OR for restoration and display, the aircraft was traded to Taiwan in 2012. It is displayed at the Air Force Museum next to the RoCAF Academy in Kangshan, Taiwan.
Originally Army Air Force 43-22653 became an fire bomber with Idaho Air Tankers, Boise, ID in 1963. Bought by Air Spray in 1981 and used in Western Canada until withdrawn as the A-26s were retired. It was sold in 2014 to the Australian Aviation Museum in Sydney, Australia.
Having flown as PP-SON with VASP, N42782 has just returned to re-enter the Canadian Airlines fleet. Back again as C-FCRE, it would be withdrawn from use in 2000 after the merger with Air Canada. The DC-10 was broken up at Marana, AZ in 2003.