Only 39 CL-44s have been built, and this aircraft was the last one. It first flew in March 1965, and was delivered to Loftleidir of Iceland a year later, as TF-LLI. Unfortunately it came to a premature end when it crashed on approach to Barranquilla, Colombia on 6 July 1988.
Guyana's national airline made two weekly fligths into Miami, using two Tupolev 154s. One was leased from TAROM (YR-TPJ) and operated in TAROM colours, the other was this very nice Tu-154M in full Guyana livery. Today I was lucky, and I was able to capture this rare bird landing on Miami's southern runway. It was sold to Cubana in 1988 as CU-T1276, then became RA-85818 with Omskavia, EP-MAJ with Iran Air Tour, then back to RA-85818. Last noted in 2009, fate unknown.
This aircraft was built in the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis workshops in 1991 from original plans. It carries the markings of Adolphe Pegoud who was famous for being the first pilot to loop an aircraft.
The M6A1 Seiran was designed to emerge from large I-400 class submarines to bomb the locks in the Panama Canal. It never happened. This one received US Navy tail number 47 after capture. Note the Nakajima Kikka jet fighter, inspired by the Me 262, in the background.
Tankers 44 and 49 were dispatched from Canada and based at Fairbanks-Ft. Wainwright to combat the Parks Highway Fire burning near Nenana, AK, which was getting out of control. Both tankers made a short stop at Fairbanks-International to settle customs affairs before going on to their temporary tanker base at Ft. Wainwright.
With engine no.3 shut down, prop feathered, AESA's venerable workhorse YS-05C is seen here on another one of Miami's routine three-engined arrivals. Less than two years later, on June 29, 1988, this aircraft crashed at Comalapa, El Salvador, during take-off for yet another flight to Miami.
A very old DC-6 (delivered Dec 1948), now converted to firebomber. The signs of frequent use of red fire retardant are clearly visible. Macavia's ship 20 does carry titles, almost unreadable just below the logo on the nose.<br>This aircraft was sold as 9Q-CPL in 1994 and became EL-WNH in 1997. By 2007 it was in use as a fire trainer at Lanseria, South Africa, and it was still there in derelict condition by 2015.
This is a view of the main cabin of the A380 as seen at the 2005 Dubai Airshow. The aircraft was mainly fitted with test equipment and small sections of the proper interior. The red-topped grey containers were water storage containers and these could be filled or emptied to act as ballast and to simulate a passenger load.
D-7110 was built by Mr. Helmut Regenhardt from the original plans. He started work in 1999 and in 2001 the aircraft was already in an advanced stage. It was then expected to fly in 2003/2004 but details about this are missing. It later went to the Deutsches Segelflugmuseum. The Grüne Post was designed by Alexander Lippisch for the popular magazine Grüne Post that made the plans available. The first flight was made in Nov-1932 and about 250 were completed from the plans by aviation groups
Mozambique's presidential aircraft was not a common sight in Europe, so its visit to Rotterdam Airport was very welcome. This aircraft crashed near Nelspruit, South Africa three years later, on 19 October 1986. The aircraft broke up and caught fire, killing 26 of the 36 passengers, including President Machel.
A Constellation in flight… Sheer grace and beauty. If only today's boring Boeing/Airbus shapes could be replaced by this...!<br>This is what Miami used to be like as recently as the early 1990s. This Connie, and another one, then a DC-7 and a Mexican DC-6 would all pass this point on short final runway 09L within 20 minutes… Paradise!
It doesn't show, but this immaculate Skymaster was delivered to the USAAF in June 1945 (as 45-507), which means this beauty celebrated its 60th birthday last year. Roger Brooks purchased this former Arizona-based airtanker (Tanker 161) in February 2006. He used it to fly all kinds of freight out of its new homebase at Fairbanks, Alaska. Unfortunately it crashlanded near Nenana, AK on 17 January 2007.