This rare Packet (delivered to the USAF in 1948 as 45-57814) was used to haul cargo (mainly fish) all through Alaska. It flew with TWA from 1956 to 1972, and the remnants of their livery are still visible on the fin and fuselage. Also visible are very faded "Briles" titles, from its time with Briles Wing & Helicopter during the mid 1970s. In 1992 it was sold and flown to Greybull, WY, where it survived as the world's only flying Packet. In 2006 the Hagerstown Aviation Museum bought it, and the delivery flight to the museum on 15 October 2006 was the last ever flight of a Fairchild C-82 Packet worldwide.
A dull grey winter day, typical for Amsterdam, brought this very nice visitor, not typical for Amsterdam at all. Became CU-C1258 shortly after this photo was taken, then CU-C1419, then sold to Aerocom as ER-IBE in May 2002. It reportedly went to Angola as D2-FCO in 2006, where it was broken up at Luanda in Aug 2015.
During the mid 1980s Marco Airways (formerly Marco Island Airways) was taken over by PBA. Their Martin 404s ended up at PBA's base at Naples, but sadly they never entered service with their new owner. This particular example was scrapped here in 1993-1994.
LZ-BEI rotating on take-off from 24, nicely lit by a low, early-morning sun. This former LOT aircraft (ex SP-LSC) joined the Balkan fleet two years earlier, and was withdrawn from use in 1997. It was broken up in 1999-2000.
N40407 , withdrawn from use, but looking a lot better than PBA Cessna 402 N68PB next to it. A few months later this aircraft was ferried to Gulfport-Biloxi, MS and later to Bay St. Louis-Stennis, MS for continued storage. Unfortunately it was dismantled there in 2002, and its cockpit section went to Chino, CA for display in the Yanks Air Museum.
Quite a few of these military freighters were seen at western European airports during the Iran-Iraq war, particularly in Germany, France and the Netherlands. Although always flown under Iraqi Airways flight numbers and with civil registrations, they were operated for the military.
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.
DDA's second DC-3 making a low pass over runway 32 (now closed), at the end of its delivery flight from Malta, in the company of ill-fated sistership PH-DDA. It would not fly again for 12 years due to a very thorough restoration. When it did, on 7 May 1999, the Pyramid Airlines colours in this photo (ex SU-BFY) had been replaced by retro Martin's Air Charter colours. It was withdrawn from use in October 2012, and initially stored at Amsterdam-Schiphol. In September 2016 it was dismantled and transported by barge to the Aviodrome Museum at Lelystad.
Miami's distinctive Freedom Tower (built in 1925) forms a nice backdrop for this Turbo Mallard, taxiing across Miami's harbour. The landing gear has already been lowered and engine power is about to be increased to taxi up the slope onto Watson Island's small ramp.
This former 144th TAS Provider was preserved just outside Kulis ANGB, surrounded by trees and with the beautiful Chugach Mountains in the background. It was dismantled and removed in 2011, its current whereabouts are unknown. This aircraft flew for the Alaska Department of the Interior in the 1970s, under civilian registration N4393E.
"Large Marge", ex USAF 54-709 and bought from Ray Petkow's Classics in Aviation in December 2003, is a famous aircraft. It featured as the "Jailbird" in the 1997 movie Con Air, in which it did all the flying scenes. It even had two stand-ins, for the destructive scenes. All three aircraft looked identical, and all wore registration N709RR. Very confusing... Unfortunately this rare aircraft crashed in the Denali National Park on 2 August 2010. Three people lost their lives in the crash.
Soc. Columbia was headquartered in Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. This explains the airline's name, and the tail logo, which is a stylized representation of the Santa Maria, the ship on which Columbus set out to discover America. Columbia operated this Herald (ex G-BFRJ) from 1984 until its bankruptcy in August 1986. A year later it was sold to Channel Express as G-CEXP, and in March 1996 it was wfu and put up for display on the visitor's terrace at London-Gatwick. It was removed from there in 2003, and by 2014 is sat derelict in a remote corner near the fire training area.
Nostalgia on final for runway 01R… During the mid 1980s Hawaiian Air briefly operated a service into Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. It was always flown by this aircraft, which was their only DC-8-63. It was leased only two months before this shot was made (ex Iberia/Aviaco EC-BQS), and operated for ten years, until sold to Airborne Express as N822AX in 1994 and converted to a freighter. By 2003 it had been withdrawn from use.
In 1984 LOT operated seven Ilyushin 62Ms, which were replaced by Boeing 767s during the early 1990s. This one served with LOT from 1983 until it was sold to Avialiniï Ukraïny in 1992 as UR-86580. It was withdrawn from use in 1999 and stored at Kiev-Borispol, where it was broken up in 2007-2008.
This B720 had a very colourful career. It was delivered to American Airlines in July 1960 and later flew with Invicta (G-BCBB), Somali (6O-SAU), DETA (C9-ARG), Air Ceylon (4R-ACS) and Monarch (G-BCBB), before going to Maof in October 1981. In 1986 they sold it to the Israeli AF as 4X-JYG, and it is currently preserved as such at the museum at Hatzerim AFB, Israel.
NAC acquired this Liftmaster in March 1991. At the time of this photo it was more than half a century old, having been delivered to the USAF in April 1955 (as 53-3265). When Northern Air Cargo was taken over by Saltchuk Resources from Seattle, it was decided to phase out these wonderful old propliners. This oldie was sold to Everts Air Cargo in 2009 for spares use, and slowly reduced to scrap at Fairbanks, AK in the years that followed.
Altough their numbers were already declining, Boeing 707s in pax configuration were still a regular sight during the mid and late 1980s. El Al was one of the carriers that still used the type on their passenger services during that time. 4X-ATX remained in the fleet until 1987, after which Arkia continued to operate it for seven more years. It was sold to Zaire as 9Q-CVG in 1994, and permanently withdrawn from use in early 1998. It finally met the breaker's axe at Kinshasa during 2001.
A former East German government aircraft (ex DDR-SEN, operated in Interflug livery), photographed during its short career with the Luftwaffe. It was added to their inventory on 3 October 1990, and was disposed of in 1993, when it was sold to Alim-Air Lines as UK-86932. It was reportedly scrapped in 2010.
Bangladesh's national carrier normally used B707s on their flights into Amsterdam, but after a 707 belly-landed at Singapore in April 1980, they were one aircraft short. An Aer Lingus 707 was leased for 6 months, followed by this very nice DC-8, leased from Cargolux in November 1980. It flew into AMS regularly until the summer of 1981.
A beautiful line-up, but a sad sight nevertheless… A sign of changing times, six Martin 404's withdrawn from use and parked in a remote corner of the airport. There are four PBA and two Marco Airways Martins here, from front to back: N40407, N967M, N969M, N40424, N40415 and N40413. The two PBA Cessna 402s are N68PB and N402PB. N967M was scrapped here in 1993-1994, but the other five were flown out later in 1988. Unfortunately none of these aircraft survive today.