This B737 (one of the old and noisy kind, now almost extinct) was acquired by American through their take-over of AirCal in 1987. It was withdrawn from use a year after this photo was taken, and then spent some years in Mexico, before ending up with an airline in Peru in 1998. It was acquired by the Peruvian Air Force in 2005, but by 2014 they had abandoned it in a boneyard at Lima-Callao.
During the early 1990s Pan Am Express operated several Dash 7's. This one, acquired in June 1989, was used to operate their 4 or 5x daily SAN-LAX flights. It is seen here at one of the many nice photo spots that could be found at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, affectionately known to some as Lindy Field.
Rotating on take-off from runway 24. Worldways Canada acquired this 707 in 1981, and flew it into Amsterdam regularly. Two years later they switched to DC-8's and C-GRYN was sold to the Royal Australian Air Force, as A20-623. It served them faithfully until withdrawn from use 24 years later, in 2007. In 2011 it was sold to Omega Air as N623RH and stored at Brunswick, GA. It was still there in 2017.
In the older days the Paris Air Show often brought very interesting Soviet transports, such as Il-76s and Antonov 22s like this one. They were not present during the show itself, but during the days before and after. CCCP-09333, seen here taxiing in after landing, with its four engines and eight contra-rotating props making an unbelievable sound, first flew in May 1972. It was withdrawn from use in the mid 1990s, and broken up for scrap at Ivanovo during 1997.
Dark rain clouds approaching from the northwest, but "Lugano" is still lit by the nice autumn sunshine. On May 24, 1991 the crew of this aircraft was unable to find the runway of Bakhtaran, Iran because of bad weather. They ran out of fuel and had to make a forced landing in the Iranian desert. This IL-76, not even two years old at that time, was written off.
One of the fourteen YS-11's in storage at Honolulu in 1988 was N109MP, pictured here against a typical Hawaiian backdrop of green hills and mountains and towering clouds. This aircraft was purchased in 1983 and withdrawn from service in July 1988. It was broken up during 1992-1993.
This Canadian Vickers-built Canso (ex C-FJCV, CF-JCV, RCAF 11054) was hired from its owners, Catalina Safari Company, to fly the Peter Stuyvesant Travel Odyssey in 1993. This was a filmed tour to Mexico, USA, Newfoundland, Greenland and Iceland. It included a contest between teams from Holland, Belgium and France, and was later shown on TV in these countries. After a job well done, the Catalina returned to Africa to fly tourists from Egypt to Zimbabwe, but was sold as ZK-PBY a year later. It was still active there by 2016.
Ah, those were the days! LOT Ilyushin 18, in need of some cleaning, on short finals runway 19R at Schiphol... It was withdrawn from use five years later and preserved in Warsaw in 1991. Sadly it was burnt by vandals near the Poniatowski Bridge on September 26, 1995.
Ex Conair C-GKFF. Only flew with this Guatemalan carrier for less than a year, so I was very pleased to get it in front of my camera. It was delivered to Aerovias in October 1987, and withdrawn from service in July 1988. It later flew as YV-501C, 9Q-CJP and EL-WIL, before ending up in storage at Johannesburg-Rand, South Africa in 1997. It was broken up there in early 2004.
5Y-BAS pictured during its take-off from runway 01L. Only two ASA aircraft ever carried the striking zebra stripes on the upper fuselage, and this is one of them. ASA purchased this beauty from KLM in 1976 (ex PH-DCN), and later sold it to Seychelles International as S7-SIA. It was broken up at Brussels during 1987.
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.
This Provider, ex USAF 56-4390, was on outdoor display at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum at Anchorage International Airport for many years. In 2004 it was bought by All West Freight, dismantled, and trucked up north to their private All West Airport. It was obviously still dismantled when this photo was taken, but everything was there (the wings are stored to the right). By late 2017 nothing had changed - the aircraft was still there, in the exact same dismantled condition.
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.
F-AZJU moments before touchdown after a slow but wonderful performance at the Airshow Lelystad 2004. During restoration it was determined that this is not a real CASA 352L, but a German-built Junkers Ju-52/3M fuselage (cn 24?), assembled by CASA as CASA 352L cn 103, using CASA-built wings. It served with the Spanish AF as T.2B-212 until 1976, when it was sold as G-BECL. Its current owners, Amicale Jean Baptiste Salis, acquired this venerable aircraft in 1990, and they still operated it at airshows by 2018!