VARIETY OF PROP TYPES - USA 1970s
In keeping with the motto of the early PROPLINER magazines Jets Are For Kids, this is a selection of my photographs
of propeller driven aircraft seen in USA in the late 1970s
|Fairchild C-82 Packet N9701F
at Anchorage, Alaska in September 1979, still in TWA scheme from its days
carrying spare engines
for TWA's Constellations in Europe and North Africa. Now she was hauling fresh fish from Kenai and Kodiak.
The jet pak on the roof was part of the Steward Davis Jet Packet 3400A modifications installed in 1963.
|Also at Anchorage, but
stored pending future use was Northern Air Cargo's Douglas C-133B Cargomaster
The company kept another C-133B N199AB airworthy for 30 years on government oversized cargo contracts
Airport includes two large lakes for floatplanes. An effective way to photograph
the hundreds of
aircraft around the edges of the lakes was a helicopter joyride. Here's SeaAir's DHC-4 Caribou N580PA in September 1979.
Some of the fascinating scenes along the banks of Lake Hood on the airport
|Another Caribou at Anchorage
in September 1979 was N539Y in the same all metallic finish it wore in SE
Asia with Air America
|Thanks to Tony, our Alaskan
bush chopper pilot, for the low level circuit of the Anchorage Airport lakes
|Military disposals Cessna
T-50 Bobcats were in widesprerad commercial use after WWII, but their wooden
made them a rare sight by the late 1970s. This pair were at Rosamund, California in September 1977
This restored Bobcat N30L visited the Confederate Air Force annual airshow at Harlingen Texas in October 1977
|Another visitor to that
1977 Confederate Air Force airshow was this USAF Fairchild C-123K 54-618
still in military service
|Douglas B-23 Dragons were modified for the
civil market after WWII as executive transports.
Only a few survive and N880L was parked at Ryan Field, Arizona in November 1977 for some engine work
|Another B-23 Dragon N747M was parked among
light aircraft at Salinas, California in September 1977.
The following year it was acquired by Ed Daly, president of World Airways, and renovated as his own classy executive aircraft
|Most surviving North American B-25 Mitchells
were flown as warbirds, but N5865V at Fort Lauderdale, Florida
in October 1977 had faded civil paintwork from its days as an executive transport fitted with airstair door and other refinements.
Damaged by a windstorm, it was for sale "as is" - the new owner restored it to military standard to join the other B-25 warbirds
|Douglas A-26 Invaders were the elite of the
corporate executive transports in the pre-Learjet days. Many were also in
fire tankers in USA and Canada. Here's privately-owned N550 at Opa Locka, Florida in October 1979
N7705C at Chino, California in September 1979 was a typical A-26 Invader executive modification, with On-Mark modifications
including the lengthened nose. Despite the fading paintwork, it was later restored and still flies today
The ultimate A-26 corporate aircraft was the high performance On Mark Marksman with pressurised passenger cabin.
This A-26 N26AB seen at Fort Lauderdale in October 1977 had some Marksman modifications, but not the deepened fuselage.
Privately owned, it was painted in glossy grey pseudo USAF markings as Intimate Invader
Intimate Invader from the other side, showing the passenger cabin windows
|On Mark Engineering modified 40 USAF Invaders
as strengthened B-26K Counter Invaders,
redesigned A-26A, for SE Asia.
A-26A N99218 ex 67-17657 was at Mojave, California in September 1977 still in tactical camouflage with rocket rails.
Owned by experienced warbird operator Wally McDonnell, it crashed on approach to Chino the following year.
|Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina N7057C was parked
at Fort Lauderdale, Florida in October 1979
|PBY-6A N16KL at Long Beach, California in
September 1977 had been purchased from the Danish Air Force in 1972
|PBY-5A N68756 at Harlingen, Texas in October
1979 had just been acquired by Australian Mike Wansey.
It had been converted to a Landseaire luxury air yacht in 1952 and had a series of corporate owners
Catalina N5907 was modified in 1967 as the one and only Bird Innovator, with two Lycoming GSO-480 engines installed
outboard of the upgraded P&W R-1830s, a Super Cat squared tailplane, boats under each wing and a luxury interior
|This unique aircraft was at Long Beach, California
in September 1977. It has since been returned to standard Catalina configuration
|Percival Pembroke N51948 at Ft Lauderdale
Florida in October 1979 was one of a group of former Belgian Air Force Pembrokes
sold in USA the previous year. It was still showing its Belgian Air Force serial RM2
|Parked nearby at Fort Lauderdale was N51962,
the former Belgian Air Force RM6
|Hawaiian Air Tour Service flew De Havilland
Doves and Herons on tourist flights from Honolulu for many years.
Their Dove N42S seen at Honolulu in September 1979 was fleet number 6
|Hawaiian Air Tour Service Dove N134G at Honolulu
in September 1977 was fleet number 7
|DH.104 Dove N4916V was at Mojave. California
in September 1979
|Hawaiian Air Tour Service DH.114 Heron N16721
at Honolulu in September 1979 was fleet number 10
|Prinair of Puerto Rico had a large fleet
of Riley Herons. Here's their N553PR at Opa Locka, Florida in October 1979
|Swift Aire Lines Nord 262 Mohawk
N419SA at San Francisco in September 1977
|Japanese NAMC YS-11 turboprop
airliners retired by domestic airlines were purchased by several US operators
in the late 1970s.
Here's Pinehurst Airlines freighter YS-11 N165P at Wilmington Ohio in September 1979
|Another Pinehurst Airlines
YS-11 N169P at Wilmington. operating on contract to freight-forwarder Airborne
|This sad looking Vickers
Viscount N7973 was retired at Fort Lauderdale, Florida in October 1977
|Another Viscount at Fort
Lauderdale in October 1977 was Air Caribbean's VP-LAU, still in NZNAC scheme