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N836D_water_canon_11-18-11_copy.jpg
1334 viewsAirline: Eastern airlines (Historic Flight Foundation)Type: DC-7BRegistration: N836DAirport: CLTCity: CharlotteState: North CarolinaCountry: USADate Taken: November 18, 2011Entering the Charlotte museum ramp area as the local fire trucks water cannon salute the DC-7 with Captain Sullenberg and F/O Skiles on board. Charlotte museum is home to the "Miracle on the Hudson" A-320 airframe that ditched after bird strikes to both engines.Dec 02, 2011
N836D_TO-roll_11-18-11_copy.jpg
Eastern DC-7 N836D at Charlotte439 viewsAirline: Eastern airlines (Historic Flight Foundation)Type: DC-7BRegistration: N836DAirport: CLTCity: CharlotteState: North CarolinaCountry: USADate Taken: November 18, 2011Gear free of the pavement the first signs of a potential engine problem can be seen. The engines all seemed to be producing the required power and there was no audible sign of anything out of the ordinary when the seven passed by.Dec 02, 2011
N836D_takeoff_with_watermark.jpg
498 viewsAirline: Eastern airlines (Historic Flight Foundation)Type: DC-7BRegistration: N836DAirport: CLTCity: CharlotteState: North CarolinaCountry: USADate Taken: November 18, 2011Positive rate gear up as number three starts to lose oil on runway 18L and causes the crew to abort the flight, feather the number three prop, and route back to the airfield. Dec 02, 2011
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494 viewsAirline: Eastern airlines (Historic Flight Foundation)Type: DC-7BRegistration: N836DAirport: CLTCity: CharlotteState: North CarolinaCountry: USADate Taken: November 18, 2011Still climbing but now with a heavier stream of oil leaking from number three engine. Soon after the tower alerted Douglas 836D of the situation and the crew responded with a request to return to the field.Dec 02, 2011
N836D_feathered_prop_11-18-11_copy.jpg
413 viewsAirline: Eastern airlines (Historic Flight Foundation)Type: DC-7BRegistration: N836DAirport: CLTCity: CharlotteState: North CarolinaCountry: USADate Taken: November 18, 2011Returning to the field with number three feathered due to loss of oil pressure. Passengers on the flight back to Opa Locka had to rebook a flight on a local airline or find another form of transportation back to Florida.Dec 02, 2011
N836D_touchdown_11-18-11_copy.jpg
391 viewsAirline: Eastern airlines (Historic Flight Foundation)Type: DC-7BRegistration: N836DAirport: CLTCity: CharlotteState: North CarolinaCountry: USADate Taken: November 18, 2011Touching down on 18C the longest runway at Charlotte. Several fire trucks followed the seven down the taxiways to the museum. Number three engine was feathered during their circuit back to the airport. Dec 02, 2011
N836D_return_ramp_CLT_11-18-11_copy.jpg
385 viewsAirline: Eastern airlines (Historic Flight Foundation)Type: DC-7BRegistration: N836DAirport: CLTCity: CharlotteState: North CarolinaCountry: USADate Taken: November 18 2011The seven returns to the Charlotte aviation museum and parks where she is now resting in need of engine work. A friend was scheduled to be on a scenic flight on December 3rd but as of now all flights are cancelled until further notice as posted on the Historic Flight Foundation website.Dec 02, 2011
297849_eng3and4-B-17inflight_2009.jpg
411 viewsAirline: Liberty FoundationType: Boeing B-17 Flying FortressRegistration: N390TH 297849Airport: inflightCity: AtlantaState: GeorgiaCountry: USADate Taken: 2009Vintage 1944 warbird flight showing two of the four Wright Cyclone R-1820s each with 1,200 horsepower cruises over downtown Atlanta. Unfortunately on June 13, 2011 this aircraft made an emergency landing in a cornfield just after takeoff in Aurora, Illinois and was destroyed by fire. The accident happened right after the plane took off from the Aurora Municipal Airport and the plane landed in an Oswego cornfield outside Chicago.Jun 14, 2011
N2871G_Jeffco_taxi.jpg
412 viewsAirline: Hawkins and Powers AviationType: Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer Registration: N2871GAirport: JEFFCOCity: BroomsfieldState: ColoradoCountry: USADate Taken: 2002-2003 seasonOne of the rare airframes that flew fire missions was this four engined heavy tanker 121 in its own unique paint scheme. Jun 10, 2011
N62297_ALM_TO.jpg
406 viewsAirline: Aero UnionType: Douglas DC-4Registration: N62297Airport: ALMCity: AlamagordoState: New MexicoCountry: USADate Taken: 2002-2003 seasonThe only Aero Union DC-4 every to carry the same livery as the P-2 Orions. This aircraft was later sold to Buffalo Air cargo in Canada. Station at ALM was a turbo DC-3, DC-6, DC-4, P-2, P-3, and a Sikorsy Skycrane. Jun 10, 2011
N4235N_Jeffco_ramp.jpg
399 viewsAirline: Neptune Aviation Inc.Type: Lockheed SP-2H NeptuneRegistration: N4235NAirport: JEFFCOCity: BroomfieldState: ColoradoCountry: USADate Taken: 2002-2003 seasonOne of my last airtanker excursions not long before the wings of the C-130A and a Privateer failed which grounded a majority of the heavy airtankers. Jun 10, 2011
N4887C_slide~0.jpg
410 viewsAirline: International Air ResponseType: Douglas DC-7BRegistration: N4887CAirport: 34AZCity: Gila RiverState: ArizonaCountry: USADate Taken: April 2002One of the last flights as an airtanker, this DC-7 was beginning the day with some pilot training out of a now extinct gravel strip in Chandler. I got a chance to video the takeoff and shot kodachrome slides of the landing. This kodachrome slide is scanned here with all four engines warming up. Special thanks to Woody allowing me free reign to the taxi and runway.May 20, 2011
N7919C,N1377K,N1036F.jpg
431 viewsAirline: Everts Air CargoType: DC-6Registration: N7919C, N1377K, N1036FAirport: FAICity: FairbanksState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 4, 2011A grim reminder that nothing lasts forever. Here sits three Northern Air Cargo airframes that were aquired when NAC retired their DC-6 fleet in September 2008 after 39 years flying the type. Everts or (Tatonduk Outfitters Limited) purchased the remaining aircraft under the condition they would not be flown in direct competition to NAC routes therefore all but one aircraft have been parked for spares.May 14, 2011
N351CE_5-4-11.jpg
396 viewsAirline: Everts Air CargoType: DC-6Registration: N351CEAirport: ENACity: KenaiState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 4, 2011From Wikipedia.org, "The Anchorage Station Manager stated that the DC-6 was still considered to be a valuable aircraft for operations in the harsh conditions of Alaska, with excellent landing and take off performances on gravel runways. The downside is the difficulty to find Avgas and the maintenance labor cost which is considered at 12 hours per each flight hour. Spare parts could also be a problem but they estimate they will have enough in stock to keep the last DC-6 flying until 2015.

May 14, 2011
KC-135_3571_5-4-11.jpg
395 viewsAirline: USAF Alaska National GuardType: KC-135RRegistration: 62-3571Airport: FAICity: FairbanksState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 4, 201162-3571-AK6102 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker of the USAF 168th ARW Alaska ANG shoots a few approaches, one touch n' go, and allows a great gear retracting opportunity captured here. May 14, 2011
N451CE_5-5-11.jpg
420 viewsAirline: Everts Air FuelType: DC-6Registration: N451CEAirport: ENACity: KenaiState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 6, 2011After 20 minutes the DC-6 is loaded with fuel or heating oil and the crew has enough time for a last minute weather check and a cup of java before the first morning flight gets under way.May 14, 2011
N500UA_5-6-11.jpg
396 viewsAirline: Universal airlinesType: DC-6Registration: N500UAAirport: ENACity: KenaiState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 6, 2011Kenai is definitely a haven for Pratt and Whitney R-2800 engines and another example is coughing to life about to begin the busy fish hauling season throughout the Alaskan Peninsula.May 14, 2011
N451CE_nose_.jpg
392 viewsAirline: Everts Air FuelType: DC-6Registration: N451CEAirport: ENACity: KenaiState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 6, 2011The success of Everts Air Fuel is largely due to the dependable Pratt n' Whitney design and widespread use both during wartime and civilian airline service. Both the C-46 and DC-6 use the R-2800 engine.May 14, 2011
N451CE_land_5-5-11.jpg
413 viewsAirline: Everts Air FuelType: DC-6Registration: N451CEAirport: ENACity: KenaiState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 5, 2011Everts bases a DC-6 and a C-46 in Kenai and they fly M-F usual 2 or 3 runs a day for each. Today the C-46 is down as the captain who is also rated on the EMB-120 is now in Fairbanks flying the Brasilia on a charter run. Good news is he will be back to fly the Curtiss Friday and I'll be there too.May 14, 2011
ASA_lastBeech18.jpg
375 viewsAirline: Air Supply Alaska (ASA)Type: Beech 18Registration: N9210Airport: ENACity: KenaiState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 6, 2011ASA is going through some rough times and the company will be up for sale this summer. May 12, 2011
N930AX_N932AX_5-4-11.jpg
426 viewsAirline: Everts Air FuelType: DC-9-33FRegistration: N930AX N932AXAirport: FAICity: FairbanksState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 4, 2011Two DC-9's have been painted and prepped to begin service as soon as the company completes the FAA required proving runs.May 12, 2011
N500UA_running.jpg
420 viewsAirline: Universal airlinesType: DC-6Registration: N500UAAirport: ENACity: KenaiState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 6, 2011Running all four after pre-oiling the radials. This six and another N600UA will be used on a summer contract hauling fish throughout Alaska. May 12, 2011
5-5-11_N451CE_-running.jpg
414 viewsAirline: Everts Air FuelType: DC-6Registration: N451CEAirport: ENACity: KenaiState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 5, 2011A nice treat for me when the crew extended an offer to ride along as we taxi to do the morning run-ups at the beginning of another busy flying day.May 12, 2011
N444CE_5-4-11.jpg
363 viewsAirline: Everts Air FuelType: DC-6Registration: N444CEAirport: FAICity: FairbanksState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 4, 2011One of several nose art DC-6's owned by Everts and carries a bald eagle and flag with titles "Spirit of America" which was first painted in 2001. May 12, 2011
N1822M_landing.jpg
359 viewsAirline: Everts Air FuelType: Curtiss C-46FRegistration: N1822MAirport: ENACity: KenaiState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 6, 2011Approaching Kenai from Iguigig, Alaska which is about 350 miles by air. "Salmon Ella" made two fuel flights this day.May 12, 2011
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