Propeller Driven Transport
Aircraft Photo Page

by Larry Westin


The Larry Westin Propeller Driven Transport Aircraft Photo Page features propeller driven transport aircraft. Most images show aircraft in service between 1935 and 1965. Most photo's are "period" images taken while the aircraft were new or in service rather than museum exhibits. Most are now sized to show full screen when your display is set to 1024x768. Last update 05/26/14.

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NOTE - All the actual images are stored on the Stinsonflyer server. My thanks to David Talley for making disk space available on that server!

Click here for info on the United Airlines forced Landing of Convair 340 N73102 at Saugus, California

Landing view of  A. V. Roe York, registered G-AGOE, with the individual aircraft name of "Medway." Photo was taken as the airplane was landing at Heathrow airport, London, England. Photo courtesy of BOAC. The York used the wings and engines of the famous WWII Lancaster, with a completely new fuselage designed for passengers. About 94K, added 5/17/02.

Water view of a Barkley-Grow T8P-1 on floats. CF-BMW is the 6th of 11 airplanes built. Similar in size and shape to a Beech 18. This aircraft is of Pacific Western. Photo from the Fred Freeman collection. Added 11/12/99, about 54K.

Inflight view of Beech D-18S, N5783C. Some may question the Beech 18 as a "transport" aircraft, I added it because the Beech 18 is a favorite of mine. Added 4/11/99, rescanned 02/18/07, about 79K.

Another inflight view of a Beech D-18S, NC80048, serial number A-109. Added 4/11/99, rescanned 02/18/07, about 60K.

Cockpit view of a Boeing C-75 (307) Stratoliner. The photograph I scanned this from does not have any additionl details of the photo, although I was told it was a 1943 photo. This is a cockpit view of a Boeing model 307 Stratoliner. During WWII 5 Boeing model 307 aircraft were impressed into USAAF service. The two pilot's are wearing military uniforms, and since the crew is uniformed I believe this was probably taken while the aircraft was a C-75 in USAAF service. Added 12/4/99, about 67K.

Beautiful inflight view of a Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter. Serial number is 48-399. This aircraft is a Military Air Transport Service, Pacific Division airplane. Added 9/11/98, about 59K.

Ground view of Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter serial number 48-399, same aircraft as above but a ground view. One other difference is that "Atlantic Division" is now on the tail of the airplane. Added 11/14/99, about 33K.

Inflight view of Boeing KC-97F Tanker. Serial number is 51-325. Added 11/14/99, about 30K.

Inflight view of Boeing 377 Stratocruiser with cloudscape background of American Overseas Airlines. Registration is N90941, Boeing construction number 15957, delivered to American Oversaea Airlines on June 13, 1949, named Flagship Great Britian. The Boeing model 377 is the commercial version of the Boeing C/KC-97. This view shows a Closeup view of N90941. Added 5/26/03, about 83K and 64K respectively.

Passenger cabin of Boeing 377. Believe this a Northwest Orient airplane, it has the square passenger windows. Note the sprial staircase on the right which leads down to the lounge. View is facing aft, with the galley at the rear. Added 05/11/08, about 145K.

Pilots Instrument panel of Boeing 377. This is a Northwest Orient airplane, model 377-10-30. Note how the flight engineer doesn't have a table as other Boeing 377's have. Added 05/11/08, about 167K.

Inflight view of Canadair DC-4M2 North Star of Trans-Canada Air Lines registered CF-TFB, it is serial number 126, delivered Oct. 10, 1947. Added 6/26/99, about 68K.

Inflight view of Canadair North Star of BOAC. Registered G-ALHG, it is serial number 154. BOAC named this their North Star's the Argonaut class. Delivered May 7, 1949. This particular aircraft operated the last British Overseas Airways Corporation flight of a Canadair North Star in BOAC service on March 8, 1960. Added 6/26/99, about 49K.

Inflight view of the Consolidated XC-99 transport version of the B-36. This is a very nice in flight view taken early in its career, about 1949, before the radar was added to the nose. Added 3/27/04, about 115K.

Ground side view of Convair 240, registered to American Airlines, NC94219, a model 240-0, named Flagship Newark, this is construction number 33, delivered March 9, 1948. B&W, about 70K. Added 04/01/12.

Inflight view of the above photo, Convair 240 NC94219, an American Airlines model 240-0, named Flagship Newark, this is construction number 33, delivered March 9, 1948. B&W, about 102K. Added 09/28/13.

Inside cabin view of Convair 240. The interior is one of the Pan American Convair 240's with seating 2 on each side of the aisle with 10 rows, 40 passengers total. B&W, about 144K. Added 06/12/13.

Inflight view of Convair 340, from below registered to United Airlines, N73102, a model 340-31, construction number 2. This was the first Convair 340 for United. B&W, about 130K. Added 07/20/08.

Second inflight view of Convair 340, from above registered to United Airlines, N73102, a model 340-31, c/n 2. This was the first Convair 340 for United. B&W, about 123K. Added 10/18/09.

This airplane, N73102, experienced a forced landing only a few miles from my home in Saugus, California on December 30, 1964. United scheduled this aircraft to fly a non stop flight from Freseno Air Terminal (FAT), to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a distance of 209 statue miles, 181 nautical miles. While over the Santa Clarita Valley, the town of Saugus, both engines stopped. The United pilot did an excellent job of making a "dead stick" forced landing, gear up, in an onion field in Saugus, CA. This is an aerial view of Convair 340 N73102 immediately after the forced landing in a Saugus field showing the entire airplane in the field. Appears that some of the crew are still on site. Only 2 minor injuries occurred to the 43 passengers, and 4 crew. Image B&W, about 180K, Added 02/15/14.

United mechanics hoisted the airplane, lowered the landing gear, replaced the propellers and some other parts. Convair 340 N73102 being given basic repairs on site after a forced landing. A United Airlines pilot made the take off from the onion field, flew the airplane gear down to San Francisco for in depth mechanical examination of the ship. Images B&W., about 162K, Added 07/20/08.

Crew of the United Convair 340 was Pilot William M. Wade, Co-Pilot Jerry J. Campbell, Stewardesses Carolyn Day and Irene Benz. Known passenger names are Al Baker, Joann Cox, Martin Matrich and Evelyn Matich, Mr. & Mrs. Douglas McKay who were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Cause of both engines stopping (the engines didn't fail) was fuel starvation. Talking with a retired American Airlines pilot who knew United Captain Wade, he told me the crew encountered a fuel pump problem at Fresno. To overcome this the crew started the engine with the problem fuel pump using fuel cross feed from the working engine. Fuel cross feed allows an engine with a good fuel pump to send fuel to the opposite engine. Problem here, according to the American Airlines pilot, was the United crew failed to turn OFF the cross feed after the second engine stated. So both engines fed off the same fuel tank. With both engines feeding from one tank the engines quit about 35 miles north of their intended destinaion. Today that onion field no longer exists, houses now occupy the fields where onions once grew.

UPDATE - John Wade, son of United Captain William Wade, the pilot, provided corrections and additional information. My earlier versions incorrectly said Bakersfield was the origin of the flight, actually it was Fresno Air Terminal about 100 miles north of Bakersfield. Second, and very important, was at the time there was an error in the flight manual about crossfeed operation. "He was operating the x-feed system in line with how they were trained. Both training and maintenance erroneously thought that the Convair, like the DC-6, had a check valve that prevented transferring fuel from tank to tank. Even the flight manual at the time was wrong. Dad essentially got led into a trap." John Wade also believes the aircraft landed in a beet field, which may be correct, however I have left it onion field based on living there.

"Some more details on the landing, he was IFR, ATC initially misidentified him and he had the situational awareness not to panic and take the first heading they gave him. Good thing as he would have hit a mountain while still in the clouds. He popped out of the clouds in a valley, did a 180 to line up with the beet field and on short "final," had to fly under some power lines to make the partial flap, gear up landing. On a humorous note, after they deplaned an elderly woman asked Dad if this meant she would miss her connection in LAX!"

Bottom line is Captain Wade showed considerable airmanship in a fine off airport landing, especially so with only 2 minor injuries to passengers or crew. The passenger who asked if she would miss her connection at LAX gives a good indication that the passengers felt he did an excellent job. Local television interviewing other passengers give the same view from the passengers. Updated 01/08/12.

UPDATE - Jim Mosley, lived in the area and actually witnessed the forced landing. Mosley indicates there are some errors with my explanation. First the landing was made in a carrot field (Wemaster note - when I moved to the area a few years after the incident, both carrots and onions were major crops in the area), and second Mosley indicated the airplane didn't land under any electrical wires. Mosley's father was the manager of the Newhall ranch. He got a caterpillar and flatbed trailer and brought all the passengers to their home. United airlines bought us new carpet after that event, the mud was terrible. Mosley also witnessed the takeoff, which although a shorter runway than normal, did clear the power lines by a good margin. Updated 05/28/12.

I'm still looking for a photograph of the take off. Local schools let out to view the takeoff. All B&W, about 130K, 123K and 161K respectively, added 07/20/08, last updated 05/28/12.

United sold N73102 to Frontier Airlines in September 1966. Frontier converted the airplane to a model 580 (turbo prop engines) in December 1966. Frontier flew the airplane until February 1984 when it was sold to Aspen Airways. Today that airplane continues to fly by Honeywell Corporation and registered as N580AS. My thanks to Mark Black for providing the current status of this airplane. Current status info Added 02/15/14.

UPDATE - Jason McMahon, a Convair pilot for Honeywell Flight Test provides additional information about this unique Convair. "The aircraft was acquired in about 1992 by Allied Signal (hence it's former registration, N580AS) and was based in South Florida. The aircraft has been used as a flying avionics testbed since that time, and one of its unique missions has been to develop, test and certify windshear warning systems (it has been flown into actual windshear conditions many times over the years as part of the flight test profiles). In 1998 the aircraft was relocated to Paine Field in Everett, WA where it continues to fly often to test Honeywell's latest avionics technologies and products; Allied Signal became Honeywell and the aircraft was re-registered as N580HW. Much of its test flying nowadays involves testing terrain awareness and warning systems (EGPWS), collision avoidance systems (TCAS), weather radar and windshear systems, navigation receivers, radar altimeters and a variety of other products." Current status info Added 05/26/14.

Inflight view of a USAAF Curtiss C-46D Commando serial number 44-77662, part of a United Kingdom based Troop Carrier Wing in 1945. Curtiss designed the Commando before WWII as the CW-20 airliner. Before it could fly with the airlines the U.S. was engaged in WWII and all production was directed to the war effort. While it appears similar to the better known Douglas DC-3/C-47, the Commando has almost twice the power in its Pratt and Whitney R-2800 engines, and the gross weight, at 56,000 pounds, was more than twice that of the DC-3/C-47. This airplane was assigned to the 302nd Air Transport Wing, 31st Air Transport Group, 87th Air Transport Squadron when this photo was taken. My thanks to Richard Chancellor for providing the unit information. Added 05/29/02, rescanned 10/22/10, about 56K.

Ground view of a Curtiss C-46A-CK Commando registered N4894V of Westair Transport. Photo taken at London. Aircraft is Curtiss construction number 387. Note the added windows in the airline version versus the USAAF military version above. Although Curtiss marketed the Commando as the CW-20 after WWII, I do not believe any new aircraft were built. Airlines, especially charter airlines, purchased their C-46's surplus from the 3,180 built for the USAAF. Later this airplane was old in Mexico with the registration of XA-MER. Added 5/28/02, about 52K.

Inflight view of deHavilland Dove 8. Registered G-ARUM, side view, shown above the clouds. Added 6/26/99, about 68K.

A second inflight view of deHavilland Dove 8 G-ARUM. This photo may have been taken on the same flight as that above, this photo is taken slightly higher and above, still above the clouds. Added 09/14/11, about 101K.

Very nice inflight view of Douglas DC-2-120 of Delta Airlines NC14275. This is Douglas construction number 1308, originally sold to American Airlines On November 19, 1934. American sold the airplane to Delta Airlines on February 4, 1940. When WWII broke out it went to the government of India February 1942, then to the Royal Air Force as DG473. Damaged beyond repair in India on June 14, 1942. B&W, about 178K, added 09/17/08.

Inflight view of  Douglas DC-2 of American Airlines NC14278. B&W, about 32K, added 1/1/02.

Beautiful inflight view of Douglas DST (DC-3). This is American Airlines "Flagship San Francisco" which later carried the name "Flagship Monterrey," registered NC28325 at this point in its life. Douglas consturction number 2263. During WWII this airplane was impressed as a C-49E, 42-43622. After WWII it returned to the civil register as N15583, later the N number was changed to its current registration of N272L. I have added another scan of this same photo Very High resolution scan of Douglas DST (DC-3) which is about 846K in size. I suggest if you have dial up only that you view the standard resolution scan first to see if you like it. Photo courtesy of American Airlines. Added 1/1/99, high resolution scan added 11/28/04, about 47K standard, 846K high resolution.

A very nice view of Douglas DC-3A-197 NC16072. This is an United Airlines DC-3, Douglas consturction number 1912, delivered to United on December 8, 1936, named Mainliner "State of California." This aircraft was destroyed in a hangar fire on January 12, 1941 at Salt Lake City, Utah. About 22K, B&W, added 11/04/06.

A nice view of Douglas DC-3B-202 NC17312. This is a TWA DC-3B, Douglas consturction number 1922, delivered to TWA on April 16, 1937. Only 10 DC-3B's were built, all for TWA. The DC-3B has only two upper sleeper windows rather than 4, and an unusual main window pattern. For awhile this airplane was impressed into military service as the C-84 USAAF serial number 42-57157, then returned to TWA. In TWA service it is identified as ship 350. About 108K, B&W, added 10/01/07.

Inflight view of Douglas DC-3A, registratoin NC3000. This is a Douglas owned aircraft. There were a number of DC-3's with this registration, I believe this is the first to wear this registration, Douglas construction number 4809, built in 1941. Later this airplane was impressed into USAAF service as a C-53, serial number 43-36600. About 99K, B&W, added 5/29/05.

Cockpit view of the DC-3. Available in two resolutions Standard resolution DC-3 Cockpit at about 68K in size. The same view is also available in High resolution DC-3 Cockpit at about 303K in size. The high resolution shows great detail but will take significantly longer to download. This is cn 4841, originally delivered to the USAAF as C-53 41-20071. At the time of this photo, 1948, it had been in airline service 2 years and at the time was flying for Trans Ocean as NC30022. My thanks to Henry Holden, author of "The Legacy of the DC-3" for this information. Added 12/27/98.

Interior views of the Douglas DC-3 and DST. First is a standard 21 Seat Interior. Photo is dated 1953, California Air College. Added 4/11/99, about 85K. Second is a view of the DST Sleeper Interior. added 4/11/99, about 59K.

Inflight view of Douglas C-47A-1-DK Skytrain, serial number 42-92095. This is Douglas construction number 11857, delivered to the USAAF during July 1943. The airplane was scrapped July 14, 1947. About 43K, B&W, added 5/2/02.

Inflight view of the Prototype Douglas DC-4E. This airplane was originally built to the specifications of American, Eastern, Pan American, TWA and United airlines. Before completion Pan American and TWA pulled out. First flight was June 7, 1938, this photo was taken July 9, 1938. United later flew this airplane on route proving flights. Considered to0 complex and expensive for the time, it was later sold to Japan. Douglas serial number 1601, registered NX18100, later NC18100 when it received group 2 approval 2-551 on May 5, 1939. This is the only C-54 or DC-4 to have a triple tail, all production C-54's and DC-4's were slightly smaller, non pressurized, with a single vertical stabilizer. B&W, about 101K. Added 08/22/12.

Very nice inflight view of Douglas C-54A-5-DO Skymaster, delivered to the USAF on March 25, 1944, it is serial number 42-107457, c/n 7476, line no. DO84. Later to the US Navy as Navy Bureau Number 39179. After the end of WWII, this airplane was sold to Colonial Airways as "Skycruiser America" N93267 in 1947. Taken over by Eastern on June 1, 1956, then sold to PSA in June 1956, to Mercer Enterprises in 1962 and based at Burbank still with Colonial paint scheme. To Arctic Coop of Canada as CF-QIX then C-FQIX in 1969, to Air Commonwealth, then later Aero Trades Western then Damaged Beyond Repair Jun 1, 1979 at Thompson, Manitoba when an engine caught fire after takeoff. Plane landed with engine still on fire and plane was consumed by fire. About 270K, B&W, added 01/01/11.

Ground view of a Douglas R5D-2 (C54) Skymaster. This airplane is a Navy MATS aircraft, serial number 90394. Added 10/5/98, about 60K.

Inflight side view of a Douglas C-54A Skymaster. I believe this airplane is on a test flight after manufacture over Santa Monica, California. Photo is dated 12/43. Added 2/14/04, about 119K.

Nice inflight view of Douglas DC-4 of American Airlines, NC90423. Airplane was built by Douglas for the USAF as a C-54B-DO, serial number 43-17192. American Airlines purchased the airplane on 12/7/45 and named it "Flagship Washington." B&W, about 54K, added 1/1/02. Here is a second different inflight view of N90423. Added 5/26/03, about 57K. Now I've added yet another scan of NC90423, this is a Very High resolution scan of Douglas DC-4 of American Airlines, NC90423. I suggest if you have dial up only that you view the standard resolution scan first to see if you like it first. The high resolution scan is the same as the first "Douglas of DC-4 of American Airlines." High resolution scan is about 814K in size. High resolution added 11/28/04.

Cockpit view of a Douglas C-54/DC4. Airplane is a Navy MATS aircraft, about 189K, added 1/3/99.

Inflight view of a Douglas YC-124 Globemaster II. This airplane is serial number 42-65406. Originally this was built as a C-74 Globemaster and later became the prototype C-124. This view is representative of the initial production "A" model Globemaster II. Added 9/11/98, about 59K.

Inflight view of a Douglas C-124A Globemaster II. This is serial number 50-083. Added 4/11/99, about 83K.

Very nice inflight view of a Douglas C-124C Globemaster II. This particular aircraft, sn 51-5186, was built as an "A" model. Shown here after it had "C" model wingtip heaters and nose radom added, and is representative of a "C" model. Added 7/28/98, about 71K.

Beautiful inflight view of a Douglas C-124C Globemaster II. This particular photograph shows sn 52-1087 shown over San Francisco Bay on May 16, 1955. This is USAF photograph 152860AC. About 119K. Added 01/30/12.

Inflight view of Douglas C-133A Cargomaster. This is serial number 54-135, the second C-133A built. Added 4/11/99, about 91K.

Inflight view of Douglas C-133A-25-DL Cargomaster. This is serial number 56-2011. Added 5/29/05, about 101K.

Inflight view of Douglas DC-6, NC90712 of American Airlines. This is Douglas construction number 42865, the 25th DC-6 built. Added 6/13/04, about 130K.

Inflight view of Douglas DC-6, NC37534 of United Airlines. This is Douglas construction number 43023, the 87th DC-6 built, delivered to United Airlines on Oct. 16, 1947. United flew this DC-6 until late 1968, when it was broken up for scrap. Added 06/17/07, about 90K.

United Airlines Douglas DC-6 Passenger Cabin. This is an early cabin with the sleeper configuration. Note the overhead racks, which are not open as on a day airplane, but are folded up bunks of the sleeper version. Added 05/11/08, about 158K.

Inflight view of Douglas DC-6B, N93117 of Western Airlines. Added 10/11/98, about 99K.

Nice inflight view of Douglas DC-6B, N6520C of Pan American World Airways. This airplane was delivered March 12, 1952, named Clipper Priscilla Alden. Later the airplane was registered N77DG. Added 1/06/07, about 63K.

Beautiful inflight view of American Airlines DC-7. N303AA, Flagship Missouri. This is cn 44124, the 383rd aircraft off the production line. Photo courtesy of American Airlines. Added 4/11/99, about 55K.

View of United Airlines DC-7 Instrument Panel. N6301C, Mainliner San Francisco. This is cn 44265, the 462nd aircraft off the production line. Photo courtesy of Douglas Aircraft Corp. Added 05/11/08, about 228K.

Beautiful inflight view of Douglas DC-7C, N731PA, Clipper Bald Eagle of Pan American World Airways. Added 10/11/98, about 63K.

Very nice inflight view of Fairchild C-82A-15-FA. Later this airplane appeared on the civil register as N75399. B&W, about 79K. Added 09/17/08.

Landing view of Fairchild C-119 of Hemet Valley Flying Service. Registration is N13745 and the tanker number is 82. This particular airplane has had a jet pod added. Photo by Tom Hildreth, via Mike Neely at the The Aviation Zone homepage. Added 11/29/99, about 53K.

Inflight view of Fairchild C-119G-FA Flying Boxcar, serial number 53-3203. About 116K, B&W, added 5/2/02.

Very nice inflight view of Fairchild C-123B-1-FA Provider, serial number 54-552, the first production C-123B, Fairchild construction number 20001. To Thai Air Force as 40552, now preserved at Dong Maung, Bangkok, Thailand. B&W, about 101K. added 11/24/10.

Inflight view of Fairchild C-123B-FA Provider, serial number 54-555, is the fourth production C-123B built by Fairchild. About 33K, B&W, added 3/4/04. My thanks to Woody Woodward for providing this image.

Ground view of Fairchild C-123B-FA Provider, serial number 54-650, on an artic resupply mission. Lots of snow. About 89K, B&W. Both this image, and that of 54-555 above, were taken when the aircraft were assigned to the 331st Troop Carrier Squadron, 513th Troop Carrier Group, added 3/4/04. My thanks to Woody Woodward for providing this image.

Ground view of a Focke-Wulf 200 Condor Airliner, registration D-ACON, with the individual aircraft name of "Brandenburg." This is the prototype Condor which flew nonstop from Berlin to New York in 24 hours 55 minutes. Airplane is shown at Floy Bennett Field, New York. About 52K, added 5/17/02.

Another ground view of a Focke-Wulf 200 Condor, registration D-AMHC, with the individual aircraft name of "Nordmark." About 48K, added 5/17/02.

View of the Focke-Wulf 200 Cockpit. Project engineer for the Focke-Wulf 200 Condor was Kurt Tank, who would later design the FW190 fighter, along with many other aircraft designs. About 92K, added 5/17/02.

Inflight view of Grumman G-21 Goose. This aircraft was built in April 1944 as a JRF-5 for the U.S. Navy, bureau number 37997, B-49, then transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force as Goose II serial number 385. After World War II it went on the Canadian registry as CF-EXA. See inscription on the nose "British American Oil Co. LTD." and below that "CANADA." Added 6/2/99, rescanned 02/18/07, about 113K.

Inflight view of Grumman G-21 Goose. This aircraft is a U.S. Navy JRF-5, 37803. Added 6/2/99, rescanned 02/18/07, about 84K.

Inflight view of Coast Guard Grumman G-21 Goose. This aircraft is a JRF-2, Coast Guard V-176, Grumman construction number 1065. Inflight over beautiful snow capped mountains. Added 10/26/08, about 186K.

Inflight view of Grumman G-44A Widegon. This aircraft is registered NC86612, cn 1438, built June 1946. B&W, about 102K, added 04/22/11.

Inflight view of Grumman G-44A Widegon. This aircraft is registered NC86635, cn 1461, built April 1948. Added 6/2/99, rescanned 02/18/07, about 85K.

Inflight view of a Handley Page H.P. 81 Hermes 4, registered G-ALDM. The Hermes was an outgrowth of the military Hastings. The Hermes 4 was the first version of the Hermes to have tricycle landing gear. Photo courtesy of BOAC. About 49K, added 5/17/02.

Nice inflight view of a Lockheed 049 Constellation. Originally this aircraft was built as a USAAF C-69, s/n 43-10210, later purchased by Pan American. Registered NC86520, with individual name Clipper America, this is cn 1962. This airplane crashed at Burbank, California January 22, 1953. B&W, About 205K. Added 08/26/12.

Instrument panel of a Lockheed 049 Constellation. Photo is dated January 1946. This may be an USAAF C-69, or an early 049 Constellation. B&W, About 198K. Added 08/31/12.

Beautiful inflight view of a Lockheed 049 Constellation. Originally this aircraft was built as a USAAF C-69, later purchased by BOAC. Registered G-AHEN, this is cn 1980. About 93K. Added 08/30/99.

Beautiful inflight view of a Lockheed 749A Constellation. Registered N6014C, this is Lockheed construction number 2650, TWA fleet number 814, with individual aircraft name of "Star of Delaware." Added 5/29/02, about 49K.

Another very nice inflight view of Lockheed 749A Constellation N6014C, Lockheed construction number 2650, TWA fleet number 814, with individual aircraft name of "Star of Delaware." Added 6/13/04, about 86K.

Inflight view of Lockheed VC-121E Super Constellation. This photo was taken shortly after the airplane was built. Serial number is 53-7885, Lockheed c/n 4151. Airplane used by President Eisenhower. B&W, about 79K. Added 10/05/98

Inflight view of Lockheed L-1049C Super Constellation of Trans Canada CF-TGC, this is Lockheed construction number 4542, a model L-1049G-55, delivered to Qantas on 04/09/54. This was the first civilain Super Constellation to use the Wright Turbo Compound R-3350 engines. This airplane has a non radar nose, and no tip tanks. B&W, about 198K. added 08/26/12.

Inflight view of Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation of Qantas VH-EAD, named "Southern Dawn." This is Lockheed construction number 4607, a model L-1049G-82 delivered to Qantas on 11/18/55. This view shows the tip tanks and radar nose of later Super Constellations. B&W, about 112K. added 01/01/02.

Inflight view of a Lockheed C-130A Hercules. Serial number is 55-005. Airplane is in natural metal finish as delivered in the middle 1950's. Added 9/11/98, about 57K.

Inflight view of Lockheed C-130A Hercules. Serial number 56-0508. Added 11/14/99, about 37K.

Inflight view of a Lockheed 188 Electra. This is N130US of Northwest Airlines. Added 08/30/99, about 34K.

Beautiful shot of the Lockheed R6O-1 Constitution shown inflight on its first flight. Serial number is 85613. Lockheed built two of these airplanes for the Navy in the late 1940's, serial numbers 85163 and 85164. Navy used them as transports until 1955. Added 02/12/11, about 90K.

Inflight view of the Lockheed R6O-1 Constitution shown inflight. Serial number is 85613. Added 06/25/98, about 63K.

Ground view of Lockheed R6O-1 Constitution. This image brings ups some questions. Faded, but visible on the nose of the print, is the squadron badge with "VR-5" below. All articles I have read say both Lockheed Constitutions flew with VR-44. Anyone know why this airplane has VR-5 on it? Homepage visitors James Rochefort and Steve Cook have e-mailed me recently to say VR-5 did in fact operate at least one, possibly both Lockheed Constitutions. VR5 operated those aircraft at Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, Calif., near San Jose during the early to mid 1950s. They were based in hangar 3, one of the old blimp hangars. Added 06/25/98, Updated 10/3/00, about 28K.

Ground view of Second Lockheed R6O-1 Constitution, Burearu Number 85164. This aircraft has rather unusual markings which say "Your Navy - Air and Sea." The RM on the tail indicates this aircraft was flown by Navy Squadron VR-44 from Alameda NAS. Image about 54K, added 10/29/06.

In flight view of a Martin PBM3 Mariner seaplane. Markings show 209-P-7. Added 5/26/00, B&W, about 21K.

Inflight view of Martin 202. Aircraft is registered N93051 and is a Northwest's Martin 202 flying over Washington D.C. This is construction number 9136, delivered 1948. B&W, about 148K. Added 02/16/12.

Inflight view of Martin 404. Aircraft is registered N40401 and is TWA's first Martin 404, delivered July 1951. Added 6/2/99, about 94K.

Inflight view of Northrop C-125B Raider. Serial number 48-620 is an Artic Rescue version of the Raider. Added 11/28/98, about 72K.

Inflight view of Republic XR-12. Later the USAF renamed this the F-12. While this airplane is technically not a transport, it is a four engine long range propeller aircraft. This image shows the second airplane, serial number 44-91003. Added 11/28/98, about 52K.

Ground view of the Republic XR-12. This is a Republic public relations photo. On the back it says "Global Airline Transport." Added 6/9/99, about 41K.

In Flight view of the first Republic XR-12. Serial number 44-91002. This is a beautiful view of the first XR-12 Rainbow in flight over clouds. Added 5/26/00, B&W, about 39K.

View of a Sikorsky S-51 helicopter of Los Angeles Airways. LAA was the first scheduled helicopter airline in the United States, although the S-51 carried mail only, no passengers. This is NC92813, taken in the late 1940's, note the truck in the background. B&W, about 101K. Added 01/15/12.

Los Angeles Airways next moved up to the Sikorsky S-55 helicopter at which time helicopter passenger service began. This is S-55 N414A. NOTE I purchased this image off eBay sometime ago and just got around to scanning it. Originally the image was of much better quality, but in just a short period it deteriorated. Be carefull of "reproduction" and "digitally reproduced" photographs. They may look OK when first pruchased, but too often rapidly decline in quality. B&W, about 95K. Added 01/15/12.

Ground view of Chicago Helicopter Airways Sikorsky S-58C helicopter. I believe that CHA was the first scheduled passenger helicopter airline. This is S-58C N865. B&W, about 177K. Added 01/15/12.

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