Mittwoch, 14. April 2010

United Air Service HS.748 7P-LAI

South Africa, December 1983 (Propfreak Collection)

This 1970 built Hawker was originally owned by French carrier Rousseau Aviation which leased her to SATA Air Acores until being sold to Air Botswana in 1975. United Air came into the picture when they acquired the turboprop in 1981 and leased her straight away to Air Comores as ZS-LHN. When returned half a year later she spent a year with United Air before being leased to Zambia Airways and registered with Lesotho markings as 7P-LAI. She was returned to United Air in early 1984 and sold to Canada in 1986 where she still soldiers on in the colors of Wasaya Airways.

Pegasus Club DC-6 N90710

Miami, December 1976 (Propfreak Collection)

St Louis, Missouri, based Pegasus Club was founded in 1967 and used two DC-6s and one Convair 240 during their 8 years of doing business. This former American Airlines "straight 6" was delivered in 1947 and the 23rd DC-6 which rolled off the production line. At the time of the picture taken she was already stored for a year, owned by Lloyd Aero Corporation, and to be scrapped soon.

Pinehurst Airlines YS-11 N102PH

USA, early 1980s (Propfreak Collection)

Pinehurst operated a fleet of 20 different Japanese NAMC YS-11s over the years. N112PH was built in 1967 and delivered to Brazilian Cruzeiro do Sul, which leased her to Austral of Argentina in 1968. Shortly afterwards she was returned to the manufacturer and leased to Korean Air Lines. A year later KAL purchased the turboprop and kept her in service till the end of 1974. The Philippines was the next port of call. Philippine Air Lines used her on her domestic network until sold to Pinehurst in 1981. Only 2 years of service with the North Carolina based carrier - she later was operated by Trans Central Airlines, Simmons Airlines and finally Airborne Express who used her as a parcel freighter.

President Airlines Antonov AN-24B XU-335

Phnom Penh, January 2003 (Propfreak collection)

President Airlines started operations in 1997 with a mixed Russian and Western fleet compromising of Boeing 737s, Fokker F27/28s as well as Antonov aircraft.
XU-335 is a former Russian Air Force example and she served with several Cambodian carriers in her career. Nowadays she is displayed at Sihanoukville downtown as a night-club attraction.

Seulawah Air ATL-98A Carvair VH-INM

Australia, July 1975 (Propfreak collection)

Built in April 1945 as a C-54E-5-DO, a USAF variant, she only spent half a year in military service. Reconfigured to a DC-4, she was sold to Pan American World Airways before being sold to Japan Air Lines which operated her until 1965. Then acquired by Ansett Australia to converte her into a ATL-98A Carvair, one of 21 DC-4s converted. A sale to Indonesia's Seulawah Air didn't materialize but the airplane was then sold to Nationwide Air of New Zealand. In June 1990 she departed NZ for a new home with Hawaii Pacific Air before finally being sold to South Africa in 1996. There she is registered to Phoebus Apollo as 9J-PAA and in the process of being rebuild. Once finished, this will be the last airworthy Carvair.

Uganda Airlines Boeing 707 5X-UAL

Brussels, September 1976 (Propfreak Collection)

Assigned construction number 18580, Boeing B707-321C operated her first flight on 6th of April 1963. She was delivered to Pan American as "Clipper Jupiter" and registered N766PA. In September 1976 she found her way to Uganda Airlines but survived only for 2 years when she was destroyed by Tanzanian troops on 1st of April 1979.