FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 11 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3415 times:
I was looking out my window at work this morning and I saw a plane on approach to FAI and at first glance it looked like a DC-6. But after watching it for a little, it seemed not quite right to be a DC-6. Its nose was stubbier and more rounded, and it seemed to be shorter than the rest of the DC-6's that I see all day.
So my question is simply what looks like a DC-6, but not quite?
Considering that Reeve Aleutian was the last operator in the United States flying Lockheed L-188 Electras in passenger configuration (meaning that there are still lots of them around in Alaska), my guess is that this is what you saw.
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FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3166 times:
Thinking about it and comparing pics, I'm pretty sure that it was either a DC4 or that my tired eyes were tricking me. But now the question is who operates DC4's into FAI? I mostly see DC6's here. The paint scheme wasn't one I'm familiar with. But most of the cargo carriers around here don't bother painting their aircraft in a consistent livery, so it could have been one of the airlines I'm used to seeing, i.e. Everts or NAC.
CFCUQ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 712 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3142 times:
DC-4, same wing, same tail, lengthend fuselage and strengthend for DC-6. Note tail, Vickers has V-style horizontal surfaces,vs flat on the Douglas birds. DC-4 has round pax windows vs rect. on DC-6 & 7. Perhaps you saw a Northstar, Canadair built DC-4 with RR Merlin V-12's and DC-6 landing gear ( built under licence in Canada from Douglas, but to be politically correct for the time, had to be Brit powered ). I seriously doubt any Northstars still fly, but who knows ???