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What Looks Like A DC-6?  
User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2826 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?


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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2807 times:

DC-4, DC-7, Lockheed Electra, Vickers Viscount, Vickers Vanguard.

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2865 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Don't forget the IL-18. In AK, those are likely too.


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User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

Quoting Spacepope (Reply 2):
Don't forget the IL-18. In AK, those are likely too.

Ummmm.....not really. At least not with any of the cargo operators in Fairbanks.



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User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5343 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2718 times:

It most probably would have been a DC4.

There were more DC4's than DC6's flitting around FAI today.

Jimbo

[Edited 2005-09-15 04:03:27]


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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2865 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

Quoting FlyingNanook (Reply 3):
Ummmm.....not really. At least not with any of the cargo operators in Fairbanks.

No, I was thinking about the cargo operators a little further to the east.



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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2623 times:


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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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User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5343 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2598 times:


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This was flying today.



Jimbo

[Edited 2005-09-15 06:16:23]


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User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2577 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.


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User currently offlineCFCUQ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 712 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2553 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 ???  Yeah sure

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