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Does Anyone Know This Beautiful DC-3?  
User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3987 times:

Hi All,

I'm coming to the pro's again! I have this photo of a DC-3, or some variant thereof, and I can't find it anywhere. I remember this being the coolest one I'd ever seen, and perhaps the only one I'd seen with the gear doors. I know this made it a specific type, but I'm stuck! I'd love to know the registration, variant, etc.

Thanks Much, Chuck  Smile

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User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

Wow...this must be tougher than I thought! I wish I could offer a prize to the person who figures it out.

User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3762 times:

Did an extensive search on the A.net here(probably done by everybody that is searching) and some other material. Near as I can figure, Alaska somewhere or the Pac. Northwest(per the IFR type weather). An English speaking(American?) airport per the Aero Services sign shown, an American registration on the tail of the DC-3 and the "N" on what looks like a Baron near the office.

Still searchin!

amazonphil



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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3758 times:

What airport is it at? and about when was it taken?

Maybe someone here would know:

http://www.centercomp.com/dc3/

or

http://www.douglasdc3.com/


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3750 times:

Or you could try posting it here:

Odd Aircraft Details, Part Deux (by TripleDelta Jul 22 2006 in Tech Ops)

There are some spooky people contributing to that thread who may recognise it.  Smile


User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

Those gear doors were used on soem DC3s as a retrofit as they were to make the engines abit more streamlined...I think Pan Am used DC3s with those in their High Andes operation as they also served as protection for tyres from the high altitude operations.....

Ozark and Air New England flew DC3s with this such retrofit......
As for the tail number, I dont know....Im sorry I cannot help you with that...

Access-Air



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User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

Quoting Access-Air (Reply 5):
Those gear doors were used on soem DC3s

I have seen those doors on some a/c in the past as well although I didn't know who operated them. Could be used as a clue in narrowing down the search some.



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User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3554 times:

Sorry for the confusion....I took the photo myself back in early/mid-nineties at CLE. I can't find any other shots of it where I may have caught the registration, and I was hoping someone would know the aircraft since it is so distinctive.
I appreciate you guys helping me solve this mystery!


User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

Quoting Rampkontroler (Reply 7):
Sorry for the confusion....I took the photo myself back in early/mid-nineties at CLE. I can't find any other shots of it where I may have caught the registration, and I was hoping someone would know the aircraft since it is so distinctive.
I appreciate you guys helping me solve this mystery!

Ahh, Cleveland...that narrows the airport down! If that Aero Services is still around, or any Aero Services, maybe they have the registration still from some possible fuel receipts,etc. Might be worth a try to contact them.

We'll keep tryin to solve the DC-3 mystery!

amazonphil



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3513 times:

Although the picture is many years old, do a search for DC-3 and the airport you took the picture at or DC-3 and with a reference to the ex-airlines that had DC-3's with the unique gear covers. Probably this old bird is still flying somewhere in the Carribbean, Africa or South America.

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6383 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Quoting Amazonphil (Reply 2):
An English speaking(American?) airport per the Aero Services sign shown, an American registration on the tail of the DC-3 and the "N" on what looks like a Baron near the office.

The rear of the red Chevy pickup truck certainly places it somewhere in North America  Smile



Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 10):
The rear of the red Chevy pickup truck certainly places it somewhere in North America

Funny! I was going to write the same thing here but something side tracked me as I was writing this out before I got finished. When I came back to the computer, I finished up and sent the post,,,realizing later that I forgot to at that part! Guess I could have edited and added it though.

Cheers,
amazonphil



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User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3375 times:

Hmmmm...I found this, which is the exact same paint scheme, only a different color and without titles....


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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Carlos Vaz - SJU Aviation Photography



User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3362 times:

Okay...that's the one! I found this older shot of it in these colors. Mystery solved...thanks for your help guys!

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/016809.html


User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2293 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3354 times:

Yea thats a Dc03 aftermarket mod. The Super Dc-3 (dont recall the C-# off hand) that the USN flew also had these standard, plus a larger surface area, squared off vert. stab. Hope all is well in the round room above C!

ATCT



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User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3331 times:

According to the FAA registration, Basler Turbo Conversions LLC now owns it, wonder if they'll make a.....   It won't be as nice if they do.

[Edited 2006-08-26 01:14:20]


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