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Older Aircraft Still In Service?  
User currently offlineBOAT From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 59 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4139 times:

In the 1960's and 70's in the USA, I traveled a lot on short/medium range piston and turbo powered aircraft before jets took over the job. Some of these were: Fairchild F-27, F-227(Ozark), Convair 340 (Delta),Convair 580 (Frontier and North Central and a bunch more), Convair 600 (Central), Viscount (United), and others I can't remember. Maybe a DC-6 or 7( not short range). I am wondering if any of these are still operating, maybe as freighters, and, if so, what airports in my general area am I likely to see them. I live in Alabama and could go, say, as far as Miami as an example. You all probably know how many are left and where they are (such smarts on this forum, I am continually amazed). But I couldn't go to all the places. Would like to see some of them birds once more.

The old man.
BOAT

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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4034 times:

What? Not happy with the local L-39s?

Seriously, I don't know of any of these types still being operated in AL. MIA or one of the gulf coast airports is probably the best semi-local bet on this. I'm probably going down to MIA tomorrow to meet MiamiAir - I'll ask him if any of these are still operating there. Seems like last time I was at MIA about 2 years ago there were several Convair freighters and at least one DC-6.

In our area(I live in St. Clair County just south of Ashville) the best(non museum) classics I know of are at PLR. Ed Stringfellow has quite a collection including an executive configured Staggerwing that's beautiful. If you buy enough lumber from him he might even give you a ride.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3997 times:

Northern Air Cargo still has DC6s flying about Alaska. As does Everts Air Fuel. There are photos in the A-Net database.

Also, Everts has some C-46 Commandos still in service.


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3940 times:

Well if Alaska made the list I'll throw on the Yukon and the NWT, as Air North has four HS748s based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Also, a trip to the Yukon MUST include a stop at the DC-3 weather vane. Also, there is Buffalo over in Yellowknife, NWT, which still operates a fleet of DC-3s and DC-4s...


CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1479 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

Here in Tucson there are daily flights on 737-200s by Sierra Pacific. There are usually two of them parked in the cargo area during the day.

User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2614 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3647 times:

Last I knew there were still some Convairs doing charter work out of DAB. I havn't been there for a while but they are still showing up on Google Earth over near the tower.

User currently offlineRiddle274 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

The Convairs that you see at DAB are parked there (storage) and no longer fly. I wish they still operated out of here!!

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3553 times:

There are several DC-3's that are in service.

Hunter



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User currently offlineDl_mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1984 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3324 times:

F-27 Still at FedEx
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Photo © Ben Wang




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User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3510 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3320 times:

Can't believe it....this is a.net and no one has mentioned NWA DC-9 yet  duck 

User currently offlineSEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 7116 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 9):
Can't believe it....this is a.net and no one has mentioned NWA DC-9 yet

NW DC-9's have been decreed by God and the Continental Congress to be ageless-do not blaspheme!
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User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3246 times:
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Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 7):
There are several DC-3's that are in service.

Possibly, many DC-3's and C-46's operating as a passenger or freighter in Venezuela and Bolivia.

Regards,

Gerard



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User currently offlineBOAT From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

Thanks for the updates and especially for the picture of the F-27. I assume this was once a passenger aircraft converted to a freighter. Anyone know its present route? Thanks again.

BOAT


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