Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 27 Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2856 times:
In 1962 Alaska Airlines acquired (2) ex-TWA L-1649As which, according to reliable sources, had been converted to freighters by TWA. While Alaska is known to have utilized the pair for cargo hauling, there also seem to be implicit hints that they may have been capable of being re-configured for passenger services if/when needed. To add to the confusion, according to photo dates, at least one of the pair appeared with pax windows blanked at an earlier date, only to be seen with a standard complement of pax windows in a photo showing a later date. So...
Were Alaska's L-1649As used exclusively as freighters, or did they sometimes carry passengers?
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26639 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter): In 1962 Alaska Airlines acquired (2) ex-TWA L-1649As which, according to reliable sources, had been converted to freighters by TWA.
I can only find data showing one ex-TW L-1649A (N8083H at the time, the one in your photo) that was leased to AS for 8 months in 1962. Since it had been converted to a freighter by TW I would doubt AS would have used it for anything other than cargo considering that it was such a short lease. Converting it back to passenger configuration would have been expensive.
AS also leased 2 L-1049H's (the convertible passenger/cargo model) for a couple of years (1964-66/67). They were both ex-QF. At least one of those was carrying passengers (possibly mixed cargo/passenger?) when it was written off in a belly landing at Kotzebue, Alaska in April 1967 when the crew forgot to lower the gear. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19670417-0