Maule Lake is named after a huge Puerto Rican concrete company that was the largest cement company in Dade county for many years until they went bust 20 years ago or so. Maurice Ferre, former mayor of the city of Miami and former county commissioner, was CEO of the company. The first print stories out spelled it as "Mall Lake" because someone at the FAA thought it was near Aventura Mall but it's a mile or two south of the mall judging from the street description above.
Miami Lakes is chock full of beautiful curving lakes, unlike the typical South Florida rectangular rock pits, for those who didn't know. They can be seen best from aircraft on approach into OPF
from the west. Both of the below shots were taken from one of my balconies at home in Miami Lakes.
DC-7BF (not DC-6 as mentioned above) N381AA is owned/operated by Turks Air but sometimes they operate for Florida Air Transport according to the JP
fleet book. It is based at Ft. Pierce and survived two hurricanes on the ground a couple of months ago. I've never heard of Miami Air Lease operating it but perhaps they contracted with Turks Air to operate for them when they had too much cargo to haul, like flights to Gitmo? It operates into Opa-locka off and on depending on their business. The company is listed under the Turks and Caicos in the JP
fleet book although it carries a US registration.
DC-6A N70BF is owned/operated by Florida Air Transport based at Ft. Pierce but a frequent visitor to Opa-locka. It is a US cargo airline according to the JP