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What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:17 am

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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RE: What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:23 am

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RE: What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:54 am

Don't forget the IL-18. In AK, those are likely too.
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RE: What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:59 am

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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RE: What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:02 am

It most probably would have been a DC4.

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

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RE: What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:11 pm

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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RE: What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:32 pm


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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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RE: What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:09 pm


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RE: What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:16 pm

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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RE: What Looks Like A DC-6?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:49 pm

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