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Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:14 am

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.

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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:29 am

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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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:53 am

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.
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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:35 am

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...


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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:56 am

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.
 
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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:21 am

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.
 
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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:25 am

The Convairs that you see at DAB are parked there (storage) and no longer fly. I wish they still operated out of here!!
 
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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:28 am

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

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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:12 pm

F-27 Still at FedEx
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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:14 pm

Can't believe it....this is a.net and no one has mentioned NWA DC-9 yet  duck 
 
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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:10 pm

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

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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:15 pm

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.

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RE: Older Aircraft Still In Service?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:44 pm

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.

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