I used to see this DC7C coming and going all the time in MIA
. When it finally "went in the drink", I flew my plane over the wreckage in shallow water and you could see most of it from the air and the vertical stabilizer was sticking out of the water as was the top of the fuselage. At the time, there were still 4 or 5 DC7C's either based at MIA
or flying in and out of MIA
but 2 of those 5 were grounded at F.A. Connor's ramp so only 3 were airworthy. The last to leave was good old Trans-Air-Link's former KLM DC7C when they re-based elsewhere. I knew we had it good spotting at MIA
but now it seems almost like a dream!