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Mackey International's DC-6 Fleet

Sun Oct 04, 2015 5:31 pm

When I vacationed in south Florida in the 1970s I noticed around 1974 Mackey was adding Douglas DC-6s in their fleet
along side of their Convair 440s.I saw that most of their DC-6Bs had the registration that started with N37 which were
former United Airlines planes.From what I understand United repossessed a fleet of DC-6Bs from a scrapper for non
payment Did Mackey purchase those planes directly from United. Mackey also had a ex-American Airlines DC-6B-
N4354B which had more pointed prop spinners on the engines and also there was a Ex-Pan Am 6B N111DG a former
IGS plane. They also had a DC-6(not a B) N90705 ex-AA plane. Was Mackey the only airline in the USA to still operate
passenger DC-6s in the 1970s. Im sure when Mackey ceased operations in 1980 Those vintage DC-6s meant
the inevitable end at FLL and MIA

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RE: Mackey International's DC-6 Fleet

Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:44 pm

Mackey Int'l - interesting, never ever heard about this airline before. So I read about them on wikipedia and found some very nice pics in the photo database

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Heck, they even had DC8's before operations stopped...

So thank you for starting this thread...
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RE: Mackey International's DC-6 Fleet

Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:36 pm

I flew on N37573 in 1977. I enjoyed my first flight on a DC-6B, but the seats were filthy. They were bluish-gray. I had to look hard to find a seat I was willing to sit on. Seats were 3 x 2 in the main cabin and 2 x 2 facing seats in the small front cabin, although they all were sold as coach seats. I also flew on a couple of their Convair 440s. One of them still had Eastern's blue and green seat covers.

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