Added 4 new images to the Vero Beach Airport page. Jim O'Brien sent some fantastic photos of an Eastern Air Lines Lockheed L-188 Electra at VRB in 1972, shortly before Eastern left town. I also added a few old newspaper clippings about Vero Monmouth Airlines that helped determine the exact dates they were operating.
A new page about Atlanta Helicopter Airways, which served points around metro Atlanta during 1960.
It's such a joy to follow the progress of the Breitling DC-3 as it circles the globe in 2017. Here's a collection of photos, a sort of "greatest hits", from the first half of their journey.
Here's a little-known bit of ATL history: when Atlanta's "Temporary" passenger closed in 1961, it was not demolished; it was moved across the airport where it was used by Hangar One until the early 1980s.
New page full of photos from the final months of Atlanta's "Jet Age" terminal opened in 1961 and closed in 1980.
A new page about Miami-based Gold Coast Air Taxi / Gold Coast Airways has been added to the website.
The PBA DC-3s - Where are they now? page has been revised with new photos and information on 8 of the 12 aircraft. It's been a busy couple of weeks for several of the former PBA DC-3s. Here are a few highlights:
N137PB, the only DC-3 that retains the late 1980s paint job and passenger cabin, returned to the skies on May 4, 2017. After spending over 2 years on the ramp at Thomaston, GA, N137PB was flown to Cape Cod Airfield near Barnstable, MA where it joins PBA sister-ship N35PB (now registered N61981). Thanks to Richard Hancock for these wonderful photos.
The Breitling DC-3 HB-IRJ, formerly N34PB, is in the middle of a round-the-world tour and is currently undergoing planned maintenance until May 18, 2017 in Kobe, Japan. Here it is above Mount Aso, Japan's largest active volcano, on May 2, 2017.
Check out PBA DC-3s - Where are they now? for the latest news on all 12 planes.
A new page about Del Airways which flew between Jacksonville, FL and Valdosta, GA during 1971.
Something different on the website today: six decades of vintage travel posters advertising Atlanta.
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I'd like to welcome a new contributor to Sunshine Skies: Hans Wiesman, better known to aviation enthusiasts as The Dakota Hunter. Hans has spent a lifetime tracking down DC-3s across the globe and is the author of the excellent book The Dakota Hunter: In Search Of The Legendary DC-3 On The Last Frontiers. He will be sharing his incredible adventures with us in this and upcoming posts. This one holds particular interest for me as I spent a lot of time finding and photographing old mosquito sprayers in south Florida during the 1990s. The yellow and white aircraft in the second photo, Monroe County's ship 13, flew over my wife's and my outdoor wedding ceremony in the Florida Keys in 1995 (luckily with the sprayers off!). We considered it a good omen. Anyway, I'm sure you'll enjoy this and future stories. Thank you Hans!
The second installment of our five part look back at Panama City Bay County Airport is now online. We take a look at the 1970s and the early effects of deregulation at Fannin Field.
Lots of new material on the Ocean Airways page: additional and larger photos, route map and timetables.
This is the first of a five part look at the history of airline service at Bay County Airport at Fannin Field which served Panama City from 1945 till its closing in 2010. Many thanks to Brent Mooney for his assistance with this!
New page about Sunair, an ambitious Florida commuter airline that stayed in business for less than 24 hours!
Ocean Reef Airways was the southern division of Montauk Caribbean Airlines of New York. The airline flew during the winter months between Miami and the Ocean Reef Club Airport at the northern end of Key Largo between 1970 and 1982. Click the map to read more...
Added a beautiful photo of DC-6 N4354B and additional information to the Mackey International Airlines page.
New on the Dolphin Airways/Airlines page:
A great photo of Dolphin Airways pilots posing with a Bandeirante shortly before the airline began flying in late 1981, sent in by Bill Bagley.
Also added several Dolphin timetable scans courtesy of the always helpful Arthur Na.
A new page on another obscure commuter airline, Southern Airlines of West Palm Beach. Thanks to regular contributor Arthur Na for pointing out this airline.
Superior Airlines was formed by 40 ALPA pilots who were on strike against Southern Airways to compete directly against Southern. Flights began in Spring 1961 using 8-passenger de Havilland DH-104 Doves. READ MORE...