What do you consider the most beautiful airliner of all time? The Constellation? Concorde? 747? Super Guppy? Please take a minute to list your faves by clicking the comment icon at the top right of this post.
You can read our top 10 choices HERE !
Updated info on 6 former PBA DC-3s. Unfortunate news on N38PB and N40PB. Check out the crazy paint job on N43PB!
Courtesy of the Candler Field Museum, this great photo shows N28AA, formerly N139PB, posing with N137PB at Thomaston, GA on June 29, 2015. More about the fate of all 12 PBA DC-3s can be found HERE.
Added the interior of an AAT timetable effective November 15, 1968 showing service to Miami, Marathon, Key West, Bartow, Cocoa / Titusville, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach. AAT was the predecessor of Air Sunshine. Scan courtesy of Don Henchel.
Added 11 new images to the History of Airline Service at Vero Beach page, ranging from a 1930s postcard of an Eastern Airlines DC-2 and 1940s images from the LIFE archives to various commuter airlines that served the airport in the 1970s through 1990s. You can see all of them HERE.
One of the great joys of having this website is learning about long-forgotten airlines such as this one. Mid-South Airways brought airline service to off-the-beaten-path towns such as Sandersville, Swainsboro, and Vidalia, Georgia. Timetable scans are from the amazing collection Don Henchel, a man who has some of the rarest and most obscure airline timetables I've seen.
Panama Aviation, operating as Panama Airways, flew Piper Navajos on routes from Panama City, Florida during 1990-1991. Thanks to Don Henchel for bringing this little-known airline to my attention.
Here's an obscure airline that lasted a total of 9 months. South Central Airlines operated a fleet of Beech 18s across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas beginning in October 1963 but a fatal crash in February 1964 doomed the airline and all flights ceased on July 1, 1964.
Click HERE to read more.
A new page exploring Chautauqua Airlines operations as an Allegheny Commuter and USAir Express carrier in Florida from 1979 to 1991 with information and numerous photos generously provided by former Chautauqua pilot Todd Scher.
Argonaut Airways was established in 1946 to provide cargo service between Miami and South America. Florida intrastate passenger flights began in 1963. Lots of great stories! CLICK HERE
Lots of great "new" material added to the AAT page including timetables from Don Henchel, additional photos and a brochure advertising trips to Walt Disney World.
Updates and good news about two former PBA DC-3s!
Greg Ganser wrote, "I am a former PBA employee and have learned that N35PB has been purchased by a former PBA pilot / mechanic and will be repositioned from Oshkosh to Marstons Mills Airport (2B1) next to Hyannis Airport (HYA)."
Norbert Raith spotted former PBA / Eastern Express DC-3 N137PB at Thomaston, Georgia, on May 24, 2015 and sent in this beautiful photo. N137PB arrived in Thomaston sometime last year and is apparently awaiting a prop overhaul. Still wearing the 1987-1988 Eastern Express colors, it looks like it could have just popped out of a time machine.
Shea Oakley wrote: "Do you have any photography showing SRQ in the 1970's, including EAL and NAL? I flew in there a lot as a child and would love to see the place again, if only in photos. BTW, my first and only DC-3 flight was from SRQ to MIA via FMY on Florida Airlines in 1978."
Shea, here's a postcard view of an Eastern 727 at Sarasota, probably in the early 1970s. Another postcard view showing a National Electra at SRQ in the 1960s can be seen HERE.
Also, there used to be a fantastic website called Old Terminals which disappeared a few years ago. Luckily for us, it is archived on the Wayback Machine. Click HERE for the Sarasota page. Not all of the photo links are working but there is a lot of great info there.
Hope that helps!
A new page about Golden Isles, a St. Simons Island based airline that flew de Havilland Doves to 11 cities in Florida and Georgia during 1960.
Nearly 50 incredible photos from the LIFE archives of Eastern DC-3s flying from Miami to Boston and points in between. These are among the best DC-3 photos I've ever seen, everything from in-flight shots, cockpit views, and photos of terminals, ticket counters and the employees that made Eastern one of the greatest airlines of its time. There are so many that I divided them into 2 pages. I was so immersed, it felt like time travel!
PART ONE: Florida
PART TWO: Atlanta, Greenville, Charlotte, Washington, Newark and points in between.
Just added this amazing glimpse of history to the Early years of Atlanta Airport page: a full color home movie taken from the observation deck at Atlanta airport in summer 1938 showing the arrivals and departures of Eastern Air Lines DC-2s and DC-3s.
Added a timetable from June 1, 1980 to the Red Carpet Airlines page. Thanks to Don Henchel for sending this in.
Added a new DC-3 photo to the Vintage Airways page as well as larger versions of brochures advertising their DC-3 nostalgia flights.
A new page about Coastal Airlines, a commuter airline that operated B-99s in Florida and the Bahamas during 1967-1969. Thanks to Don Henchel for the timetable scans! Don sent a treasure trove of rare items that will appear on the site this week,
New on the Sunshine Skies website: You'll notice at the bottom of every page there is a link to the Buffalo Airwear store. Buffalo Airways operates a time-warp fleet of DC-4s, L-188 Electras, C-46s, CL-215s and the last scheduled DC-3 passenger flights in the world. I'm generally not a big fan of ads but this may be the coolest airline on Earth. Lots of great merchandise: DC-3 shirts, Ice Pilots DVDs, etc. Click the links and support these ancient "propliners"!
Here's a trailer for season 5 of the Ice Pilots NWT reality TV show.
Added 2 new photos on the Naples Airlines page. This post was a long time coming! I vividly remember sitting in my elementary school library, ten years old, thumbing through an issue of Flying Magazine when I came across the most amazing photo of a Naples Airlines DC-3 at treetop level. That photo stuck in my head for over 35 years. About a year ago I finally decided to figure out what issue I had seen; it was July 1978. I easily found it on eBay and at long last here it is along with another photo from the same article. Enjoy...
It has been particularly difficult to find photos of Key Largo's long closed Port Largo Airport. Luckily for us, Clayton Peters sent photos of the airport from February 1984. I also added another aerial view from the Florida Keys Public Libraries archives. Check it out HERE.
OK, excuse the corny title. I received a lot of emails from visitors to the website as well as Facebook messages this past week (all very much appreciated!) and wanted to share a few highlights:
Ron Alexander, owner of DC-3 N28AA, sent in these fantastic photos of his aircraft. Ron wrote: "These were taken at the Triple Tree fly-in in South Carolina. Taken from a control tower. I can’t think of the person’s name who took them. I believe it was Jim Boyd." The last photo is credited to Scott Thomason.
Former Delta hangars at Lenora
Paul Talbott, a Delta retiree and volunteer in the Delta archives since the 1970s, wrote in regards to former ATL hangars at Lenora Airport in Gwinnett County, GA. Paul is also one of 3 retirees who operate the 737 full motion simulator in the Delta Flight Museum.
"Enjoyed looking at your web site, especially the images of the old Delta hangars. To answer your question about the last hangar with no walls and the windsock (color photo below), I don't believe this was ever used by Delta during WWII for military mod work. I volunteer in the Delta archives and have seen quite a few photos of the old hangars behind the G.O where the work was done, but have never seen this hangar used for mod work. I have attached a rather poor image of a Delta hangar in Atlanta that was in use sometime during the period of 1935-42, when we operated the Lockheed Model 10 Electra. Could this possibly be the same hangar??"
Here's the photo (sent in by Robert Brown) that Paul was referring to.
Paul Talbott also sent in this information: The 1938 aerial image of the Blevins hangar (on this page and re-posted below) shows 4 planes on the ramp. The biplane between the two Taylor model J-2 Cubs is a Waco model GXE.
Key West, 1989
Andy Rodriguez, who is largely responsible for the Comair page, sent in this photo of an Eastern Express / Bar Harbor Beech 1900 at Key West in 1989. Andy wrote: "I recently came across this photo I had of when my Army Reserve unit sent me for weekend training in Key West. It’s a Beech 1900, we used to fly MCO-MIA-EYW, and in Miami sometimes it was either a Beech 1900, a Jetstream 31 or a DC-3. Good times!"
Thanks again to everyone who wrote this week! I may turn this into a weekly post.