After several months of inactivity on the website I'm happy to say that there is a wealth of new material. I had Covid in late November and during my quarantine was able to spend days organizing, scanning, writing and updating the site. There are roughly a hundred new images spread throughout dozens of pages. I'll be posting many of them on facebook in the coming weeks.
No more annoying ads!
I removed all of the Google ads from the site. They had become progressively more annoying and revenue had dwindled to pennies a day. I maintain Sunshine Skies for fun, not profit. If you care to donate to the website, please feel free to "Buy Me A Coffee".
Atlanta's most miscaptioned photo?
I've seen this photo of Atlanta airport on social media well over a hundred times but nobody seems to agree when it was taken or whose plane is in the foreground. Hopefully this settles the confusion!
DC-3 N28AA update
Luke Curtas, owner of N28AA (known to many of you as PBA's N139PB during the glory days of the 1970s and 80s) kindly sent these photos and video. Luke wrote, "I thought you would like to see N28AA and its new paint scheme as well as its new name. It is now the “Shannon Air Express”. It’s almost ready to fly." The video shows a recent test run in preparation for its return to the skies. N28AA is located at the Shannon Air Museum in Fredericksburg, VA. Thank you Luke!
This was taken during a test run of N28AA in December 2023 in preparation for her return to the air. That sound is AMAZING!
A few highlights
As mentioned earlier, approximately a hundred new images have been added to the site this week and they're spread over dozens of pages. Here's a random assortment of a few favorites. Each photo links to the corresponding page. Check facebook for more updates and links.
Southeast Airlines Martin 404 N40424 on the ramp at Marathon, Florida circa 1972.
Air Miami Commuter DH-114 Heron in Air Florida colors on final at Miami in January 1981. The airline changed their name in December 1980, so technically this is a North American Airlines flight.
North American Airlines DC-3 N3XW in October 1983.
Atlantic Gulf Convair 580 N73168 in Frontier colors at Atlanta on December 30, 1983.
Pompano Airways Piper Aztec N62743 in December 1981.
Gull Air timetable cover from July 1, 1984 with a particularly goofy but charming drawing of a CASA 212.
National Commuter Airlines Nord 262 N274A at Miami in February 1982.
Mackey International Shorts Skyvan N3419 at Ft. Lauderdale circa 1972.
Slocum Air BN-2 Islander N32MN in Munz Northern colors at Ft. Lauderdale November 1, 1981.
Southeast Airlines Martin 202 N93205 (msn 14075) at Miami circa 1970.
Atlantis Airlines Metroliner N1013G at Atlanta.
National Florida Metroliner N602AS at Miami.
More updates soon!
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