DC-6’s of United Airlines

Webp.net-resizeimage (3)With all four turning, Dad looks things over from the right seat in the late 1950’s. He was giving a check ride to a new captain.Webp.net-resizeimage (2)Aloha for gaily colored shirted and lei bedecked “Air Tourists” as they deplane during an early evening arrival in Honolulu. I say “Air Tourist” because that is the logo next to the door. This DC-6 (N37544) was delivered in 1950 and flew many a mile for United. According to my dad’s log book, he last flew this aircraft in 1961.Webp.net-resizeimage (1)United Flight 2609 is readied for another load of revenue. (Note the “Flight 2609” sign in the rear window.

Let’s all go to Havana

Webp.net-resizeimage (4)Webp.net-resizeimage (3)A jolly group of passengers about to embark on a PAA (Pan Am) Sikorsky S-38 at Key West for a weekend frolic in sunny Havana. I do believe Pan Am boss Juan Trippe is in both these photos. Havana was a hot spot for travelers in Prohibition-era America. Take the train south to Key West, hop aboard PAA, and voilà: you were in boozeville. This planeload of flappers and their Beau Brummells are in for a heck of a good time. F. Scott Fitzgerald would approve.

“Land this damned plane -now!”

Webp.net-resizeimage (2)That’s what I would be saying. Yes, it’s the Territory of Hawaii, and as this 1939 ad states, it’s “Where Romance and Progress Meet.” Such images sold a lot of plane tickets.

When my dad started flying to Hawaii in the early 50’s, his employer, United Airlines, had drop-dead gorgeous hula girls on hand to greet each arriving flight. He doesn’t let on at how much romantic progression took place, but hey, he was a dashing airline captain back then (and single too) so I can figure out the rest.

The Clipper

Webp.net-resizeimageEnd of an era. Two Pan Am 314’s sit quietly at their mooring buoys as a shiny-new DC-4 takes off over San Francisco bay. Both of the 314’s will have a lease on life with new owners. 18612  in the foreground (the Capetown Clipper) will go to American Intl. Airways in 1947 and be christened the “Bermuda Sky Queen.” That won’t last long – in November, 1947, she will ditch in the North Atlantic. All rescued by the US Coast Guard, but the aircraft was then sunk as a danger to navigation.

Webp.net-resizeimage (2)18602, the California Clipper on the servicing ramp.

Webp.net-resizeimage (1)18606, the American Clipper is readied for an overnight flight to the Territory of Hawaii.