W.T. LARKINS COLLECTION
No. 1288. Douglas DC-4 C-54A Skymaster (42-72267 c/n 10372) US Army Air Forces
Photographed at New York Municipal Airport-La Guardia Field, New York, New York, USA, August 1945, by W.T. Larkins

Douglas DC-4 C-54A Skymaster

03/31/2011. Remarks by Jack McKillop: "This Model DC-4 was delivered to the USAAF on August 9, 1944, as a C-54A-15-DC, s/n 42-72267. In 1946, it was sold to the ML-KNIL (Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger, Military Aviation of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army) of Jakarta, Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) and assigned s/n NI-543.

In November 1946, it was transferred to the KNILM (Koninklijke Nederlandsch-Indische Luchtvaart-Maatschappij, Royal Dutch Indian Airways) of Jakarta and registered PK-DSD. On August 1, 1947, KNILM was absorbed by KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, Royal Dutch Airline) and re-registered PH-TSD.

It was sold to TAI (Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux) of Paris, France on February 24, 1948 and registered F-BELD and then sold to Air France (Société Nationale Air France) in October 1948. Leased to the French airline Compagnie Générale Transsaharienne from January 27 to May 16, 1953, to Air Maroc (Société Marocaine de Constructions Aéronautiques) of Casablanca, French Morocco in December 1953 and was sold to CGTA-Air Algérie (Compagnie Générale de Transports Aériens-Air Algérie) of Algiers, Algeria in January 1954.

In 1962, the airline’s name was changed to Air Algérie (Entreprise Nationale d'Exploitation des Services Aériens) and this aircraft was reregistered 7T-VAD on October 29, 1963. The final owner was the French cargo airline Air Frêt who purchased it in October 1968 and registered it F-BRHC. After using the aircraft for over a year, Air Frêt withdrew it from service and placed it in storage at Garons Airport, Nimes, France, in January 1970 and it was subsequently scrapped at that airport."

Created February 15, 2002