W.T. LARKINS COLLECTION
No. 7721. Douglas DC-4 C-54A Skymaster (YV-C-EVB c/n 10408) Avensa
Photographed at Oakland, California, USA, February 1953, by W.T. Larkins

Douglas DC-4 C-54A Skymaster

08/31/2017. Remarks by Jack McKillop: "This Douglas Model DC-4 was delivered to the USAAF (renamed USAF on September 26, 1947) on September 20, 1944 as a C-54A-15-DC s/n 42-70303. Declared surplus, the aircraft was sold to the US airline California Eastern Airlines of Washington, D.C. in 1950 and registered N54305. It was leased from 1952 to 1955 by the Venezuelan airlines AVENSA (Aerovias Venezolanas SA) and registered YV-C-EVB. California Eastern re-registered the aircraft N75337 when the aircraft was returned. In 1957, it was leased to TALOA (Transocean Air Lines) of Los Angeles, California from July 3 to September 2.

Registered to the British charter airline Independent Air Travel Ltd. of Hurn Airport, Dorset, England as G-APID on November 7, 1957, it was sold to the airline the following November 24, 1957. The airline went bankrupt and its assets were transferred to Blue-Air Ltd. in April 1959 and in November of that year, it was sold to Continental Air Transport of Southend Airport, Essex, England. In December 1960, it was sold to an aircraft broker and leased to World Wide Aviation from December 1960 to January 1961 and it was then purchased by a second aircraft lessor.

For the next five years, this aircraft was leased to five British airlines:

Created April 30, 2008