No. 794. Douglas DC-6B (JA6202 c/n 44069) Japan Air Lines "City of Kyoto"

Douglas DC-6B

Text on back: "Wings of the new Japan. Japan Air Lines' sleek Pacific Courier roars her four powerful engines, ready for a take-off at the Tokyo International Airport."

02/28/2008. This aircraft was produced as a DC-6A and registered as N34953, it was delivered to Flying Tigers on August 3, 1953. The same year it was converted to a DC-6B and delivered to Japan Air Lines, registered as JA6202 and named City of Kyoto. It was damaged on takeoff from Chicago, Illinois, USA, following premature retraction of the nose wheel on March 5, 1957. Repaired it was damaged again a few months later when it made a wheels up landing at Jamaica Bay, New York, on June 21.

It was cancelled from the Japanese register on December 16, 1965, when it was sold to Pan African Airlines of Nigeria and registered as 5N-AFT. In April 1969 it was registered to Air America (read the airline remarks in photo 7495) as N1535, while on December 20, 1970 it was sold to Saber Air of Singapore, registered as 9V-BCI.

In October 1972 it changed hands again and was registered in Iceland as
TF-OAE to Fragtflug of Reykjavik. The aircraft was lost on May 6, 1974, on the flight from Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, France, it hit trees while on ILS approach to runway 28 at Nürnberg Airport, Germany, and crashed inverted ca. 4 mls (6 km) from the airport. The three crew were killed.