Saturday, February 18, 2017
Some GDB readers seem to get a kick out of vintage photos of aircraft, so that's what I'm going to share today.
We'll start with this image of a DC6 "Mainliner", from a slide hand-dated "February 25, 1958". I believe that this is from the old airport in Denver, Colorado. Denver is still one of the hubs for United Airlines. It's always kind of fun to see photos from the days before jet travel was the norm! I wish there was some kind of identifying number on the plane so that one of you readers could tell me the ultimate fate of this plane. Hopefully it never crashed.
Next is this photo taken on Midway Island in 1952, featuring what I believe is a Douglas C-54. I know you'll correct me if I'm wrong! Planes like this were used for Atlantic crossings during WWII, and were also used for the Berlin Airlift.
I looked up MATS ("Military Air Transport Service") and was interested to find out that it was a now-discontinued part of the Department of Defense Unified Command.
Of course Midway Island (roughly halfway between the continental U.S. and Asia, as the name implies) was an important strategic location for U.S. armed forces in WWII, and the "Battle of Midway" in 1942 was considered the "beginning of the end" of the Japanese Navy's dominance in the Pacific.