Re: NWA DC-4s

Date:         11 Jul 97 02:09:25 
From:         "Brian Maddison" <BMADDISO@BCSC02.GOV.BC.CA>
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Walter E. Shepherd wrote:

>Can someone out there suggest where I might find info regarding details
>of the old NW fleet of DC-4's... i.e., tail number, production history
>(i.e., c/n, C-54?), ultimate fate, etc. One of them played a major role
>in my personal life as a child... not only was it my first airline
>flight, but it proved to be a magic carpet ride several years in a row
>on the JFK to YIP leg circa '53-'55. I recall noting the same tail
>number on several yearly repeated flights back then... but my memory
>fails me now. I think it was something close to N545 or N585? I also
>recall flying a NWA DC-7C with tail number N287 circa 1956-57.

Northwest operated around 30 DC-4s between 1945 and 1961. They all had
5-digit N-numbers except one (N350E). The DC-6As were N566 to N582 so
it would appear your flights were on a -6A. (Hint: round windows = DC-4,
square windows = DC-6).
The DC-7Cs ran from N284 to N297.

A good reference is Piston Airliner Poduction List from TAHS(UK). You
can get it from Plane Crazy, Miami or Aviation Hobby Shop, Toronto.

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Brian Maddison