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Joe Baugher wrote:(44-)78628 (MSN 22451) Lend-Lease to China. To XT registry with China National Aviation Corp., to N8369C, then to XT-130, to B-130 Mar 1959 Civil Air Transport. To HP-316 Oct 20, 1960, "Sold" to Southern Air Transport Sep 14, 1961, flown as '857' in Bay of Pigs operation Sep 1961. Registered as N74811 Oct 11, 1961. Lease purchased by Rosenbaum Aviation Nov 24, 1973. Lease purchased by International Airlines Academy, 2 Sep 75. Transferred to Trans Continental Airlines (Willow Run) Feb 1978. Sold to F A Conner Aug 11, 1978. Sold to Cryderman Air Services Inc, operated as Century Airlines 11 Aug 78. To N777AF Nov 1985. To N18AC Oct 1995, to N23AC Oct 15, 1997.
Joe Baugher wrote:(44-)78678 (MSN 22501/CU2610) to Foreign Liquidation Commission Apr 10, 1948. Bought by Biscayne Aircraft Corp in 1946 and registered as N5617V. To Trans-Air Hawaii Ltd in 1948. Bought by Flying Tiger Line in 1949. Bought by Aaxico Airlines Dec 29, 1951. Leased to Riddle Airlines and returned to Aaxico Airlines. Bought
by Canadian Pacific Airlines Feb 1955 and registered as CF-CZK. Converted to Super C-46C. Bought by Carolina Aircraft Corp Mar 1963 and registered as N355K. Bought by Airstar Inc in 1966. Bought by Kendall Aircraft Leasing in 1976 and registered as N8875. Rebuilt with parts from N355CC (42-107368) and then leased to Air Haiti (Air Adeah) Dec 1976 as HH-AHE but NTU and returned May 1980. Bought by North East Bolivian Airways (Cochabamba Bolivia-NEBA) Sep 1980 and registered as CP-1616.
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:36 pm
Dave Hadfield wrote:It's cost, nothing else.
To restore a C-46 will take a million+ unless it's been in a hangar for 70 years. And none of them have been.
To operate it costs the expense of 2 R-2800s, plus everything else.
And you need a very large hangar to protect the investment -- which costs a lot.
In return you get an airplane which will not generate much revenue because it lacks the appeal of bombers or fighters. Airshows will not pay its true cost for appearances, and passengers will not flock to it.
This sort of thing is not just about money, true -- passion plays a great role. and we're all thankful for that. But no one throws money away for no purpose. There nearly always has to be a business case.
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