Douglas DC-6 NX90703
This has long been one of my favorite airline
photographs. I mean where, today, could you lead
a horse up to the gate?
Tucson, Arizona, 1948. The aircraft was on a proving/publicity
junket. American was a great operator of the DC-6 and were
the first to put them into service
(in April of 1947 on the New York
- Chicago route), owning some 85 of them at one time or
another. They were a
great step forward over the immediate post-war DC-4s and cut the trans-
continental flight time from 12-14 hours to 9-10 eastbound and 11 back
out to the coast, depending
on stops.. Normal
configuration was 48 to 52 passengers in pressurized comfort.
enjoyed a hectic career after it left American in
1960 and wound up being scrapped at Hal Far,
Malta, in 1980.