Continental Air Lines  Douglas DC-3  NC44883              (c/n   11645)

                                         This ex C-53D-DO (42-68718) seen loading at Denver's Stapleton Airport in 1947 is displaying the
                                         Continental livery used right after WW II.   Continental replaced its Lodestars in 1948 with DC-3s.
                                         This one went on to serve with Southern Airlines and wound up in Cuba with Cubana de Aviacion
                                         as CU-T127.  Seen below is the gleaming nose of the aircraft immediately after it had been converted
                                         from a military transport.  Note name "City of Denver", and open cowling gills.