Central Airlines Douglas DC-3 N21716
Lake Central Airlines was a forerunner of U S
Airways. It commenced life as Turner Airlines in
1949, headed by the legendary
Roscoe Turner of racing fame. It picked up the air mail route
(AM88) originally awarded to Turner Airlines but
flown for a while by Nationwide
Turner later reclaimed the route, and changed the airline name to Lake
Central in 1951.
N21716 was a true DC-3
and was one of the first aircraft
owned by Turner, having purchased
Northwest Airlines in 1949.
LCA was based in Indianapolis and served
surrounding midwestern points. The two shots of
obtained from the airline
in 1952. The lower one shows
a slightly different livery in that the word "Route" was still in use
later) when this shot was taken of the aircraft loading mail at
Indianapolis Airport in 1951.
LCA merged with
Allegheny in 1968.