A National Airlines photograph of a DC-6 in
original 'Route of the Buccaneers'
acquired in 1947 and was the first of eight DC-6s operated by the
airline National used its
DC-6s on the prestigious New York-Miami-Havana route (long before the
Bay of Pigs fiasco).
DC-6s were known as Buccaneer 400s. Despite its title,
National was not a large carrier in the
50s although it did become an international carrier of some repute
until taken over by
American in 1980. N90891 was destroyed when it crashed into
houses in Newark, N.J. shortly
taking off on 11 Feb 1952. It appears as if the No 3 engine
went into reverse in flight.