Nationwide commenced regular schedules from Detroit to the Upper
Peninsula in 1949 they were operated by the
redoubtable DC-3, rather than with the Boeing 247-D
which the airline also
had in its inventory. The above image is from the Leo J.
whilst that below of N57131 was taken by
Brian Baker after a livery change had been made in
1952. When Roscoe Turner
reclaimed his air mail route (AM88) and
gave it to Lake Central
Airlines, Nationwide ceased to exist,
although interestingly their old livery was carried forward to
Lake Central, as
evidenced between this picture and that of the LCA DC-3.
above had served in Australia in 1942 with the Army Air Corps as a
41-18415. It was sold by Nationwide to SAHSA in Honduras,
and was written off in a crash near Santa
Rosa in 1953. N57131 went to Wien Alaska
then to non-sked Vance
International Airways after which it had several other owners
winding up with
Pinehurst Airlines here in North Carolina in the early
1970s. It was written off
in an accident at Chicago in 1977.