Ozark Air Lines Douglas DC-3
N15581 (c/n 7328)
Ozark Airlines was a late starter among the United States
Local Service Operators. Although
September 1943, it did not commence scheduled services until July of
originally an intra-state carrier operating out of Springfield, Mo.
with Beech D-17s
T-50s. When the CAB awarded most of the old Parks Air Lines
routes to Ozark,
it moved its base to
St. Louis, and absorbed the former carrier's modest fleet of
DC-3s. Its first
routes radiated from St.
Louis to Chicago, Tulsa and Memphis. N15581 seen in the above
evocative (and nostalgic -
note AT-6 and Luscombe in background) shot was acquired in 1954.
It was a former C-53-DO
(42-15533). In the mid 1950s Ozark white topped its aircraft and
registered them in
the "D" series. This one became N132D. My shot
(below) of N134D was
taken at Minneapolis on a
January day in 1960. Most of the fleet by that time had
ized" to include
fully retractable undercarriages.