Airlines Aerospatiale (Nord) 262 N26217
In 1972 Ransome acquired a fleet of a
dozen or so ex-Allegheny (originally Lake Central)
262s. [In actual fact, this particular one had been
sold off by Allegheny by then and
had gone to BC
Airlines in Canada as CF-BCT and then to
Pacific Western from whom
purchased it at the same time that that it secured the Allegheny
time the airline was operating under a
code-share agreement with Allegheny to
services in the Philadelphia, Pa - Washington
D.C. general area, and hence the
Nords were painted in full Allegheny Commuter livery.
Chaloner's shot above was
taken at Ronald Reagan
National Airport in April 1977. In 1979 Allegheny became
and when. in 1982, Ransome's
relationship with USAir ended, most of the Nords had been
Mohawk 298 standard (see next entry). I am not sure,
therefore, if any "pure"
262s were ever repainted into
Ransome only livery.