DC-3 NC44587 (c/n
West Coast Airlines was formed on 14 March
1941 in Seattle. However, it did not begin scheduled
services until after WW II, inaugurating its first route from Seattle
to Portland on 22 May 1946.
NC44587 was built as a C-47A-20-DK Skytrain for the USAAF with serial
It is seen above
in this nice shot on a wet SEATAC apron in the late 1940s. WCA
acquired it from
Reconstruction Finance Corporation in June of 1946. It is
one of the DC-3s still alive and well
is living, currently, in Alaska. West Coast was awarded the route
from Portland to Medford in
1947 and went on
from there to become a sizable Local Service Operator. It was
cities in western Washington state and northern Oregon by 1949.