Non-Sked Airlines  - A selection of photographs

The non-scheduled airlines which popped up after WW II (or Non-Skeds as they are colloquially known) were designed to provide cheap air transportation
for that section of the community which, hitherto, had considered regular air transportation too expensive.  In providing this service, the returning WW II
aviators who founded them were also looking, obviously, to make a profit for themselves.  Hundreds if not thousands of C-46s, C-47s and C-54s could
be had for a song, and these provided the backbone for this, largely unregulated, section of air transport.     The true height of the Non-sked days were
before I came to the United States.  They were still operating, albeit sporadically when I emigrated in 1958 so many of the shots are my own.    However,
there are two true "gurus" of this segment of aviation.    They are the indefatigable William T. ("Bill") Larkins of Pleasant Hill (formerly Concord) California
and John T. Corpening of Chicago.    John produced a Xeroxed copy, spiral bound book entitled "Forgotten Flights" which is an encyclopedia of these
airlines.   He was ably assisted in that task by aviation historian and memorabilia Charles C. Quarles of Forest City, NC.   Most of the photos in this
section are, subsequently, from the Bill Larkins collection, whilst much of the historical detail has been gleaned from John's publication.    



AAXICO Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N1842M





Aero Coach
Curtiss C-46
N 74690 / N95445





Air America
Curtiss C-46
N59483





Air Charter West
Douglas DC-3
N100ZZ / N300ZZ





Air Nevada
Douglas DC-3
N33639





Air Services, Inc
Curtiss C-46
N4897V





Air Transport Associates
Curtiss C-46
N1302N





All American Airways
Curtiss C-46
N1874M





American Air Transport (The Cloud Coach)
Curtiss C-46
N1693M





American Flyers Airline
Douglas DC-3
N33656

American Flyers Airline
Douglas DC-3
N19919

American Flyers Airline
Douglas DC-4
N30057

American Flyers Airlines
Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
N9717C





American International Airways
Douglas DC-4
N88894





Arctic Pacific Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N67984





Argonaut Airways
Curtiss C-46
N1822M





ASA International Airlines
Martin 4-0-4
N455A

ASA International Airlines
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
N90926





Associated Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N1846M





Bird & Sons Inc
Curtiss C-46
N9473Z





Blatz Airlines
Douglas DC-3
N62086





California Air Freight
Curtiss C-46
N9473Z





California Eastern Airways
Douglas DC-4
N1437V

California Eastern Aviation
Douglas DC-4
N88891

California Eastern Aviation
Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
N6532C / N6531C





California Hawaiian Airlines
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
N74192

California Hawaiian Airlines
Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
N6901C





The Californian
Curtiss C-46
N5616V





Capitol Airways
Curtiss C-46
N1308V

Capitol Airways (Logair contract)
Curtiss C-46
N1301N

Capitol Airways (Quicktrans contract)
Curtiss C-46
N9893Z / N69346

Capitol Airways
Lockheed L-749 Constellation
N4901C

Capitol International Airways
Lockheed L-1049G/L1049H Super Constellations
N4903C /N5402V

Capitol Air
Douglas DC-8-61
N4578C





Caravan International Airlines
Douglas DC-4
N68599





Caribbean American Airlines (North Star)
Curtiss C-46
N1673M





Central Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N59487





Coastal Cargo Co
Curtiss C-46
N1805M





Conner Air Lines
Curtiss C-46
N1837M





Continental Charters
Curtiss C-46
N1804M





Continental Sky Van
Douglas DC-3
NC56968





Dunes Hotel
Curtiss C-46
N9514C





Economy Airways
Curtiss C-46
N3971B





Federated Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N51424





Flying Tiger Line
Budd RB-1 Conestoga
NC45356

Flying Tiger Line
Douglas DC-3
NC59699

Flying Tiger Line
Curtiss C-46
N67962

Flying Tiger Line
Douglas DC-4
N95414

Flying Tiger Line
Douglas DC-4
N90423





Golden State Airlines (1958)
Curtiss C-46
N9513C





Golden State Airlines (1971)
Douglas DC-3
N33644





Great Lakes Airlines
Douglas DC-4-1009
N33682





Hawthorne Nevada Airlines
Douglas DC-3
N15570

Hawthorne Nevada Arlines
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
N9412H





Interior Airways (titled as Ghezzi)
Curtiss C-46
N4860V





Johnson Flying Service
Curtiss C-46
N92854





Las Vegas Hacienda Inc
Douglas DC-3
N67674

Las Vegas Hacienda Inc
Douglas DC-4
N88890

Las Vegas Hacienda Inc
de Havilland D.H. 114 Heron
N4789C





Lone Star Air Cargo
Douglas DC-3
N50037





Los Angeles Air Service
Douglas DC-4
N95410

Los Angeles Air Service
Douglas DC-4
N65145

Los Angeles Air Service
Curtiss C-46
N1663M

Los Angeles Air Service
Curtiss C-46
N9403H





Meteor Air Transport
Douglas DC-3
N53596

Meteor Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N1535V

Meteor Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N53594





Miami Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N10421





Mid-America Airways
Curtiss C-46
N1822M





Modern Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N3935C





New England Air Express
Curtiss C-46
N1309V





North American Airlines
Douglas DC-3
N55297

North American Airlines
Douglas DC-4
N63396

North American Airlines
Douglas DC-4
N37477





Orion Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N4880V





Peninsular Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N51738 / N4761C

Peninsular Air Transport
Douglas DC-4
N4890V





Regina Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N1628M





Resort Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N1663M

Resort Airlines
Douglas DC-4
N65142 / N33681

Resort Airlines (Logair contract)
Douglas DC-4
N88819

Resort Airlines
Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
N102R / N101R





Riddle Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N4870V

Riddle Airlines
Douglas DC-6A
N7780B





Seven Seas Airlines
Douglas DC-4
N30048





Skycoach Express
Curtiss C-46
N1628M





Slick Airways
Curtiss C-46
N4718N





Sourdough Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N95451





South East Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N4761C





S.S.W. Inc
Curtiss C-46
N54339





Standard Air Lines
Curtiss C-46
N79978





Standard Air Cargo
Douglas DC-3
NC17085

Standard Airways
Douglas DC-3
N33607

Standard Airways
Douglas DC-4
N88706





Stewart Air Service
Douglas DC-3
N74678

Stewart Air Service
Doiuglas DC-3
N67578





Trans Caribbean Airways
Douglas DC-4
N75416

Trans Caribbean Airways
Curtiss C-46
N69346

Trans Caribbean Airways
Douglas DC-6
N90878





Trans Global Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N9514C





Trans International Airlines
Douglas DC-4
N30047





Transocean Air Lines
Douglas DC-4
N30045 / N4665V

Transocean Air Lines
Douglas DC-4
N9937F

Transocean Air Lines
Curtiss C-46
N(X)68967

Transocean Air Lines
Lockheed 18-40 Lodestar
N54549

Transocean Air Lines
Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
N1927H / N1880

Transocean Air Lines
Boeing 377 Stratocruiser
N85Q





Transwest Air Express
Douglas DC-3
N300ZZ





Twentieth Century Airlines
Douglas DC-4
N67566





United States Overseas Airlines
Douglas DC-4
N90440





Unit Export Co 'The Northerner'
Curtiss C-46
N1688M





Universal Airlines
Douglas DC-6B
N90711





U.S. Aircoach
Curtiss C-46
N4860V





U.S. Airlines
Curtiss C-46
N1914M





Vacation Airways Boeing 307 Stratoliner
N19910





Vance International Airways
Douglas DC-3
N57131





Viking Air Lines
Douglas DC-3
NC90626

Viking Air Lines
Douglas DC-4
N90910





Westair Transport
Curtiss C-46
N4894V

Westair Transport
Curtiss C-46
N95451





World Airways
Curtiss C-46
N1442V

World Airways
Curtiss C-46
N1443V

World Airways
Douglas DC-4
N59952





World Wide Airlines
Douglas DC-4
N79999





Zantop Air Transport
Douglas DC-3
N18101

Zantop Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N4882V

Zantop Air Transport
Curtiss C-46
N53594 / N611Z

Zantop Air Transport
Douglas DC-6A
N6574C

Zantop Air Transport
Douglas DC-7B(F)
N759Z