Air Services, Inc Curtiss C-46
Air Services, Inc was a Newark, New
Jersey based non-sked which operated cargo and passenger
charter operations from 1953-1955 using DC-3s and C-46s. Bill
Larkins' photo (above) was taken
Oakland on 13 August 1953, possibly as it was being acquired by Air
Services from US Airlines,
Inc. The aircraft carried the normal period minuscule
registration (done in stencil script, see below).
The ex C-46F-1-CU (44-78630) had
been civilianized in in 1946 for China's Central Air Transport
Corporation as XT-526. When first entered onto the US Civil
Register it was as N8311C for the
covert Civil Air Transport. It later went backjward and
forwards across the border to Canada
first as CF-CZM and later as
C-GIXZ, having had a couple more US registrations in between.
It was damaged beyond repair at
Shamattawa, Manitoba on 31 Octoiber 1982 while flying for
Ilford Riverton Airways.