Van Douglas DC-3
Continental Sky Van flew irregular scheduled
passenger service coast-to-coast out of its Oakland,
base, where this Bill Larkins photo was taken in 1946.
It also offered cargo charters,
appeared to have operated only during that year and soon closed
down. Remember, in
any ex WW II pilot with a few bucks could start an airline.
NC56968 was one of
if not thousands of surplus C-47s avaialable for such purposes.
Built as a C-47-DL with
serial 41-7842, it went to Brazil after Contintentall Sky Van closed up
shop, being acquired
by Aero Geral
as PP-IBB. Aero Geral was later taken over by
Nacional at which time it was
re-registered PP-ANP. This line also succumbed to merger and
this DC-3 was absorbed first by
REAL and then by Varig, still as PP-ANP. It was
then sold to the Ecuadorean Air Force and
ended up with their airline division, TAME as HC-AUZ.
It was written off in a crash on 2 May
whilst with Aerotaxis Ecuatorianos SA (ATESA).