Los Angeles Air Service  Curtiss C-46  N9403H                  (c/n 22495)


                                    Here's another LAAS C-46.  Detail of minuscule rego below.  This shot was by Larry Smalley
                                    (probably at Oakland) in July 1956.   This one does not seem to have the logo on the rear fuse-
                                    lage, although maybe that was only painted on the port side for the benefit of passengers.  Form-
                                    erly a C-46F-1-CU (44-78672) it went first to New England Air Express in 1948 before LAAS
                                    acquired it in 1956.  It was sold to Tigres Voladores SA in Mexico as XA-MIT in September
                                    of 1958 although then repossessed by LAAS a year later when presumably the buyer defaulted
                                    on payments.  They were lucky to get it back.  I bet they wouldn't have... in this day and age. 
                                    It then went to Capitol Airways (who had a huge fleet of them) and then on to Fairbanks Air
                                    Service.  It wound up in Canada in 1987 flying for Air Manitoba as C-GIXZ.  It was then either
                                    donated or leased to Relief Air Transport working with the UN in Africa and was written off at
                                    Lokichogio Airport in northwestern Kenya.