Air Transport Douglas DC-3
Meteor began its services in
1946 between New York and Detroit using mainly DC-3s. This
service was later expanded
to other mid-west cities, including St. Louis. The carrier
to operate about seven DC-3s
at one time or another. Those that remained were phased out
around 1956 in favor of the C-46 and DC-4. N53596
was seen by Bill Larkins (above) at
Oakland in April
1952. Tail detail with registration below.
It was a former C-47A-90-DL
(43-15967) and crashed at
Lambert Field, St. Louis on 24 May 1953 after the starboard engine
of fuel during the turn onto finals. Control was lost
during the left hand turn and the
port wing struck the ground. One of the seven occupants, a Mr.
Swart, survived the asccident.
this, the aircraft appears to have risen,
phoenix-like, since a DC-3 with c/n 20433 and
registration N77B was at Tampa, FL in derelict condition as late as
markings, but possibly registered to 'Wings of Yesterday'
at that time. Mistaken identity of
two aircraft or was it really
repaired following that
St. Louis crash?.